This is a format created in the Acorn Draw program, intended for image visualization by using vector lines. It’s used for storing information in the publishing business (brochures, logotypes, etc.). The main advantage is it’s high quality source images when printing. It’s been in use since 1980.
PPM is a simple format for storing images portable pixmap: color (PPM), grayscale (PGM) and black and white (PBM). These formats can provide an intermediate representation of the data when converting raster image files listed three types between different platforms. PPM format was developed by Jeff Poskanzerom.