.CIF File Extension

File Type 1

Easy CD Creator Disk Image

Developer Corel
3.9  |  17 Votes
Category Disk Image Files
Format N/A

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.

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Programs that open CIF files

Updated May 26, 2009
File Type 2

Crystallographic Information File

Developer International Union of Crystallography
3.7  |  9 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text

What is a CIF file?

Crystallographic data exchange format developed by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr); contains categories of crystallographic data used for archiving and distributing purposes.

More Information

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.

Programs that open or reference CIF files

Updated December 18, 2014

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