XIF File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an XIF file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .XIF files.

What is an XIF file?

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 the .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.

Additionally, the .xif file extension is not frequently utilized anymore since there is a lot of more popular image extensions are being used currently. XIF is an extended file format and not the image itself. But still, there are programs that can be related to it like the ones developed and used by Xerox. 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension XIF for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension XIF

While we know of one file format using the .XIF file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .XIF file.

Various viewers for this file format

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.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
ImagingImagingUser submitted
OmniPage ProOmniPage ProUser submitted
OmniPageOmniPageUser submitted
Sharpdesk ImagingSharpdesk ImagingUser submitted
PixBuilder StudioPixBuilder StudioUser submitted
Desktop ImagingDesktop ImagingUser submitted
PagisPagisUser submitted
Imaging per WindowsImaging per WindowsUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with XIF-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with XIF-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!