The Print Shop

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===The Print Shop versions 2-5===
Versions 2.0 (2010) through 5.0 (2019) use the file Format .PSproj for all projects. Software cannot open previous versions.
== See also ==
== See also ==

Revision as of 19:09, 11 June 2019

File Format
Name The Print Shop
Extension(s) .nam, .dat, .pnm, .pog
Released 1984

The Print Shop is a desktop publishing application from Brøderbund.

Early versions of it stored clip art libraries in a pair of files whose names begin with "GR", and which apparently use extensions ".NAM" and ".DAT". The .NAM file contains names, and the .DAT file contains graphics.

A version of it named The New Print Shop used a variant format with filename extensions ".PNM" and ".POG".

There are many other file extensions, for different graphics formats, format versions, border graphics, fonts, etc. These include .PNG, .CNG, .PBG, .PBD, .POB, .PFN, .PNF, and probably many others. More research is needed here.


Format details

Click Art

A DAT file consists of a 572-byte raw bitmap segment for each (bi-level, 88×52) image. It is usually a multiple of 572 bytes in size.

POG files are apparently the same as DAT files, except that they begin with a 10-byte header.

The Print Shop versions 5-6

Versions 5-6 (1997-1999) uses 15 different extensions to identify project types. Files are in a proprietary format, header begins with hex values "79 A6 00 00 49 49 49 49 38"

Project Type Extension
Banners PDB
Blank Pages PDS
Business Cards PCB
Calendars PDC
Certificates PCC
Envelopes PCE
Greeting Cards PDG
Labels PDA
Letterhead PDL
Online Greetings PSO
Pamphlets PDP
Photo Pages PHO
Postcards PCP
Post-It Notes PPI
Signs PDS

The Print Shop versions 10-23.1

Versions 10-23.1 (2000-2010) uses 26 different extensions to identify project types. All are in the "OLE2" document container format.

Project Type Extension
Banners BAN
Booklets BRO
Brochures BRO
Business Cards BIZ
Calendars CAL
Cards CAR
Certificates CER
Envelopes ENV
Fax Sheets FAX
Forms SIG
Half-fold Cards HCR
Labels LBL
Letterhead LET
Newsletters NWS
Note Cards NOT
Photo Albums NWS
Photo Collages SIG
Photo Novelties SIG
Postcards PCR
Presentations NWS
Quick Prints PHP
Report Covers NWS
Resumes NWS
Signs SIG
Transfers TSH
Web Pages WEB

The Print Shop versions 2-5

Versions 2.0 (2010) through 5.0 (2019) use the file Format .PSproj for all projects. Software cannot open previous versions.

See also


  • PM_PS_BS.ZIP → PM-PS-BS.DOC - Has a description of NAM/DAT format


  • Deark
  • PSVU - DOS program that displays New Print Shop .POG/.PNM files.

Sample files





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