A pct file extension is associated with the QuickDraw/PICT bitmap graphics format used on original Macintosh computers.

There are 2 other file types using
the PCT file extension!

empty icon.pct - Picture image

empty icon.pct - ChemSep pure compound document

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PCT file extension - Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT bitmap graphics format

What is pct file? How to open pct files?

File type specification:

Bitmap image file type icon Bitmap image file type

pct file icon: pct filetype icon

The pict file format originates on the Apple Macintosh where it is basically a metafile recording a series of the Macintosh QuickDraw graphics commands.

PICT comes in two main flavors, corresponding to the two main revisions of QuickDraw:

  • PICT files for version 1 of QuickDraw: The original PICT format that was used on the original black and white Macintoshes which had QuickDraw 1.0. This version supports only monochrome graphics of limited size with a fixed resolution of 72 DPI.
  • PICT files for version 2 of QuickDraw (Color QuickDraw): This format supports large images with up to 256 colors (using a palette), and with variable resolution.

PICT files may include bitmaps, and in version 2.0 files these may be compressed using a PackBits compression algorithm, or if QuickTime is installed, using a JPEG-compression algorithm.

Although PICT files were designed originally on the Macintosh, there are some applications available on other platforms which can read this format.

MIME: image/x-pict

This pct file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to open pct file:

XnView MP icon

Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet logoXnView MP  Multiplatform software

Company or developer:
Pierre-Emmanuel Gougelet

A free (for non-commercial purposes) powerful cross-platform media browser, viewer and converter. Compatible with more than 500 formats and also supports export to 70 different file formats. It works on Windows, Linux and macOS (OS X).

Help how to open:

Use XnView, Adobe Photoshop, OpenOffice.org Draw.

How to convert:

Use Adobe Photoshop, OpenOffice.org Draw to export *.pct files to other formats.

Find conversions from pct file:

pct to 8bps

pct to jpg

pct to tif

Find converter to pct file type:

bmp to pct

List of software applications associated to the .pct file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open pct file, edit pct file, convert pct file, view pct file, play pct file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting pct files.

Software that open pct file - Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT bitmap graphics format

Programs supporting the exension pct on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open pct file action.

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