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PICT File Extension

Picture Format

What is PICT file?

PICT is a file extension commonly associated with Picture Format files. Picture Format format was developed by Apple. PICT file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Mac OS, Windows system platform. PICT file format, along with 522 other file formats, belongs to the Raster Image Files category. Adobe Photoshop supports PICT files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 15 other tools may also be used. On the official website of Adobe Systems Incorporated developer not only will you find detailed information about theAdobe Photoshop software, but also about PICT and other supported file formats.

Programs which support PICT file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with PICT files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with PICT suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with PICT extension?

Being unable to open files with PICT extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to 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. Download and install Adobe Photoshop

Install software to open PICT file Problems with opening and working with PICT files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with PICT files being present on your machine. The most obvious solution is to download and install Adobe Photoshop or one to the listed programs: Adobe After Effects, CorelDRAW, Adobe Fireworks. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Adobe Photoshop website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop

Update software that support file extension PICTIf the problems with opening PICT files still occur even after installing Adobe Photoshop, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software.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. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Adobe Photoshop installed, it may not support PICT format. The most recent version of Adobe Photoshop is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate Picture Format files with Adobe Photoshop

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate PICT files with latest version of Adobe Photoshop you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with PICT file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the PICT file
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Adobe Photoshop is installed, check the Always use this app to open PICT files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with PICT file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected PICT file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with PICT extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the PICT file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the PICT file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

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

Should it happed that the PICT is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the PICT file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. If the scanner detected that the PICT file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with PICT extension is complete and error-free

Did you receive the PICT file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with PICT extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Picture Format file again.

4. Check whether your system can handle Adobe Photoshop

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support PICT files. Close all running programs and try opening the PICT file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Picture Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with PICT files affecting older versions of given software.

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