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File Extension IFF

The file extension IFF is associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include Amiga Interchange, SmartWare, and Autodesk Maya. IFF files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.

If the IFF file is related to Amiga Interchange, it can either be an image or audio file type which can contain text, audio clips, images, and other data which is transferred back and forth between a Commodore and Amiga computer. IFF files are also a universal format which makes the file interchangeable across many platforms. The format was developed by Electronic Arts in the 1980s and is still widely used to transfer data across programs and platforms.

IFF files which are part of SmartWare are a temporary file type which is automatically created for the purpose of merging data using the FairCom database engine. This type of IFF file can contain a variety of data which is entered using business applications included with the FairCom database engines. The applications include a word processor, modules which are used for communications, spreadsheet applications, and other tools which are used for organizing business data. SmartWare is a professional programming application which is built upon the FairCom database engine.

IFF files created with Autodesk Maya are an image file type that contains three dimensional images which are in a default interchange format. The format is used to exchange images in RGB at either 8 or 16 bits per channel within the Autodesk Maya application. Autodesk Maya is a software application which provides tools for creating three dimensional models and animations.

How to Open IFF Files

Since the file extension IFF 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. IFF files can vary in content, so you may already have a program which will open the file.

IFF files which are part of Amiga Interchange can be opened using a number of different applications. The content in this type of IFF file can vary according to purpose, such as text, image, or audio. If the file extension IFF is an audio file type and you are using Windows or Mac OS X, you can open the file using Apple QuickTime Player which is available as a free or paid download on the Apple website. You can also use Adobe Audition CS6 which can be obtained in a free trial version on the Adobe website.

Amiga Interchange IFF files which are defined as an image file type can be opened using Canvas 14 or ACDSee 15, which are applications that are used to create technical illustrations and to perform photo editing tasks. Both applications are available on the ACDSee website and are compatible with the Windows operating system.

If you are using Mac OS X, you can open Amiga Interchange files using IFFSnooper, which is a utility program designed to view and edit IFF files. IFFSnooper provides a way to import images for picture objects to repair bugs and edit existing image features. IFFSnooper is available as a free download on the MacUpdate website.

For the Linux operating system, Amiga Interchange IFF files can be opened using XnView, which is an open source graphics and image editor that is capable of opening more than 300 file types. XnView is available on the XnView website and also works with the Windows operating system and Mac OS X.

If the file extension IFF is associated with SmartWare, you can open the file using SmartWare 4.5 in conjunction with the FairCom Client Server database engine. SmartWare 4.5 is available on the SmartWare website along with the manual and help file and is compatible with the Windows operating system.

IFF files which are part of Autodesk Maya can be opened using the Autodesk Maya software application. Autodesk Maya is available in a trial version on the Autodesk website and is designed for use with the Windows operating system.