Work with WMF/EMF pictures on macOS

Many image formats are native to one specific graphics application or even for specific OS. WMF is the such one.

WMF file stores a list of functions that have to be called by the Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) layer to show an image.

Windows Metafile (WMF) designed for Microsoft Windows in the 1990s and in 1993, the 32-bit version of GDI introduced the Enhanced Metafile (EMF), a newer version with additional commands.

So you can store vector or bitmap information into WMF/EMF but only for using it on Windows OS.

If you prefer work on Apple Mac and have a lot of stored WMF images, you need an additional software (WMF image converter) for reading your pictures.

Let's find out what the "image converter" is and how such programs are used.

Basic principles for this kind of software:
- reading the specified image format
- viewing and/or modifying the picture
- export of received data to the selected graphic format
- other specific features

For macOS, there are several programs capable of reading the WMF/EMF files, but the most popular and proven is the “WMF Converter Pro" from Cristallight Software. This program unmistakably recognizes and translate Windows GDI functions to OSX compatible format.

Main Features of “WMF Converter Pro”:
- Navigate through WMF and EMF images using navigation keys and keyboard shortcuts,
- View WMF and EMFs at different zoom amounts,
- Convert mac wmf files to vector formats,
- Convert wmf files to most common raster formats with different resolution amounts,
- Batch convert images, or folders with wmf/emf files,
- Multiple WMF and EMF files processing,
- WMF image information display,
- Replace colors feature in vector based WMFs,
- Export images to PDF, EPS, BMP, JPEG, JPEG-2000, PNG, TIFF and other image formats,
- Export WMF and EMFs as mac 'ICNS' files,
- Multiple export buttons,
- Customizable image Preview size, and
- Export folder hierarchy.

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