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How do I convert an EMF image to RTF file?

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Hi,

As I didn't find it on the web, I'd like to develop a tool to convert emf files into rtf.

Does anyone have an idea to embed the image in an rtf file with C# code ?

Thanks in advance
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EMF (Enhanced MetaFile) is used for spooling and sometimes for images and is a binary format. In general, image formats cannot be converted to word-processor formats, unless you use some type of OCR package to extract the readable text from the EMF.

RTF (Rich Text Format) is a format (text-based, not binary) to write markup of word-processing documents. It can contain EMF files as embedded objects and it can be viewed if the reader of the RTF file contains a viewer for EMF, but they cannot be converted.

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Hi abel, thanks for your comment.
I'd like to embed the image in a rtf file, would you know a way to do that with C# code?
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I'm going to create the rtf documents with office automation, by opening word, creating a new document, paste the image, and save as rtf.
If anybody has another idea, thanks in advance.
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That's a good way of doing it, of course, but if you want to bundle it you can only have your program used by people having Office. I wouldn't mind trying the EMF embedding for you, shouldn't be too hard in C# or any other .NET language.
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This q. was answered in the first comment, which covers that EMF is not a good choice for embedded images in RTF and should be avoided. Please accept http:#24139048 as answer.
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See my prev. comment, please. There are no other experts on this thread, no need to wait for them ;-)
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Sorry for the delay abel, all your comments were accurate so I accept them as multiple solutions.
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