Corel Gallery

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File Format
Name Corel Gallery
Extension(s) .bmf, .gal
PRONOM fmt/1413
Released 1993

Corel Gallery was a vector clipart product released by Corel around 1993-94. The first version came loaded with 10,000 clipart files in the BMF format on the PC and the PICT format on the Macintosh. The proprietary BMF format meant you had to use the included Gallery software to then copy & paste into other applications or export into another format for use in your other documents. Later versions of Gallery used .CCX or .CMX for the ClipArt format.[1]

There are some references alleging the format is a Corel Flow image format, but no evidence to support. Also not to be confused with other formats named BMF.

It's not clear what BMF stands for. Some format lists say Binary Material Format, but that does not seem plausible.

Starting in Gallery 2, Corel used a .GAL format to reference groups of ClipArt. This OLE container referenced multiple .CMX or .CCX files and their thumbnails.


File Identification

BMF files headers all begin with ascii "@CorelBMF\n\rCorel Corporation". In the OLE-based format, the first three directory entry names are often _ITEM_, _DATA_ and _INFO_. The names _ALBUM_ and _THUMBNAIL_ follow later.


Sample files



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