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PIC File Extension

Generic Picture Format

What is PIC file?

Files with PIC extension store raster images. PIC is a platform-independent image format originally developed for DOS systems. PIC file were sometimes referred to as “Pictors” from the tool that used this format (Pictor Paint). PIC files are in now way related to PICT files.

File structure

Each PIC file contains a header section that holds such information image resolution, color depth, or color palette. Image data is implementation agnostic so there is some degree of flexibility to how given image is displayed on concrete machine. Images. PIC format supports the following color palettes:

  • 2- or 4-color,
  • 16-color,
  • 256-color,
  • 24-bit (added later).

Programs which support PIC file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open PIC files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. PIC files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Updated: 06/29/2022

How to open file with PIC extension?

Problems with accessing PIC may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Generic Picture Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the PaintShop Pro

Install software to open PIC file Problems with opening and working with PIC files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PIC files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing PaintShop Pro or different compatible program, such as ACDSee, Canvas, XnView. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support PIC files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading PaintShop Pro installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of PaintShop Pro and update if needed

Update software that support file extension PICIf you already have PaintShop Pro installed on your systems and PIC files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of PaintShop Pro installed, it may not support PIC format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using PaintShop Pro.

Step 3. Assign PaintShop Pro to PIC files

If you have the latest version of PaintShop Pro installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PIC on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with PIC file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the PIC with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where PaintShop Pro is installed, check the Always use this app to open PIC files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with PIC file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected PIC file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select PaintShop Pro and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with PIC extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the PIC is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper PIC file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check PIC file for viruses
1. Check the PIC file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PIC file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the PIC file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the PIC file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the PIC 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. If the PIC file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open PaintShop Pro

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with PIC extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Generic Picture Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle PIC files.

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