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Converting STL to PCT

STL is the proprietary format for a computer-aided design (CAD) program developed by 3D Systems. STL is an acronym for Stereolitography, which is a type of technology used for creating prototypes or patterns through 3D printing. An STL file contains a surface representation of such a model, without detailed specifications of aspects such as colours. STL files can only be opened with a limited number of programs.

PCT is an image file format associated with Macintosh QuickDraw, a graphics program developed in the 1980s as part of the Apple Macintosh operating system. The initial version of the format, called PICT 1, could store 8 colors, while the later developed PICT 2 supported 24 and 32-bit color images. In recent years, the format has decreased in popularity, being gradually replaced by more versatile formats.

So, how to change STL into PCT?

The quick and simple way to handle your files is to get a quality piece of software, such as reaConverter. Although it is fast, this software is extremely efficient in managing a wide range of conversions. As you will soon realize, reaConverter will help you avoid spending countless hours trying to figure out how to convert STLs. But at the same time, it will allow you to apply a wide range of editing options.

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Load STL Files

Start reaConverter and load all the .stl files you intend to convert into .pct because, as opposed to most free online converters, reaConverter supports batch conversion. So you can save the time and energy you would lose with doing repetitive operations.

Select STLs from a folder or by drag-and-dropping them directly into the reaConverter window.

Choose Output Folder

Go to the Saving options tab and decide where you want to save new .pct files. You can also spend a few more moments to apply additional editing to the images prepared for conversion.

Select PCT as Output Format

Then pick the PCT as output format. To help you do this, a series of buttons is conveniently placed at the bottom of the reaConverter window, so you can simply press on the one you need or click Plus button to add new options.

Then simply press the Start button and your conversion will begin in no time!

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Command-line interface

Advanced users can convert STL to PCT via command-line interface in manual or automated mode. You are welcome to contact our technical support when you have any questions about reaConverter.

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