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PCD file format

File extension
.pcd
File category
Description
Kodak – the photography giant needed a way of effectively archiving images on different data storage media, the solution they came up with is the Photo CD format. Taking pictures with cameras with sophisticated lenses and documents scanned with high definition scan heads always generates high-resolution copies that could eat up chunks of memory space on Kodak devices. Forthwith, the PCD format utilizes an image compression system to encode images in slices of 24-bit. A PCD file can support images of multiple resolutions, with the highest being 6144×4096 pixels.
Technical details
Though PCD format supports image resolutions as high as 6144×4096 pixels, images are mostly encoded unto storage media at a resolution of 3072×2048 pixels. However, these two image resolutions are encoded with a similar color depth of 24-bit. Saving images in the PCD format is quite similar to the proprietary high-resolution video compression technology patented by Apple Inc.
Programs
ACD Systems Canvas 15
Corel PaintShop Pro X6
Corel WordPerfect Office X7
Apache OpenOffice
ACD Systems ACDSee 17
Developer
Kodak
MIME type
image/photoshop
image/x-photoshop
image/psd
application/photoshop
application/psd
zz-application/zz-winassoc-psd
application/octet-stream