[PNG icon] Browsers with PNG Support

Maintenance Note

The PNG-supporting applications and toolkits pages are no longer being actively updated; for several years already, it's been safe to assume that virtually any bitmap-capable image app supports PNG. Corrections are still welcome, particularly for "repurposed domains" (park-spam), but new applications are no longer being added.

The Web, of course, was one of the main targets for PNG support since progressive display was/is so important to those browsing over a low-speed link (like Greg, at the time). GIF's interlacing scheme isn't very good, and JPEG's progressive mode was still catching on; PNG's seven-pass, two-dimensional scheme was designed to fill this gap. Likewise, PNG's alpha-channel support (including "RGBA palette" mode) and support for automatic gamma correction are particularly useful on the Web--at least where fully and correctly supported by browsers. This page lists standard 2D browsers; see the appropriate pages for listings of VRML browsers and other 3D applications.

Here are quick links to the browser section on the PNG Status page and to the "Big Two" browsers on this one:

As with the other applications pages, links to home WWW sites or to downloadable versions are provided where known, but if a link is broken, check the location and see if an updated version is available (and please tell Greg!). Relevant operating systems or platforms are printed in (parenthesized italics). If the browser or plug-in includes HTML-editing capabilities that extend to converting or modifying images on the page, it is noted as "read/write" support.

These are listed alphabetically, more or less:

Here are some related PNG pages at this site:

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