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.dir File Extension

Developer: Adobe Systems
File type: Adobe Director Movie File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .dir. Files with the file extension .dir can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .dir files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .dir file?

Digital motion graphics, animated sequences and movie projects authored with the Macromedia Director software are also known as Adobe Director movie files, and these are digital video files stored in the DIR format. In 2005, Adobe Systems purchased Macromedia, so version 11.5 and later of the Adobe Director software now use the DIR file format, and files affixed with the .dir extension can only be created and opened or edited using the Adobe Director 11.5 software and later versions of this application. The content of these DIR files may include URLs of files stored in external storage devices which need to be referenced by the Adobe Director 11.5++ software when a user accesses associated functionalities implemented into this program when viewing the corresponding DIR files. Scripting code and project resources may also be included as the content of these DIR files by its creators. Timeline configurations and settings are also entered in these DIR movie files, since these define video playback. The Adobe Shockwave Player software can also be used to open and view the digital animated movie content of these DIR project files. The Adobe Director 11.5 software has a version for Mac platforms, while another version is intended for computers running on Microsoft Windows-based systems. Users of these operating systems can also use the Adobe Shockwave Player program to play a DIR movie. Most Web browsers developed for Microsoft Windows-based systems are also integrated with support for opening and playing the video content of a DIR file through the functionalities of the Adobe Shockwave Player program embedded into these Web browsers.

how to open a .dir file?

Launch a .dir file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .dir file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .dir files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .dir file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .dir file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .dir file association errors

applications that open a .dir file

Adobe Director 11.5 for Mac

Adobe Director 11.5 for Mac

Adobe Director 11.5 for Mac is a multimedia application authoring software for Mac OS X computers. This program is designed for game developers, multimedia authors, and eLearning application authors. It allows the creation and publishing of games, simulations, prototypes, eLearning courses and other digital applications for Web use. All projects created by this software can be also saved in CDs or DVDs. Furthermore, features include 2D and 3D rendering, inbuilt physics with NVIDIA PhysX technology, support for multimedia files formats (images, audios and videos from MP4 to FLV and F4V to H.264), support for ByteArray datatype, support for unicode, as well as rich sound or audio capabilities with real time mixing, DSP filters and effects. There are also improved text rendering engine, Script Browser, multi-version output, Bitmap filters, Google SketchUp Importer for 3D support, and other Xtra plugins. Playback of videos can be selected in full screen or high definition.
Adobe Director 11.5 for Microsoft Windows

Adobe Director 11.5 for Microsoft Windows

Developed as a multimedia application authoring software, Adobe Director 11.5 for Microsoft Windows is a program exclusively for game developers, multimedia authors, and eLearning application authors, because it enables them to create, then later publish games, prototypes, simulations, eLearning courses and other digital or Web content applications. In fact, any projects made from this software can be saved and viewed in CDsor DVD formats. For the features, Director 11.5 is bundled with improved text rendering engine, Script Browser, multi-version output, Bitmap filters, 2D and 3D rendering, inbuilt physics with NVIDIA PhysX technology, support for multimedia files formats, i.e. images, audios and videos including MP4, FLV, F4V and H.264. It also supports ByteArray datatype, unicode, and 3D support using Google SketchUp Importer. There are rich sound or audio capabilities with real time mixing, DSP filters and effects too. Others are Xtra plugins, with video playback either in full screen or high definition.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .dir files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .dir. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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