February 23, 2006
The Intelligent File Format: Part 1
One of the most frustrating things to any computer professional is the wide variety of file formats. Day in and day out we deal with documents, archives, images, multimedia, and other files that only open in a specific program. We try to make our lives easier by using multi-format programs like PowerArchiver, OpenOffice, GIMP, and VLC. However, these programs often fail to render the file contents accurately. Or worse, we come across an old file in a format that's no longer supported and spend hours trying to find tools to open it.