Opening STA files

Have a problem opening a .STA file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what STA files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .STA file type?

The most common occurrence of the .sta filename extension relates to the Adobe Photoshop Color Match Image Statistics (.sta) file type and format. A de facto industry standard in professional digital photography and graphic arts, Adobe Photoshop is a powerful image manipulation application (Microsoft Windows / Apple Mac OS X) by Adobe Systems.

Among other advanced features, Adobe Photoshop provides the Color Match tool that allows to save statistics of color usage within a bitmap image into an .sta file. Once saved, the .sta file can be loaded from the Color Match panel to adjust colors of a different image to match those of the reference one. Adobe Photoshop's .sta files use a proprietary binary format and are usable with that application only.

The .sta extension additionally denotes the ENVI Statistics (.sta) file type and format, with reference to the ENVI series of spectral image analysis tools for geospatial applications by Exelis VIS. Here, an .sta file is a statistical report saved in ENVI's proprietary format for faster processing. Besides STA, ENVI statistical reports can be saved as plain-text files (.txt).

The well-known and popular statistical analysis package STATISTICA by StatSoft uses the .sta extension as a label for its STATISTICA Spreadsheet (.sta) file type/format. In STATISTICA, spreadsheet (.sta) files serve as primary sources of tabular data and can be combined into workbooks (.stw). STA spreadsheets can be exported to other spreadsheet formats like Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx).

Relating to Eudora, the discontinued commercial e-mail client for Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X by QUALCOMM, the .sta extension represents the Eudora Stationery (.sta) file type/format. A stationery (.sta) file is a pre-written e-mail message saved as a template into the "Stationery" folder, allowing to quickly create new messages on its basis.

Another association of the .sta extension goes together with the UnityPro Compressed Project (.sta) file type/format. UnityPro is a sophisticated PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming software by Schneider Electric. In UnityPro, an .sta file is a highly compressed version of a regular UnityPro project file (.stu). STA files are used to efficiently transfer project data over networks, while saving traffic.

In electronic banking, the .sta extension is a short for 'Statement' and stands for the MultiCash Pro MT940 Statement (.sta). MT940 (Message Type 940) is a codename of an inter-bank SWIFT communication standard, widely adopted among banks worldwide, and MultiCash Pro refers to the software that implements MT940 connectivity at some banks.

An .sta file is an end-of-day MT940 account statement generated by the bank and electronically transmitted to the client. STA files are automatically processed by the client-side electronic banking software and can be optionally imported into ERP systems.

As an abbreviation of 'Statistics,' the .sta extension is conventionally used to label all kinds of files that contain statistical data. Since many computer programs may use the .sta extension for their data files, such files come in a variety of differing formats. While some applications may follow a standard text-based format like CSV, others would save their .sta files in the binary form.

The .sta extension also occurs as a short for 'State' or 'Status,' denoting various save-state files, especially in software emulators. Such an .sta file is a saved snapshot of a virtual machine, a game running on an emulated device, or a dynamic model. Any such .sta file is intended to be used within the same software environment that was used to create it.

Software to open or convert STA files

You can open STA files with the following programs:
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3 by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe Photoshop CS2
Adobe Photoshop CS2 by Adobe Systems, Inc.

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