Re: What is CGM?

Subject: Re: What is CGM?
From: "Susan W. Gallagher" <sgallagher -at- STARBASECORP -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 1995 17:32:22 -0700

Liz Babcock writes...

> Cindy Elliott, one of the writer-editors here at China Lake needs to provide
> some graphics for a customer from Finland. This customer wants her to do the
> work in a program called CGM, which, according to the customer, "everybody" is
> using.

Something tells me that Cindy has been hit head-on by the
language barrier on this one, Liz. I browse the dtp and
graphics catalogs all the time and have never heard of a
graphics package named CGM or anything that would even
boil down to CGM.

Are you sure your Finnish friend doesn't want the files
in .cgm format??? A .cgm is a computer graphics metafile,
which is a fairly generic format accepted by most wp and
dtp packages. You can generate .cgm files from CorelDraw
for sure and probably from a lot of other graphics packages
as well.

.cgm files are vector-based (defined by points) rather
than raster-based (defined line-by-line, like a bitmap)
so they don't lose resolution when you resize them.

Hope this helps. If there really is a CGM program, let us
know how you like it! ;-)

Sue Gallagher
sgallagher -at- starbasecorp -dot- com


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