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BMP, Windows bitmap image file (.bmp)

 

The .bmp file format

BMP is a standard image file format used by computers running on the Windows operating system platform. The format is more frequently referred to as Bitmap files. In computer programming the term bitmap was framed, to refer to a map of bits known as .bhp file. This is becoming more rare with .jpeg the preferred image file format with the introduction of digital cameras.

 

.bmp technical details

Bitmap files are contained in a device-independent bitmap (DIB) format, which means that the bitmap describes pixel color in a context that is independent of the one used by a display to represent color. This allows Windows to show the bitmap on any type of display unit – e.g. your monitor.

 

Additional information about BMP file format

File extension .BMP
File category IMAGE
Useful links http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/aboutgraphics/a/bitmapvector.htm
File conversion Convert a file to BMP
Developer Microsoft Corporation
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop, MS Paint, Paintbrush, Microsoft Photo Editor