BBC Graphics Viewer

A utility for viewing and converting graphics files originally created on BBC Micro or Master Computers.

A Screenshot of BBC Graphics Viewer

Two of the most common ways of storing images on the BBC were as a dump of the graphics memory, or in a run-length encoded format loaded by a program called LdPic.

However, due to the way that the BBC's graphics memory was mapped to the screen (in blocks of eight bytes) it is not straight-forward to view either of these formats on a PC with other tools.

This utility is able to display BBC graphics files saved in LdPic or memory dump format in Modes 0, 1, 2, 4 and 5. It can also save any of the images it displays in standard BMP format.

Supported on Windows (10, 8, 7 & Vista but not RT) and Linux (requires the Qt framework).

BBC Graphics Viewer is free to use and open source, licensed under the terms of the GPL. You can browse or download the source at the GitHub repository.

Download Version 3.0

For details of the changes in version 3.0, check out the changelog.

Latest News

New Release: BBC Graphics Viewer 3.0

This release doesn't add much in the way of new features to the application itself, just the ability to save displayed images in formats other than Windows Bitmap. However, the big change is that it has been ported to the Qt framework so it can now run under Linux as well as Windows.

Additionally, there are .deb and .msi installable packages available for download for Debian-based Linux distributions and Windows respectively.

For full details and to download this release, see the BBC Graphics Viewer page.

New Project: libbeebimage

I've extracted the BBC image format loading code from the BBC Graphics Viewer, made it a stand-alone cross-platform library with C and C++ bindings and called it libbeebimage. This is what I'm using to convert images included in the 8-Bit Software Online Conversion via a ruby extension written in C.

Questions or Problems?

For more information see the help page. If you have found a problem then you can report a bug. If you still have questions, feel free to get in touch - I will be happy to hear from you.