Flexi Open/Import Compatibility

When you are opening a file in a format that is outside of our proprietary .fs format, you can check here to see what other file formats are supported. This includes File Open and File Import.


AI: Adobe Illustrator files. These files are complex and maintain vector artwork, paths, text,
fonts, layers, bitmap, and color mode options. This includes layer names, attributes, and colors.

.PDF: Adobe PDF files. One of the most widely used formats for documents. Maintains vectors,
paths, text, fonts, some layers, bitmaps, and color modes.

.PSD: Adobe Photoshop file. Used for complex image editing, maintaining layers, text, paths,
fonts, and both vector and bitmap images. Widely used in graphic design for its ability to retain
high-quality image data.

.DWG: AutoCAD Drawing file. Used by AutoCAD and other CAD software to store 2D and 3D
design data. Commonly used in engineering and architectural designs.

.SCV: CASmate file. A very old file type only used by the legacy software CASMate.

.CA: Clip Art file. Used for storing clip art images, which are pre-made graphics that can be
inserted into documents and designs. Often used in desktop publishing and word processing.

.CMX: Used by CorelDRAW and other Corel applications to store vector graphics and images.
Supports text, paths, and layers.

.HPG: similar to DMPL or .PLT. Used by HP plotters and printers for interpreting and printing
vector graphics. Maintains vector paths for plotting.

.DXF: A file type that only maintains paths. Does not save colors or bitmaps. Used by many
machine routing and toolpathing programs.

.ENR: EnRoute file. Used by EnRoute software for CNC routing, engraving, and milling. Stores
design data for creating detailed shapes and patterns in materials like wood, metal, and plastic.

.EPS: An older vector format that is still used by many programs today. Maintains vectors,
bitmaps, paths, text, and fonts. Some design programs are no longer supporting .eps.

FlexiSIGN 5.x - 21.x: For exporting to older versions of Flexi for compatibility as a .fs file type.
This is a flexi proprietary file type and isn't used in any other programs and systems, but it saves

.GCA: Gerber Artwork Definition file that saves paths. For use with Gerber vinyl cutting
machines. Only used in other software, but is otherwise not used in Flexi.

.GIF: A widely used bitmap image format that supports animation and transparency. Ideal for
simple graphics and web use.

.GTP: Gerber Top Pad file. Used in PCB design to define the top layer pad layout. Common in
electronic design automation (EDA) software.

.HEIC: High Efficiency Image Coding file. A modern image format that provides efficient
compression and high-quality images. Commonly used on Apple devices.

HPGL/HPGL2: A language used by many, many cutters today. Only maintains paths. If you
have Production Manager as part of your Flexi software suite, you won't ever need to use these
unless you need them for some other software.

.IK: Ikarus file. Used by the Ikarus font design software to store font data and vector outlines of
glyphs. Primarily used in typography and font creation.

.JPG: A universal bitmap file that can be compressed to reduce file size without losing quality,
though quality can be lost if it is compressed too much. Since this is a bitmap file, all objects and
features on the artboard will be converted into one single bitmap image. You will lose text,
vectors, paths, fonts, layers, and more, but many systems require .jpg files.

.PCD: Kodak Photo CD file. Used for storing high-quality digital images scanned from film.
Maintains multiple resolutions of the same image.

.PCT/.PICT: Macintosh Picture file. An older bitmap and vector graphics format used primarily
on Macintosh systems. Supports text, paths, and images.

.WMF: Windows Metafile. A graphics file format used on Windows systems to store vector and
bitmap images. Often used for clip art and graphic interchange.

.PNG: Another universal bitmap image format. This file type, however, does not compress into a
smaller file. The result is that it maintains a high quality image, can have transparent
backgrounds, and has 24-bit color. Like .jpg, however, it is a bitmap and any file converted to it
will lose vector, path, text, and other artwork data.

.PS/.2PS/.FJB/.PRN: PostScript file. Used for printing and desktop publishing, maintaining
high-quality text and vector graphics. Supports complex layouts and page descriptions.

.spike: Spike file. Used in Microsoft Word to collect and store snippets of text and images for
later use. Facilitates easy insertion of collected data into documents

.svg: Scalable Vector Graphics file. A widely used vector format that supports interactivity and
animation. Ideal for web graphics and scalable images.

.TGA: Targa file. A dated bitmap format used only by a few programs. The file does not
compress and is best for small files. Not suitable for photographs.

.TXT: Plain Text file. A simple text format that contains unformatted text. Universally compatible
and used for basic text documents.

.TIF or .TIFF: A compressible bitmap format that maintains high quality. Can sometimes
maintain Vector data and layers.

.BMP: A bitmap originally created for bitmaps in Windows, but it has seen widespread use
beyond Windows. Can compress to reduce the file size without losing quality.

.PCX: Paintbrush Bitmap file. An older bitmap image format used by the ZSoft Paintbrush
program. Supports simple graphics and basic image data.

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