Print Artist

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File Format
Name Print Artist
Ontology
Extension(s) .gfx, others
Released 1992

Print Artist (originally named Instant Artist) is a line of graphics/productivity software. This article is partly about its native .gfx format, and partly about the software, and its other formats.

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Formats

GFX is apparently a (vector based?) clip art library format, though it might have other uses.

Many other file extensions have reportedly been used by Print Artist, including:

  • .ban - banner
  • .bc - business card
  • .cal - calendar
  • .cer - certificate
  • .crf - craft
  • .env - envelope
  • .gc - greeting card
  • .lbl - labels
  • .lth - letterhead
  • .pc - postcard
  • .qot - quote
  • .sgn - sign

History

Instant Artist was developed by The Pixellite Group, and published by Autodesk around 1992. It was soon acquired by Maxis, and renamed Print Artist. In 1995, it was acquired by Sierra On-Line. As of 2019, it is maintained by Nova Development.

There were also educational offshoots, ca. 1998, named Print Artist Junior and Print Artist Craft Factory. The latter was apparently developed in partnership with Knowledge Adventure. These versions apparently use quite different file formats, based on Microsoft Compound File format, including a different .gfx format, .pa, .lyx, jpx.

Identification

The GFX files we've examined all begin with bytes f0 0d 03 00 (not counting the ones based on Microsoft Compound File).

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