Importing/exporting and OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) are both ways of exchanging information between applications. The difference between them is the method by which the information is exchanged. When you import or export a file, it must be converted to a format that can be understood by the application in which it is to be placed. This means that you must have a special filter installed on your computer for each different file format. When you use OLE, you don't need to worry about filters or file formats. As long as all the applications involved support OLE, information can be freely exchanged.
The Import and Export filters are translators that stand between applications, accommodating a two-way communication channel.
Data in a computer file can be stored using several methods. The method that any one file uses is known as its file format. Different types of files, such as bitmap, vector, sound, text, etc., use different formats. Formats are frequently referred to by the extension that is added to the file when saving it in that format, e.g., .CDR, .BMP, .TIF, .EPS, .JPG, etc.
If you want to sort the extension in the Files Of Type or Save As Type list box, Sort Type specifies the sorting order of these files.
The File Name list box has a Most Recently Used (MRU) list box. At first the MRU list will be empty. Once you select a file and perform the Open/Save operation, the selected file is saved into the MRU list. The MRU list can contain no more than five items at a time.
When you save a file in a graphics application, the file is saved in the native file format, or the proprietary format created specifically for the application.
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