Apple QuickTake 150 camera pictures in "QuickDraw picture" format cannot be opened by any software I have.

At some point in the dark reaches of the past, I recall being able to Save As… but at the time, I was ignorant of what was to come and was concerned with using as little disk space as possible. 150KB seemed big at the time.

I think the files are compressed as a few .tiff format duplicates fluff-up to over 6X its native format size. Preview shows the thumbnail image as it is compatible; but, the image is blank.

Now, years later, I would like to recover as much of as many past family photos as I can. It may be that some utility is available. I'm patient and I have a few minutes — my alternative is futility.

Greedy me. I want it all. TIA

  • See this page about how to open these files. YMMV. (I don't have any QuickDraw picture format files to test this, although I have a QuickTake 100 camera in my Apple museum. – IconDaemon Jul 2 '18 at 1:15
  • @IconDaemon LOL I've been told a few times I could start a small Apple museum with all of the Apple paraphernalia (hardware and software) etc I still have laying around! – Monomeeth Jul 2 '18 at 1:32
  • Stan, I can think of a number of possible options here. I could try adding a rather lengthy answer explaining them all, but if you're open to it (and I totally get you may not be), would you be willing to share a couple for me to test on first? – Monomeeth Jul 2 '18 at 1:58
  • dcraw has support for QuickTake 100 and 150 cameras. It can be installed via brew on the command line on macOS. If dcraw can handle your images, you could then convert them to something easier to handle, e.g. jpg. – arcdale Jul 2 '18 at 8:04
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    I seem to recall GraphicConverter able to open pretty much any graphic file format, including those embedded in a resource fork. Haven't used it in a while but I believe there is a "test" version available to see if it does what you want. – Steve Chambers Jul 2 '18 at 16:42

I was in the same situation. Finding photos I had taken 20 years ago on my Quicktake 150, but was not able to open them. But I found a solution. There is a OS 9 emulator for OSX that i installed, then i installed the quicktake on the os 9 system abd was able to open and then resave the pics as tiff that OSX can open.

  • Can you add some details about where to get the emulator from and how to get the photos from the QuickTake to the emulator? – nohillside Mar 25 at 9:21

Apple QuickTake image files are in a proprietary Apple compression format. The only way you will be able to open them is with an old computer running no newer operating system than OS 9 and have the Apple QuickTake CDEV loaded into the control panels, and there may (but I don't think so) an INIT file required too.

If you don't have the older (PPC)computer, Older OS (8.1 to 9.2), you'll never get them open. I have an older computer and I know I had the CDEV, but I've yet to get the old computer up and running. Years ago I restored most of my old QuickTake photos, but have since run across some more, so I'm at it again, trying to get the old nag running again to restore those forgotten images.

  • Thank you for this. I vaguely remember a software development company in Seattle that developed the application for Apple. Thank you for the idea. Happily, I have a PowerBook 640 (Motorola CPU) that maybe I can resuscitate something. I feel like a time traveller. – Stan Dec 5 '18 at 20:55

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