File Type Computer Graphics Metafile IconComputer Graphics Metafile
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  Common

Vector graphics format designed to support the needs of many graphics applications; originally used for clip art libraries, but newer revisions (based on the ISO/IEC 8632 standard) are now commonly used for CAD drawings.

CGM files are encoded using one of three different methods:

  1. Binary encoding - Standard file encoding that enables software programs to read the file quickly and efficiently.
  2. Character-based encoding - Produces the smallest possible file size, which saves disk space and allows for faster data transfers.
  3. Clear-text encoding - Allows users to read and understand the contents of the file and modify the file using a basic text editor.

Open With

IconIMSI TurboCAD for Windows

IconACD Systems Canvas

IconCorelDRAW Graphics Suite


IconIMSI TurboCAD for Mac

IconApple AppleWorks

IconAdobe Illustrator

Published December 18, 2018
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