I have an old Keynote file that contains a PICT-formatted picture from my 2007 archive, which I want to use now.

Keynote refuses to convert it. Is there any way I can convert into any newer format on Big Sur?

  • 2
    Open in Keynote then do a screengrab? Open in preview and export as?
    – Solar Mike
    Oct 14, 2021 at 5:01

2 Answers 2


For converting image files, GraphicsMagick is usually a good choice. It supports PICT. You can install it via Homebrew:

brew install graphicsmagick

To convert a file, call gm convert <input> <output>, the format is usually auto-detected using the file extension. See the manual for options.

  • Thanks. I've totally forgotten about it. So give it a try, and found that it does not accept PICT. :< I've tested with "GraphicsMagick 1.3.36 20201226 Q16" latest with homebrew
    – shigeya
    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:08
  • But as you wrote its supports the format. I will check the manual.
    – shigeya
    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:19

Try GraphicConverter which has a free demo.

I can't find a list of supported file types on their page, but I've yet to find anything it can't handle.

After comments, I downloaded a test .pict file from https://filesamples.com/formats/pict to see what could open it.

enter image description here

I tested a handful of these & all were successful.
Perhaps there's an issue with your image file.

  • Thanks. Looks like GraphicsConverted tried to open it, figured picture dimension correctly, but it can't show the preview. bad luck. thanks for the suggestion.
    – shigeya
    Oct 14, 2021 at 7:18
  • @shigeya - see the update to my answer. I had no issues opening a pict in most of the apps listed.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 15, 2021 at 11:51

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