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.CGM File Extension

File TypeComputer Graphics Metafile

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CategoryVector Image Files
FormatText and Binary

Text and Binary

This file is saved in a plain text format or a binary format. If in a plain text format, it can be viewed with a text editor.

What is a CGM file?

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.

More Information

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.
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Programs that open CGM files
IMSI TurboCAD Pro 2016
ACD Systems Canvas X 16
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8
Corel PaintShop Pro X9
Corel Presentations X8
Autodesk AutoCAD 2017
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
CADSoftTools ABViewer
PTC Creo View Express
Larson Software Technology VizEx Reader
IMSI TurboCAD Deluxe v10
Apple AppleWorks
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017
Updated 2/20/2014

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