SVG files are popular among website designers because they’re scalable and vector-based, meaning they can be used for any size screen with no loss of quality.
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, and it’s an image format that was created to replace bitmap graphics. Unlike bitmap graphics which are made up of a grid of pixels (or tiny squares), SVG images are made up of lines, curves, and shapes that are defined by mathematical expressions.
Because SVGs use maths to define their shapes and sizes, they’re more flexible than other image formats like JPEGs or PNGs. This means you can scale them up or down without losing quality—which makes them ideal for responsive websites.
Let’s talk about the basics of an SVG file like ways to create it and how to recover an SVG file.
Opening an SVG file on a Mac or Windows computer
SVG files can be directly displayed in any system or browser. Right-click on the ‘Open With’ options after selecting the SVG file you wish to see. The default photo viewers and browsers like Apple Safari and Google Chrome will be displayed as the right options. The files can be viewed however you choose. To open a file immediately, drag it into your browser’s empty tab area.
Ways to create an SVG file
There are many ways to create an SVG file. Notepad, any word processor, CorelDraw, or Adobe Illustrator are all great options.
Notepad is a simple text editor that comes pre-installed with Windows. It’s great for creating simple SVG files and is highly recommended for beginners.
This can be done in any word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs as well. Just open up a new document and type in your SVG code. Then save it as an SVG file and you’re done!
Corel Draw is another great tool for creating SVGs because it has features that are specifically made for editing vector graphics. You can buy this software from the App Store if you’re interested in learning more about it.
Adobe Illustrator is also a good option for creating SVGs. This is a vector graphics design program that is used by professionals all over the world because of its versatility and power. It has a steep learning curve, but once you get down how it works then you’ll be able to do almost anything with this tool.
Recovering deleted files from MAC
If you have deleted a file on your Mac, you can still recover it by looking for it in the trash or checking on a time machine.
If you have deleted a file from your Mac, there are two places where you can look for it. The first is in the trash folder. To find it, open Finder, click on Applications and then navigate to Utilities and find ‘Trash’. Found them? Select them and right-click ‘Put Back’.
The second place to look for your deleted files is on Time Machine. You can access this by going to System Preferences and clicking on Time Machine. Once here, click on Select Backup Destination and choose which drive you want to use as your backup source. Then hit “Use Backup Disk” and click Next at the prompt that appears.
You should now see a list of all of your backups; select one and click “Restore…”
Recover Deleted SVG files on your Windows PC
When you delete a file in Windows, it doesn’t get completely erased from your computer. Instead, it moves to the Recycle Bin so that you can recover it if necessary. The same thing happens with SVG files—they get moved to the Recycle Bin when you delete them so you can recover them later if necessary.
If you don’t see any SVG files in your Recycle Bin, chances are good that they’ve been permanently deleted and you won’t be able to recover them. However, there are two other places where you might find them: File History and OneDrive.
If you’re using File History on your computer or device, then check there first. Open File Explorer and click This PC on the left side of the window. Then click View at the top of the window and select Show hidden items (if it isn’t already selected).
In File History’s list of previous versions of files, look for SVG files with a name ending in _svg. If there are any listed there, right-click one and choose to Restore the previous version from the context menu that appears.
Preventing your SVGs from getting deleted
There are ways to prevent your SVGs from getting deleted. First and foremost, make sure that all of your SVGs have unique names that will help you identify them easily when they’re saved in folders or on your computer’s desktop with other images.
If you need an extra layer of security, consider renaming each SVG with an extension like “.locked” or “.protected” so that no one else can accidentally delete it when they’re looking for something different (like a picture).
In short, yes there is a way to recover your SVG file if it has been deleted. We don’t recommend you try to do it yourself because of the risks involved and there is no guarantee that the file will be recovered (if you are not technical). To have any chance of recovering your SVG file, you should contact a data recovery service specialist who can process the device they have recovered the data.
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