How to open an old Photosuite pza file.

April 21, 2012 at 13:07:44
Specs: Macintosh
I stored some photos in a Photosuite program in a pza file that is no longer supported. How can I get the files opened? I'm on a Mac OSX - wkq

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#1
April 21, 2012 at 21:39:18
What is the size of the pza file? I think that the pza file just points to the photos that were stored on your computer in a different location. And the only program that I have been able to find to read the file is Photosuite.

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#2
April 30, 2012 at 12:34:41
Check the size of the file. If it is only about 4 kB then this confirms it is just a pointer (as per post #1 above). Even a very small or old photo is unlikely to be less than about 50 kB and mostly these days they are up in the megs.

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#3
April 30, 2012 at 13:35:26
Thanks Derek and Gretti. The size is 1.1 mb. The photos were stored on a PhotoSuite program in 2002. So far, the only response I get from them is, "The program is no longer supported." - wkq

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#4
April 30, 2012 at 14:41:29
I've been searching around at length and didn't get very far - not surprising as Gretti has already done so.

I don't think you will find anything that will make the conversion to the more usual jpg on either a Mac or even a PC.

It seems the only program that will open pza files is "MGI PhotoSuite". I did eventually find these cheap copies of V4 on Amazon so it could be worth risking a try:
http://www.amazon.com/MGI-Software-...

I've no real idea whether it will do the trick and it is likely to need MS Windows, probably in Compatibility Mode as it certain to be for obsolete Windows operating systems.

If you can get the pictures to display in Windows then you could use a free screen capture program to save each picture (max screen) in jpg format. Once you have jpg's then you could presumably transfer them to your Mac.

I don't think there is any easy solution but if you manage to get the pictures to show on a Windows computer then I can assist with the capturing method.

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#5
April 30, 2012 at 15:07:54
How many photos did you have? Because 1.1MB is only like 4 or 5 low quality photos. If this is not the case, then the file is only a pointer and it completely useless to you as your actual photos were stored somewhere else on the old computer.

Sorry.


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#6
April 30, 2012 at 15:14:36
Ooops, yes, good question, I was thinking it was just one picture when I posted #2.

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#7
April 30, 2012 at 17:31:40
Yes, it is just 4 or 5 probably low quality photos, but very valuable to me. Any idea how such a file can be opened? There must be some solution. Surely Photosuite didn't just leave customers high and dry. I greatly appreciate your interest and efforts to help Gretti and Derek. - wkq

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#8
April 30, 2012 at 19:49:42
"Surely Photosuite didn't just leave customers high and dry"

They got bought out by Roxio and that was it. If you want to get it taken care of you will have to purchase Photosuite. Not sure what else to say.


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#9
May 1, 2012 at 05:59:25
It seems then that the link (and process) I gave you in #4 is worth a shot. It is very cheap so not too much money down the drain if it doesn't work out. It is really a matter of whether that version will work with your particular old pza file - a reasonable possibility and about the only one open to you. Some versions of that program on the net were showing at around $40.

If it shows the photo's and the program happens to have a "save to jpg" (or bmp) option then it would make things easier.

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