Concept

File viewer

Résumé
A file viewer is a software application that represents the data stored in a in a human-readable form. The file contents are formatted in a meaningful way, then displayed on the screen, printed out, or read aloud using speech synthesis. Overview File viewer applications can be split into the following categories:
  • File Viewer Only applications do not allow the user to edit files.
  • File Viewer and Converter applications allow both viewing of data and exporting data in a different or copying information the clipboard.
  • File Viewer and Editor applications allow the user to view existing files, create a new file of specific type or modify the content of an existing file.
Such division of functionality was initially a result of software licensing for proprietary file formats, such as all file formats can be read freely but software license may exist that limits file creation and modification algorithms to be used only by licensor. For example, database software DBASE used
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