UIF is MagicISO's proprietary disk image file format which has been used in conjunction with many copyrighted material within BitTorrent community for the single purpose of convincing users to buy the software in order to access the contents of such disk image files. The sole purpose of the Universal Image Format is to force users into actually buying the software.
While this can be seen as bad advertising, certain people know that this is true and have made their thoughts heard through the use of social networks or forums. One particular developer has even created a tool to convert UIF files to the ISO open format and thus responding in a truly impressive manner to the Chinese company which, as he mentioned, has stolen open-source code by integrating it into a commercial application.
UIF2ISO does not bring any GUI along as by accessing it you only get a browsing window that helps you point what UIF file to convert and also provide a name for the file to be generated. The program automatically selects between ISO, CUE/BIN, MDS/MDF, CCD or NRG as the output file format once it analyzes the source file.
The software opens the UIF file and tests it for integrity, verifies its version as well as type, padding and various offsets and hashes in order to disable any encryption, select the appropriate output image format, create the file container and start injecting content into it. This is done quite fast and the result does not let you down at all. You will have a fully-working disk image file that you can manage just the way you want in a few moments, only depending on the file size of your source.
Although its notoriety has dropped through the years, UIF2ISO still holds its top spot in its Softpedia category. The fact that it comes to make justice regarding a fraudulent disk image format that reached its final stage of existence as well as providing a great tool to work with. Whenever you bump into a UIF file and wonder whether to buy an application just to access its contents or convert it into a popular disk image file format for free, UIF2ISO is ready and waiting.