What is PNG Format And How To Open It Online?

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What is PNG?

PNG is the file format that portable network graphics files are saved to. The file format is used to save images and is widely favored for its support for image transparency. PNGs support complete transparency as well as partial transparency. Referred by many as P-N-G, it’s correctly pronounced ping and is a lossless compressed file format for saving raster images. Although these image are high quality, they are not intended for use in printing as they do not support CMYK colors. PNG was developed when patent problems arose with the GIF format. In 2013, PNG beat out GIF in popularity with respect to usage by websites.


PNG8 is the lowest bit per pixel version of the Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format that is widely used. PNG8 supports transparency but a pixel may have a single transparency value and there is no concept of a semi-transparent pixel with PNG8 (PNG32 is best for saving images with semi-transparent pixels). It is a lossless compressed format for images that is similar to GIFs but with support for transparency. The only downside to this format is that older versions of Internet Explorer do not support transparency which makes it a slightly less viable option to use. PNG8 files will be small in size, close to what the size of GIF would be but still outmatched by a JPG or JPEG file.

PNG 24

PNG 24 is nothing more than a Portable Network Graphics (PNG) file with a higher resolution. PNG 24 represents a 24-bit PNG that are not only high resolution but can also support up to 16.8 million colors.

How Do I View PNG Files Online?

To view a PNG file online, upload it to Jumpshare and click to view it in your browser. You can upload several files to a single folder and navigate between them with the viewer open by using the thumbnail filmstrip at the bottom. Jumpshare preserves the transparency of PNG files and supports PNGs of all compressions.

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