A BMP file, or bitmap, is a raster image file mainly designed by Microsoft for use on Windows systems. BMP files are widely supported by many applications across both Microsoft and Apple systems and are often used for digital photos. As they are raster files, they are based on pixels rather than formulas, so they cannot be scaled endlessly. But they are very high-quality image files, storing a lot of data, and can be compressed without losing that data or any color detail. This means the file sizes can end up being quite large.
PNG - Portable Graphics Format - is a type of raster image file widely used across the internet. They are widely compatible with plenty of software applications. Unlike JPG files, PNG files have lossless data compression, which means they can be reduced in size without losing data and overall image quality. They also have the ability to read transparent backgrounds, making them great for logos and other icons that tend to be displayed over pictures. You’ll find that most online applications support PNGs, and they are commonly used for digital photographs as well as graphics.
BMP files are mainly used across Microsoft devices, although they are readable in Mac’s Preview application. But PNG files are smaller in size and compatible with plenty more applications, as well as having the ability to read transparent backgrounds. Converting a BMG to a PNG is a straightforward process that makes your images compatible with more programs. It’s an excellent option for when you’re working with web graphics rather than photographs and want to make full use of the benefits of a PNG file format.
WinZip is more than just a BMP to PNG converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.