omniformat image conversion
Source formats accepted by Omniformat
Formats in red may be exported from Omniformat

Format Description Notes Export
ANS Text with Layout Available if Word2000 or later is installed.
ASC Text with Layout Available if Word2000 or later is installed.
AVI Microsoft Audio / Visual Interleaved
AVS AVS X image
BMP Microsoft Windows bitmap checkmark
CMYK Raw cyan, magenta, yellow, and black samples checkmark
DCM Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) image Used by the medical community for images like X-rays.
DCX ZSoft IBM PC multi-page Paintbrush image
DIB Microsoft Windows Device Independent Bitmap DIB is a BMP file without the BMP header. Used to support embedded images in compound formats like WMF. checkmark
DOC, DOCX Word Document Available if Word2000 or later is installed.
DPX Digital Moving Picture Exchange
EMF Microsoft Enhanced Metafile (32-bit)
EML Outlook Express Mail Message
EPDF Encapsulated Portable Document Format checkmark
EPI Adobe Encapsulated PostScript Interchange format checkmark
EPS Adobe Encapsulated PostScript checkmark
EPSF Adobe Encapsulated PostScript checkmark
EPSI Adobe Encapsulated PostScript Interchange format
EPT Adobe Encapsulated PostScript Interchange format with TIFF preview checkmark
FAX Group 3 TIFF See TIFF format. Note that FAX machines use non-square pixels which are 1.5 times wider than they are tall but computer displays use square pixels so FAX images may appear to be narrow unless they are explicitly resized using a resize specification of "150x100%". checkmark
FITS Flexible Image Transport System
FPX FlashPix Format checkmark
G3 Group 3 FAX checkmark
GIF CompuServe Graphics Interchange Format 8-bit RGB PseudoColor with up to 256 palette entries. checkmark
GRAY Raw gray samples
HPGL HP-GL plotter language
HTML Hyper-Text Markup Language
ICO Microsoft icon Also known as "ICON".
JBIG Joint Bi-level Image experts Group file interchange format checkmark
JNG Multiple-image Network Graphics JPEG in a PNG-style wrapper with transparency.
JP2 JPEG-2000 JP2 File Format Syntax checkmark
JPC JPEG-2000 Code Stream Syntax checkmark
JPEG / JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group JFIF format checkmark
MAT MATLAB image format
MHTML Web Archive Available if Word2000 or later is installed or if HTML2PDF995 is used.
MONO Bi-level bitmap in least-significant-byte first order
MNG JPEG Network Graphics
MPEG / MPG Motion Picture Experts Group file interchange format (version 1) checkmark
M2V Motion Picture Experts Group file interchange format (version 2) checkmark
MTV MTV Raytracing image format
OTB On-the-air Bitmap
P7 Xv's Visual Schnauzer thumbnail format
PAL 16bit/pixel interleaved YUV checkmark
PALM Palm pixmap checkmark
PBM Portable bitmap format (black and white) checkmark
PCD Photo CD The maximum resolution written is 768x512 pixels since larger images require huffman compression (which is not supported). checkmark
PCDS Photo CD Decode with the sRGB color tables.
PCL HP Page Control Language For output to HP laser printers. Write only. checkmark
PCT Apple Macintosh QuickDraw / PICT checkmark
PCX ZSoft IBM PC Paintbrush file
PDB Palm Database ImageViewer Format
PDF Portable Document Format checkmark
PFA Postscript Type 1 font (ASCII) Opening as file returns a preview image.
PFB Postscript Type 1 font (binary) Opening as file returns a preview image.
PGM Portable graymap format (gray scale)
PICON Personal Icon
PICT Apple Macintosh QuickDraw/PICT file
PIX Alias / Wavefront RLE image format
PNG Portable Network Graphics checkmark
PPM Portable pixmap format (color)
PPT, PPTX PowerPoint Presentation Available if PowerPoint 2000 or later is installed.
PS Adobe PostScript file checkmark
PS2 Adobe Level II PostScript file checkmark
PS3 Adobe Level III PostScript file checkmark
PSD Adobe Photoshop bitmap file checkmark
PTIF Pyramid encoded TIFF Multi-resolution TIFF containing successively smaller versions of the image down to the size of an icon. The desired sub-image size may be specified when reading via the -size option.
PWP Seattle File Works multi-image file
RGB Raw red, green, and blue samples(8 or 16 bits, depending on the image depth) checkmark
RLA Alias / Wavefront image file
RLE Utah Run length encoded image file
RTF Rich Text Format Available if Word2000 or later is installed.
SCT Scitex Continuous Tone Picture
SFW Seattle File Works image
SGI Irix RGB image
SUN SUN Rasterfile
SVG Scalable Vector Graphics
TGA Truevision Targa image Also known as formats "ICB", "VDA", and "VST"
TIFF Tagged Image File Format Also known as "TIF" checkmark
TXT Raw text file
VICAR VICAR rasterfile format
VIFF Khoros Visualization Image File Format
WBMP Wireless bitmap Support for uncompressed monochrome only. checkmark
WK4 Lotus 1-2-3 Available if Word2000 or later is installed. Requires Word Import Converter*
WPD Word Perfect Available if Word2000 or later is installed. Requires Word Import Converter*
WPG Word Perfect Graphics File
WPS Microsoft Works Available if Word2000 or later is installed.
WRI Microsoft Write Available if Word2000 or later is installed.
XBM X Windows system bitmap, black and white only Used by the X Windows System to store monochrome icons.
XCF GIMP image
XLS, XLSX Excel Available if Excel2000 or later is installed.
XML Extensible Markup Language See Below
XPM X Windows system pixmap Also known as "PM". Used by the X Windows System to store color icons.
XWD X Windows system window dump Used by the X Windows System to save/display screen dumps.
How can I run OmniFormat on Systems with limited Memory?

Starting with version 2.55, the options panel offers High (default), Medium and Low Memory Usage settings. If you have 512 MB or more RAM, then High is recommended. Otherwise, you may need to select Medium or Low.

How do I convert Office documents when running OmniFormat as a Service?

When running as a OmniFormat as a Service you may need to change the logon account from Local System to Local Administrator for the OmniFormat Service.

XML Conversion

OmniFormat may be used to dynamically convert XML data to any output format supported by OmniFormat including PDF. A Microsoft Word file is used as a template to supply layout information. OmniFormat replaces fields in the Word template with values specified in the XML file. Next it converts the document to the final format.

Sample (acme.xml):

OutputFile="c:\invoices\acme corporation.pdf"
WordTemplate="c:\templates\invoice template.doc"
CompanyName="Acme Corporation Inc."
Address1="345 Garden Avenue"
Address2="San Gorge, CA 94301"

OmniFormat will process acme.xml by
1. Substitution of the name-value pairs into "c:\templates\invoice template.doc" followed by
2. Conversion to c:\invoices\acme corporation.pdf. The template file is not modified by the process. "OutputFile" and "WordTemplate" are reserved names.

Note: PdfEdit995 may be used to batch convert Microsoft Office documents to PDF.

How is HTML processed by OmniFormat and HTML2PDF995?

OmniFormat uses Word to convert from HTML and MHTML by default. HTML2PDF995 uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer control. It is faster and more accurate than Word for rendering and printing of HTML and MHTML. Adding "Use HTML2PDF995=1" (Do not include the quotes) to the [OmniFormat] section of ..\pdf995\res\pdf995.ini will configure OmniFormat to use HTML2PDF995 instead. In addition, HTML2PDF995 may be called from other applications or the command line to convert HTML to PDF by passing the full path or URL of the desired file to be converted.

Header text, footer text and margins should be specified in the Internet Explorer-File-Page Setup dialog.

What do I do if I cannot convert XLS to PDF?

Provided Excel is installed, if Omniformat cannot covnert XLS to PDF, it is unable to find the PDF995 printer. Either set PDF995 as the default system printer or add

System on=on

to the [Parameters] section of pdf995\res\pdf995.ini. The default value is "on". Try changing to "en" or the corresponding word in the Operating System's default language.

OmniFormat contains a partial version of ImageMagick installed in c:\omniformat\engine. ImageMagick comes with absolutely no warranty. ImageMagick is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. For more details: ImageMagick.

The OmniFormat Optical Character Recognition Module comes with absolutely no warranty. This software contains a partial version of Tesseract Open Source OCR installed in ..\omniformat\ocr. Tesseract Open Source OCR comes with absolutely no warranty.

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