(PRWEB) March 01, 2013
File extensions ICO, KEY, LNK, and PNF are associated with a variety of different file types one of which is a system file. Taking into account the diversity of software for opening these files and that system files are essential to running a variety of programs and applications on different operating systems, Avanquest recently published the recommendations on the main types of software to open ICO, KEY, LNK, and PNF file extensions.
File extension ICO is a system file type which works with the Windows operating system. ICO files contain icons which are used for various programs, applications, files, and folders for Windows. Each ICO file stores two bitmap images which define icon transparency as well as the part of the icon which is associated with the image mask. This type of system file can be opened and edited using a variety of graphics editing applications.
File extension KEY is a file which is used to register a software application. KEY files are used with software programs which are copyright protected. The files contain a security code to allow authorized access to an application following a purchase and are commonly stored in a hidden systems folder.
File extension LNK is used with the Windows operating system and is a file which functions as a shortcut to another file in Windows. LNK files act as a reference to another file location with an icon that displays a curved arrow which signifies the file is referencing an original file in another location.
File extension PNF is a system file which is used by a variety of applications for the Windows operating system. PNF files are created on a temporary basis whenever a file with the INF extension is run. INF files define which files should be installed with a specific program or application. File extension PNF contains temporary configurations for INF instruction files. PNF files are located in the Windows folder along with the corresponding INF file.
File Extension ICO, KEY, LNK, and PNF Software
System file types are an essential part of the appropriate function of programs and applications and different operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, UNIX and others. For this reason, it is important to mention that system files are usually not meant to be opened manually unless you are a developer. Manually opening a file could inadvertently modify the contents which can cause further problems with programs and applications or the proper functioning of the operating system. That said the following software applications can assist with opening file extension ICO, KEY, LNK, or PNF.
Inkscape: Inkscape is an open source graphics editor which provides capabilities similar to professional image editing programs for the web. The application uses scalable vector graphics defined by the World Wide Web Consortium. Inkscape can be used to open and edit file extension ICO. Inkscape is multiplatform and works with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system. The application can be downloaded at no cost on the Inkscape.org website.
Microsoft Windows: File extension PNF should be opened using the Windows operating system. This is because the file is designed to provide the necessary configurations for an INF file and is downloaded along with the INF file. Each time an INF file is accessed it requires the configuration data of the PNF to function properly.
Various Programs and Applications: File extension KEY can be opened using the specific program or application it is associated with. Since KEY files contain security codes which are application-specific, it is necessary to open the file using the corresponding program or software application.
CrossOver 12: CodeWeavers CrossOver 12 is a software application which provides tools for installing Windows programs on a Mac PC and is capable of opening file extension LNK. CrossOver 12 is available in a trial version on the CodeWeavers website and is compatible with Mac OS X and the Linux operating system.
GIMP: GIMP is an open source photo and image editing software application that is multiplatform and allows you to open and edit file extension ICO in addition to other image formats. GIMP is available as an unpaid download on the GIMP.org website and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and the Linux operating system.
GraphicConverter 8: File extension ICO can be opened using Lemkesoft GraphicConverter 8 which provides tools for editing and converting a wide variety of graphics formats. GraphicConverter 8 is designed for use with Mac OS X and is available for download on the Lemkesoft website.
ACDSee 15: ACDSee 15 is a software application which is used to organize and edit a variety of different image formats. The ACDSee application will open and edit file extension ICO. ACDSee 15 is available in both a trial version and paid full version on the ACDSee website and is compatible the Windows operating system version XP and later.
These are some of the software applications recommended by Avanquest to open file extension ICO, KEY, LNK, and PNF. There is also a variety of developer software applications which will open system files in the file extension database. The type of developer application depends upon the purpose and function of the specific system file type.