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A file extension is nothing more than the last characters after the period in the name of a file. There are several new file extensions available in the market like PDF, PNG, DLL, TORRENT, FLV etc. We may not be familiar with some of these file extensions and we want to know these files are associated with which software? .

Some of the EXTENSIONS are given below. You can also search any file extension

The PDF file type is primarily associated with 'Acrobat' by Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Adobe Acrobat is a family of computer programs developed by Adobe Systems, designed to view, create, manipulate and manage files in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).

Some software in the family are commercial, and some are free. Adobe Reader (formerly Acrobat Reader) is available as a no-charge download from Adobe's Web site, and allows the viewing and printing of PDF files. Acrobat and Reader are widely used as a way to present information with a fixed layout similar to a paper publication.

The PDF format has become a standard for document transfer between computer architectures. A PDF file retains formatting for the file being transmitted. Free viewers are available at the Adobe website and other locations. Starting in 2007, PDF files sent as attachments started to show up as spam. When the PDF file is opened, the spammed ad is shown

The TORRENT file type is primarily associated with 'BitTorrent' by Bram Cohen; now maintained by BitTorrent, Inc..

A protocol for distributing files.

It identifies content by URL and is designed to integrate seamlessly with the Web. Its advantage over plain HTTP is that when multiple downloads of the same file happen concurrently, the downloaders upload to each other. What basically happens is that BitTorrent splits the file up among multiple nodes and the nodes then download the pieces from each other, reducing the bandwidth for the original poster. Of course, enough nodes containing the various pieces of the file must be connected to the Internet for the system to work.

In other words, a TORRENT file is simply a pointer file to the location of parts of the real file on the Internet. The Torrent client software puts your computer into a peer-to-peer network that then collects the various parts of the real file using the TORRENT file as a guide. Meanwhile, your computer serves as a server to collect parts of other files and forward them to others while you are connected.

The FLV file type is primarily associated with 'Flash' by Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Adobe Flash, initially known as Shockwave Flash and popularly called simply Flash, refers to both the Adobe Flash Player and to the Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program.

The Flash Player, developed and distributed by Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in a merger that was finalized in December 2005), is a client application available in most common Web browsers.

Among other uses, if you obtain a video from YouTube it will likely have the .FLV file extension and be a Flash Video File. Media-Convert can convert these files to other formats. See the FILExt Conversion FAQ and the FILExt CODEC and Video Player FAQ for viewers like VLan and others.

The RAR file type is primarily associated with 'WinRAR' by RarLab. Spanned archives can come in two forms: the original .R00 to .R99 or the new PART#.RAR form. Some programs use the RAR format for their data files as well. As a bit of trivia: RAR was created by Eugene Roshal (RAR= Roshal ARchive).

The DLL file type is primarily associated with 'Dynamic Link Library'. A .DLL file is a support file and is used by one or more programs. As an example, if several parts of a program need to perform the same action that action may be placed into a .DLL file (library) that the various program parts can all use. This saves space and makes it easier when that particular routine needs to be updated. You should never have a need to "open" a .DLL file on its own; indeed, there really is no way to do so. Note: This file type can become infected and should be carefully scanned if someone sends you a file with this extension. If you want to look at the resources in a DLL library you can use a program like XN Resource Editor but BE CAREFUL as messing with a DLL file can seriously damage Windows or programs if you do the wrong thing.

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