wmf graphics format on Linux, and windows.h
lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at public.gmane.org
Fri Dec 12 14:40:26 UTC 2008
On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 06:14:03PM -0500, Zbigniew Koziol wrote:
> WMF stands for Windows Meta File. This is an interesting format. It
> contains actually calls to internal windows functions to draw vector
> graphics. It may contain also bitmap data.
> I bought an Atlas of Moscow a few months ago, when there. It was very
> helpful and detailed, and it contained a CD with all the data there,
> with maps. These maps are stored just in wmf format. I can find the maps
> on CD. I could not view them, however, by using Linux. An ugly error
> message is generated (when using, for instance, display command, but
> also when using other available around tools).
> So, I found out documentation for wmf format on the internet, analyzed
> carefully the content of wmf files I have and finally found that
> changing a value of one, one of the last bytes in these files, allows me
> to view them! The data were designed on windows and the aim was to use
> them on windows. It seems that programmers did some sort of mistake that
> is tolerated on windows but not Linux, which has more strict checking
> of file format. That all is done by libwmf, which unfortunately does
> not seem to be developing anymore. An error message on Linux asks me to
> report problem to http://www.wvware.com - but try to access that site
They could also have done it on purpose to try and make the files only
work with their program.
Seems the site is http://wvware.sourceforge.net/libwmf.html, although no
development in years. Of course I don't think WMF is really used
> I want to play more with these wmf files. They use function calls that
> are defined in windows.h . Does any one around has by chance windows.h ?
> I would appreciate receiving a copy.
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