InterCAP Introduces Free CGM Viewer

InterCAP Graphics Systems announced a new version of its ActiveCGM Browser for viewing, navigating and printing of Computer Graphics Metafiles (CGMs).


A free version of the viewer will be available later in the summer in addition to a commercial version.


John Gebhardt, Chief Technical Officer at InterCAP, said: “We’ve been
continually enhancing our CGM viewing functionality since 1992, and with
ActiveCGM Browser 6.0 we offer the most advanced CGM viewers
available anywhere. These browsers give technical graphics publishers
tremendous flexibility in deploying their applications in UNIX, Windows or
NT environments by making high-performance vector graphics available for
the Web, or CD distribution, and now we offer a free version.”


Among the features of the new CGM browser are zoom and pan control, and
support for client-side scripting to allow for customization. Like previous
versions, ActiveCGM Browser 6.0 supports CGM Versions 1 through 4 with
industry profiles, links between objects and databases, and easy graphics
editing when used with the vendor’s ActiveCGM Author.


The vendor says that ActiveCGM is the fastest growing format for publishing
electronic technical graphics. It defines how to encode 2D vector and raster
graphics into compact files that are suitable for publication on the Internet. The format is widely accepted, with hundreds of graphics and CAD
applications now able to produce and read CGMs.


ActiveCGM Browser 6.0 will run as a Netscape plug-in or as an ActiveX
control for use with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It is also available for
HP-UX, Sun Solaris and IBM AIX.

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