Tips to open ZSL file

Can't open the ZSL file? You are not the only one. Thousands of users face similar problems every day. Below you will find tips on how to open ZSL files as well as a list of programs that support ZSL files.

ZSL file extension

File Name ZBrush Saved Spotlight Format
File Category 3D Image Files

The ZSL file is supported on 1 operating systems. Depending on your operating system, you may need different software to handle the ZSL files. Below is a summary of the number of programs that support and open the ZSL file on each system platform.

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What is ZSL file?

The file in the ZSL format belongs to the 3D Image Files category. Additionally, the 3D Image Files category contains 622 of other files. ZBrush Saved Spotlight Format is supported by 1 operating systems. Although it can be found with greater or lesser success on any operating system, it will only be useful on Windows. The main program that supports this format is ZBrush. This was created by Pixologic, Inc..

How to open ZSL file?

The main problem with ZBrush Saved Spotlight Format is that the ZSL file is incorrectly associated with programs. This is manifested by the fact that ZSL files open in unusual applications or do not have an assigned program. How to solve such a problem?

The first thing you should do is just "doubleclick" on the ZSL file icon you want to open. If the operating system has an appropriate application to support it and there is also an association between the file and the program, the file should be opened.

Step 1. Install ZBrush

The first step is to check if the computer has the ZBrush program installed. The easiest method is to use the system search engine by entering the program name ZBrush in it. If it is not, installation may solve the problem, as most applications create file associations during installation. Later in this article you will find a list of programs that can open ZSL files.

Programs to open ZSL file

Remember to download programs supporting ZSL files only from verified and safe sources. We suggest using the websites of software developers.

Step 2. Create association of ZBrush with ZSL files

If, despite the installed application, the ZSL file does not start in the ZBrush application, you must create a file association. It is most convenient to call the context menu with the right mouse button and select Properties. The window will show, among other things, the type of the file and the information by which the program is used to launch the file. Using the "Change" button we can set the program to handle this type. It may happen that in the next window there will be no appropriate program - however, this can be corrected with the "Browse" option where you should manually indicate the program location. Checking the "Always use the selected program ..." box will permanently associate the ZSL file with the ZBrush program.

Step 3. Update ZBrush to the latest version

If, however, after binding ZBrush with ZBrush Saved Spotlight Format there were still problems, you should update the program to the latest version. This can be done using the application (if it provides such options) or from the Pixologic, Inc. website and install the latest version.

Step 4. Check for the following problems with the ZSL file

The problem may also be with the file itself if the above steps don't work. The most common file problems are:

The affected file may be 0 KB or smaller than expected. This suggests truncating the ZSL file contents when downloading or copying. Downloading the file again should fix the problem.
The operating system may be infected with a computer virus. A quick virus scan using an up-to-date antivirus program should clear up any doubts. Alternatively, you can use the scanners available online. The scan should cover the entire computer, not only the ZSL file that we want to open. However, remember that not every infected ZSL file can be recovered, so it is important to take care of regular backups.
Older version of ZSL file may not always be supported by the latest software version. On their websites, developers usually offer free solutions to such problems, e.g. in the form of a conversion program or an older version of the program.
The file may be corrupted in a number of ways. Depending on the type of file, it is necessary to repair it accordingly. Sometimes the program itself has options to repair the most popular ZSL file corruption. You can restore the file from a backup or use help.
When reading, a message appears that the file was encrypted or corrupted. The encrypted ZSL files can be used by the device on which they were encrypted, on any other device it is required to have the appropriate cryptographic key and decrypt the file before its recovery.
Some operating systems do not allow file operations in certain locations, eg in system directories or directly on the system drive. While there is usually no problem reading such a file, it may not be possible to save it. It is best to move ZSL to a different directory.
This can happen on a file that does not support multiple access. You may find that another program you are using is preventing you from working with the file. Just close unnecessary programs. Sometimes it is necessary to wait a while before referencing the ZSL file again. However, some background programs may block the ZSL file while scanning. If the problem persists, restart the machine.