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graphics file formats
BMP
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A file format designed specifically for representing graphical images. Graphics file formats can be broadly categorized into bit-mapped formats and vector formats.

Vector Graphics File Formats

Format Description
CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile) A format developed by several standards organizations, CGM is supported by many PC software products.
DXF (Data Exchange File) A format created by AutoDesk. Almost all PC-based CAD systems support DXF.
EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) The file format for the PostScript language. EPS uses a combination of PostScript commands and TIFF or PICT formats.
GEMThe graphics file format used by GEM-based applications. GEM is a graphical user interface (GUI) developed by Digital Research.
HPGL (Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language) One of the oldest file formats. Although it is not very sophisticated, it is supported by many PC-based graphics products.
IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) An ANSI standard for three-dimensional wire frame models. IGES is supported by most PC-based CAD systems.
PIC (Lotus Picture File) A relatively simple file format developed by Lotus for representing graphs generated by Lotus 1-2-3. PIC is supported by a wide variety of PC applications.
PICTDeveloped by Apple Computer in 1984 as the standard format for storing and exchanging graphics files. It is supported by all graphics programs that run on a Macintosh.
WMF (Windows Metafile Format) A file format for exchanging graphics between Microsoft Windows applications. WMF files can also hold bit-mapped images.



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Outstanding Page Optimizing Web Graphics
Webreference.com article on how to minimize file size and dithering for Web graphics. Includes sections on the color palette, color reduction, compression, tools and techniques, and several online references.

Outstanding Page The Graphics File Format Page
Provides links to graphics file format specifications, as well as information, FAQs, and utilities.

  Article on creating graphics for the Web
PC Magazine Online article, from June 1996, describing GIF and JPEG formats, compression methods, and managing the number of colors. This is a good article for anyone new to creating graphics for the Web. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  Graphic file formats specifications FAQ
Contains information on graphic files formats and links to their official specifications. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Graphics file formats overview
This overview provides descriptions of various graphics file formats, as well as information about facilities for converting files from one format to another. Updated on Sep 19, 1997

  Guide to graphic file formats
This online manual provides an in-depth guide to graphic file formats. Various types of file formats are discussed, along with information on formats originating from specific applications and formats designed for high compression. Updated on Sep 29, 1997

  Internet-Tips' GIF info
A brief overview of the GIF format. The pros and cons of using GIF images within your web site. Also overviewed are the different things you can do with GIF images including creating transparent sections, animations and interlacing.

  PictureXchange information page
Provides information about a push-button graphics conversion utility that converts images from and to the most popular graphics file formats. Updated on Aug 1, 1998

  Usenet FAQs on graphics
A collection of FAQs on graphics, file formats, animation, and specific software. Updated on Oct 23, 1996

  W3C's graphic formats for the WWW page
Provides a resource for locating information on the various graphic file formats used in HTML Web pages. Updated on Oct 5, 1997

  Yahoo!'s GIF page
Yahoo!'s directory of GIF. Updated on Dec 4, 1997

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