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    Default how can I read/open a .emf file?

    Received some drawings in a file format with the .emf extension. Seems to be a Windows metafile something or other. Nothing found when searching this forum for .emf so perhaps a new question is in order: How do I read this file? Editing ability would be good, but not required.
    Search of software manager in Yast comes up with ImageMagick. ImageMagick as a backend doesn't seem to have a usable front end that I can find. Any hope here?
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    This may or may not be helpful, but I found some WMF files, and I can open them in LibreOffice Draw. These might be similar to EMF files, but that's just a guess. Can't hurt to try that, I guess. I tried exporting that to a PNG, and got the whole page (transparent background) with the image on it. When I exported that, I noticed that EMF as well as WMF, along with other formats, where in the list. This makes me think it'll import EMF as well, but I don't have any of those to try. It looks like this method requires cropping the exported image after. How useful this is to anyone, I don't know, but it might work if all else fails.

    I had first tried to import the WMF with Gimp, but it didn't work. The only other idea I have is to run some Windows graphics app in Wine, or a VM with Windows, and export to some useable format.
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    Default Re: how can I read/open a .emf file? LibreOffice !

    Sometimes, articulating the question leads to an answer.
    LibreOffice Draw opens .emf files and appears to save them in an ODF format, only. No editing capability, in Draw or Impress. Printed the file OK with PS/CUPS.
    Still looking for a way to edit.
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    Default Re: how can I read/open a .emf file?

    On Wed, 24 Dec 2014 03:06:02 +0000, konsultor wrote:

    > Received some drawings in a file format with the .emf extension. Seems
    > to be a Windows metafile something or other. Nothing found when
    > searching this forum for .emf so perhaps a new question is in order: How
    > do I read this file? Editing ability would be good, but not required.
    > Search of software manager in Yast comes up with ImageMagick.
    > ImageMagick as a backend doesn't seem to have a usable front end that I
    > can find. Any hope here?
    > Thanks.
    > PS: I'm up to 13.2


    According to http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/emf this is a vector
    format that OpenOffice should be able to handle.

    Jim



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    Default Re: how can I read/open a .emf file? LibreOffice !

    Quote Originally Posted by konsultor View Post
    Sometimes, articulating the question leads to an answer.
    LibreOffice Draw opens .emf files and appears to save them in an ODF format, only. No editing capability, in Draw or Impress. Printed the file OK with PS/CUPS.
    Still looking for a way to edit.
    LibreOffice can export to png, jpg, various other formats. "Save" is something different. The only problem is it exports a full page, but like I mentioned, cropping it will get rid of the "white space". Gimp can do the cropping.
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    Default Re: how can I read/open a .emf file?

    On Wed, 24 Dec 2014 03:36:01 +0000, konsultor wrote:

    > Sometimes, articulating the question leads to an answer.
    > LibreOffice Draw opens .emf files and appears to save them in an ODF
    > format, only. No editing capability, in Draw or Impress. Printed the
    > file OK with PS/CUPS.
    > Still looking for a way to edit.


    I found this:

    https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu...uestion/167468

    Maybe instead of editing the file, the thing to look for is converting it
    to svg (as it's a vector format) and then edit the resulting svg file
    with Inkscape.

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