.PNG File Extension

A .PNG file is a Portable Network Graphic, created by PNG Development Group.

Open with GIMP. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .PNG file?

A PNG file, which stands for Portable Network Graphic, is a type of image file commonly used on the internet and in digital media. This file format is favored for its ability to store images with a high level of detail and clarity, including digital photographs and graphics used on websites. One of the standout features of PNG files is their support for transparency, making them ideal for logos, icons, and other graphics where a transparent background is beneficial.

Unlike JPG images, which lose some quality each time they are saved due to lossy compression, PNG files use lossless compression. This means that every time a PNG file is opened and saved, it retains its original quality, making it a preferred choice for storing and editing detailed graphics.

There are numerous programs and applications that can open PNG files across different operating systems: - **Windows**: You can view PNG files using built-in applications like Microsoft Photos and Microsoft Paint, which are included with the operating system. For more advanced editing, programs like Adobe Photoshop 2023, Adobe Illustrator 2023, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2023 are suitable. Other options include GIMP, File Viewer Plus (available from Microsoft Store), and ACD Systems ACDSee Photo Studio.

- **Mac**: Apple provides built-in support for PNG files with applications like Preview and Photos, both included with the OS. For web browsing, Apple Safari can display PNG images directly. Professional editing can be done in Adobe Photoshop 2023, Adobe Illustrator 2023, and other specialized software like Pixelmator 2.

- **Linux**: GIMP and XnViewMP are popular choices for opening and editing PNG files on Linux platforms.

- **Mobile Devices**: On iOS, PNG files can be managed and viewed using Apple Photos and Files, both included with the OS. Apps like Adobe Photoshop Express are also available for more detailed editing. Android users can rely on Google Photos, Microsoft OneDrive, and File Viewer for Android to handle PNG files.

- **Web and Cloud Services**: PNG files can be viewed and stored on cloud services such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others can display PNG images directly from the internet.

- **Other Devices**: On Chrome OS, the ChromeOS Files app included with the operating system can open PNG files. This wide range of compatibility across different platforms and software makes PNG files extremely versatile and widely used in both professional and casual settings.


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