Open REF files

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Have you encountered a problem with a REF file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a REF file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your REF file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.

What is REF file?

Clark Labs' IDRISI Taiga integrated geographic information system (GIS) and image processing software uses the REF extension for files containing geographic references. These files are used to project rst files containing raster image files in their own, proprietary format with specific dimensions.

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The rst files are always accompanied by a rdc file that contains a description of the contents of the rst file. In addition, even smp color tables may be present.

Taiga provides several REF files.

Programs which can open a REF file

How to open file with REF extension?

In order to open a file with REF extension one of the following programs must be installed on user’s system. If a problem with opening REF file occurred, it is highly possible that none of the listed programs is present on user’s system. Even if one or more said programs are installed, there may be issues related with given programs. In order to solve a problem with REF files, follow the instructions below.
Install Train Simulator or other program from the list

Most often resolving problems with opening REF files is very simple. Just install an appropriate program that supports such files. All of the listed programs support REF files, but may vary in offered function and purpose. Some programs may be capable only of viewing contents of REF files or offer file conversion options, but may not be capable of editing such files.

Set Train Simulator as the default program for opening REF files

It is possible that although a compatible program has been installed on user’s system, it is not used by the system to open it. This may happen because no default application was associated with this type of files. To associate REF files with given application, select "Open with" from drop-down menu (accessed by right-clicking on the file). Then select from the list the program or application you want to be used to open this type of file. If the Train Simulator applications is not on the list, select "Browse" option in order to manually locate the directory where Train Simulator has been installed.


Check the section that lists most common problems with REF files

Sometimes problems with opening REF files may not lie with the application itself, but can arise due to other causes, such as:

  • File data is corrupted
  • REF files has been not been completely download from the internet (only a part of the data has been downloaded)
  • Currently used user account hasn’t been granted necessary privileges to open REF files (should that be the case, please contact your system administrator or IT specialist)
  • REF file was being copied from a corrupted storage device and is incomplete or data is corrupted. (Copying files from unknown or untrusted sources should be conducted with great care as such files may contain malicious software, which can damage your system)

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