Files that contain the file extension SID are associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include ScanIt, MrSID, SID Audio, and Steam. SID files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.
If the file extension SID is related to ScanIt, it is a document file type that contains data and images used for scientific graphs. ScanIt is an application which allows for the extraction of data from scientific graphs and also provides limited image editing capabilities.
SID files that are created with MrSID are an image file type that contains GIS or Geographic Information System images. SID stands for Seamless Image Database, and the file is typically in a compressed format due to the large GIS image file size.
If the SID file extension is defined as a SID audio file, the file is an audio file type that was originally intended for use with older Commodore computing systems. In the present day, this type of SID file is typically used for emulators deployed with gaming applications and SID software players. The files are used to play background music for gaming applications in a variety of different formats.
If the SID files are associated with Steam, they are a game file type that serves as a backup file for Valve video games. Steam is a backup application for Valve games and also acts as a game management program for a variety of different devices.
How to Open SID Files
Since SID files are 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. SID files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.
If the SID files are related to ScanIt, it is necessary to open the file using the ScanIt program, which is compatible with the Windows operating system. ScanIt is available for download on the AmsterCHEM website and has different requirements according the version of Windows you use, such as 32-bit or 64-bit.
SID files that are part of MrSID can be opened on Windows and Mac OS X using any web browser with the LizardTec ExpressView plugin. The plugin is available for download on the LizardTech website. For a Windows-based PC, you can also use ArcGIS Desktop to open SID files. ArcGIS is available as a free trial on the ESRI website.
SID file extensions that are classified as an audio file can be opened using a variety of different applications. If you use Windows, you can open SID files using SIDTool, which is a SID Player/Emulator Frontend for Windows and is available as a free download on the Demo Dungeon website. You can also use quadraSID, which is an emulator available as a paid download on the reFX website. QuadraSID is also compatible with Mac OS X.
For the Linux operating system you can use SIDPlayer, which is a replayer program available as a free download on the SIDPlayer website.
If the SID files are associated with Steam and you use Windows or Mac OS X, you can open SID files using Valve Steam, which is available on the Steam Powered Store website.