MapForce is a Windows-based, multi-purpose IDE (integrated development environment) that enables you to transform data from one format to another, or from one schema to another, by means of a visual, "drag-and-drop" -style graphical user interface that does not require writing any program code. In fact, MapForce generates for you the program code which performs the actual data transformation (or data mapping). When you prefer not to generate program code, you can just run the transformation using the MapForce built-in transformation language (available in the MapForce Professional or Enterprise Editions).
A MapForce mapping design (or simply "mapping") is the visual representation of how data is to be transformed from one format to another. A mapping consists of components that you add to the MapForce mapping area in order to create your data transformations (for example, convert XML documents from one schema to another). A valid mapping consists of one or several source components connected to one or several target components. You can run a mapping and preview its result directly in MapForce. You can generate code and execute it externally. You can also compile a mapping to a MapForce execution file and automate mapping execution using MapForce Server or FlowForce Server. MapForce saves mappings as files with .mfd extension.
The file name extension of MapForce function files.
The file name extension of MapForce design documents (mappings).