Pics.io supports a considerable variety of media formats: images, raw photos, videos, vector illustrations, fonts, and 3d images. Here’s a full list of formats that are currently supported in Pics.io.
If you are a designer, you’ll be happy to learn that Pics.io supports major file formats you may need in your work. First of all, it supports Pics.io supports the following Vector File formats you may need in your design practice:
A SKETCH file is a vector graphics file created by Sketch, a vector graphics editor for Apple Mac OS. It contains layers of drawn objects that include text, shapes, symbols, or images. Today it is by far the most popular prototyping tool for UX/UI designers worldwide. You can learn more about how you can work with Sketch files in Pics.io here.
This is a file created with Adobe XD (standing for Experience Design). It’s a newly developed UX design tool which is widely used as an all-in-one UX/UI solution for instantaneous wireframing and creating interactive prototypes for websites, mobile apps, and more. Adobe XD works both on macOS and Windows 10.
Scalable Vector Graphics File format is a two-dimensional vector graphic file format developed by W3C and Adobe in particular. SVG files describe images using a text format based on XML and provide resolution independent graphics on the web and in print. SVG is widely accepted a standard format for displaying vector graphics on the web.
These are files created with Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editing program. AI files contain paths connected by points, rather than bitmap image data. This format is commonly used for logos and print media.
An EPS file is a vector graphics file saved in the Encapsulated PostScript file format developed by Adobe Systems. It may contain 2D vector graphics, bitmap images, and text. EPS files are mostly used to save artwork, such as logos and drawings, and as a standard way of transferring image data between different operating systems.
A CDR file is a file type created by CorelDRAW, a vector illustration and page layout program. This document contains text, lines, shapes, images, colors, and effects. This is a closed format, which means it is only supported by Corel software and has to be converted into PDF, SVG, PNG or other formats to be viewed in other image editing programs.
This is a Visio Drawing File, a vector image file saved by Visio, a diagramming and vector graphics application which is part of the Microsoft Office family. Visio can be used to create flowcharts, workflow diagrams, organizational charts, software diagrams, network diagrams, and database models. A VSD file can contain visual objects, information flows, text, and other data.
If your business is connected with architectural design, engineering, industrial design and construction, you'll be happy to learn that Pics.io supports CAD files as well.
DXF stands for Drawing Interchange Format (or Drawing Exchange Format). This is a CAD (computer-aided design) data file format developed by Autodesk. The format was created to enable better compatibility between AutoCAD and other programs than it was possible with DWG format.
There is only one 3d Image File Format which is currently supported in Pics.io:
This is a standard 3D image format developed by Waterfront Technologies that can be exported and opened by various other 3D graphics applications. The file contains a three-dimensional object including 3D coordinates, texture maps, polygonal faces, and other object info.
If you are involved in publishing business, there is a strong probability that you work with Page Layout Files. Pics.io supports a number of widespread file formats used by popular desktop publishing applications, such as:
INDD files are files created in Adobe InDesign. It’s a desktop publishing software, commonly used for creating and formatting books, magazines, newspapers, flyers, and brochures.
Before uploading INDD files to your Pics.io account you need to change the corresponding settings in Adobe InDesign. Feel free to check more information about it here.
This is Adobe InDesign Template file, i.e. page layout template for designing pages in Adobe InDesign, typically used when creating multiple pages with the same style and formatting.
These are Adobe InDesign Interchange files. Exported by Adobe InDesign in XML format, they contain information that completely describes an InDesign (INDD) file, including pages, page content, text frames, colors, margins, guides, etc.
IDML files are Adobe InDesign Markup Language files. Stored as a compressed zip package, IDML file contains several XML files, which represent a complete InDesign document. This file format was introduced in InDesign CS4 to replace INX format.
Portable Document Format file (PDF), originally developed by Adobe Systems, is a binary format is commonly used to save documents and publications in a standard format. Its great advantage is that it can be viewed on multiple platforms and looks the same both on the screen and when printed.
Whatever is the nature of your business, you are most likely to have raster images among various assets in your digital repository. Pics.io supports a considerable number of raster file to help you streamline your work.
JPEG standard is a compressed graphic format standardized by the Joint Photographic Experts Group. The degree of compression is adjustable and allows for a reasonable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG format is commonly used for storing digital photos and web graphics and is the most dominant still image format.
TIFF stands for Tagged Image File Format, originally developed by Aldus that later merged with Adobe Systems. It is a standard image format for saving high-quality color images on multiple computer platforms, which makes it popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers. TIFF is widely supported by scanning, faxing, word processing, optical character recognition, image manipulation, desktop publishing, and page-layout applications.
This is a Portable Network Graphic (PNG) format. Сreated as an improved, non-patented replacement for GIF, it is now the most widely used lossless image compression format on the Internet. It contains a bitmap of indexed colors and may include an 8-bit transparency channel. PNG files are commonly used to store graphics for web images. It's worth mentioning that Pics.io supports layers in PNG files when they are exported from PSD.
BMP file format, also known as Bitmap Image File is an image file format which is used to store bitmap digital images independently of the display device. It contains a file header (bitmap identifier, file size, width, height, color options, and bitmap data starting point) and bitmap pixels, each with a different color. BMP is supported by a large number of image and graphics programs both on Windows and macOS.
Graphical Interchange Format File (GIF) is a raster image file often used for web graphics, especially small images and images that contain text, such as navigation buttons. GIF images can also be animated and used to display basic animations on websites.
PSD is a raster image file format, which is a native format used to save files in Adobe Photoshop, a professional image-editing program. These files may include layers, masks, filters, text, and other Photoshop-specific elements. If you deal with PSD files, you are welcome to learn more about how you can work with PSD files in Pics.io.
PCX stands for PiCture eXchange and is a raster image file format which is the native file format for PC Paintbrush. Developed by ZSoft Corporation, now owned by The Learning Company, PCX became one of the first widely accepted DOS imaging standards. The format is now succeeded by more sophisticated image formats, such as BMP, JPEG, and PNG.
This is AOL Compressed Image File, a raster image file compressed by America Online (AOL). The image is saved in a proprietary format that most image viewing programs do not recognize.
Apart from usual raster files, Pics.io support a number of RAW files captured by digital cameras and image scanners. RAW files are named so because they contain unprocessed data which is not ready to be printed or edited with a usual bitmap graphics editor.
Besides, unlike traditional raster image files such as JPG and PNG files, RAW files also store additional metadata, such as camera ID, white balance, exposure, lens, etc. Pics.io captures and stores metadata from your digital photos. If you edit metadata in Pics.io, this info is saved within your asset and remains available even outside Pics.io, e.g. in Lightroom.
And one more thing. If you work with RAW photos, you definitely need a reliable converter to process them into JPEG and other formats. Welcome to try the Raw.Pics.io app - a free online RAW viewer and converter - another product made by our team.
Digital Negative (DNG) format is a universal RAW image format developed by Adobe for saving digital photos in an uncompressed format. DNG file format is supported by most image viewing and photo editing programs.
A RAW file is an image generated by digital cameras such as Panasonic, Leica, and Casio cameras. It contains unaltered and uncompressed image data as captured by a digital camera's sensor. RAW files do not lose data like JPEG files when they are compressed.
This is a RAW camera image file created by Canon digital cameras. CR2 files store uncompressed image data, so they're usually high-quality and quite large in size. The images are saved in a format based on the TIFF specification.
A file with the CRW file extension is an unprocessed and uncompressed image taken with a Canon digital camera. CRW format is no longer used in newer Canon cameras because it's been replaced by the CR2 format.
This is an Epson RAW file captured with an Epson digital camera. The file is stored in an uncompressed format and can be opened with programs like PhotoRAW that come with the Epson camera or may be printed directly using some Epson printers.
A file with an RAF file extension is an uncompressed RAW photograph captured with a Fuji digital camera. It contains unprocessed image data and may also include a JPG version of the same image within the file.
This is Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image, a RAW photo captured by a Nikon digital camera. It is saved in an uncompressed format, i.e. the data is stored exactly as it was captured by the camera's sensor.
ORF file format is a RAW image format used in Olympus digital cameras. Like all other RAW formats, this one contains image information rendered directly by a camera's sensor.
This is a camera RAW file created by a Panasonic digital camera, such as the LX3 and LX5. Like other RAW image formats, RW2 files stores uncompressed image data directly from the camera sensor. The files are usually large and not ready for printing or viewing.
A DCR file is an uncompressed image photo generated by Kodak camera. (typically SLRs). A photo is captured without any compression or color adjustments.
A PEF file is a Pentax Electronic File. This is an uncompressed RAW photograph taken with a Pentax digital camera. Similar to other RAW images, it stores image information exactly how it was captured by the camera's sensor, with no compression or color adjustment.
This is a digital photo taken by a Samsung digital camera. It contains a RAW image taken by the digital camera in a proprietary format.
his is the format of high-end digital photos captured by Sigma digital camera. It supports the image data, thumbnails, preview images, and text property information.
This is Sony Digital Camera Image, a digital photograph taken by a Sony digital camera. It contains uncompressed RAW image data as captured by the camera's sensor.
This is a RAW image format saved by Sony digital cameras. SRF file stores image data in an uncompressed format the way it was captured by the camera's sensor.
This is Rich Text Format which was introduced by Microsoft. It is a common text file format that supports the so-called "rich text", which means it supports text formatting, such as bold type, italics, different fonts and font sizes, and custom tab settings. RTF files also support objects and images, such as JPG and PNG files, saved within the text file.
DOC stands for DOCument file. It’s a word processing document created in Microsoft Word, or another processing program, including OpenOffice and Apple Pages. A DOC file may contain formatted text, images, tables, graphs, charts, page formatting, and print settings.
Similar to DOC, a DOCX file is a document created in Microsoft Word or another word processing program. It contains formatted text but may also include images, drawn objects, and other document elements. Unlike DOC, which was proprietary to Microsoft, DOCX is an open standard format, which means it is more easily accessible to other types of word processing products. DOCX files are created using the Open XML format, hence the “X” part of the DOCX extension.
DOCM is a Word Open XML Macro-Enabled Document created in Microsoft Word. DOCM files are used to automate DOCX document with the help of embedded macros and scripts that can be executed within the document.
An ODT file is an OpenDocument text document created with Writer, the Apache OpenOffice word processor. It contains different elements such as text, images, drawn objects, and styles. ODT files can be opened and edited with any OpenOffice-compatible program.
A TXT file is a Plain Text File, which is a standard text document that contains unformatted text. It is recognized by any text editing or word processing program and can also be processed by most other software programs.
An MSG file is an email message, contact, appointment, or task created or saved within Microsoft Outlook. It may contain one or more email fields, which includes the date, sender, recipient, subject, message body, etc. MSG files may be exported for the purposes of archiving and storage or scanning for malware.
Marketers all over the world rely on DAM services to store and distribute their marketing collateral. The latter surely contains photographs, booklets, design mockups, and of course, marketing presentations in PowerPoint. Pics.io supports a number of data files to empower marketing teams.
PPT stands for PowerPoint Presentation file is an editable slideshow created by Microsoft PowerPoint. It may contain formatted text, bullet points, images, movies, sound effects, and music. PPT files are used for creating presentations in the home and business environments with the help of templates provided by PowerPoint software or from scratch.
This is a PowerPoint Open XML Presentation file created by Microsoft PowerPoint. It contains a collection of slides, including their text, images, formatting, animations, drawn objects, and other media. Unlike PPT files, PPTX files are based on the Open XML format, which stores documents as a collection of separate files in a compressed zip package, which makes this format more accessible.
PPTM file is a PowerPoint macro-enabled presentation created in Microsoft PowerPoint. In the same way as PPTX, it contains a collection of slides with text, layout, images, formatting, etc. However, this file can also contain embedded macros.
This is the format for PowerPoint Slide Show files created with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint. It is saved as a completed slideshow and can be viewed by either PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer. PPS files are similar to PPT. However, unlike the latter, they are opened in presentation mode and can’t be edited.
This stands for PowerPoint Open XML Slide Show. It’s a slide show created by Microsoft PowerPoint. In the same way as PPS files, this file is a completed slide show that cannot be edited once saved and may only be played back. PPSX files are saved in the Open XML format, hence the letter “X” in the file extension. The advantage of PPSX files is that they can be viewed with PowerPoint Viewer, which is a free program.
A CSV file is a Comma Separated Values file commonly used by spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc. It stores tabular data (numbers and text) in plain text. Each database row consists of one or more fields separated by a comma, hence the name of this format. CSV files are often used for transferring data between databases, e.g. transferring an XLSX file into another program that does not support the XLSX format.
This is OpenDocument Presentation file created by Impress, a presentation editing application included with Apache OpenOffice. It generally contains slides with text, images, multimedia content, and transition effects. ODP is similar to the PowerPoint program available in the Microsoft Office suite.
It’s a data file format developed by IBM for Lotus Worksheet files created in Lotus 1-2-3, a popular spreadsheet program in the 1990s, which is now discontinued.
XLS stands for eXceL Spreadsheet and is a spreadsheet file created by Microsoft Excel. It can contain one or more worksheets, where data is stored and displayed in table format. The data can be manipulated and analyzed using formulas and calculations.
This is a Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet created in Microsoft Excel. Similar to XLS file, the data is arranged in a grid of rows and columns, and the worksheet may also contain charts, mathematical functions, and formatting. XLSX files are based on the Open XML standard.
This is an Excel Open XML Macro-Enabled Spreadsheet created by Microsoft Excel. It does pretty much the same as XLSX spreadsheet, but it also contains embedded macros, which is a program written by an end-user to provide automation, e.g. opening files, data comparison, data aggregation across multiple sheets, etc.
AIF is the abbreviation of Audio Interchange File Format, which is an audio file format standard used for storing sound data for personal computers and other electronic audio devices. The format was developed by Apple on the basis of IFF format. It contains high-quality audio stored in a non-compressed, lossless format. AIF files are sampled at 44.1KHz, are 16-bit, and have two channels for stereo sound.
This is an audio coding format for digital audio which was developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group. MP3 file uses "Layer 3" audio compression and sounds similar to the original recording, but requires significantly less disk space. This format is by far the most common way to store music files on computers and portable devices.
OGG is a compressed audio file format that uses free, unpatented Ogg Vorbis audio compression developed by Xiph.Org. Created as a non-proprietary alternative for MP3 format, it usually sounds better than an MP3 file of equal size. OGG file may include song metadata, such as artist information and track data. The format is supported by many music players.
Waveform Audio File Format (WAVE, or more commonly known as WAV) is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing audio on PCs. It is the main format used on Windows systems for raw and typically uncompressed audio. WAV files are often saved in a 44.1 KHz, 16-bit, stereo format, which is the standard format used for CD audio.
This stands for Windows Media Audio File. This is an audio file saved in the Advanced Systems Format (ASF), a proprietary Microsoft container format for digital audio or digital video, which also encodes file metadata such as song name, track number, artist name, etc. WMA files are similar to MP3 files and primarily used for streaming music from the web.
This is a Media Playlist File format developed by Nullsoft. It’s a media playlist file supported by several media players such as Winamp and iTunes. Originally designed for audio files, such as MP3, it is commonly used to point media players to audio and video sources, including online sources.
AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave. This is a multimedia container that contains both audio and video data and allows simultaneous audio-with-video playback. The format was introduced by Microsoft and is supported by various video players. AVI files typically use less compression than similar formats such as MPEG and MOV.
A WMV file is a video file based on the Microsoft Advanced Systems Format (ASF) container format. It is one of the most common files used to store video in Windows. WMV files can be played with a variety of media players, e.g. Windows Video and Media Player.
An FLV file is a video file exported by the Flash Video Exporter plug-in (included with Adobe Animate, formerly known as Flash). It’s a media container that consists of a short header, interleaved audio, video, and metadata packets. The audio and video data within FLV files are encoded in the same manner as they are within standard Flash (SWF) files.
This is a Video Transport Stream File. TS files are often saved as multiple files on a DVD. They compress video data using standard MEPG-2 (MPEG) video compression and can be played back by various software DVD players and video editing tools.
MP4 is a popular multimedia file format most commonly used to store video and audio, but it can also contain subtitles and still images. MP4 is short for MPEG-4 Part 14, which is a container format based on the QuickTime File Format (QTFF). MP4 files use MPEG-4 compression, a standard developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). The MP4 format is commonly used for streaming video on the Internet and is supported by a wide range of video programs.
This is Apple QuickTime Movie file format. This is a multimedia file format developed by Apple and compatible with both Macintosh and Windows. A MOV file contains multiple tracks with different types of media data and is often used for saving movies and other video files.
MPEG is a popular video format standardized by the Moving Picture Experts Group. It’s a digital container format for the transmission and storage of audio, video, and other related data. MPEG format is often used for creating movies that are distributed over the Internet.
An MPV file stands for MPEG Elementary Stream Video File. It contains raw video data from a video recorder and does not contain audio data. However, MPV files may still be played in common video players that have the appropriate codec.
This is an open audiovisual media file format designed for the web. A WebM file consists of video streams compressed with the VP8 or VP9 video codec, audio streams compressed with the Vorbis or Opus audio codecs, and WebVTT text tracks. WEBM container format is based on a profile of Matroska.
This is a format for storing digital video. A DV file is a Digital Video file recorded with some home and professional camcorders. It uses a standard raw format for the DV video and is supported by several video editing programs.
An M4V file is an iTunes Video File developed by Apple. This format is used to store videos downloaded from Apple iTunes store, such as TV episodes, music videos, etc. This format is very similar to MP4. The primary difference is that M4V files may be protected by DRM copy protection, which means your computer must be authorized with the account that was used to purchase the video.
MXF file is a Material Exchange Format. It's a container format and it comes from a wide range of sources. They can be created by cameras like Sony (OP1a) and Panasonic (OP-Atom, OP1b), editing systems like Avid Media Composer, or other video recording devices. Pics.io generates custom thumbnails for MXF files and uses the in-built video player.
VOB (Video Object) is the container format in DVD-video media. VOB files can contain digital video, digital audio, subtitles, DVD menus and navigation contents multiplexed together into a stream form. It's a file extension for a video object file format used to store encrypted video and audio files used on current DVDs.
This is an audio and video format developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The format was created to transmit media files between 3G cell phones using the Internet. Now it is used to play, record and view multimedia files on mobile phones and to transmit multimedia files over the Internet.
This is Ogg Vorbis Multiplexed Media File Multiplexed media file saved in the Ogg Vorbis container format developed by Xiph.Org. It is similar to an OGG file, but can include multiple media streams encoded with different codecs. It is used for storing compressed audio and video data.
OGV stands for Ogg Video File which uses open-source Ogg container format developed by Xiph.Org. It can contain video streams that use one or more different codecs and can be played using a variety of media players.
Pics.io also supports a number of miscellaneous files:
This stands for Comic Book Reader file format. It is a compressed set of JPEG, PNG, or static GIF images saved in a single RAR archive. It contains pages that are automatically ordered and can be viewed in sequence, which makes this format especially useful for displaying comic books.
An FLA file is an animation project created in Adobe Animate, formerly known as Flash. It contains graphics, video, text elements, audio, and other assets. For web-usage, FLA files are most commonly saved as SWF files as they are viewable in most web browsers with the Flash plugin.
TTF stands for TrueType Font. It is a vector font format which was originally created by Apple. It can be resized to any size without losing quality and looks the same when printed as it does on the screen. It has become the most common format for fonts on macOS and Microsoft Windows.
An ICO file is a system file format used to store icons for Windows programs, files, and folders. It contains two bitmaps: the AND bitmap - the image mask (which determines what part of the icon is transparent), and the XOR bitmap - contains the icon which is mapped onto the image mask. ICO files can be modified to create custom icons.
Besides, there are files that you create directly in your working folder in Google Drive (e.g. a Google doc file, drawing, form, map, presentation, or spreadsheet). There are also visible in Pics.io.
As you can see, Pics.io works with a large number of file formats to support various industries. However, if the list of file formats doesn’t contain a format you need, you’re most welcome to drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please tell us a few words about yourself and the way you want to use this file format in Pics.io. We’ll do our best to introduce it to Pics.io.