Windows Metafiles (WMF) and Enhanced Metafiles (EMF) are the core display formats of the Windows operating system. They are also the native graphics formats for Microsoft Office applications. WMF is still in wide-use today across 16-bit and 32-bit Windows platforms. EMF is an enhanced 32-bit format update.
When you copy a drawing. Windows stores it as a metafile. Metafiles render output on screen and send it to print. Most Windows applications read and write WMF and EMF. Metafiles are not user in XML, UNIX, CAD, Web and PostScript/PDF print environments.
Metafiles combine bitmap images, vector objects and text in one format. WMF stores this information in memory or in files for later playback to an output device. Although WMF is Window specific, some non-Windows applications use it for exchange. WMF is a foundation format for Windows graphical applications.
WMF is the 16-bit format. It has excellent application support at all levels within the 16-bit and 32-bit Microsoft Windows platforms
EMF is the enhanced 32-bit metafile format. It adds support for curves, cropping, and larger file sizes.
WMF and EMF both support vector graphics, raster images, text and fonts in one format.
Visual Integrity compensates for inherent Metafile limitations. For example, WMF does not support curves or cropping while PDF does. Our engine emulates these PDF features in the metafile output.
META FLY can convert both 16-bit WMF and 32-bit EMF to vector and image formats.
Of the two, WMF is the most reliable format if you don’t need EMF’s enhanced features.
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