APX File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an APX file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .APX files.

What is an APX file?

An .APX file is an Ability Office PhotoPaint Bitmap file. .apx files are image files created by the Ability Office PhotoPaint application. PhotoPaint is an image-editing tool included in the Ability Office package. When users make and save PhotoPaint image files, the default image type is a bitmap file with the .apx extension. A bitmap is a digital image composed of matrix dots. Each dot in a bitmap image contains a different color.

The Ability Office software was developed in 1992 and released on Windows-based PCs in 1995.

How to open APX files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension APX for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different APX openers which you will find listed below.

Other file formats using extension .APX

While Ability Office PhotoPaint Bitmap is a popular type of APX-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .APX extension.

The APX file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an APX opener may not be able to open all kinds of APX files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited APX viewer.

ArcPad user data file

Through our analysis of APX files, we know that one use of the format is ArcPad user data file. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 5 different APX openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of APX files. Remember, different programs may use APX files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Ability OfficeAbility OfficeUser submitted
ApoxApoxUser submitted
XnViewXnViewUser submitted
Text EditorText EditorUser submitted
AP EditorAP EditorUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with APX-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with APX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!