Files that contain the PDB extension are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include PowerDesigner Database, Program Database, and Adobe PhotoDeluxe. PDB files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.
If the PDB file is created with PowerDesigner Database, it is a backup file type that stores data used in spreadsheet applications and other database components. The purpose of PDB files is to backup and store critical business data in the event file restoration is necessary. Sybase PowerDesigner is a data warehousing program which provides modeling for information architectures.
PDB files which are related to Program Database are a database file type that can be created by a variety of database programs. The files contain data related to spreadsheet structures, mathematical formulas, text, charts, graphs, and other components typically used with database applications.
PDB files created with Adobe PhotoDeluxe are an image and graphics file type which stores data and information related to digital images. PhotoDeluxe is a photo editing program produced by Adobe Systems and is available in a variety of different languages.
How to Open PDB Files
Since PDB files can be associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default application. Depending upon the type of PDB file you are trying to open, you may have the appropriate program installed on your PC.
If the PDB file is created by PowerDesigner and you use Windows, you can open it with Sybase PowerDesigner, which is available as a free trial download on the relevant website. You can also use a PDB file conversion program to convert the file to another format for use with other applications. There are a variety of file conversion programs available for download on the CNET website.
PDB files that are associated with Program Database can be opened using Intuit Quicken for Windows or Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. If the files contain C++ database programming language, you can view the complete file format using the Visual Studio 2010 program. For Mac OS X, this type of PDB file can be opened with Intuit Quicken Essentials for Mac.
You can also open Program Database PDB files in any text editing program to view the contents. For Windows, you can use Notepad or WordPad to open and view PDB files. For Mac OS X, use Apple TextEdit and for the Linux operating system you can use gEdit or Nano Editor.
If the PDB file is associated with Adobe PhotoDeluxe and you use Windows, you can open the file with any Adobe photo editing program for Windows or an open source photo editing program such as GIMP. For Mac OS X, you can use Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photo Elements. You can also use GIMP, which is multiplatform and available as a free download from the GIMP.org website.