There are 3 file types use the .MIF file extension:
1. FrameMaker Interchange Format File
File created by FrameMaker, a program used to generate and manipulate large, structured documents; saved in plain ASCII text and stores all data originally from a .FM or .BOOK file; describes the document's text, graphics, and layout information.
MIF files are used for exporting FrameMaker documents into a format that can be manipulated by third-party applications and scripts. Exported MIF files can be converted back to their original FM or BOOK files without losing any information.
Updated: September 19, 2010
2. MapInfo Interchange Format File
File format used by MapInfo mapping and geographic analysis software; saves a map visualization in a format that can be recognized by third party applications; used as an exchange format between GIS applications.
MapInfo is used for a generating visualizations of a variety of data sets, including demographics statistics, civil engineering information (roads, water mains, etc.), and business intelligence data.
NOTE: MIF files are sometimes accompanied by a .MID (MapInfo data) file that contains additional spatial data.
Updated: February 6, 2012
3. Management Information Format
Defines custom system architectures that can be tested using Microsoft Systems Management Server; also known as a IDMIF file.
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Updated: May 25, 2021