PTN File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PTN file?

Files that contain the .ptn file extension are most commonly associated with the PaperPort document management software application that is distributed by Nuance Communications.

The PaperPort software is used to scan and organize documents and share the documents with other users via email or the Web. The PTN file contains the information that is needed by the software to display the thumbnail images associated with the application. These files are normally hidden within a user's system.

The .ptn file extension is also used by the CADKEY software program. This application uses the .ptn file suffix for the pattern files that are utilized by the program.

How to open PTN 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 PTN for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different PTN openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension PTN

While we know of one file format using the .PTN file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .PTN file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with PTN-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 PTN-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!