PIM File Extension

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Pro Tools Controller Plug-in Mappings Format
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    Avid Technology
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What is PIM file?

A .PIM file, also known as Pro Tools Controller Plug-in Mappings file, is a plug-in file that is created by Avid Pro Tools. The Pro Tools is used for composing, recording, editing, and mixing high quality sound and audio. The PIM file comprises of customizable layout of parameters for a control surface including D-control, C24, D-command, and Command 8. Further, the PIM file allows the control surface mapping to be saved and reloaded.  

Programs which support PIM file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with PIM files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. PIM files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support PIM file

Updated: 05/13/2020

How to open file with PIM extension?

Being unable to open files with PIM extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with PIM extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with PIM files.

Step 1. Install Avid Pro Tools software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PIM files is that no program that can handle PIM files is installed on user’s system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download Avid Pro Tools and install it on your device. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. If you want to download Avid Pro Tools installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Avid Pro Tools and update if needed

If you already have Avid Pro Tools installed on your systems and PIM files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that Avid Pro Tools cannot handle files with PIM may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Avid Pro Tools.

Step 3. Assign Avid Pro Tools to PIM files

After installing Avid Pro Tools (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open PIM files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Right-click the PIM file and choose Open with option
  • 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 Avid Pro Tools is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open PIM files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected PIM file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with PIM extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the PIM for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper PIM file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the PIM file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the PIM file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the PIM file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the PIM file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Pro Tools Controller Plug-in Mappings Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Avid Pro Tools

If the systems has insufficient resources to open PIM files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Pro Tools Controller Plug-in Mappings Format files. It may be the case that the PIM files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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