Raster image format developed by ZSoft; became one of the original bitmap image formats for the DOS/Windows platform; supports 24-bit color images, 8-bit grayscale and indexed color images, and 1-bit black and white images; compressed using RLE encoding.The PCX file format has mostly been replaced by newer image formats, but is still used by some fax and scanning applications. Multi-page PCX fax documents use the .DCX extension.
PCX, or Personal Computer Exchange, is an image file format created originally for the Paintbrush program and has been around since the first DOS/ Windows platforms. If you are having trouble opening a PCX file it is likely because most of the formats this file extension supports no longer exist. Despite its history, this file format has now been replaced by more sophisticated image formats such as GIF, JPEG, and PNG. PCX files compress images using a simple lossless compression algorithm called run-length encoding (RLE). This file format supports 24-bit color images, 8-bit grayscale and indexed color images, and 1-bit black and white images and despite its being mostly obsolete, can still be opened with most image viewers and editors. ZSoft Corporation, the creator of the PCX file format, is no longer in business.
Microsoft Windows Picture and Fax Viewer, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Corel PaintShop Pro X4, Corel WordPerfect Office X5, ACD Systems Canvas 12, ACDSee Photo Manager 14, Nuance OmniPage 18, GIMP, ZSoft PC Paintbrush
Developed by: ZSoft
MIME type : application/pcx, application/x-pcx, image/pcx, image/x-pc-paintbrush, image/x-pcx, zz-application/zz-winassoc-pcx