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Hi 

I want to import an emf file into Affinity for editing.  I have tried dragging the file into the main screen on Affinity, and also using the File>Place function, but the file is not recognised. Is there something I can do?

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It's highly likely that Affinity Designer, by it's very nature as a Mac-only software by default, won't handle .emf files. If you have a copy of adobe illustrator, you would be best served by importing it into Illustrator and saving/exporting the file into a format that AD can handle. If you need to preserve the vectors, save it as an AI file (with the PDF compatibility turned on) or as a PDF file. Then open the AI/PDF file in Designer.

 

Another option might be, if you don't have Illustrator but you DO have access to PowerPoint (on Windows), to import the .emf into PowerPoint and export that slide to a PDF (if your system has that capacity) and then attempt to open that PDF in Designer.

 

The .emf file format stands for Enhanced Metafile Format and is, by default, a Windows-only file format although past versions of Adobe Illustrator on the Mac have been known to import them (don't remember if Freehand or Microsoft Office for the Mac could do it), but since AD has been created to work with Mac-native technologies, it is likely that it won't open .emf (or .wmf) files.

 

This is just my hypothesis based on experiences with these types of files. The Devs might have a different solution.

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We don't currently support Widows WMF and EMF files. We may add this in a future update but it isn't currently a priority for us so may take a while.

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