MAKIchan Graphics (also spelled Maki-chan) is a family of raster graphics formats that were used mainly in Japan. It may be associated with MSX computers. It's been accused of having an overly-complex compression scheme.
There appear to be three main subformats: MKI (or MAKI), MAG, and MAX. MAG is probably the most common. MAX is a slight variant of MAG, and uses a native MSX color model known as YJK.
It is also spelled MAGIchan, though that might be a typo.
MKI files begin with the ASCII signature "
MAKI01A " or "
MAG and MAX files begin with "
- MAG format specification (MAG format) (Japanese)
- Also available as magbible.doc in the mag2png distribution (see below)
- Maki-chan Graphics (MAG format)
- MAKI format specification (MKI format) (Japanese)
- XnView (MAG format only)
- IrfanView (MAG format only)
- XV Jumbo Patches (MAG/MKI) (need to manually enable MAG and MAKI support before compiling)
- mag2png → mag2png-1.01.tgz (from archive.org) (MAG format only)
- http://cd.textfiles.com/fujitsufree/vol04/DATA/MAGLREX/ - Appears to have source code (C + assembly) for a MAG/MKI decoder
- GV (old Windows binary; untested)
- Xee (Macintosh commercial software; untested)
- Maki-chan discussion → MAG-MAX_samples.zip, MoreMAGfiles.zip
- http://www.msxarchive.nl/pub/msx/graphics/mag/ (adult-oriented images)
- http://www.ateliermw.com/cglib/ewakalst0001.html (adult-oriented; NSFW thumbnails)