Reading and Writing Aldus Placeable Metafiles (129658)

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.1

This article was previously published under Q129658


Windows applications such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, read and write metafiles in a format known as Aldus Placeable Format. This format is incompatible with the Windows GetMetaFile(), CopyMetaFile(), and PlayMetaFile() functions. This incompatibility occurs because placeable metafiles begin with a 22-byte header.

Sample code is available in the Microsoft Download Center that you can use to read and write these placeable metafiles.


The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services

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For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

145999 How to Create and Play Enhanced Metafiles in Win32

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