I have inserted a .wmf (Windows Metafile) into a Scientific Workplace document. Then I tried to convert it to pdf using MikTex 2.9. I am getting this error message:

! LaTeX Error: Unknown graphics extension: .wmf.

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Saving my graphics to .eps or .bmp and then inserting it into the document does not help either.

What is going on?

closed as off-topic by Zarko, Jesse, Paul Gaborit, Stefan Pinnow, zeroth Nov 15 '16 at 8:58

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    Welcome to TeX SX! Did you try to convert it to .png? – Bernard May 26 '15 at 23:14
  • Quick test conversion is to open PowerPoint and drag the wmf file into a slide. Now right click on the picture and save as a png. Be aware that there are better tools for converting which do a better job, but this will confirm for you that it can be converted to a png and be used by LaTeX. – R. Schumacher May 27 '15 at 2:32
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it solved by cpomments. – Zarko Nov 15 '16 at 1:10

Well, pdflatex (and the other compilers similarly) does not recognize .wmf files and can't handle them. You first need to convert the .wmf file to something better: .pdf, .png or .jpg, depending on which is more suitable for the specific picture. (However, such a conversion is not in the scope of this site, obviously...)

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