Did you ever come upon a file that you could not open in Windows because there was no program associated to the file type that could open it? Maybe you tried to open the file in a text editor, or in a program that you thought would be able to open it. Most users however have probably opened their favorite Internet browser to find a suitable program for the file.
Windows itself offers to search for a suitable file but history has shown that the feature is not as reliable as it should be as no suitable program is offered most of the time.
The free software Smart File Advisor is an alternative to Window's native association search. The application displays its screen whenever a file is loaded that no program is associated with.
It offers to search the file Facts database for an appropriate program to open the file type. It is optionally possible to submit the first 20 bytes of the file which is usually part of the file header to improve identification.
Users who do not want to search the online database can instead skip the procedure and use Windows to manage the file type. The second option displays the standard Windows dialog to pick a program to open the file.
The program launches the file facts website if the option is selected by the user.
The software simplifies the process of searching for a suitable program. Users who do not want to install it can simply bookmark the developer website instead to search for the appropriate program there. Smart File Advisor is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows, a download is offered at the File Facts website. (via)
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