My xxxx.png screenshot readable by Windows?

Graham Todd grahamtodd2 at
Fri Jan 15 15:26:12 UTC 2010

On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 07:47:07 -0600
Emil Payne <EHSPayne at> uttered these words:

> >  (is it true that Windows does not recognize the .png extension?)
> > She uses an old Windows version. XP or WIN98 I guess.

As HermanAA said, WinXP should DEFINITELY be able to open files in
the .png format, as I send .png files to my wife who runs WinXP.

However Win98 is a bit more problematic, since the standard was only
established in 1998, and has been through two changes (1999 and 2004)
since. See  So if she's on
Win98, she probably doesn't have the capacity to read .png files - if
she hasn't updated the graphics software.

Some time ago, I saw a package that was claimed to run on all versions
of Windows, Linux and MacOSX, that was developed by the Apache
Corporation, and held an Apache licence if I remember.  Its called EIB
(or Easy Image Boss).  If using the GIMP to change the format to .jpg
doesn't work, you might try EIB as it uses Java.

On the other hand, if you can convince her to download the freeware
Windows program Irfanview, she will be able to use that to view
your .png file.

Graham Todd

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