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What are XIF files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an XIF file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your XIF files.

What is an XIF file?

XIF files have multiple uses, and Extended Image File Format Bitmap is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Extended Image File Format Bitmap

The .xif or extended image format file extension is an extension for files originally created for the ScanSoft Pagis scanning software. It is an image file type designed as an extension to TIFF (Tag Image File Format) for storing text documents as images.

.xif image files can be separated into four layers: Text layer for optical character recognition (OCR), a layer of text colors, another for color image segment layer, and background tint layer.

The .xif file format is not frequently utilized anymore. XIF files contain streams of image information with text information that describes the document, and stores user annotations. Although it is extensible, the specification does not include macros or code that is executed on a user's system.

How to open XIF files

We have identified two XIF openers that are compatible with this specific type of XIF file.

Programs that open Extended Image File Format Bitmap files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified

Last updated: April 13, 2023

All known file formats using extension .XIF

While Extended Image File Format Bitmap is a popular type of XIF-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .XIF file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Text Device Interface File Format

We know that one XIF format is Text Device Interface File Format. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

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

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

ImagingImagingUser submitted
OmniPageOmniPageUser submitted
Sharpdesk ImagingSharpdesk ImagingUser submitted
PixBuilder StudioPixBuilder StudioUser submitted
Desktop ImagingDesktop ImagingUser submitted
PagisPagisUser submitted
Imaging per WindowsImaging per WindowsDiscontinued
TextBridgeTextBridgeUser submitted
FotoCanvasFotoCanvasUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted

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