View Full Version : OLD Amiga files

pdp editor
01-12-2009, 05:43 PM
does anyone know how read old amiga IFF files.. I had a A500 long ago and would like to use some of the images I created back then

01-12-2009, 05:48 PM
NewTek's paint package Aura (only available with VT 5.2) will read them fine. So will TV Paint & Mirage.

01-12-2009, 06:31 PM
There's still an .IFF loader knocking around for Photoshop, and one for the free image viewer, Irfanview.

If you're really stuck, just set your .IFFs as a Background Image in LightWave and render out with appropriate res and no anti-A to any other format.

LightWave. The United Nations of file formats.

01-12-2009, 11:46 PM
Better transfer soon pdp editor before you get floppy rot.

01-13-2009, 06:30 PM
The free Irfanview (http://www.irfanview.com/) image viewer also loads IFFs. I don't know how comprehensive it is (e.g. if it does HAM or Halfbright images).


01-14-2009, 03:16 AM
Better transfer soon pdp editor before you get floppy rot.

I've lost ALL my old Amiga stuff because of this. That or a knackered drive, not sure, but none of the disks I tried worked.

01-14-2009, 09:13 AM
COREL PaintShop Pro
will read and write .IFF
(I'd guess that means PainterX will too.)


IFF - Amiga - Read/Write
AFX - AutoFX - Read only
BMP - Windows Bitmap - Read/Write
BRK - Brooktrout Fax - Read/Write
CAL - CALS Raster - Read/Write
CDR - CorelDRAW Drawing - Read only
CGM - Computer Graphics Metafile - Read only
CLP - Windows Clipboard - Read/Write
CMX - Corel Presentation Exchange - Read only
CUR - Windows Cursor - Read only
CUT - Dr. Halo - Read/Write
DCX - Zsoft Multipage Paintbrush - Read only
DGN - MicroStation Drawing - Read only
DIB - Windows DIB - Read/Write
DRW - Micrografx Draw - Read only
DWG - AutoCAD Drawing - Read only
DXF - Autodesk Drawing Interchange - Read only
EMF - Windows Enhanced Metafile - Read/Write
EPS - Encapsulated PostScript - Read/Write
FPX - Flashpix - Read/Write
GEM - Ventura/GEM Drawing - Read only
GIF - Compuserve Graphics Interchange - Read/Write
HPGL - HP Graphics Language - Read only
IMG - GEM Paint - Read/Write
JP2 - JPEG 2000 - Read/Write
JPG - JPEG – JFIF Compliant - Read/Write
KDC - Kodak Digital Camera File - Read only
KFX - Kofax - Read only
LBM - Deluxe Paint - Read/Write
LV- Lazer View - Read only
MAC - MacPaint - Read/Write
MSP - Microsoft Paint - Read/Write
NCR - NCR G4 - Read/Write
PBM - Portable Bitmap - Read/Write
PCD - Kodak Photo CD - Read only
PCT (PICT) - Macintosh PICT - Read/Write
PCX - Zsoft Paintbrush - Read/Write
PDF - Portable Document File - Read only
PGM - Portable Greymap - Read/Write
PIC (Lotus) - Lotus PIC - Read only
PIC (PC Paint) - PC Paint - Read/Write
PNG - Portable Network Graphics - Read/Write
PPM - Portable Pixelmap - Read/Write
PSD - Photoshop - Read/Write
PSP - Paint Shop Pro Image - Read/Write
RAS - Sun Raster Image - Read/Write
RAW - RAW Graphics File Format -Read/Write
Raw camera - Raw camera data - Read only
RLE - Windows or CompuServe RLE - Read/Write
SCT - SciTex Continous Tone - Read/Write
SGI/RGB - SGI Image File - Read/Write
SVG - Scalable vector Graphics - Read only
TGA - Truevision Targa - Read/Write
TIF - Tagged Image File Format - Read/Write
WBMP - Wireless Bitmap - Read/Write
WMF - Windows Meta File - Read/Write
XBM - X Windows Bitmap - Read/Write
XPM - X Windows Pixmap - Read/Write
XWD - X Windows Dump - Read/Write
WPG - WordPerfect Bitmap/Vector - Read/Write

01-14-2009, 11:18 AM
I managed to save my Atari ST artwork using a disk reading program and XnView (free). Then converted them to .png. XnView also does .iff and all the Atari formats.

I also saved some C code using the disk reader.


The tricky part about XnView is you need to dig inside some setting to enable the old formats. For some reason they are there, but disabled.
Formats read 474, write 63.

01-14-2009, 01:28 PM
Remember 'Peek' and 'Poke' !?!!


pdp editor
01-17-2009, 01:55 PM
my Windows XP computer will not read the disk. It wants to format them first, so the programs mentioned above wont work.

01-18-2009, 12:17 PM
Atari disks use a similar formatting to IBM, so that emulator worked.

Use Google: "reading amiga disks" you will see some info there.


Read thru that, you will need a working Amiga for some of those.
There is also a conversion service assuming you dont mind sending them to Italy.

I suppose if you had access to a working machine that could connect to the internet you could FTP it to a website then pull it down to your IBM and change the format.

01-18-2009, 06:32 PM
does anyone know how read old amiga IFF files.. I had a A500 long ago and would like to use some of the images I created back then

IFF means Interchange File Format. And current LWO is example of IFF file. How to read IFF you can find in f.e. LWSDK.

If you meant images, they're IFF ILBM which means InterLeaved BitMap. It has header chunk, optional color map chunk, and body chunk with indexes to color map or true color. Compression can be none, or run length, depending on header info.

Any LightWave reads IFF, it has loader in Plugins\input-output\iff.p
so you should be able to load it in Image Editor and save as anything else, I suggest PNG, to not loose precision.

01-18-2009, 08:50 PM
@pdp editor

If you mean you inserted Amiga 3.5' floppy disks in your PC then Windows machines can't read these disks unless you have this.


01-20-2009, 05:15 AM
Use the LW image viewer. Load your image in LW (Modeler or Layout), from the Image Editor double click on the image file name or in the preview and save in the desired format. :)