(PRWEB) March 25, 2013
PIP, PKG, PLIST, and PLS file extensions are associated with a variety of different file types one of which is a settings file. Taking into account that settings files are used to store user preferences and settings for different applications and operating systems, and that the data in a settings file will vary according to the program it is related to, Avanquest recently published recommendations on the main types of software to open PIP, PKG, PLIST, and PLS files.
As a general rule, settings files are not meant to be opened manually by the typical device user. In some instances, this type of file can be opened by programmers and developers of PC device applications.
File extension PIP is related to the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. PIP files store user preferences which pertain to the use of menus and toolbars in Microsoft Office. The preferences are customizations of Office tools which are accessed most frequently by the end user.
File extension PKG is a Symbian page file that contains instructions which are used to create SIS files for the Symbian operating system on SIS compatible devices. SIS files which contain the PKG extension are used to install programs and applications on mobile devices such as Nokia and Motorola phones which use the Symbian operating system.
File extension PLIST is a settings file type used with applications designed for Mac OS X. PLIST files contain settings, configurations, and properties for various programs and applications installed on a Mac device.
File extension PLS is related to PicoLog and is a settings file used with the PicoLog data acquisition application. PicoLog is a software application used for data analysis in the environmental science industry.
Files which are defined as a settings file type should be opened using the corresponding application that created the file. The reason for this is to prevent accidental modification of the file which could render a program or application useless. Keeping this in mind, Avanquest recommends the following applications to open PIP, PKG, PLIST, and PLS files.
Microsoft Office 2010: There are several productivity applications which are part of Office 2010 and use file extension PIP. The applications include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel which are word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs respectively. These applications can be downloaded on the Microsoft website as part of the Office 2010 Suite or as standalone applications and are compatible with the Windows operating system.
CreateSIS: The CreateSIS tool wrapper is an application which will open file extension PKG. CreateSIS is a developer application used to create SIS files for the Symbian operating system. PKG files are also commonly opened using Symbian which is the preferred method if a user is not a developer. Create SIS is available on the Nokia Developer website and is compatible with the Windows operating system.
PlistEdit Pro: File extension PLIST can be opened using PlistEdit Pro which is a property list editor application designed for Mac OS X. PlistEdit Pro is used by developers of applications for Mac OS X and allows for the modification of user preferences, configurations, and properties. PlistEdit Pro is available as a trial on the Fat Cat Software website.
Pref Setter: Pref Setter is an open source application which is geared toward viewing and editing Mac OS X user preference files. Pref Setter is a developer tool that will open file extension PLIST and is available as an unpaid download on the Night Productions website. Pref Setter is compatible with Mac OS X.
PicoLog: File extension PLS can be opened using PicoLog Data Acquisition Software which is available on the Pico Technology website. PicoLog is a data logger that records environmental data for the purpose of data analysis. PicoLog is compatible with the Windows operating system.
Any Text Editor: File extension PIP, PKG, PLIST, and PLS can be opened using any text editing program such as Notepad, WordPad, or TextPad for Windows, Apple TextMate or BBEdit for Mac OS X, or Nano Editor and gEdit for the Linux operating system. Exercise caution when opting to use this method to avoid inadvertently altering the contents of these file extensions.
These are the applications recommended by Avanquest to open PIP, PKG, PLIST, and PLS files. Conversion to another file format is not recommended due to the significant role these file extensions play in the proper functioning of programs and applications.