Microsoft Bitmap Format (BMP). BMP is a standard file format for computers running the Windows operating system. The format was developed by Microsoft for storing image files into a device-independent bitmap (DIB) format that will allow Windows to display the bitmap on any display device. "Device independent" means that the bitmap file specifies pixel color in a form which does not rely on the method used by a display device to represent color. The Microsoft Bitmap file format supports reading and writing uncompressed 1, 4, 8, 16, 24, 32 bits per pixel. Since bitmaps are uncompressed image files they are typically much larger than most other image formats.
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