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Is there any software for opening files with the same extension in different software depending on the file's signature?

For example, a file with extension .pcb and file signature PCB FILE 4 should be opened in one program, while a file with extension .pcb and file signature 00 FF should be opened in an entirely different program.

I made my own solution a while ago, which I will post as an answer, but it's annoying and clunky to use, and maybe there's some obscure general-purpose dedicated compiled solution out there that works better.

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Before Software Recommendations existed, I posted the same question on SuperUser, and ended up solving it myself with a python script:

https://superuser.com/a/317927/13889

which is now here:

https://gist.github.com/endolith/1119561

But it's annoying to configure.

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