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AD file format description

AD file format

We made this page to help you understand how to work with AD files. Here, you can find info on software that can handle these files. It includes simple programs for opening and converting them.

Learn about the AD file and its functions here!

We also explain how to convert them into other types. It's simple and hassle-free. For opening or changing AD files, this page offers all the tools you need.

#1 AppleDouble Encoded Data

The AD file is categorized under Archive. It is associated with Mac OS, serving as an AppleDouble Encoded Data. AppleDouble is a file format developed by Apple Inc. for storing file metadata and resource forks in a Unix-like file system. Visit the website of Mac OS for a detailed description of the AD format.

Application:Mac OS
Category:Archive files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:appledouble

AppleDouble Encoded Data related extensions

  • dtea Diagnosis Template Archive
  • pkg Mac OS X Installer Package
  • avasttheme Avast Antivirus Theme Data
  • irz iROS Application Package

#2 Anno Designer Project

The AD file is categorized under Project. It is associated with Anno Designer, serving as an Anno Designer Project. Anno Designer is a building layout designer for Ubisoft's Anno-series. Visit the website of Anno Designer for a detailed description of the AD format.

Application:Anno Designer
Category:Project files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

Anno Designer Project related extensions

  • bmo SIMATIC WinCC Script
  • pqp Pano2QTVR Project
  • eqm Electric Quilt Mini Project
  • gsz GeoStudio Compressed Project

#3 After Dark Screensaver

The AD data file serves as an After Dark Screensaver. After Dark is a series of computer screensaver software introduced by Berkeley Systems for the Apple Macintosh, and later for Microsoft Windows.

Application:-
Category:Data files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

After Dark Screensaver related extensions

  • esd Algor SuperDraw 3 Data
  • brres BRRES Resource Package
  • smx STATISTICA Matrix File
  • all OS/2 Warp Program List

#4 DSM Application Diagram

The AD file is categorized under Development. It is associated with Visual Studio, serving as a DSM Application Diagram. The Distributed System Designers (DSM) are a core component of Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Architects and the Visual Studio Team System. Visit the website of Visual Studio for a detailed description of the AD format.

Application:Visual Studio
Category:Development files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

DSM Application Diagram related extensions

  • clb Code Librarian Database
  • xgm Exient XGS Model Data
  • il MSIL Assembler Input Data
  • rslib ABB RobotStudio Library

#5 AxSys Script

The AD file is categorized under Development. It is associated with AxSys, serving as an AxSys Script. AxSys is an obsolete, script based control software. It seems that AxSys is no longer supported by the maker.

Application:AxSys
Category:Development files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

AxSys Script related extensions

  • pawn Pawn Source Code
  • xsf Milinta APL APL+Win Data
  • mli OCaml Interface Source
  • workbook Xamarin Workbook Data

Did someone accidentally misspell the AD filename?

The AD filename extension may be misspelled. We compiled a list of similar file extensions to help you find errors.

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Windows can't open your AD file?

When you try to open a file by double-clicking it, Windows looks at the file's name to figure out what to do. If Windows doesn't know the file type, it'll ask you to choose an app to open this AD file.

To set the AD file association in Windows 11, you can follow these steps

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings app, click on System and then select Apps from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Default apps option.
  4. In the Default apps section, you will find various categories. They include Email, Web browser, and Music player.
  5. Locate the category that matches the file type you want to associate. For example, choose Photos for image files, or Video player for video files.
  6. Click on the current default app listed under the category. A list of available apps will appear.
  7. Choose the app you want to set as the default for that file type. If the app you want is not listed, click on More apps to see more options. Or, click on Look for an app in the Microsoft Store to search for apps.
  8. After selecting the app, it will become the default choice for opening files of that type.

It's worth mentioning that you don't always need to set AD file association. Many apps can open files. They don't need a specific file association to be set.

Handle AD files with care

Exercise caution when handling AD files from unknown sources. Files from certain sources can threaten your computer's security. They might contain malware, viruses, or harmful software. To minimize risks, avoid downloading or opening unfamiliar AD files. Use trusted antivirus software to scan files from unknown sources before opening.

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