.SVM File Extension

A .SVM file is a StarView Metafile, created by StarDivision.

Open with OpenOffice Draw. Available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

What is a .SVM file?

A .SVM file is a type of vector image file specifically used by the OpenOffice and LibreOffice productivity suites. These suites are free alternatives to Microsoft Office and include various applications for creating documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and images. The .SVM file format was originally developed for StarDivision's StarOffice, which is the predecessor to both OpenOffice and LibreOffice.

The content of an SVM file includes a unique 6-byte signature labeled "VCLMTF," followed by binary data that forms the vector image. This format allows for the storage of images in a way that can be scaled without losing quality, which is typical of vector graphics.

To open an SVM file, you can use the drawing and presentation applications within either OpenOffice or LibreOffice. These applications include: - OpenOffice Draw - OpenOffice Impress - LibreOffice Draw - LibreOffice Impress In these programs, you can create and edit vector images, and SVM files can be used to insert detailed graphics into other documents, presentations, or spreadsheets. The SVM format is somewhat similar to the .WMF (Windows Metafile) format previously used by Windows, which also stores images in a vector format.

It's important to note that while most SVM files use the .svm extension, some sample documents within LibreOffice might contain SVM files without this extension. However, these can still be recognized by opening the file in a compatible program and looking for the "VCLMTF" signature at the beginning of the file. This signature confirms that the file is indeed an SVM file.


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