PICT, Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/picture file (.pict)

The PICT Raster image file format

PICT files were developed in 1984 for Macintosh Graphics. The PICT file type is primarily associated with 'Macintosh' by Apple Inc. QuickDraw is the 2D graphics library and associated Application Programming Interface (API) which is a core part of the classic Apple Macintosh operating system. It was initially written by Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld.

Technical details of PICT files

QuickDraw still exists as part of the libraries of Mac OS X, but has been largely superseded by the more modern Quartz graphics system. Image files created with said program are saved in the PICT format. They can contain both vector and bitmap images in a big variety of colors. In order to reduce the file size, PICT files support RLE (run-length encoding) and JPEG compression. Commonly, especially on a Windows platform, such files are often stored using the PCT extension as well.

More information about the PICT file format

File extension .pict
File category Raster image
Associated programs ACD Systems Canvas 15
ACD Systems ACDSee 17
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12
Adobe Fireworks CCExternal Link
Adobe After Effects CC
CocoModX
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
Corel PaintShop Pro X7
Lemkesoft GraphicConverter
Planamesa NeoOffice
Useful links Learn more about PICT files
Developer Apple
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