.SIX File Extension

A .SIX file is a Sixel Image, created by Digital Equipment Corporation.

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

What is a .SIX file?

A .SIX file is a type of image file known as a Sixel Image. This format was specifically designed for use with older printing devices made by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), such as dot matrix printers and computer terminals. The term "sixel" in the file type comes from the format's unique method of organizing the image data into blocks of six pixels each, stacked vertically.

To view or manage .SIX files, you can use several different software programs. One of the most versatile tools for this purpose is ImageMagick, a program that can handle a wide range of image formats and provides various image editing capabilities. Additionally, since .SIX files are essentially text-based in their data structure, any basic text editor (like Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on macOS) can be used to open and view the raw data of the file. However, viewing the file in a text editor will not display the image graphically but will show the coding and structure of the image data.

Another specific tool for viewing Sixel Images is SixelViewer, which is designed to interpret and display .SIX files as they were intended to be seen, in a graphical format. This can be particularly useful for those who need to work with or view these types of images in their original appearance without converting them to a more modern image format.

In summary, to open and work with a .SIX file, you can use ImageMagick for a full range of image processing features, any basic text editor to see the file's data, or SixelViewer to view the image as it was originally intended.


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