Files that contain the file extension ID are associated with multiple programs and applications. ID files are typically related to IBM Lotus Notes, but they can also be connected with Microsoft Data Maps or AOL Instant Messenger. ID files will contain data and information that pertain to the program which created them.
ID files associated with IBM Lotus Notes contain information that identifies the email user for the Lotus Notes program on a Domino server. Lotus Notes is typically used on servers for educational institutions. In order to access your email you must be assigned an ID which is then installed on your PC. Lotus Notes ID files authenticate you as a user of a specific email account on the Domino server. This type of ID file expires annually and must be renewed to re-gain access to your email account.
ID files related to Microsoft Data Map contain data that represents geographic regions described in a document such as a spreadsheet. For example, if you have an Excel worksheet that consists of several different geographic regions around the globe, you can select the data you want to use and then use Microsoft Data Map to create a graphic representation of the information contained in the spreadsheet.
ID files created with AOL Instant Messenger are graphics files that contain buddy icons for use with the AIM application. The images can be imported in an image editing program for customized use with your Messenger account.
How to Open ID Files
If you are unsure what program created the ID file, double click on the file to see if it opens in a default application associated with it. If the file was created on your PC, chances are you have the appropriate program installed for opening it.
If you use Windows and the ID file originates from IBM Lotus Notes, you can open the file using IBM Lotus Notes or IBM Lotus Domino. This is the only way to access this type of ID file since it contains secure information, such as your username, license number, private key, security certificate, and password.
ID files associated with Microsoft Data Map can be opened using WinRAR compression utility or AutoCAD, which is a Computer-Aided Design program for creating maps and drawings. Both programs are compatible with Windows and Mac OS X.
If the ID files are created with AOL Instant Messenger, you can open them using Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. Both of these programs are compatible with Windows and Mac OS X.