.CIF File Extension
File Type 1Easy CD Creator Disk Image
What is a CIF file?
CD disc image format created by Corel and used by Roxio Easy CD Creator (now Roxio Creator); mounts as a physical CD in Windows and is viewable in "My Computer;" often used for creating backup copies of CDs.
Programs that open CIF files
File Type 2Crystallographic Information File
.CIF File Association 2
Crystallographic data exchange format developed by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr); contains categories of crystallographic data used for archiving and distributing purposes.
The format was adopted in 1990 as a standard file structure and is regularly used for reporting crystal structure determinations. The CIF file contains data categories, such as _audit_, _atom_, _cell_, _database_, and _refine_. These categories contain information, including the CIF creation, atom type properties, cell parameters, data specified by the database managers, and data describing structure refinement parameters.