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    Saving/Extracting Word Graphics (2000)

    I'm wondering if there is a way to copy/ extract/ save drawings and other graphics, created in a Word document, to EMF or WMF files. If there are any (preferably) freeware applications capable of dealing with copied clipboard data as vector objects, not just bitmaps, and saving in vector (not raster) file format, I'd be interested in recommendations.

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    Re: Saving/Extracting Word Graphics (2000)

    I am guessing that you also own Powerpoint. You could paste the graphic into Powerpoint and save as WMF (or is that WWF <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>). A paste special will be preferable to get it into PPT.

    On the freeware front, no I don't know of any software but there must be some around.

    Why do you need to save the graphics out to EMF or WMF anyway? What are you planning to use the files for that can't be achieved in Word or the program you want to edit/embed the files in.
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    Re: Saving/Extracting Word Graphics (2000)-MULTI-Re: Savin

    Thanks Andrew. I'll give the PPT method a shot. I did locate a freeware app called EVE, which might also do the trick. The reason for saving to file is to be able to take screenshots at various sizes, and embed those pics in other file formats. The various users who do this may or may not have Word, but do have viewers for .WMF/.EMF. There are also docs that have graphics pasted in by apps like Visio, and these have to be treated similarly. A bit of a complex story there, but seperate graphics files is definitely the way to go.

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    Re: Savin

    Alan

    If you are looking to save screen captures in Vector format then you are slightly misled. Screen captures are only bitmap/raster files and you should be saving them in a compressed bitmap format such as GIF if they are 256 colours or less or LZW compressed TIF if larger. JPEG format is good for photos but less good for screen captures.

    EMF and WMF are actually metafile formats which mean that they can hold vector and/or raster information.

    The best free way to handle the screen captures is to capture it, paste it into Microsoft's PhotoEditor and crop to the desired size and resample the colours to the minimum required set and then save in either TIF or GIF format. Either of these can be imported into a large variety of software. You will need GIF or JPEG for HTML pages though.
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    Re: Savin-MULTI-Re: Savin

    No, the idea is to have a scalable vector file available for viewing/sizing on the screen. This can be sized according to requirements, then a screen capture taken. The same graphic can then appear in various user documents, sized according to their layout etc. For instance, some end uses involve thumbnails + "full size" for popup display, while others need something in between for inclusion in a Word of .pdf table cell.

    WRT the "saved" raster format, I'm just starting to look at .png, as well as .svg for web vector graphics. But it's mainly .gif and .jpg at the moment. Being line drawings, 256 colour (colour with a "u" :-)) is fine, and file sizes are nice & small. I use a freebie called EyeDropper to do screen captures, and have taught the other users to use it too. It allows very accurate capture, with crosshairs over the magnified pixels, so there's no need to post-crop images. We then paste into IrfanView (another freebie) and save to the standard Windows 256 colour palette in all the required formats. Works well I've found, and almost "mass production" [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    thanks for your suggestions

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    Re: Saving/Extracting Word Graphics (2000)

    I gave the PPT idea a shot. Although I get a scalable WMF, its size is very much larger than what I'd expect. From experience, the kinds of line drawings I'm copying should be metafiles of a few KB. The ones I'm getting using this method are 100KB+. It seems to be associated with the way the vector objects are stored in the Word document, since numerous other methods produce files of the same sort of size from the Word source.

    I can't really justify the large number of files of such a size (the whole idea of using .WMF was scalable drawings AND small files). Looks like fixed size screen caps in .JPEG format, unless there's a way to get them back down to the size they ought to be as .WMF. ???

    Alan

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