The PGM which is an acronym for Portable Gray-Map is a simple structured grayscale raster image format. It is actually part of Netpbm, an open-source package of graphics programs used in Unix operating systems.
Because of its simple and general design, it's easy to develop programs to convert, manipulate and create the image. The file contents could be either ASCII or binary defined in its simple always ASCII header information.
|Use For||Easily exchange binary images between platforms back in the '80s.|
|Developer||Jeffrey A. Poskanzer|