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File Extension PAF

The file extension PAF is associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include PortableApps, Ensoniq PARIS, and a Personal Ancestral File. PAF files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.

If the file extension PAF is related to PortableApps, the file is a various data file type which contains installation data for a series of applications. This type of PAF file can also use an executable extension such as PAF.EXE which is used to launch portable applications on a variety of different devices. PortableApps is an open source platform produced by Rare Ideas which provides tools for creating portable version of various computer applications.

PAF files which are part of Ensoniq PARIS are an audio file type which contains recordings which are in stereo 16 and 24 bit format. Ensoniq PARIS (Professional Audio Recording Integrated System) is a PCI hard disk recording system which provides playback of between 16 and 128 virtual channels. The system is made up of multiple PCI cards which are compatible with Windows and Mac PCs with different external interfaces and a control surface.

If the file extension PAF is defined as a Personal Ancestral File, the file is a various data file type which is used by the Personal Ancestral File genealogy management system. This type of PAF file contains data which is collected during genealogy research. Personal Ancestral File is a software application produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the purpose of researching family ancestry.

How to Open PAF Files

Since the file extension PAF is associated with 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. PAF files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.

PAF files which are part of the PortableApps platform can be opened using the Platform which provides a way to build a personal suite of portable software using a few clicks. PortableApps is downloaded at no cost to a flash drive where the PAF installation files for each portable app are then launched from the USB flash storage device. The apps can include web browsers, office suites, game managers, email applications, PDF readers, and more. PortableApps PAF files can be opened by connecting a USB flash drive to a portable device and then clicking the PAF file to launch a specific application.

If the file extension PAF is related to Ensoniq PARIS, you can open the file using the Ensoniq PARIS II recording system. Information on obtaining the system can be obtained on the Sound on Sound website.

If you do not have access to the Ensoniq PARIS hard disk recording system, you can opt to convert the audio files to another format for use with a broader range of applications. There is a variety of audio file conversion programs which are offered as a free download on websites such as CNET and Softpedia which will convert PAF files for you.

You can also opt to use an online resource such as Zamzar which will perform free file conversion for you as long as the content is not copyright protected. Simply log onto the Zamzar website, browse for the PAF file, choose a new format, enter your email address, and click on Convert. Within minutes you will receive the newly converted file in your email inbox.

PAF files which are part of Personal Ancestral File can be opened using FamilySearch Personal Ancestral File which is available on the website and is compatible with the Windows operating system. RootsMagic 6 will also open PAF files on the Windows operating system and is available in a free trial version on the RootsMagic website.