File type: Scalable Vector Graphics
What is SVG
The SVG file extension is used mostly to describe two-dimensional or 2D vector graphics in the XML format. It means Scalable Vector Graphics.
It is the standard format by W3C for vector graphics.
The pieces of data can be embedded in a specified Web page or may be stored or saved on their own file.
However, the SVG files are not always compatible with all Web browsers. Also these kind of files can be animated or static images.
How to open a .SVG File
Category: Vector Image
File format: Propriety
Open with Windows: Compatible Web browser, Corel SVG Viewer, Inkscape, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Flash Player, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Visio, Adobe SVG Viewer, Corel Draw graphics suite.
Open with MAC: web browser, Adobe Ilustrator, GIMP, inkscape
Open with Linux: GIMP, inkscape, web browser, kolourpaint.
The browsers are perfect free viewers. You can view the files online without downloading it. However, it is not possible to edit.
Since they are in the XML format, the files may be accessed using text editors.
These images are also written as text. These vector images also utilize geographical figures represented by specific mathematical equations.
This is as opposed to the raster images using pixels showed with different colors in order to create images.
How to convert
You can convert online using free converters like autotracer.
This format is also used by GTA and Quake III as game files to save the current progress.