The DXF file extension is used in Autodesk applications for Drawing Interchange Format or Drawing Exchange Format files. This data file format for CAD files was created by Autodesk for the purpose of allowing data interoperability among Autodesk software and other applications.
It was initially launched as a component of the AutoCAD 1.0 in December 1982. The release had the intention to provide the same and exact data representation of an AutoCAD drawing with the .dwg file extension, which is its local file format.
The files with the .dxf file extension are vector image files and are the data format designed by Autodesk used in computer-aided design.
It is similar to the DWG but it has more compatibility with other programs because it is cased in ASCII. AutoCAD versions from Version 10 and later support binary and ASCII forms of files with the .dxf file extension. Early versions of AutoCAD only support ASCII.
Category: Settings file, Developer files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: IMSI TurboCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD or DWG TrueView, SolidWorks eDrawings Viewer, ACD Systems Canvas, DWG converter such as AutoDWG, IrfanView
Open with Linux: TurboCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD
As the AutoCAD software was developed to have more powerful features and tovsupport objects of the more complex type, the DXF file format became less used. Some object types such as ACIS regions and solids cannot be documented.
Because of this, various CAD applications utilize only the DWG file format licensed by Autodesk or can be supported non-natively by Open Design Alliance.
The usage of the DMG file extension is in the context of a mountable disk image file which is generated by the Mac OS X Operating System platform. Once the file is opened, the system will mount it in a virtual disk located on the user's desktop.
This type of file is normally utilized for the distribution of software installation packages for the Macintosh computer system.
Prior to the introduction of this file format, the Mac environment utilized the IMG up until the introduction of the Mac OS 9. The Apple Disk Utility is the main application associated by users to this particular file type under the Macintosh platform and is bundled with the Mac OS X installation package.
Although not meant to be directly opened under the Microsoft Windows Operating System platform, the DMG format file can be accessed by Windows users by using some third party applications in the market. Basically, the DMG file extension can be compared to the EXE or ISO format of Windows and can even function as a complete virtual drive for the system.
The mimicking of physical CD drives is a workaround implemented by the system to address problems that may arise from CD requirements of some software programs including support for the efficient usage of an organization's resources.
Category: Disk Files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Acute Systems TransMac, DMG2IMG or DMG2ISO
Open with Linux: N/A
The DMG format file is also used by video games distributed for the Macintosh computer environment which are commonly protection enabled.
This format makes sure that all software installation and execution in the system are carried out correctly by providing support for both physical and virtual drives required by the system.
Running an application from a virtual drive may also allow a user to execute a program without actually copying an instance of it in the physical storage drive of the computer system.
This will save storage space and proves to be advantageous especially for programs which are not used very often. Aside from the Apple tool bundled with the Operating System, other more commonly used utilities that serve as an alternative include MagicISO, IsoBuster, and UltraISO.
These programs are more popularly executed under the Windows environment but are capable of reading DMG file formats and compressing them into another file extension that is more popularly used.
Another example of this conversion program is the DMG2ISO.
In general, the DB file extension references a generic database file used for the storage of various types of information using a structured format.
This file with .db extension may be generated by a number of varying database applications or can be imported into different database software.
More specifically, the .db format is the default used by the Borland Paradox database. This program is considered as an RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) that was originally developed by Borland until it was acquired by Corel Corporation.
This is perhaps one of the oldest commercially available database applications in the market having been launched during the DOS era by the Ansa Software in 1985.
Borland officially released the Windows-based version of this application in 1992. The DB file extension supported the highly successful database application which was subsequently retooled under the Borland C++ windowing toolkit and eventually utilized a different extended memory access scheme.
This program was distinguished from the xBase clones of dBase by its visual Query By Example functionality which was supported by its AI engine.
Oracle database also creates files with .db extension.
The DB file supported Paradox for Windows was an entirely different software altogether developed by a new team of programmers.
Even if majority of the feature sets inherent under the DOS environment were retained, a major difference lied on the compatibility with PAL to ObjectPAL including its shift to the GUI (Graphical User Interface) design for the Forms and Reports feature.
The use of PAL, although controversial, was forced primarily due to the lack of acceptable equivalent for the keystroke recording operation in Windows.
The DB file extension supported the object-based programming language founded on the Hypercard ideas as replacement for the keystroke recording.
The application also capitalized on the functionality of the right button of the mouse pointing device.
By using the right-click feature under the Forms and Reports window, the Properties is displayed.
This functionality is based on the implementation of Xerox Alto and Smalltalk which are now a standard for all Windows-based applications.
Historically, the DB file extension supported Paradox competed for market share with dBASE until both companies were eventually acquired by different corporations.
DOCX files were first used by Microsoft in the 2007 Microsoft Word program. It is a "Microsoft Word Open XML Format Document".
The Open XML standard used by the new document file version of Office Word was intended to represent word processing files, presentations, charts, and spreadsheets. The Office Open XML file format specification became an open and free standard in 2006. Microsoft implemented its version as a successor to the earlier binaries of its applications and to the Office 2003 XML format files.
What makes DOCX really special is that you can use it for a variety of projects. These include; newsletters, flyers, resumes, reports, documentation and cover letters.
DOCX files do not only comprise of text, but they may also consist of a variety of objects, images, formats and styles. Another thing that makes DOCX files better than traditional DOC files is that they are much smaller in size.
They are also more compatible than DOC files.
To open a DOCX file using Microsoft Word, you need to use the 2007 version or higher. As mentioned earlier, you can make use of the Word Viewer to open DOCX files even if Microsoft Office is not installed on your PC system.
DOCX files can be opened and edited using any of;
OpenOffice Writer and
Web-based Programs for opening and editing DOCX files
#1: Google Docs
You can also use Google Docs to open and edit DOCX files. The good thing is you do not need to download Google Docs as it is an online program. You only need to upload the DOCX file to your personal Google Drive account. This has to be done before you can use Google Doc to open and then edit the DOCX file.
#2: Microsoft Word Online
You can use Microsoft Word Online to open as well as edit a DOCX file when you are online. Microsoft offers this service and the overall appearance of the interface is similar to the standard Microsoft Word on a Windows OS PC. This Microsoft online service is also absolutely Free.
#3: Chrome Browser Extension
Another way to view and edit DOCX files is to use a Chrome browser extension by Google. This is also a free web-based program for opening and editing DOCX files. You can open them straight on your Chrome browser. What's more, you would not need to first download the DOCX file before you can view it on the Chrome browser. This helps if you want to first check the DOCX file before downloading it to your hard drive.
DOC and DOCX files have come to stay. They make it easy for you to share large documents in a variety of formats including PDF format.
By having large files compressed in a ZIP file, these documents can be sent via email to a number of recipients. Having any of the programs in this article would help you in opening and editing DOC files.
If you are on the internet, then you can use the free Chrome browser extension, Microsoft Word Online or Google Docs to access your DOC files.
Category: Text Files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows:
Microsoft Word 2007,
Word 2000, XP, and 2003 with the Compatibility Pack installed,
the ECMA-376 (OOXML format) became the default format for all Office Word document files. Microsoft Office 14 would be the first commercially available productivity suite to employ the ISO/IEC IS 29500 specification compliant edition of the Office Open XML.
Before the market launch of the Microsoft Office 2007 suite, the central applications incorporated in the productivity package included Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
These applications, by default, saved data in binary files which lacked interoperability functionality making them difficult to access from other applications in the same category.
The problem arose from the absence of a publicly available royalty-free data which would allow access to the specifications of file formats.
The DOC file extension in computing terms is an abbreviation for a document file. It is normally created by a word processing application. And serves as the default format of the Microsoft Word program.
This application is a component of the Microsoft Office Productivity Suite that can incorporate print settings, page formatting, charts, graphs, tables, images, and formatted text among others.
Historically, the use of the .DOC extension only referenced plain-text file formats generated by a wide array of Operating Systems.
By the 1980s, the WordPerfect application made this the default extension of their proprietary format. At the time it was the most dominant word processing application in the computer market. WordPerfect continued to exert its dominance over the word processing industry until Microsoft wrestled the title sometime in the 1990s.
From the start, Microsoft Word has utilized this file extension as its standard for its generated files.
Binary formats usually store more text formatting data compared to other document file standards like RTF (Rich Text Format) and HTML (HyperText Markup Language) which are also less compatible with other word processing programs.
How to Open DOC Files
Category: Text Files
File format: Proprietary
Open with Windows: Microsoft Word or Word Viewer, OpenOffice.org Writer, Nuance OmniPage Professional
Open with Linux: OpenOffice.org Writer
One standard way to share documents via the internet nowadays is through DOC files. But what happens if you are not using a PC with Windows OS and an installed Microsoft Office. If you are faced with this situation, you don't need to panic, as you can still open a DOC file even though you do not have Microsoft Word.
This article reveals different ways by which you can view and read .DOC files even without installing Microsoft Office.
#1: Use Google Docs
One simple way to view, open and read DOC files is through Google Docs. This online program from Google will retrieve the files saved on your hard drive. It can also be used to create as well as save DOC documents that can be shared online. To use this online program, simply click on the Upload icon after you open Google Docs on your web browser. Using the Google Docs program, you can import the file with a size of between 500 KB and 1024 MB directly from your hard drive.
#2:Use Word Viewer
You can also make use of the Microsoft Office Word Viewer app. With this program you will be able to view as well as print your DOC files. While this app does not offer users any editing option, it is still a great program to view these files. To edit them, you can first view it on the Word Viewer, copy the text document and then paste it on a different program that allows you to edit DOC files.
#3: Try out Abiword
One program that you can use to edit is Abiword. This app works very well with a variety of text document formats including DOC files. In addition, this app offers users a number of plugins which will enable them to enhance the functions of the app.
#4: Using WordPad
WordPad is a program that can be found on Windows OS. This program has become a permanent feature of Windows OS dating back to Windows 95.
You can use WordPad to open DOC files and this includes the new DOCX file. Below are four steps you will need to take it;
Step 1: The "Run" function should be selected. To do this you need to highlight the task bar of your PC and click on the "Start" icon. With the "Run" function activated, type in the word - "WordPad". Afterwards, click on the "OK" icon and WordPad would be launched thereafter.
Step 2: Next, choose the option to "Open" after clicking on the "File" menu.
Step 3: Select "Word for Windows" (.doc) which is a drop-down menu option. This option is available after you click an arrow located on the right side of the heading labelled "First of type".
Step 4: Search and find the DOC file (.doc) from your PC's hard drive. Have this .doc file highlighted, then open the file on WordPad by clicking on the "Open" icon.
The usage of thise format in the context of Microsoft Office Word varies widely as versions up to the Word 97 used a different standard while those generated up to Word 2003 also utilized a different specification.
With the introduction of the Office 2007, the Word 2007 application began adopting the DOCX file extension as its default primarily to signify its XML-based document files.
The DWG file extension identifies drawing files created in AutoCAD from Autodesk. The files with the .dwg are to store 3D and 2D design data including metadata. They also contain geometric information.
It is a the local format for many CAD packages such as Interlaced, PowerCAD, AutoCAD and its variants. The files with the .dwg don't have native support in many software applications.
This format started in 1982 together with the first Autocad version.
How to Open DWG Files
The best option you have is to download a DWG viewer.
You can view a DWG file without Autocad. You have to download a free viewer or use an online viewer.
The DAT file extension is a generic data format. A number of distinct applications generate it. Usually the same program that created it.
This file can store information in either binary or text format with the text-based data file. You can view it with any standard text editing program. The structure of this file type is not from any specific outline due to its broad range of uses.
The exclusivity about this format is primarily in the area of allowing its access to the specific files it is associated with. Any attempt to open this file by any other application would result in an access error.
Moreover, this file type is virtually useless without the application it is identified with. The best and easiest way to identify the application is to contact its author.
The use of trial and error method is completely out of the question. Due to the wide usage of this particular type in the computer industry.
How to Open DAT Files
Double click on your .dat file or right click on it
Select the option open with
Select your program from the list and click on it
If you don't have a specific program associated you will have to download and install it.
Check the programs in the following section.
Programs that open and convert DAT files in Windows
Original Program that created the files and Text Editors
Microsoft Visual Studio software.
Norton disk doctor
Problems opening .DAT files
These files should be opened in the application that created them. So finding out which computer program made the one you intend opening is important.
Note that not all DAT files can be extracted and modified using basic computer programs. For example, those DAT files for your Mac or Windows computer systems that are used for storing language codecs.
On your Windows and Mac OS
Step#1: Find out which Windows OS computer program made it.
Before you can open that DAT file on your Windows PC, you need to know which program is responsible for creating it.
Step#2: Launch the program.
Simply click the program once or double-click the program icon in order to launch it.
Step#3: Click on "File" drop-down menu.
The "File" drop-down menu can be located at the top left hand side of the application's window.
Step#4: Click on "Open".
From the "File" drop-down menu, click on the "Open" option. This should launch a "File Explorer" window.
For Mac PC
In the case of your Mac PC, drag your selected DAT file and drop it in the application's window. Note that with your Mac PC, the selected will not be viewed as a readable file.
So you would not be able to open your selected DAT file by simply going to the "File" menu of the program and clicking "Open", as it is the case with a Windows PC.
Reveal "All Files" on "File Explorer".
To reveal every files on "File Explorer" and that includes the DAT file you want to open, you should click on the box labelled "file type". This can be seen on the right side of the text field titled "Name". A drop-down menu will then emerge and you simply have to click on the "All Files" option.
Click to select it.
Locate the DAT file you want to open and to select the file, just click on it once.
Click on "Open".
The "Open" option can be seen at the bottom right hand side of the program's window. Clicking this option will lead to the opening of your selected.
Check to see if the DAT file can be viewed.
You need confirmation that your selected DAT file can be viewed. There are instances where an alert notification pops up, suggesting that the contents of your selected one are not compatible with the DAT file extension.
If this occurs, just click on the "Yes" or "Open" option in order to open your selected DAT file.
Have the extension of the selected DAT file changed.
You can save yourself the stress of constantly needing to drag a selected DAT file to their respective programs in order to get them opened.
All you need to do is to have the extension changed. Nevertheless, keep note of the precise extension for the DAT file to avoid file breaking.
Your DAT file should be selected.
Click on the "File" drop-down menu and then click on "Get Info".
You will see a triangle shaped object beside the category titled "Name & Extension", click on this triangle shaped object.
A "Hide Extension" check-box would be seen, you can uncheck this box.
Change the DAT extension using the new name of your selected file's extension.
Click "Return" first followed by "Use . extension" once it pops up.
One of the more popular variants of the DAT file extension is the INDEX.DAT. Which is associated with the shield attributes that focus on storing details. It is about the allowed websites visited by the user as well as saving information on his surfing history.
It is normally stored with hidden properties in the same folder or directory as its application.
The DAT files extension has relation with video streams using the MPEG formats. In this context, the DAT format usually contains information on the type of video contained. Its name, and its length.
This data is in binary form. And it is not readable even if the files can be opened with a standard text editor.
This generic data format is an integral part of some applications. They may not function properly without its presence.
The DOWNLOAD represents a partially downloaded file by the Download Manager component of the Mozilla Firefox Web browser program.
This files represent that it is either currently being actively downloaded or awaiting for additional download resource to completely retrieve the target file.
This may also signify files which the user has intentionally stopped the downloading process for one reason or another.
The downloading of the files with the DOWNLOAD file extension can be resumed by the user once an active Internet connection under the same Web browser initiated the downloading.
This file extension is normally replaced with the appropriated format once the downloading process has been successfully completed.
Under the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, the user has the option of pausing, cancelling, and resuming the download process along with the functionality of specifying the exact location where the downloaded file should be stored by the application.
Currently, there are duplications of coding that relate to the path name and files validation process used by the browser and its external helper application service caused by the lack of an overall simplified API to cover the file transfer coalescing process.
If it is not opened by default. Select the program: mozilla firefox or Safari
Click on it
There are instances where in the download process becomes sluggish. This is probably caused by the DOWNLOAD file extension having a long downloads history.
Essentially, when a paused download process receives a resume instruction, the application initially verifies the downloads history to check on the status of the download file. Then, identify the point where the process was stopped, and the sites involved in the downloading process.
The DOWNLOAD file extension normally does not support Torrents.
The Download Manager component of Mozilla Firefox has also undergone significant changes with the introduction of the Firefox 3. It supports the development of decreasing the efforts involved in the use of it. Including the improvement of the interaction between the user and the software.
It supports two essential processes involved in the file downloading operation:
Controlling and watching the download progress,
And locating files that the user has downloaded in the past.
How to edit, view, convert, make, install and register it.
Programs, editors, viewers, readers and converters associated to this suffix format.
File Extension type: Dynamic link library
What is a .DLL file extension format
This format also know as Dynamic Link Library is a file shared between a number of software programs (and are similar to .EXE files). It is used in Microsoft Windows and OS/2 operating systems.
These files will contain compiled procedures, or drivers (for example for a printer) which a range of programs can then all access. You will often come across DLL files in the context of not having them, which is to say if you plug a new piece of hardware into your PC the computer might complain about missing the 123XYZ.DLL.
In practice this means that the system cant find the driver associated with this hardware. You will usually be able to download legitimate DLL files from a CD accompanying the hardware, or off the Internet from the hardware producers website.
Additional comments: It is unlikely that you should ever have to open or edit a file extension dll (unless you are a specialist). Also note that these can be a source of infection and should be saved from the Internet or executed from an email, with care.
Appropriate program for file extension DLL
Specific software that can open DLL include: Generally there is no need to open it and it isn't particularly advisable to attempt to.
how to open a dll file for free
You can see here free software file viewers online and to download. Use one of the following free viewers.
In general, these files need the source code to decompile them in order to edit.
GO to file->Open and select your .dll for decompile.
Go to Tools->Generate Files and click on it
Click on generate files and the process of decompile will start.
Why Can't i open it
The most important thing is to have a software, program or application that can manage these kind of files. A .dll file opener, fixer or editor.
If not you will fail opening it.
A viewer if you want to view it, a reader if you want to read it.
How to Edit
To edit these kind of files you need a .dll editor.
How to read
To read these files you need a dll reader program.
How to install
You can install and register it following these steps:
Get or download the dynamic link library file.
Unzip and extract it.
Copy it in the system32 folder of windows. (the registry folder).
From the start menu Run program
Type regsvr32 and the name and path of your file (example regsvr32 C://windows/system32/example.dll
This will register your dll file
Go to your start menu, and open the "Run" program. In the text area, type "regsvr32" then the path and name of the DLL file you just copied (for example, type "regsvr32 C://windows/system32/esck_001.dll"). This will open the registry registrar program for Windows, and it will automatically register the DLL that you just copied into the system folder.
How to make a dll file
Using visual studio
To create it you need to use visual studio 2019 from microsoft.
Create a project
Set languate C++
Set platform = Windows
The project type will be library
Select in the project types Dynamic-link library
Configure your project
You can create a blank file and then add the .dll suffix.