.DSF File Extension

Delusion Digital Sound File

Developer N/A
3.4  |  23 Votes

What is a DSF file?

Digital audio sample used to create sounds for .DMF tracker modules.

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DAZ Studio Asset File

Developer DAZ Productions
3.2  |  11 Votes

3D modeling file format introduced with DAZ Studio 4 modeling software; may contain character, pose, shaping, shader, materials, or other data for a model created in the software; used for exchanging DAZ model information with other 3D modeling programs that support the DSF format.

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DSF files use JSON formatting so that the files are human readable and easily exchangeable. DSF files may also incorporate .ZIP compression and therefore not be in a plain text JSON format (the compression option is specified by the user in the DAZ Studio save dialog). Compressed DSF files have a significantly reduced file size, since JSON text compresses at high ratios.

NOTE: Compressed DSF files can be decompressed with any Zip-compatible utility.

Programs that open DSF files

Dramatica Pro Project

Developer Write Brothers
2.4  |  5 Votes

A DSF file may also be a document created by Dramatica Pro, a Windows program used by writers to brainstorm and organize stories. It contains a story project, which includes the title, author, plot progression, story theme(s), characters, and character relationships.

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Screenshot of a .dsf file in Write Brothers Dramatica Pro 5
DSF file open in Write Brothers Dramatica Pro 5

The DSF file is the main file type associated with Dramatica Pro. When you start a new story and save it, the program creates the DSF file to save the contents of the story. You can create a DSF file by selecting File → Save.

Dramatica Pro is available only for Windows. However, there is a macOS version called Dramatica Story Expert. Dramatica Pro is designed to help you piece together your story by defining your overall storyline, characters, character relationships, and themes. It also comes with brainstorming tools, a story engine for generating a storyline, and a casting tool to add characters.

Dramatica Story Expert saves projects in the .DR5 file instead of the DSF file. However, if you want to open a DSF file in Dramatica Story Expert you can rename the ".dsf" extension to the ".dr5" extension.

Programs that open DSF files


DSD Stream File

Developer Sony
3.5  |  2 Votes

A DSF file may also be an audio file saved in the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) format. It typically contains an individual track of a music CD. Various audio recording and CD-R and DVD-R writing programs can create DSF files.

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Sony and Phillips created the DSD format for use with Super Audio CDs (SACDs), which were intended to replace typical audio CDs. In most cases, DSD audio is saved as .DFF files, which contain the entirety of a CD's contents. However, in 2005, Sony developed the DSD Stream File (DSF) format, which is designed to store individual audio tracks.

Just like DFF files, the audio that DSF files contain can consist of up to six audio channels. It also has a higher bitrate than normal CD audio. Thus, DSF audio is higher quality than typical CD audio.

How to open a DSF file

You can open a DSF file and play the audio it contains with VideoLAN VLC media player, Signalyst HQPlayer, or Foobar2000. When using Foobar2000, you'll likely have to install an SACD plug-in, such as Super Audio CD Decoder, to play your DSF file.

How to convert a DSF file

You can use VideoLAN VLC media player to convert the audio a DSF file contains to the following formats:

  • .MP3 - MP3 Audio
  • .OGG - Ogg Vorbis Audio
  • .FLAC - Free Lossless Audio Codec
  • .WAV - WAVE Audio

Programs that open DSF files

X-Plane Distribution Scenery Format

Developer Laminar Research
2.2  |  6 Votes

A DSF file contains information in the Distribution Scenery Format (DSF) which describes the appearance of scenery in X-Plane, a realistic flight simulator for pilots and simulator hobbyists. It stores scenery data, which includes the longitude and latitude coordinates for each section of Earth that appears in the game and references to graphic resources, like bitmap images and .OBJ 3D object files, used to populate the sections. DSF files may be uncompressed or compressed with .7Z compression.

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You will only encounter Distribution Scenery Format DSF files if you use the X-Plane simulator and navigate to the resource files packaged with the application. The files are not meant to be manually opened by a user. Instead, they are reference by X-Plane to texture scenery featured in gameplay.

However, some gamers enjoy modifying the scenery that appears in the game. These "modders" often use the WorldEditor (WED) to modify 2D scenery and airports in X-Plane. WED is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux for free.

NOTE: DSF files are used by X-Plane 7 and later. However, only X-Plane 10 and later support compressed DSF files.

Programs that open or reference DSF files


Designer File

Developer Corel
2.3  |  4 Votes

File created by Corel Designer, a drawing program previously owned by Micrografx; contains a vector graphic, which may include text, raster images, and drawn objects; used to create illustrations, such as company logos, marketing materials, and other print and digital graphics.

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NOTE: Designer files use the .DES extension in newer versions of Corel Designer, which is now offered as an application in Corel DESIGNER Graphics Suite.

Programs that open DSF files

Dreamcast Sound Format

Developer Sega
2.0  |  1 Vote

A DSF file may also be an audio file used by a Sega Dreamcast video game. It contains music played in the game. Gamers sometimes extract DSF files from Sega Dreamcast ROMs and distribute them online, so they and others can listen to the music they contain.

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The Dreamcast Sound Format (DSF) is a variant of the Portable Sound Format (.PSF). Games for various game consoles store music in their own version of the PSF format. For example, some Sega Saturn games use PSF music saved as .SSF files.

Dreamcast enthusiasts have created several scripts that allow them to rip DSF files from Dreamcast game ROMs (which contain a copy of the data stored on a Dreamcast game disc). Many of these scripts are available at kingshriek's SSF/DSF page.

How to open a DSF file

You can use any of the following programs to open a DSF file and play the music it contains:

  • Audio Overload (multiplatform)
  • Vitamin/CAIG ZXTune (multiplatform)
  • Modizer (iOS)
  • Winamp with the Chipamp plug-in installed (Windows)
  • Foobar2000 with the SSF/DSF Decoder plug-in installed (Windows)

How to convert a DSF file

You can use Audio Overload to convert DSF files to the .WAV (WAVE Audio) format. To do so, open your DSF file and select the Save clip... button.

Programs that open DSF files

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