File extension .WMF
|Windows Metafile Format
|Vector Image Files
The WMF ( .WMF) file extension is a vector graphics file format used by the Microsoft Windows operating system. It stores these graphics in a device-independent and resolution-independent format, making it optimal for graphic programs. The WMF file format was created by Microsoft in the late 1980s and is based on the Windows Metafile graphic format specification developed by Microsoft. The WMF format was designed to handle line art, images, and clip art elements and includes support for animation, color palettes, sophisticated shading, line art, multi-color gradients.
Similar File Types
The WMF file extension is also widely used for media files such as .EMF, .DIB, .EPS, .CGM, and .LINK. It is possible to convert these other vector graphics file formats to the WMF format as well as converting between different versions of WMF. This conversion process makes the WMF a very versatile vector graphics file type.
Advantages of the WMF Format
The WMF format offers a number of advantages when dealing with vector graphics in an image editor. These advantages include high image quality, small compressed file size, support for animation, font integration, offer compatibility across different versions of Windows, and the ability to save image updates so that they don't need to be re-created when they are used in other documents.
Programs for WINDOWS system
After installing the required software, the operating system will usually automatically associate an unknown file type (in this case .WMF) with the new application. If this does not happen, we can help the system a bit by selecting the software for it, which it should always use to open files with the .WMF extension.
When choosing the software we can select the system to use this software every time.
Using it for the first time it is good to check whether the .WMF file opened in the application can be read by us and opens in a way that allows us to use it. If everything is in order, select this option the next time you open a file with the .WMF extension. However, if the file has not opened correctly, we have to look for a different software, with which we can open files with the .WMF extension. Select a different software from our list and install it on your computer. After the software is installed, repeat inspection openings of a .WMF file. Sometimes you have to repeat the operation several times.
If none of the programs listed by us to work with the .WMF file has not meet your expectations, you can try searching other websites. But remember to avoid downloading programs "that can open any file". These applications not only have very limited functionality, but may also expose you to expense tens of dollars when purchasing a license.
In the vast majority of cases you will find the program dedicated to support the .WMF file, or any other file format. In addition, there is a chance that it will be a free program, and its functionality (concerning the .WMF file) will be extended to the maximum.
It is also good to check
- if the .WMF file has no errors
- or if it has been copied (or downloaded by the browser) thoroughly
Mr B. Adam
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