APL File

What are APL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an APL file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an APL file?

APL files have multiple uses, and ACDSee plugin is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

ACDSee plugin

ACDSee, a popular photo studio software, is identified with .apl files. APL files belong to a group of files called plug-ins. ACDSee users use plug-ins to alter photos before saving or printing them.

APL plug-ins function by the following commands executed by ACDSee users:

  1. Saving files to a disk.
  2. Converting an image file to another format.
  3. Applying filters that enhance or beautify the image.

How to open APL files

Important: Different programs may use files with the APL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your APL file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different APL openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: November 30, 2022

All known file formats using extension .APL

While ACDSee plugin is a popular type of APL-file, we know of 6 different uses of the .APL file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

ArcPad Layer

APL files are files of the ArcPad software. ArcPad is a mobile geographic information system (GIS) software used in mapping applications. APL files are necessary for saving work done on the ArcPad software. These APL files act as ArcPad layer files, elements of the image containing characteristics like brightness, contrast, transparency, scale, etc.

ArcPad is used by field-based personnel to collect data for GPS systems, digital cameras, range finders, etc. in real-time.

HALNOTE Application

.apl files are executable application files used by the Halnote software. These application files are necessary to run specific programs used by Halnote.

Halnote is a graphical environment system created by Japan-based Hal Laboratory in 1987. With Halnote, users found it more pleasing to use the computer that was easier to the eye, as the graphics were more user-friendly. Halnote's graphical environment replaced the DOS's black and white visual environment.

Halnote would then be succeeded by the MSX-View which had a better graphic environment.

Monkey's Audio Image Link File

.apl files are audio image link files used by Monkey's Audio. Monkey's Audio is an application designed to compress music files. Audio image link files are files ripped from a source, for example, a music CD.

The .apl files are created using Monkey's Audio, the application compresses the audio or image, from the source, which can then be copied or converted into another audio format using your computer.

More file formats using the APL extension

Through our research of APL files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Authorware Library
  • Team Developer / SQLWindows Application

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of APL files. Remember, different programs may use APL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

MediaMonkeyMediaMonkeyVerified
Adobe PhotoshopAdobe PhotoshopUser submitted
Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe Photoshop ElementsUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
ALLPlayerALLPlayerUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
TREND PilotTREND PilotUser submitted
JRiver Media CenterJRiver Media CenterUser submitted
BSPlayerBSPlayerUser submitted
SoftCamp Secure KeyStrokeSoftCamp Secure KeyStrokeUser submitted

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