Opening PNG files

Did your computer fail to open a PNG file? We explain what PNG files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your PNG files.

What is a PNG file?

PNG is an acronym for Portable Network Graphic. The PNG file format offers a compressed lossless file format for graphic bitmap images. PNG files are very similar to GIF files. They contain bitmaps and offer a lossless compression algorithm but they do not contain copyright limitations.

Unlike GIF files, which can only provide for fully transparent or fully opaque pixels, PNG files provide for 8-bit transparency. While PNG files cannot be animated like GIF files can, the MNG file format (a file format related to PNG) does offer animation capabilities. PNG is becoming the preferred image format for graphics on the Web.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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