How to Open a File With the DCS File Extension

If you're looking to find out how to open the DCS file extension, you've come to the right place. In most cases, Windows will open a file in the associated program, but some files fall outside of those parameters. Keep reading to find out how you can open your DCS file on both Windows and Mac.

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Problem: You Can't Open DCS Files

You might've double-clicked on the file, to be greeted with the "Choose a program to open the file" message. In some cases, you might be able to open the file, but the contents may seem garbled and that's because it was written to be opened in a specific program. Of course, you can't open a DCS file with just any software. Not to worry - we have you covered!

Step 1: Find Out Which Software Uses DCS Files

Computer Files

Opening your DCS file starts with understanding which software uses a DCS extension. In many cases, different types of software may use the same file extensions, also known as file associations.

ACT! Activity Data File, Bitmap Graphic, and Quark Desktop Color Separation Specification are the most popular software packages that use DCS files. Therefore, your best bet would be to download one of these software packages and use one of them to open your file.

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Zipped files tend to require special handling and may require password access. Contact the file owner or the person who gave you the file for the password and unzip the file before attempting to open the contents.

Step 2: Learning More About DCS "File Type"

If you can't download ACT! Activity Data File, Bitmap Graphic, or Quark Desktop Color Separation Specification software, or if they don't work to open your DCS file, you may be able to use the file type as a clue to finding out how you can open it. Using a Windows PC, you can right-click and navigate to "Properties" and then to "Type of file". On a Mac, select "More info" and "Kind".

Most likely, you will find that DCS files are considered Vector Image Files. Because many programs packages utilize Vector Image Files, you might be able to find a program on your computer that handles those types of files.

If that still does not work, you may have to contact the associated software developer to find out how to open it. Unless you know the specific developer, you could contact one of these developers for assistance.

Please see our chart below of software titles and their developers:

Software Developer
ACT! Activity Data File Best Software CRM Division
Bitmap Graphic Unknown
Quark Desktop Color Separation Specification Unknown
Desktop Color Separation File Microsoft Developer
Kodak Professional Digital Camera Windows Software
Color Separated EPS Format Microsoft Developer
AcaStat DataCalc Data Files AcaStat Software
1st Reader Microsoft Programmer

Solution: Use File Magic to Open Your DCS File

Tools

Although some files must be opened in binary file format (ie. in the program or device for which it was developed), you might be able to open it with a universal software viewer. Depending on the exact file format, you could use a universal software viewer such as File Magic [download] to open your DCS file. Download File Magic today to open your DCS files and hundreds of other file types with one program.


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