Conversion of Graphic Formats

Summary: How to transfer graphic files between Macintosh and PC. Main page with links to the more specialized pages on classical graphic formats.


Graphic file formats are not platform bound and are identical on all platforms (even with the big/little endianness, which doesn't matter nowadays). The best formats are TIFF for the bitmap pictures and EPS for the vector kind. See below for links to the specialized pages.
Anyway, some formats are rather difficult and don't transfer very well between Macintosh and PC. Those difficult formats are WMF, Pict and MacDraw (see below).

Windows Metafiles (WMF)

The WMF format (or even the Enhanced WMF, called EMF) is a vectorized format using specific Windows instructions to produce the graphic, on screen or on paper. There are very few software packages on the Macintosh, if any, which can handle such formats. The best solution is to open the file in Illustrator or Corel and to save the picture in some other format.

Macintosh Pict Files

There is no software under Windows which can handle gracefully the Pict format, excepted Photoshop.
PaintShop Pro also claims to manage those files, but results can vary.
Last but nor the least, Quick Time, due to its Macintosh origin, can handle those files. You can then export them to something else.

MacDraw Files

See our page on MacDraw on this site.

Other Common Formats

Please see the specific pages we devote to those formats :

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