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.BMX file type?

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Hello everyone,

 

I've recently come across an image file with the ".BMX" extension. According to the scant information on it I could gleam from Google, it's apparently a type of bitmap meant specifically for storing animations. Using Paint.NET and normal photo viewers to open said file hasn't yielded any results, and while I've tried several third party image extraction tools, none have worked so far. I've tried to look through the hex code too, but I haven't yet found a way to properly do anything with it.

 

If anyone knows of a way to potentially extract these .BMX files, it'd be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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From what I can find on Google that animation format is a BMP file with a different file extension.

Try changing the file extension to .BMP, and see if that allows Paint.NET to read it.

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11 hours ago, null54 said:

From what I can find on Google that animation format is a BMP file with a different file extension.

Try changing the file extension to .BMP, and see if that allows Paint.NET to read it.

 

Thanks for your help, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to work. I receive this error when opening it after renaming the file:

Application version: paint.net 4.1.5



System.ArgumentException: Parameter is not valid.

   at System.Drawing.Image.FromStream(Stream stream, Boolean useEmbeddedColorManagement, Boolean validateImageData)

   at PaintDotNet.Data.BmpFileType.OnLoad(Stream input) in D:\src\pdn\src\PaintDotNet\Data\BmpFileType.cs:line 95

   at PaintDotNet.FileType.Load(Stream input) in D:\src\pdn\src\Data\FileType.cs:line 496

   at PaintDotNet.Functional.Func.Eval[T1,TRet](Func`2 f, T1 arg1) in D:\src\pdn\src\Base\Functional\Func.cs:line 158

 

11 hours ago, Ego Eram Reputo said:

My first thought was Irfanview....but it doesn't support that file type.

 

Where did you pick up the file from?

 

I believe it was originally from the archive of a CD game released in the early 2000s, but I can do some digging for more specific information in its origin.

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4 hours ago, HyReZ said:

Some .BMX file information:

https://filext.com/file-extension/BMX

My research indicates that it is like an animated GIF and that it will open in XnView
(With on site addon plugin it will read Paint.NET files)

https://www.xnview.com/en/

I get the "Format of the file <pic1.bmx> could not be determined" error when attempting to open it with XnView.

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Can you open the file with an ascii text editor such as Notepad and see if there is some lead as to what app was use to create it?

NOTE:
I just found out that some graphics .BMX files are CAD documents .

 

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3 minutes ago, HyReZ said:

Can you open the file with an ascii text editor such as Notepad and see if there is some lead as to what app was use to create it?

I can see the hexadecimal code by opening it with a text editor, but I'm not sure what to look for to see more information about the file.

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Ok. I thought that there may some text in those character strings that look like real language that would lead to an app or company name.

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20 hours ago, HyReZ said:

Can you open the file with an ascii text editor such as Notepad and see if there is some lead as to what app was use to create it?

NOTE:
I just found out that some graphics .BMX files are CAD documents .

 

How would one view a CAD document? From what I can find on Google, it looks to be a format used by Autodesk modeling software.

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My CAD software is Deep Exploration by Right Hemisphere.

Out of the few dozen file types that it will import, .BMX files are not one of them.

I have a freeware CAD app called FreeCAD. It does not import .BMX files ether.

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I the the .BMX files for Alpha Five are database/spreadsheet information files.
 

Siemens Mobile Phone .BMX files are 16 x 16 pixel graphic BMP animations for their phone

The BMXdesign Co. .BMX files are CAD files in an Extended Bitmap Container

I saw somewhere that a .BMX file format was used by a video game company

 

 

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On 1/24/2019 at 1:25 AM, welshblue said:

I don't know if it will work but this site says Microsoft Paint will open .bmx files ?

 

https://www.file-extension.org/extensions/bmx

 

Have you tried Alpha Five software ?

 

 

 

Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately I get the same error with MS Paint, even if I change the file extension to a .BMP. 

I've seen Alpha Five software mentioned on sites with information about the file type, but I don't know how to acquire anything of theirs that could be used to view these BMX files.

On 1/24/2019 at 6:29 AM, HyReZ said:

I the the .BMX files for Alpha Five are database/spreadsheet information files.
 

Siemens Mobile Phone .BMX files are 16 x 16 pixel graphic BMP animations for their phone

The BMXdesign Co. .BMX files are CAD files in an Extended Bitmap Container

I saw somewhere that a .BMX file format was used by a video game company

 

 

Interesting. I recently found out that the .BMX file I was trying to open was originally taken from an unnamed THQ game, so that may be something of note. Which variety of CAD file are you referring to?

 

EDIT: While I initially didn't think much of it, I now believe it's worth mentioning that the .BMX file I'm attempting to open was in an archive with several other files bearing the .BDF extension. I haven't found any relevant information about said extension so far, but I still think it could be a context clue if nothing else.

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.BDF files are FEMs (Finite Element Mesh)
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/520b/a3e0ce4a2d17493ab9bde7adbc4f2efc4034.pdf

Engineering software such as MATLAB can open .DBF documents.
https://www.mathworks.com/products/matlab.html

FreeCAD can also open .BDF files.
https://www.freecadweb.org/
 

My guess is that those polygon meshes can be texture mapped for characters, objects, and landscapes.

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1 hour ago, OHaiMark said:

Interesting. I recently found out that the .BMX file I was trying to open was originally taken from an unnamed THQ game, so that may be something of note. Which variety of CAD file are you referring to?

A company called NovaLogic Inc. designed games that stored .BMX files. It was sold to THQ Nordic.
https://www.thqnordic.com/article/thq-nordic-acquires-all-novalogics-franchises

NovaLogic
http://www.novalogic.com

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