File Extension CGM

File type: Computer Graphics Metafile

About the CGM file type:

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The CGM file extension is a format for vector graphics developed to support the requirements of various graphics applications. Files with the .cgm file extension were primarily used for clip-art libraries but because of the revisions made to the format by the ISO/IEC 8632 standard, it is presently the file format now commonly used for Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings. The files with the CGM file extension feature a very rich format that tries to support the graphic needs of technical illustrations, visualization, graphics arts, cartography and electronic publishing, among others. Even if the files with the CGM file extension have rich features, it is less complicated than PostScript and produces more compact and smaller files to allow interchange of the images. Files created in the CGM file extension can represent 2D graphical information that is independent from any specific application, device, platform or system.


Detailed information for file extension CGM


Category: Vector Graphics files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Autodesk AutoCAD, AppleWorks, IMSI TurboCAD,Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Informative Graphics MYRIAD viewer, Larson Software Technology VizEx Reader, IrfanView
Open with Linux: N/A
The files with the CGM file extension may be encoded by three different methods: Binary, Character-based and Clear Text encoding. Binary encoding is a standard method that allows programs to read the file faster and more efficiently. With Character-based encoding, it creates the smallest file size possible to allow quicker data transfers and save disk space. Clear-text encoding will let the users view and understand file contents so that they can also change it using a text editor.