PackBits CompressionPackBits is is a method of compression which a particular variant of Run-length Compression.
As with Run-length Compression, PackBits is very effective for reducing the size of bitmap files which contain large areas of solid color.
Part of the reason for PackBits popularity is that the Apple Macintosh includes a built-in function for compressing using this format. Hence PackBits tends to be particularly popular in those file formats which were first developed on the Macintosh.
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