IFF File Extension

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Interchange Format
  • Developer
    Electronic Arts
  • Category
  • Popularity
    4.3 (3 votes)

What is IFF file?

The .IFF file format stands for Interchange File Format. The files that comprise this particular extension are mainly used to exchange documents or files across several different computing platforms, enabling users to run on a single platform to share documents with a user who is running on a completely different computing platform.

Electronic Arts initially created the universal .IFF file format. Such files may consist of graphics, text, and even audio data. The Alias Wavefront program also makes use of the .IFF file format. Here the .IFF file format comprises of the image files that are generated by the application.

Programs which support IFF file extension

Below you will find an index of software programs that can be used to open IFF files divided into 3 categories according to system platform supported. Files with IFF extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support IFF file

How to open file with IFF extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening IFF files on given system. What is important, all common issues related to files with IFF extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install QuickTime Player

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports IFF files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install QuickTime Player or one to the listed programs: ACDSee, PaintShop Pro, XnView. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support IFF files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading QuickTime Player installed is by going to developer’s website (Apple, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Check the version of QuickTime Player and update if needed

If the problems with opening IFF files still occur even after installing QuickTime Player, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of QuickTime Player is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of QuickTime Player installed, it may not support IFF format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using QuickTime Player.

Step 3. Set the default application to open IFF files to QuickTime Player

After installing QuickTime Player (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open IFF files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the IFF file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where QuickTime Player is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open IFF files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the IFF file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select QuickTime Player and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with IFF extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the IFF for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the IFF file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the IFF in question is not infected with a computer virus

Should it happed that the IFF is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Scan the IFF file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. IFF file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic IFF file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with IFF extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Check whether your system can handle QuickTime Player

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support IFF files. Close all running programs and try opening the IFF file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Interchange Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle IFF files.

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