Problems Importing CGM files into Graphics Programs

It is possible to import hierarchical structures from Structural Graphics into various graphics programs, for example, CorelDRAW! O, Microsoft Draw O, and so on. You must use the file format Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM).

Problem:

The CGM file is imported by the graphics program but text, objects, lines, and so on, are missing.

Solution:

It is possible that the colors are wrongly set or have been imported incorrectly. Try changing the background color. It is also possible that the object in question was not imported at all, or incorrectly imported by the import filter. Try using another graphics program. Another alternative is that, as a result of various changes to the settings (font size change and so on), the missing object is now outside the visible area and can no longer be displayed.

Problem:

It is not possible to select the various objects within the imported graphic, with the graphics program used.

Solution:

Some graphics programs such as CorelDRAW! O 3.0 automatically group the imported graphics into one object. In order to select individual objects, they must first be ungrouped. For more information on grouping/ungrouping objects, refer to the documentation that comes with the graphics application.

Problem:

The layout of the texts in the imported graphic does not correspond to the original layout (left-aligned, right-aligned, and so on.)

Solution:

The positioning of the text is not always done correctly by the importing graphics program. There have been no problems with left-justified texts. However, right-justified and centered texts are not always correctly aligned. This reaction seems to vary according to the graphics program.

Problem:

The font used does not correspond to the one previously used.

Solution:

In CGM format it is not possible to specify a font name as it is with PostScript. You select the font via an index. The best results have been achieved using the font, Helvetica. As a result, this is the font that is exported when you use CGM format. However, since the selection is done from an index, sometimes different programs assign different fonts to file texts. In order to change the font, mark the text concerned and assign a new font.

Problem:

The text size is not correct.

Solution:

It is possible that the scaling of the importing program is incorrect. Mark all objects concerned and adjust them to the required size. Alternatively, select the text objects concerned and change the font size. Not all graphics programs offer this feature, however.

Problem:

The message "Output unit cannot be opened" appeared.

Solution:

Either:

  • The system cannot locate the device where you sent the print request.

You have either entered a device that does not exist.

  • The system cannot open the path or file you entered.

You have entered an incorrect path or filename.

The system displays the device or path you entered in the brackets <...>. Check that the entry is correct.