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File type: SerialBox Serials Numbers Package


What is

The SB2 file extension is used to identify files containing lists of serial numbers created using the SerialBox application.

This may also be used to identify a backup file created using the ABF Outlook Express Backup program from ABF Software, as well as by the object files by IBM LinkWay.


Detailed information 

Category: Miscellaneous Files
File format: Propriety
Open with Windows: SerialBox, Scratch
Open with Linux: B

File type: STEP 3D CAD


What is

The STP file extension is used for 3D or three-dimensional assembly files containing pieces of three-dimensional or 3D object data. This file format is supported by different mechanical design programs or applications as an exchange file format of 3D product models.

The files with this format are saved in the ASCII or text-based file format conforming to the ISO 10303-2xx STEP Application Protocols. Other than this, no information has been mentioned about the use or description of the .STP file type.


Detailed information 

Category: 3D Image Files
File format: Propriety
Open with Windows: LKSoft IDA-STEP, IMSI TurboCAD, Dassault Systemes CATIA or DELMIA
Open with Linux: LKSoft IDA-STEP, Dassault Systemes CATIA
It is also used by other file formats such as Microsoft Sharepoint Site and Catia Document. The Microsoft Sharepoint Site is used by Sharepoint, a document management platform and browser-based collaboration from Microsoft.
The Catia Document on the other hand, is based on the Product model data exchange standard.

  • File type: Shell Scrap Object
  • Category: Executable Files
  • File format: Propriety

shs file

What is

The SHS file extension is used for the objects added to a certain file in Microsoft Windows. After the object has been added, this file extension, usually invisible, is also added to the file.
The Shell Scrap Object is included in the Microsoft embedded objects concept.
Typically, the shell script is embedded in an object after which the extension will be added.
This is also being utilized by many hackers and intruders as anything from the most useful to the most dangerous codes may be added to the files.

How to open SHS files 

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Programs to Open with Windows

  •  Run by Windows Shell Scrap Object Handler (shscrap.dll)
Please note that in general these files are not readable by any program.
Also, you can't convert this format to another format.
Open with Linux: N/A

Problems opening

If you still have problems you can try the following:

  • Try to download the files again.
  • Use another editor or program from the list.
  • Restart your computer or mobile device.
  • Run an antivirus.
  • Convert to another format.
  • Note that the SHS file extension is not compatible with these versions of windows: Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

File type: Macromedia Flash Movie Video Files

File format: Open Source

In this post you will learn how to open a downloaded SWF file on your Windows, Mac and Android OS devices. You will first be briefed on what a SWF format is. Then you will be informed on how you can play this file on different devices including iPad, iPhone and Android mobile devices.

By the end of this short tutorial, you would have little difficulty in opening and playing games or videos saved as a Small Web Format.


So, what is a Small Web Format File?

 A Small Web Format or SWF is actually an extension for the Adobe owned Shockwave Flash format file.

Usually SWF files mainly comprise of audio-visual content. This includes audio, video and graphic animation. These files help web developers in ensuring that they can effectively provide audio-visual content on a web browser.

They are also used be internet-based game developers wishing to have their online games effectively delivered on a web browser. A SWF may be developed using Flash. Alternatively, you can have the Shockwave Flash Format files downloaded right from a variety of websites if you prefer.

These files can be easily opened on the web browser of Mac or Windows OS personal computers. You can use Winzip or a Flash Player to open as well as play Small Web Format files on web browsers such as Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome.

However, if you intend opening and playing a SWF on your iOS or Android OS mobile device, you will require a decent SWF file player. You could also have the file converted to a more compatible format like MP4 or GIF format.

The SWF file extension is mostly used in Shockwave Flash movies. The files are also used for displaying vector graphic animations and for the delivery of interactive multimedia content on the Web.

Though not so prevalent, they may also be referred to as Microsoft Sidewinder profile. This is used to store and save individual games joystick settings.


How to Open SWF Files

Opening and Playing SWF Files on Windows OS

#1: Use a Web Browser

 If you want to open and play SWF files quickly on your Windows OS personal computer is to use a web browser. You can use web browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox because these web browsers are capable of supporting standard SWF extension.


Here's how it's done;

  1. Copy and paste the SWF file (.swf) on the window of your preferred web browser. This can be Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.
  2. As soon as you paste the file on the browser window, the Shockwave Flash file will play instantly by itself.


In a situation where your selected web browser does not instantly play the SWF file, but rather has another copy of it downloaded. It could mean that the installed Adobe Flash Player extension for your selected web browser is inadequate.


One way to remedy this is to first of all download a newer version of your selected web browser. Secondly, have the Adobe Flash Player plugin reinstalled.

Where the Adobe Flash Player on your Google Chrome Web browser has been disabled, simply visit (chrome://settings/content/flash) to enable the Flash Player extension.


#2: Use a SWF File Player


Another way to open and play these files is by using a SWF file player. If you have a the file saved on your Windows PC hard drive, you can use a downloaded SWF file player to open and play it. All you need to do is to highlight and double-click the file and the player will open and play the file.


#3: Have your SWF audio-visual files converted to another format


if you do not want to open a SWF file on your web browser or on a downloaded SWF player, you can convert the file instead.

SWF audio-visual files can be converted to a number of formats. These formats include; GIF, FLA, AVI and MP4. Just make sure that you have installed a converter that is capable of converting the file to your preferred format.


Opening and Playing SWF Files on Mac OS


#1: Using Safari Web Browser


  • While you hold down both the "Command" and "Options" keys, drag a SWF file onto your Safari web browser icon. This is how you can open a .swf file. If you do not do it this way, the Safari web browser will not open and play a .swf file. Once you have dragged the file to the Safari web browser icon, you can then release both the "Command" and "Options" keys.


Note that you can equally drag the file onto your Google Chrome Web browser and it will open the file.


#2: Using a SWF File Player


Just as you can open and play it using a SWF player on your Windows OS. You can also do the same with a Mac OS personal computer. Popular SWF file players for Mac OS include; Elmedia Player and a SWF & FLV Player.

However, these players are designed to open and play only audio-visual files. They do not work with games saved as SWF files.



#3: Using a SWF file converter


You can also make use of a file converter to convert SWF files into a format that can be opened and played by QuickTime on your Mac OS computer. These files can be converted to MOV or MP4 formats with the converter. These two formats will open and play seamlessly on QuickTime.


Opening and Playing SWF Files on iOS mobile devices like iPhone and iPad


iOS mobile devices like iPhones and iPads do not support Adobe Flash. So installing an Adobe Flash Player on these mobile devices is NOT a possibility.

If you want to open and play these files on these iOS mobile devices, you have to first use a SWF file converter to convert a .swf file to GIF, MP4 or MOV formats. These formats are compatible on iOS mobile devices like iPhones and iPads.


Opening and Playing SWF Files on Android mobile devices

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 You have to use a SWF file converter of your choice, to convert .swf files to Android OS compatible formats like MP4 and GIF.

You can also download a SWF Player to your Android device if you want to watch audio-visual content saved as SWF files. On Google Play store you will find a number of SWF Players to download and install on your Android OS mobile device.



In Closing

Futurewave software wrote and published the original specification and patter of SWF files.
This company had the intention of creating a file format capable of displaying and delivering animations in small file sizes.
This is to allow the widespread and prevalent use of the file format by those who have slower Internet connections. However, the said developer was acquired by Macromedia and in 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia.

 You can open and play SWF files on the newest version of web browsers. Such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

You can also download a SWF converter and convert .swf files to compatible formats like MOV, AVI, MP4 and GIF. Having a SWF Player on your mobile device or PC would also help in playing audio-visual SWF files.


File type: Symbian Installation File


What is an SIS file?

An SIS file is a type of file about Symbian technology and Symbian applications. Although we now have advanced technology today, SIS remains the most common  installation archive of Symbian Operating Systems.

The SIS file extension is used for the installer archive of devices using the Symbian OS.
Examples of such are PDAs, Ericsson, Samsung, Siemens, Panasonic, LG, Sendo, Lenovo, Arima, FOMA, BenQ, Motorola, and Nokia phones.
This installer archive is created using the 'makesis' command line tool of Symbian. This tool is included in the CreateSIS application.
To installs the files using the SIS file extension, the user needs to transfer the files to the phone using the PC communication software of the phone. The SIS files will then be opened on the phone to execute the installer.

How to open SIS file extension

Category: Miscellaneous Files
File format: Propriety

To open this file format, you will need software that allows you to view it. Without suitable software on your device, you may see any of the following alerts.

  • How do you want to open this file?
  • Windows cannot file
  • An error alerts

To open this file, you will need to download a suitable program. Once you have downloaded and installed a suitable program, do the following.

  • Right-click the file
  • Click the “Open with” button and pick the application you have downloaded for the purpose 

Programs for opening or converting SIS files

Some suitable programs include 

#1 Symbian by Symbian

A Symbian by Symbian program is the main application for SIS file formats. If you work with SIS files regularly, you can download and install this program on your device for use at any time.

#2 Nokia Program

Nokia uses a Symbian Operating system, so opening an SIS file with a Nokia device shouldn’t be a problem.

#3 Sisma by Digital Confidence 

Sis is a database file for Sisma and this manager tool encrypts and stores data and passwords using the “256-bit AES Cipher technology. Sisma' association is Archive classified.

#4 SiSoftware Sandra

SiSoftware Sandra by SiSoftware is a reporting and diagnostic assistant that has 32-bit and 64-bit Windows analyzers for benchmarking, listing, and testing modules. With this program, not only can you open your SIS file, but you can also compare your device with other similar devices and technology.

A Symbian by Symbian program appears to be the best program for opening SIS files. This is simply because it is for such a purpose.  However, any of the other programs in this article work just as well.

If you work with SIS files regularly, endeavor to install any of them on your device, and you are good to go.

These SIS files contain install scripts and application files that define how the applications should be installed on Symbian-supported mobile phones.


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