Opening XIF files

Did your computer fail to open a XIF file? We explain what XIF files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your XIF files.

What is a 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.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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