.PLA File Extension

Sansa Playlist File

Developer SanDisk
3.8  |  49 Votes

What is a PLA file?

Music playlist for a SanDisk Sansa portable media player; saved in the PLP playlist format, which lists locations of files in a standard text format; must be transferred to the PLAYLISTS folder on the Sansa device to be recognized by the player.

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Programs that open or reference PLA files


Archicad Project Archive

3.7  |  21 Votes

A PLA file may also be a project archive created by GRAPHISOFT Archicad, a 3D architectural modeling program. It contains one or more designs (.PLN files) and Library Parts referenced by designs stored within the archive. PLA files are similar to PLN files but store the referenced parts, not just references to the parts, resulting in larger file sizes.

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Screenshot of a .pla file in GRAPHISOFT Archicad 26
PLA file open in GRAPHISOFT Archicad 26

Archicad is a building information modeling (BIM) tool architects use to design structures, interiors, exteriors, and landscapes. The software is available for Windows and macOS and has various features for designing and visualizing structural models.

You can save design projects in the native PLN format, but if you want to save a project with all of its resources (instead of references to them), you can save one or more PLN projects as a PLA archive. This is helpful when moving a project to another computer or storing them. However, because the PLA file stores all the contents, it is substantially larger than a PLN file.

To create a PLA file, select File → Save as, then choose "ARCHICAD Archive Project" from the "Save as type" dropdown menu. You can then choose the elements included in the archive, such as the background picture, linked textures, and loaded library properties. The software also allows you to save projects as PLN project files, .BPN backup projects, and TPL project templates.

How to open a PLA file

You can open PLA files with GRAPHISOFT Archicad in Windows and macOS. To open a PLA file, select File → Open.

How to convert a PLA file

GRAPHISOFT Archicad can convert PLA files to many file types, including the following formats:

  • .PLN - Archicad Solo Project
  • .DWG - AutoCAD Drawing
  • .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format
  • .IFC - Industry Foundation Classes File
  • .C4D - Cinema 4D Model
  • .3DS - 3D Studio Scene
  • .SKP - SketchUp Document
  • .OBJ - Wavefront 3D Object File
  • .STL - Stereolithography File
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .JPG - JPEG Image

Programs that open PLA files


iriver iQuickList File

Developer iriver
3.9  |  13 Votes

Playlist of songs saved by an iRiver portable music player, such as the T10 or iDP-100; saved in the root folder; similar to a .M3U file used by many software audio players.

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To add a song to the iQuickList, select the song and press and hold the A-B button. To remove a song, select the song in the playlist and press A-B.

Programs that open PLA files

iriver Future Play

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