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Information about PCX file format

Name PCX
Full name Paintbrush Bitmap Image
File extension .pcx
MIME type application/pcx, application/x-pcx, image/pcx, image/x-pc-paintbrush, image/x-pcx, zz-application/zz-winassoc-pcx
Developed by ZSoft Corporation
Type of format Image File
Description The .pcx file extension was developed in the 1980s by the ZSoft Corporation. It has since been superseded by other image formats such as png, giff and jpeg. The file type is used rarely at present, however certain scanning devices still output to the .pcx format.
Technical details The PCX format was one of the first common bitmap image formats. A PCX file comprises of three elements: the header, image data and the 256 colour palette. PCX utiises a lossless compression technique. The compression technique used is not processor intensive which was an advantage at the time of development due to the relatively limited processing power of hardware in the 1980s.
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCX