Rich Text Format (RTF)

The Rich Text Format (RTF) specification is a method of encoding formatted text and graphics for easy transfer between applications. Currently, users depend on special translation software to move word-processing documents between different MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh applications. This raster format was developed by Microsoft and is used by WordPad.

RTF uses the ANSI, PC-8, Macintosh, or IBM PC character set to control the representation and formatting of a document, both on the screen and in print. With the RTF Specification, documents created under different operating systems and with different software applications can be transferred between those operating systems and applications. LEADTOOLS can load versions 1, 2, and 3.

The default extension used by this format is: RTF.

LEADTOOLS supports loading this format as raster image or SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) document.

It is possible to speed up the loading of large RTF files. For more information, refer to Using Filter Data to Speed up Loading Large Files.

File constants associated with this file format are:


Read Support

Write Support



24 BPP


[305] Rich Text Format.

When RTF files are rasterized, they are 24 BPP.

Required DLL: LFRTF. For a listing of the exact DLLs needed, based on the toolkit version, refer to Files To Be Included With Your Application.

Related Formats: PCL - Printer Command Language FormatPDF - Portable Document Format, PLT - PLT / HPGL Format, PS - PostScript Document Format.


Win32, x64.

NOTE: LEADTOOLS also supports writing this file format using the LEADTOOLS Document Writers.  For more information on the LEADTOOLS Document Writers SDK, see Creating Documents Having Different File Formats.

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