Information on SVF (Simple Vector Format)

The Simple Vector Format, or SVF, is a vector graphics format which supports hyperlinks and layer information. It was jointly developed by SoftSource and NCSA to provide a useful 2-D vector format for use on the World Wide Web. The specification is freely available for anyone to use. (Note: Copies of any of the specification of SVF must retain the SoftSource copyright notice.)


To view SVF images, you can use our SVF Plug-In for Netscape. This plug-in allows you to embed SVF images in HTML documents and view stand-alone SVF files through Netscape. If you have a browser which supports SVF or the Netscape plug-in, you can look at our SVF test page to try out some of the features of SVF.


If you are interested in creating vector files, we currently have an HPGL (Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language - for plotters) to SVF converter. It is available as a DOS program, a Sun program, or as source code. Virtual Drafter, our CAD package which directly reads and writes AutoCAD drawing and DXF files, will also provide an SVF translator which will include the ability to add hyperlinks and use existing layer information.

SVF Logo

Applications which support SVF for output, input, or display can display the SVF logo.

Related pages...
*SVF Technical Information
*SVF Specification
*SVF Syntax
*HTML Syntax for hyperlinks and embedding SVF images in HTML documents
*SVF test page
*SVF Plug-In for Netscape
*Return to Softsource Home Page