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ODG File Extension

OpenDocument Graphic Format

What is ODG file?

Files with the ODG extension are graphic files, used to store vector graphic, supported by programs based on OpenIOffice. ODG are image files created in XML standard, stored in the OpelDocument OASIS format. The component files of an ODG file, just like all of the ODF series, are contained within a ZIP compressed package. In vector graphic, an image is defined with geometric solids placed in a proper coordinate system – this enables lossless scaling of a given work (often logo projects or various types of illustrations).

Structure of an ODG file

Structure of each ZIP package of the ODF series (including ODG) comprises of at least 5 components:

  1. a single line MIME file, which contains a string of text
  2. content.xml file vector graphic elements and some basic information about styles
  3. styles.xml file extended information about styles (default values, named styles)
  4. meta.xml file metadata for each document (e. g.: creation date, ODF version or author)
  5. settings.xml file – program settings, for example – window size.

The content of any of the above listed structures can be known using one of the unpacking tools.

Programs which support ODG file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support ODG files. Files with ODG extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Updated: 10/06/2019

How to open file with ODG extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening ODG files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with ODG extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Get the Apache OpenOffice

Install software to open ODG file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports ODG files installed on the system. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Apache OpenOffice or different compatible program, such as NeoOffice, LibreOffice Draw, StarOffice. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support ODG files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Apache OpenOffice installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Apache Software Foundation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Update Apache OpenOffice to the latest version

Update software that support file extension ODGIf you already have Apache OpenOffice installed on your systems and ODG files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why ODG files are not compatible with Apache OpenOffice. The latest version of Apache OpenOffice should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate OpenDocument Graphic Format files with Apache OpenOffice

If you have the latest version of Apache OpenOffice installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage ODG on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with ODG file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the ODG file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Apache OpenOffice is installed, check the Always use this app to open ODG files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with ODG file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected ODG file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with ODG extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the ODG file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper ODG file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check ODG file for viruses
1. Verify that the ODG in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the ODG is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Scan the ODG file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. ODG file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Verify that the ODG file’s structure is intact

If you obtained the problematic ODG file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with ODG extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Apache OpenOffice

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support ODG files. Close all running programs and try opening the ODG file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with OpenDocument Graphic Format file. It may be the case that the ODG files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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