MAC - MacPaint Image

What is a MAC file

MAC files are raster images created by MacPaint, one of the first painting programs that have been developed for Macintosh computers. The files can still be opened and viewed by a few programs nowadays, despite being published in 1984.

Bitmap images with the MAC extension can only contain graphics in black-and-white. The need to develop support for more colors hasn't been there when the file format was developed since the monitors available for Macintosh computers at that time had monochrome monitors.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open MAC documents:

  • Apple MacPaint (Mac)
  • Apple QuickTime Player (Mac)
  • CorelDRAW Graphics Suite (Windows)
  • Corel PaintShop Pro (Windows)
  • Corel Presentations (Windows)
  • Lemkesoft GraphicConverter (Mac)
Extension MAC
MIME type application/mac, application/x-mac, image/mac, image/x-mac, image/x-macpaint, image/x-quicktime
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