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.strings File Extension

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

what is a .strings file?

Mac OS X computers use the data stored in files with the .strings extension as reference information whenever the system needs to display alerts and notifications among other messages to the user. These STRINGS files are generally text documents, and its content is comprised of those alerts and notification messages. Since Mac OS X needs to use particular .strings files stored in the system directory when certain errors happen or in specific instances that require the system to send messages and notifications, this means the system needs to know which .strings file contain the appropriate text message to be displayed. This is why each .strings file is associated with a particular error or notification process, specifically because the system should quickly find the correct file, access its content and display it on the screen as an error message or alert notification. Files in the .strings format can be opened and viewed using the Apple Xcode program, among others like the MacroMates TextMate software and Apple TextEdit. There may be other text editors that can open .strings files, because these are generally text documents, though the text editing application should be compatible with Mac OS X, though it is not recommended to try and open these .strings files, because these are used by the system.

how to open a .strings file?

Launch a .strings 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 .strings 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 .strings files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .strings file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .strings file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .strings file association errors

applications that open a .strings file

Apple Xcode

Apple Xcode

Apple Xcode is an IDE, which is an abbreviation of Integrated Development Environment, that consists of software development tools suite. It is created by Apply for OS X and iOS operated developing software. It is made to design, build and debug an innovative and more intuitive environment for Mac OS X computers and iOS devices. Among the primary functions this IDE can do for a user are to have a complete and quick access to the OS since OS X is integrated with many advanced technologies that are simple and easy to use, and to create apps using Core Animation, OpenGL and Core Image. The use of an application can be driven hands free using AppleScript or Automator. The graphics framework technologies built-in enable a user to create drawings, animations and other multimedia elements in 2D and 3D. It is also integrated with Cocoa Frameworks, which is a high level programming environment that can provide complete access to the operating system. This makes designing and animation a lot more fun and easier for users.
Apple Xcode (GCC)

Apple Xcode (GCC)

Xcode is developed by Apple which uses developing tools and functions as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) mainly for software development. Xcode features a technology called Bonjour protocol used by the Share Workgroup Build, which automatically detects computers who has the free software which is the Distributed compilation for faster C/CC++ builds (distcc) and compiler services. It also can distribute the building of source code over numerous computers. Xcode has the ability to build software that can run on an Intel based platform and a PowerPC, which can either be a 32-bit or a 64-bit code. Latest versions also has Dedicated Network Builds, a second system which has better scaling in huge configurations. In projects that needs frameworks in building Java applications and Web services, Xcode uses Apple's WebObjects. But in Xcode version 3.0 WOLips was used, though version 3 still has WebObjects. Xcode also uses iOS SDK in compiling and debugging application for iOS which are running on the ARM processor. As part of OpenSolaris and developed by Sun Microsystems, Xcode uses DTrace, a tracing framework in which GUI instrument tools run atop. All downloads for the Xcode from previous to the latest version are found in the Apple developer website.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .strings 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, .strings. 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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