Files with the DT2 extension are associated with Microsoft Live Messenger or DTED Digital Terrain Elevation Data. Microsoft Live Messenger is an instant messaging application that allows you to connect with your contacts across a wide variety of programs and applications. DTED Digital Terrain is a specific format used by military applications to determine terrain elevation and slopes.
If the DT2 file extension is related to Microsoft Live Messenger, the file is an image file type that contains emoticons and avatars used with the Live Messenger program. The images are commonly in bitmap, GIF, or PNG format and are stored in the user subdirectory for Live Messenger or in the Local Settings folder.
DT2 file extensions that are associated with Digital Elevation Terrain Data are a GIS (Geographic Information System) file type that is used with navigation and mapping software. DETD is a format that provides a matrix for terrain elevations and quantitative information for programs that require terrain roughness and slope data in a digital format. The uniform matrix follows the digital dataset standard developed by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.
How to Open DT2 Files
Since DT2 files can be opened using multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. DT2 files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open them.
If the DT2 file extension is related to Microsoft Live Messenger, you can open the file using Live Messenger with a Windows or Mac OS X-based device. DT2 files can also be converted to another image format for use with image editing programs and applications. You can do this by right clicking on the DT2 file and then choose Rename from the drop-down menu. Change the DT2 file extension to another extension such as PNG or GIF.
You can also opt to use a file conversion program to convert DT2 files to another image format. There are multiple file conversion programs available as a free download on websites such as CNET which will convert DT2 files for you.
You can also use an online resource such as Zamzar which will perform free file conversion for you. Simply log onto the website, browse for the DT2 file, choose the new format, enter your email address, and click on Convert. Within minutes you will receive the newly converted file in your email inbox.
DT2 file extensions that are classified as a Digital Terrain Elevation Data file can be opened using ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, which is available as a free trial download on the ESRI website. ArcGIS Desktop is compatible with Windows and Linux. You can also use Global Mapper, which is available in a free trial version on the Blue Marble Geographic website. Other programs that will open DT2 file extensions related to Digital Terrain Elevation Data include TatuGIS Viewer and Safe Software FME Desktop.