This article describes the limitations of graphics import filters that are provided with Microsoft Office 2000. This information is also available in Help in each program. (On the Help menu, click Microsoft <application> Help. In the Answer Wizard or the Office Assistant, type graphics file types, and then click Display.)
You can import clip art, pictures, movies, or almost any computer image into the Microsoft programs listed at the beginning of this article. This feature allows you to take advantage of the libraries of artwork already available without having to draw new artwork yourself.
Microsoft programs import an image from another application by using graphics filters. Graphics filters are installed when you run Setup for that program. If you did not install the filter you need when you installed the application on your computer, you can run the Setup program again and add the graphics filter.
Computer Graphics Metafile Graphics Filter
The Computer Graphics Metafile graphics filter (Cgmimp32.flt) supports Version 1 of CGM:1992. The filter handles all three encodings and interprets and supports all elements. The filter correctly handles all valid .cgm graphics files.
The major industry profiles of ATA (Air Transport Association) and CALS (Continuous Acquisition and Life Cycle Support) are fully supported by the Computer Graphics Metafile filter. The filter has been certified as ATA-compliant and CALS-compliant by testing administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The Computer Graphics Metafile filter has the following limitation:
- CGM 1992 Versions 2, 3, and 4 are not supported.
CorelDRAW Graphics Filter
The CorelDRAW graphics filter (Cdrimp32.flt) supports .cdr, .cdt, and .pat files from CorelDRAW 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 and has the following limitations:
- CorelDRAW Preferences, such as page size/orientation, units, grid, and guidelines, are not supported.
- Lenses and powerclips are not supported.
- Pages, layers, and groups are not supported.
- OLE objects are not supported.
- Rotated bitmaps are not supported.
- Object and PostScript texture fills are replaced with solid gray fills.
- Gradient fills are split into monocolored stripes.
- Vector fills are not supported.
- Multi-area paragraph text is not supported.
Encapsulated PostScript Graphics Filter
The Encapsulated PostScript graphics filter (Epsimp32.flt) supports the Adobe Systems Encapsulated PostScript Specification versions 3.0 and earlier. The filter supports .eps images from tagged image file format (TIFF) and Windows Metafile (.wmf) embedded previews.
If an Encapsulated PostScript graphics file contains an embedded TIFF or Windows Metafile preview, a representation of the image appears on the screen. The quality of the preview depends on the resolution of the TIFF or Windows Metafile image embedded in the Encapsulated PostScript file when it is created. Low, medium, and high resolutions are generally available for creating an EPS file. The higher the resolution of the preview image, the larger the EPS file size will be. Because such previews are intended primarily to be used to position images on the page, resolution is often low. A high-resolution preview is not necessary, because it is discarded when the EPS file is printed to a PostScript printer.
If an embedded TIFF or Windows Metafile preview is not included in the Encapsulated PostScript graphic that you import, the graphic displays a message instead of a preview of the graphic in your document. However, the graphic prints correctly to a PostScript printer. If you print an EPS graphic to a non-PostScript printer, the preview image is printed as it appears on the screen.
Encapsulated PostScript graphics are designed for printing to a PostScript printer.
The Enhanced Metafile graphics filter (Emfimp32.flt) converts Enhanced Metafiles (.emf) to Windows Metafiles (.wmf). You must have the Enhanced Metafile filter installed to insert an .emf file into a Word document as a Microsoft Clip Gallery object or a Photo Editor object. However, to insert an .emf file directly into a Word document, you do not need the Enhanced Metafile filter. The Enhanced Metafile filter is also used by the Word 97 import text converter to open Word 97 documents in Word 6.x
and Word 95.
FlashPix Graphics Filter
The FlashPix graphics filter (Fpx32.flt) allows you to import FlashPix (FPX) and Picture It! (MIX) pictures into a presentation. Also, FlashPix is the common interchange format used by many digital cameras.
Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) Filter
The Graphics Interchange Format filter (Gifimp32.flt) supports file format versions GIF87a (including interlacing) and GIF89a (including interlacing and transparency). The Clip Gallery uses the filter to import and export GIF images and to import pictures in Microsoft Photo Editor. You do not need the filter to import and export GIF files into Word, and you do not need it when you save a document as HTML.
You can also insert animated GIF images into Word without the filter. When you save an animated GIF image as HTML, the image retains its animation. You cannot perform certain types of edits, such as cropping, grouping, or changing the fill, border, or shadow on an animated GIF image. Make these changes in an animated GIF editing program, and then insert the image again.
The GIF filter has the following limitation:
- Only the first image of a multi-image GIF is imported.
Hanako Graphics FilterNOTE
: The Hanako graphics filter is used for the Japanese language version of Microsoft Office 2000.
The Hanako graphics filter (Jshimp.flt, Jahimp.flt, and Jbhimp.flt) supports and converts .jsh, .jah, and .jbh files from Hanako 2.0 and 3.0 to the Windows Metafile format.
The filter has the following limitations:
- Image data is deleted when the files are opened.
- Files with large amounts of data might take time to convert or might not convert. If this occurs, delete any unnecessary data or objects, or resave the file as multiple files, and then try reopening the files.
- Complex text formatting or image properties that cannot be expressed in the Windows Metafile format will be deleted or simplified when the file is opened. This might affect the alignment of text or images.
JPEG File Interchange Format File
The JPEG graphics filter (Jpegim32.flt) supports version 6.0 of the JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF). You must have the JPEG filter installed to insert a .jpg file into a Word document as a Microsoft Clip Gallery object or a Photo Editor object. However, to insert a .jpg file directly into a Word document, you do not need the JPEG filter. The filter supports cyan-magenta-yellow-black (CMYK) JPEG files.
The JPEG filter has the following limitation:
- The filter does not support JPEG Tagged Interchange Format (JTIF) files.
Kodak Photo CD Graphics Filter
The Photo CD graphics filter supports Kodak Photo CD Version 3.0. The Photo CD graphics file format stores multiple images with different resolution and color depth, and the filter must choose one of the images when you import a Kodak Photo CD file. When you import a Kodak Photo CD file, an Options dialog box appears so you can choose the resolution, orientation, and color depth of the image before importing. By default, the filter imports an image with 768 x 512 pixels and 24-bit color depth.
Macintosh PICT Graphics Filter
The Macintosh PICT graphics filter (Pictim32.flt) is used to import Macintosh PICT graphics and to see graphics in a Word for the Macintosh document that you open in Word for Windows. Rename your Macintosh PICT files with the .pct extension when you copy them to a computer that uses Windows, so that Word for Windows can recognize the files as PICT graphics. For example, if you have a graphics file named Bear on the Macintosh, you should rename the file Bear.pct before you insert the file into a Word for Windows document.
PC Paintbrush Graphics Filter
The PC Paintbrush graphics filter (Pcximp32.flt) supports all versions of the .pcx file format through ZSoft version 3.0, with support for 256-color images. This is the common interchange format used by Microsoft Windows Paintbrush.
Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Filter
The Portable Network Graphics filter (Png32.flt) supports files conforming to the Portable Network Graphics Tenth Specification Version 1.0. You must have the filter installed to insert a .png file into a Word document as a Microsoft Clip Gallery object or a Photo Editor object. However, to insert a .png file directly into a Word document, you do not need the Portable Network Graphics filter.
Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) Graphics Filter
The Tagged Image File Format graphics filter (Tiffim32.flt) supports all image types and compressions that conform to TIFF Specification Revision 5.0 and 6.0, Part1: Baseline TIFF. These types include monochrome, grayscale, palette color, and RGB Full Color images. The filter correctly handles a single 8-bit alpha channel stored with an RGB Full Color image.
The TIFF filter also supports the following:
- Multiple alpha channels (stored as subfiles) or alpha channels that do not have 8 bits per pixel
- The TIFF Extension for CMYK images
The TIFF filter has the following limitation:
- Only the first image of a TIFF with multiple images (subfiles) is imported.
Windows Bitmap Files
The Windows Bitmap graphics filter (Bmpimp32.flt) supports Windows and OS/2 bitmaps, Run Length Encoded (RLE) bitmaps, and device-independent bitmaps (DIB). You must have the Windows Bitmap filter installed to insert a bitmap file into a Word document as a Microsoft Clip Gallery object or a Photo Editor object. However, to insert a bitmap file directly into a Word document, you do not need the Windows Bitmap filter.
The Windows Metafile graphics filter (Wmfimp32.flt) supports the Windows Metafile format. You must have the Windows Metafile filter installed to insert a Windows Metafile into a Word document as a Microsoft Clip Gallery object. However, to insert a Windows Metafile directly into a Word document, you do not need the Windows Metafile filter.
WordPerfect Graphics Import and Export Filters
The WordPerfect Graphics import filter (Wpgimp32.flt) supports WordPerfect Graphics versions 1.0, 1.0e, and 2.0, which correspond to WordPerfect version 6.x
and earlier. For graphics stored in WordPerfect documents, the filter uses the size of the picture frame stored in the document to determine the size of the picture to import. For .wpg images created in DrawPerfect, the frame size is the size of the screen.
The WordPerfect Graphics import filter has the following limitations:
- PostScript information is lost in Encapsulated PostScript images embedded in WordPerfect Graphics files.
- WordPerfect Graphics files with large, embedded bitmaps may not appear properly on computers that use the Mach series video drivers from ATI. If you think you have this problem, try running Windows Setup and changing your video driver to the 8514/a drivers supplied with Windows.
The WordPerfect Graphics export filter (Wpgexp32.flt) is used by the WordPerfect 5.x
export converter when you save Word documents to the WordPerfect 5.x
format. The filter converts images embedded in a document to the WordPerfect Graphics 1.0 format.