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Example Files

Last week, we have introduced one of the greatest sources of information on the website: a huge and continuously growing list of file formats.

But there is more to this list than meets the eye. Next to information it also provides examples for many of the featured file formats. That means you can download and look at an example for a file if you are not entirely sure what it is or if you can open it with the programs on your computer.

Lets have a closer look at what there is to know about these example files.


Free Example Files For Download

For some files in our file format list, we have managed to create an example file for your usage. You can access them via the specific page of a file format. The example on the right side shows the list of example files created for the popular PDF format.

In some instances, like for PDF, we managed to create different kinds of example files. In this case, they are PDF documents created using text or scans, single or multiple pages, or a mixture of those. For other types of files, there are other distinctions between example files. You can easily derive them from the file name. For example:

  • example_2s.avi is an AVI file that is 2 seconds long
  • example_animated.gif contains an animated GIF instead of a still image


How To Get The Files

There are two ways on how to find and download the example files:

There are advantages and disadvantages of both ways to access the list of example files. The former is primarily a source of information about different file formats. Unfortunately, not every file format that is described comes with a respective example file. On the other hand, while the latter lists only the available files, there are no additional information given about the formats in the second list.


The License

All example files, no matter if audio, video, image, document, e-book or other, are all published under the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license of Creative Commons. This means you are free to use the files in any means, share them and even alter them to your liking. There are only two premises that have to be met: attribution must be given to the original author (in this case and the altered files have to be shared under the same license.

Other than that, you are free to do whatever you like with these example files of different file types.


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Huge List Of File Formats

File formats are something everyone working with a computer encounters every day – and yet they are something people only rarely think about. Their importance, in most cases, only becomes apparent when you have a problem opening a file. What comes after a video just won’t play or an image can’t be opened is a long and exhausting Google search to get to the bottom of the problem.

We at have provided several articles about the most common file formats across different types like archive, e-book, image and video. The problems, however, mostly occur with files that are lesser known, old, or even deprecated by modern standards. If you need information about a less common file you found, however, we can still help: with our big list of file formats!


File Formats from A to Z

It’s easy to find information about PDF documents or MP4 video files online. They are common, used by many, and their secrets have revealed by many. Likewise, the most common problems with these files have been known and discussed oftentimes. If you happen to stumble over files with a less common extension, however, confusion is often the first feeling.

What’s a NEF file? How can I open MAX files? What information is stored inside a THM file?

There is one list that can answer all these questions – and it is still continuously growing!

Huge List of File Formats


What File Formats Will I Find?

All kinds of different files of different types and categories are listed on the page above. They are sorted in the following categories for a faster and easier search:

  • Archive
  • Audio
  • CAD
  • Data
  • Database
  • Developer
  • Document
  • E-Book
  • Presentation
  • Raster Image
  • Spreadsheet
  • System
  • Vector Image
  • Video
  • Website

Furthermore, file formats that do not fall in any of the above categories are collected under the general “Misc” category.


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What Information Do I Get?

All individual informational pages of the different file formats is structured in the same way. Lets take the Microsoft PowerPoint format PPT as an example: PPT, Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt)

The first text block will give you basic information about the nature of the file, what it is used for, alongside with other, general information. A bit further down, you will be presented with more technical details and specifications of the file.

Underneath the text, each file format features a table with even more information.

This information contains the actual file extension as well as associated programs that are able to open and view the file in question and, if possible, edit them as well. Many files also provide an example file you can download for testing and using.

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The Advantages Of A PDF Conversion Tool

The Advantages Of A PDF Conversion Tool
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The following article delves into the advantages of a PDF conversion tool and why it can be so useful. One of the greatest development of file formats from the past decades was the innovative creation of PDF (Portable Document Format). The useful document reader was created and introduced to the public by Adobe. Within a short time, it spread all over and millions of users around the world embraced it. PDF quickly became one of the most popular and used file formats available. PDF files are usually read with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. However, there are also several other programs which can be used to do so as well. Best of all, most of these programs can work on various different operating systems.




Why PDF Files Are So Popular


The PDF file format is very popular because of several reasons. For one, it offers many advantages over others. One of the those conveniences is being able to basically read them on any computer. Secondly, Adobe Acrobat Reader is free for anyone to use. PDF files are also quite significantly smaller than a similar sized Word or other documents. For anyone who has to share documents with many different people, PDF makes a huge difference. Unlike Word or other programs that have so many versions, PDF has one. That’s of course assuming you have the latest version of the program. Yet the same cannot be said about Word or other programs. It is more than likely that when you have to send a document to multiple users, not all of them will have the same version of Word. That means that the document which reads fine on your system, will not read the same way on others. It also means that since PDF can be converted to other different formats, the possibilities are endless.


You should also take a look at how to Convert Your Blog Article To PDF For A Greater Reach

Why Convert To PDF?


Besides the numerous benefits to which we already pointed out about PDF, there are others. One of the most important factors is that other documents formats use different fonts. What this means is that if you create a Word document using a fancy font, the other person you send it or share it, may not have it. If they do not have the same font installed on their computer, the document will not be readable. Because fonts are embedded into PDF files, that issue is never a problem. In addition, PDF files offer great security. For anyone who doesn’t want someone stealing or modifying their work, PDF files are a must have. Once a file is converted into PDF format, it cannot be modified. You can even protect them with 128 bits of encryption and a password as well.


Don’t miss reading Why You Should Convert Your Job Application To PDF


Easily Convert To PDF For Free

Now that the benefits of PDF formats has been established, there will still be a need to convert your work to PDF. This is where the advantages of a PDF conversion tool  come in handy. There are many programs and software out there which help can help you convert them. However, many of them are expensive and not free to use. In addition, some can be difficult to use as well. Luckily, Online Convert offers an easy to use and Free online document converter here. Simply follow the instructions and convert them to PDF. To make matters even better, you can reverse the conversion as well. This means that if you have a PDF document, you can easily convert it to word or other formats too.

Store Your Files On A Cloud

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In the past, people may have looked strangely at you when uttering a sentence like that.  Nowadays, however, it is normal to store your files in a cloud – even though the concept of such online data storage has been around since the 1960s. Using a cloud storage provider is quite common by now and enables you to access photos, documents, videos, and other files from anywhere without having to carry a CD, DVD, USB stick, or SD card with you. Plus, sharing files has never been as easy, especially with many freemail programs having limits regarding the size of sent files.

But which cloud service is the best for you? We have gathered some information abut the most popular ones, looking at space available, accessibility from various devices, and more.



In comparison to other competitors out there, Dropbox seems to not have much storage space available for free users, namely 2GB. However there are many possibilities to increase this free space without having to pay; for example by inviting friends, connecting Dropbox to Twitter and Facebook, or by taking a tour through the Dropbox basics.

The most striking feature of Dropbox however is the fact that it is available and supported by many different operating systems for computers and mobile devices alike. Next to the usual Windows, Android, and Apple apps, Dropbox offers support for Linux and Blackberry as well – and even for the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Files from Dropbox can easily be shared with links provided by the service, and when paying for the Dropbox Pro Account, you are able to set viewing permissions and passwords on single files, or set an expiration date for shared links.

Google Drive

Google Drive

As the name already suggests, Google Drive belongs to the vast and steadily growing product palette offered and provided by Google. Plus, if you already registered with a Google service like YouTube, Gmail, or Google+, you already own a Google Drive storage space as well.

With 15GB of free storage space, Google Drive is among the more generous cloud storage services. However, photos uploaded should and can not exceed the 2048×2048 pixels limit, and videos longer than 15 minutes can not be uploaded either.

Apps are available for Windows and Mac computers, as well as iOS and Android phones and mobile devices. Different kinds of links for sharing can be generated from files and folders, even allowing other Google Drive users to edit certain files like Google Docs documents.



Just like Google Drive is linked to the Google group, OneDrive is part of the Microsoft product palette. And with 15GB free storage, the cloud service is certainly among the most generous. However, that space can even be increased by inviting friends to use OneDrive or following the first steps to get accustomed to OneDrive.

Naturally, OneDrive is available for Windows computers and phones, as well as for Android phones, Apple computers and phones, as well as for Blackberry devices. Files can be shared by creating a unique share link, and publishing of, e.g., images straight to Facebook is also possible. Furthermore, the compatibility and integration with Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations of OneDrive is a given.



Some may hear of Mediafire for the first time, however it’s well known among file sharing users for almost ten years by now. With 10GB, the space available for free users is average, but it can as well be increased by linking Mediafire to your social network profiles or installing a desktop client. All in all, you can boost up your free storage space to 50GB!

However, the maximum file size of stored files is as low as 200MB. Only with the purchase of a pro account, files with a maximum size of 20GB can be stored on the service.

Sharing files is still a major feature of Mediafire, allowing sharing via links as well as with other users of the service. Furthermore, images can be directly published to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogger, and more.


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Of course, using, you can not only upload files from Dropbox, for example, but also save converted files to your cloud storage!

Google’s Open Standard File Formats

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There are many different kinds of file formats out there, most of them associated to certain programs or developers. Take for example Adobe’s PDF or PSD (Photoshop) files; all the different document files by Microsoft, Apple, and the open source equivalents; or eBook files that are solely linked to the Amazon Kindle. Many of these files and especially their skeleton or insides are protected or even secret. This makes it difficult for other (open source) programs to open, process, or create them. And it makes the task of providing perfect file conversions more difficult and challenging.

However, there are few file types, that belong to an open standard. Their framework is open and accessible, thus allowing many programs across platforms to process, display, play, create, or convert them.
The probably best known search engine and (by now) software and online services provider Google has taken part in developing open standard file types, that are supported by many devices, programs, and browsers. Today, we shall have a look at those open standard files created by Google.


WEBM stands for Web Media File, and browsers like Opera, Firefox, and Google Chrome support these files for video playback. IE9 and Safari, however, need third-party assistance. WEBM files are HTML5 based videos, and can be found, e.g, on YouTube, 4chan, or Wikimedia. Even Android devices (from Gingerbread onward) allow playback of WEBM files.

Google haven’t been the first to actually develop this format though, however they significantly altered the given format and gave it it’s current shape and functionality.

The most common programs and utilities to support and playback WEBM files are:

  • Microsoft Windows Media Player
  • VideoLAN VLC Player (on Windows)
  • FFmpeg (on Linux)
  • Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera

You can find more information at The WEBM Project.


Web Picture files, alias WEBP, are image files that allow lossy as well as lossless compression (and the compression is said to be way more efficient than with JPEG and PNG files). However, even with compression applied, the images retain relatively high quality. The big thought behind the development of WEBP files thus was to speed up the usage of the internet as a whole because of the small storage space required to save and load WEBP images.

Furthermore, WEBP images also allow for animation, and very large dimensions (maxing out at 16.384 x 16. 384 tiles). XXMP metadata and ICC profiles are supported as well.

WEBP files can be opened and viewed using the following programs and browsers (among others):

  • Adobe Photoshop (plugin needed)
  • Irfan View
  • WebP Codec for Windows
  • Google Chrome, Opera

More information can be obtained here.

Now, it is on you to decide whether you want to go on and use those media files used by Google for your images or videos. If so, a quick way to turn your videos into the WEBM format is to convert them. Likewise, JPGs, GIFs, and other pictures and photos can easily be converted to WEBP.

If, however, you stumble upon a WEBP and WEBM file and prefer having your videos or images stored as MP4, AVI, MKV, JPG, or TIFF, you can of course convert those Google files into the formats you need!


How to Open Unknown Files

Unknown Files
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Did it ever happen to you that you downloaded a song or video clip, or someone sent you a file via email and once you want to open and view it, it doesn’t work? Of course you wonder why, and after checking the file you see that you may have never heard of this kind of file before. Don’t panic. The next time you encounter such an unknown file, you will be well prepared!

In this article, we will tell you how to easily handle unknown file formats, and what you can do to use them on your computer without installing any additional software.

What’s the File Extension?

The first thing to do when you find a file that you can’t open is to find out what file extension it has. Because once you have the extension’s name, you can find out what kind of file it is and how you can open it.

Find the file in question and click on it with your right mouse button. Depending on what OS you use (Windows or Apple) a list of options will pop up. One of them should be “Properties” or something similar (also depending on the language of your computer). Once you clicked on it, a pop up window will open which lists all the properties of your file. When using Windows, you will have a point that says “File Type:”. There you will find the necessary information about your file type, e.g. PDF-File (.pdf)

The file extension are the letters following the dot in the brackets. In this case, the file extension would be PDF.

What kind of File is it?

Now that you know what kind of file extension you’re dealing with, it’s time to find out what kind of file it is. A document, an image, or maybe a music file? Or something else entirely?

The easiest and most informative way to do so is by referring to a list of file formats where you can easily search for the one in question. Such lists not only give you information about the developers and all kinds of technical data about the file type, but also about the programs with which you can open them!

For example, you found an AIF file on your computer. Searching the list linked above, you find a listing under “Audio Files.” Now you know that this file was developed by Apple, contains audio data, and can be opened by the Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

How to open/view this File?

In the best case, you can now choose the program you prefer to open the file, may it be a document file or a spreadsheet. But what if you don’t have any program from the list presented installed on your computer? Instead of having to install yet another video player or Office suit program, you can easily convert your file into a format that the most popular programs can open.

Unfortunately, especially when it comes to video files, there can still be problems when you want to play a video that contains codecs that are not installed on your computer. T find more about these cases, you can read our article about video codecs and containers.