Converting SGN files to graphics files...

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Jan 26 20:15:18 UTC 2004

SignWriting List
January 26, 2004

On Jan 26, 2004, at 11:09 AM, Nigel Woodhead wrote:
> Thanks for your reply Val - My problem is that I do not have your s/w.
> I
> have a few drawing packages and some SGN files I need to open. Is
> there any
> download I can use for this without jnvesting in the full blown s/w
> package?

Nigel -
So you have SGN Files, but you have not downloaded the free version of
SignWriter on the web? Did you know you can download it for free? Go

SignWriter Download

Once you have downloaded, and started SignWriter, then you can open any
SGN file...

SignWriter DOS is the best to download, but it is only for Windows 95,
98, 98se and ME...unless you have a DOS emulation program like
VirtualPC or others...for example I use SignWriter DOS daily with
VirtualPC on the Mac...and some people use it on Windows XP with

The current download for SignWriter Java can be used on any Windows
platform 98 or has some bugs but it will open the SGN files
for you at least...then you could do screen captures to create your
graphics files...

Val ;-)


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Valerie Sutton" <sutton at>
> To: "Nigel Woodhead" <nigelwoodhead at>
> Cc: "SignWriting List" <SW-L at ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA>
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2004 6:06 PM
> Subject: Converting SGN files to graphics files...
>> SignWriting List
>> January 26, 2003
>> Nigel Woodhead wrote:
>>> I have some files in SGN format and I need to convert them to jpeg or
>>> something I can use! Can I dowload anything to do this please? Thanks
>>> in advance. Nigel
>> -------
>> Nigel -
>> If you are using SignWriter DOS, in SignWriter DOS you can use the
>> Export Command to export the SGN file to BMP format. Once you have the
>> BMPs, you can open the BMPs in a paint or draw program and then
>> re-format them to jpeg or whatever...If you need step by step
>> instructions, I can send them to write again if you need more
>> help.
>> There may also be another SWML alternative, but first I must ask our
>> programmers on the SW list... What would you all suggest for automatic
>> conversion of SGN files now?...I know your work keeps progressing!
>> Val ;-)
>> Valerie Sutton
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