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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Xnconvert solves the problem of converting old graphics files to new formats

I needed to convert several old graphics files in MacPaint and PC Paintbrush format. I needed to do this with macOS, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows.

I bumbled around looking for solutions. I figured out awkward workarounds in each case, but I believed someone must have arrived at a better solution.

Someone has, and that solution is the graphics batch converter Xnconvert. It easily converted my old files into the contemporary Windows .bmp format, which has been around since at least 1992 in Windows 3.1.

This product reads 500 different formats (!) including some even rarer than MacPaint, such as Atari ST’s Neochrome. It writes to 70 different formats.

The developer asks for a donation to help defray costs. He wants $6.48. Perfectly reasonable and I paid it as quick as I could.

Xnconvert has versions for Windows, macOS, and various distros of Linux. I got it up and working on macOS and Ubuntu Linux quickly and easily. It converted the old files quickly and easily. It displays the progress of each conversion and its success or failure.

I wholeheartedly recommend this product to anyone faced with converting old graphics files in a plethora of formats into a common contemporary format usable across Windows, macOS, and Linux.


1 Input for Xnconvert

This shows the input. I’ve selected the folders that I want to convert. You can convert nested folders. 

2 conversion process is fast


This shows the speed of the conversion process

3 output folder settings



This shows the output settings, where you select the output folder and format.

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