PAT file extension is used for bitmap images of patterns. PAT images are comprised of rectangular elements, and can be 8x8 to 256x256 pixels in size.
PAT files are used by many graphics programs for filling areas with patterns, usually to produce background textures. PAT files have variety of uses – they are used in computer games, by screensavers, and many more environments.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with PAT files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with PAT suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
Being unable to open files with PAT extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with PAT files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports PAT files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Adobe Photoshop or one of the recommended programs (for example, Canvas, GIMP, WordPerfect Office) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support PAT files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Adobe Photoshop installed is by going to developer’s website (Adobe Systems Incorporated) and downloading the software using provided links.
If the problems with opening PAT files still occur even after installing Adobe Photoshop, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Adobe Photoshop is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why PAT files are not compatible with Adobe Photoshop. The latest version of Adobe Photoshop should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PAT on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PAT file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PAT file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. PAT file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the PAT file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with PAT extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Pattern Format file again.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PAT files. Close all running programs and try opening the PAT file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Pattern Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PAT files.
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