Supported image formats Follow


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Advanced Function Presentation, created as part of the IBM® document imaging system



Animation file, used to store Windows animated cursors



Windows Bitmap file


CALS Raster image format, usually ITU-T type compressed bitonal images



Computer Graphics Metafile, used to exchange vector and bitmap data



Kodak Cinson


Microsoft Windows Clipboard format, used to store the contents of the clipboard to disk


LEAD compressed format for grayscale and color images, results in smaller files with better image quality


Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX) file format, used with the Corel® Suite applications



Format used to store Windows cursors



Format for device-independent images with a color palette that is stored in a *.pal file (if the image has no .pal file, it is considered to be a grayscale image)


Format for professional digital camera files



Format used with the Intergraph 3® MicroStation and Interactive Graphics System (IGDS)



Format used in the Micrografx Designer CAD/CAM/CAE application



Binary file format used by AutoDesk AutoCAD® to store DWG files on the Internet



Binary file format used by AutoDesk AutoCAD that can contain 2-D or 3-D objects



ASCII file that contains 2-D and 3-D components



Enhanced Compressed Wavelet


Enhanced Windows Metafiles, vector files that can contain a raster image


Encapsulated PostScript


Standard format for image files that are created by using digital cameras and other input devices (also *.tif, *.jpg)


Standard fax file format



Flexible Image Transport System



Animation file created by AutoDesk (also *.fli)


FlashPix, created by Eastman Kodak Company®, Microsoft Corporation®, Hewlett-Packard Company®, and Live Picture Inc (Sonic Solutions®) to make the use of digital color images easier


Gerber Vector format, used by GerbTools, ViewMate, and CamTastic for transferring printed circuit board information



Graphics Interchange Format, an 8-bit per pixel bitmap image format


Image Object Content Architecture (IOCA), developed by IBM, houses Presentation Text Object Architecture (PTOCA) data objects



Format used to store Windows icons



Interchange File Format, general-purpose data storage format


File that contains the raw information dump of the contents of a file or disk


Intergraph (ITG) format bitmap image (also *.cit)



Joint Pictures Experts Group, a standard method of compression for photographic images (also *.jpeg, *.jtf)








Microsoft Paint file format


Portable Bitmap Utilities, a format that can read and write one bit per pixel


Kodak Photo CD (see *.fpx)



Macintosh QuickDraw, used in desktop publishing and imaging applications (also *.pict)



PaintBrush PCX format, designed by ZSoft


Portable Document Format, an open standard for document exchange created by Adobe®


Portable Greymap Utilities, a format that can read and write eight (grayscale) bits per pixel


Format for printing line drawings, created by Hewlett-Packard (also *.hpgl)



Portable Network Graphics, created by CompuServe® to replace the *.gif format


Portable Pixmap Utilities, a format that can read and write 24 bits per pixel


Printer Command Language file (also *.prt, *.pcl)



Adobe Photoshop® graphics editor files




2-D rendering engine files, developed by Phelios, Inc.



SUN Raster file format


Rich Text Format file



Scitex Continuous Tone (SCT), developed by HP Scitex and used for high-end image processing (also *.ct)


Structured Fax File


Format for black and white, grayscale, and color images, developed by CGI®


Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)⁠® Shape Format



Xionics SMP



Scalable Vector Graphics, Internet standard vector format for two-dimensional graphics in XML



Truevision, Inc. TGA format


Format for professional digital camera (also *.tiff)



Tag Image File format, format commonly used to archive important images (also *.tiff)


Wireless Bitmap file





Windows Metafiles, vector files that can contain a raster image


Windows Media Compressed Skin File



WordPerfect Graphics file


X Bitmap


Used to store X Window PixMap information to disk



Used to store and restore screen window images

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