The PIX file extension is associated with the PCIDSK PCI Geomatics database file format used by various GIS and navigation software.

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

empty icon.pix - Bitmap image

empty icon.pix - SmartWare physical index file

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PIX file - PCIDSK PCI Geomatics database file

What is pix file? How to open pix files?

File type specification:

GIS, GPS navigation and map file type icon GIS, GPS navigation and map file type

The PIX file extension is related to the PCIDSK PCI Geomatics database file format.

PCI Geomatics developed the PCIDSK format, also known as the PCI Geomatics Database File Format, in 1988 as a replacement for the outdated and importable UNIDSK format. The old UNIDSK format was dependent on the 16-bit architecture of the PDP11 system and was unable to scale to the 32-bit or 64-bit systems that replaced it.

In addition to adding portability, the redesign of the old UNIDSK format incorporated other advantageous features:

  • Expandability: From the start, the PCIDSK format was designed to accommodate new requirements as they emerged. Fields have been reserved to allow for growth and the segmented design accepts new feature types.
  • Access Speed: Using a 512KB block design, which is the block size used by most hard drives, you can read and write to sections of the image with minimal overhead at the disk and operating system level.

GCPs (ground control points) present along with a projection in an PCIDSK file being read can either be applied to the data as an affine transformation, or stored as propeties of the raster geometry. GCPs cannot be written to PCIDSK.

The default software associated to pix file type:

Geomatica Core picture or screenshot

Geomatica Core  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
PCI Geomatics

PCI Geomatica is a remote sensing desktop software solution for processing of earth observation data, developed and sold by PCI Geomatics Inc.

Help how to open:

Use Geometica Core to open *.pix geomatics database files.

How to convert:

Special GIS converter exist and may help users to transfer or transform their maps and other navigation data between programs or devices.

For general information try to look at:
Basic info how to convert GIS, GPS or map files

List of software applications associated to the .pix 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 pix file, edit pix file, convert pix file, view pix file, play pix file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

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

  • Open pix file
  • Edit pix file
  • Create pix file

Software that open pix file - PCIDSK PCI Geomatics database file

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

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with pix file by default:
Geomatica Core
Other suggested software:
ArcGIS small icon ArcGIS

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