PAF, or PDK Animation Format is a proprietary graphics format used on many of LG phones, especially Qualcomm-powered ones.
The file format was created by BNSoft Corp. A PAF file can contain multiple images in one file (e.g. boot animation).
As of now, the known versions of PAF go from version 1 to version 3.
The version can be identified by the header at the start of a file. PAF2 files for example start with "PAF2" or
50 41 46 32 in hex.
PAF files that are a different version than what the phone expects will not display correctly or not display anything at all (such as replacing a PAF3 boot animation with a PAF1 file).
Another form of PAF is RLA, which is identical aside from header differences (RLA instead of PAF) and the EOF text (RLAED instead of EndOfPAF). As of now, this variation is known to be used in the Lemon GC359 with versions 1 and 2.
Phones that have PAF graphics
|Uses both PAF1 and PAF3
PafPxo Converter 4.0 is a standalone program that can convert PAF1 and PAF3 images to .png (although it incorrectly names them as .bmp), and can convert files to the .paf image type. It claims to support embedded images in .pxo application files as well, but this only seems to work correctly on .pxo files found in the LG Shine and LG Vu.
The paftools library is a set of python scripts for working with PAF files. paf_decoder.py can decode PAF files of nearly all types, converting the frames to .png format. Many types of PAF files have been tested, with favorable results over PafPxo Converter. paf_finder.py is a script that searches for PAF files in a firmware dump and exports them to separate files.
At the moment, only paftools can decode all types of PAF files, including 1bpp and 2bpp PAF files.
PafPxo Converter is okay if you want to convert an image to PAF, but if you want to convert PAF files to separate PNG frames, use paftools instead.