Looking for a way to open a design file, but online search results are coming up short? We’ve outlined how to open, view, review, and interact with some of the most commonly used Architecture and Engineering file types; all you have to do is drag and drop your file:
- DWG / DWF – Design Web Format native to AutoCAD
- RVT – Revit Files
- STP/STEP – Standard for the Exchange of Product model data
(tl;dr? Go here and drop in your file. Watch magic happen.)
DWG & DWF
We know that opening DWG files can be almost impossible without owning or downloading software, so we made it simple to view DWG files within A360—the DWG viewer is built right into the platform. Editable CAD files have been around for over 30 years–so it’s about time that users have a tool that allows them to view and interact with these files without downloading new software or converting them into a compressed, editable, file type.
You can view and interact with your DWG files in A360 in a myriad of ways, from hiding and showing specific file elements, to viewing references sheets. Take quick measurements or share your drawing with a colleague by using the live review feature—it’s as easy as sending a link.
DWF files, (uneditable, AutoCAD data files) are a bit easier to view, edit, and share without using AutoCAD software. The A360 Viewer enables you to view designs in more than 65 file formats, including .dwf, right in your browser—no downloads or plugins needed.
DWF drawings are built for design review, so they’re perfect for collaborative review within A360. Users can interact with and markup these files using the extensive toolbar within A360.
A360 enables users to view BIM projects without downloading new software.
Once you upload your Revit file to the A360 Viewer, you’ll be able to view, share, markup, and comment on your model:
STP/STEP files, which stands for the “Standard for the Exchange of Product model data,” are 3D files created in order to share CAD files between users, most commonly between users of different CAD software programs. This is exactly what A360 is built for: file sharing and collaboration. Not surprisingly, this is one of the most commonly uploaded and viewed files in A360.
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The A360 Viewer enables users to upload 65+ file types to view and interact with them instantly. Try it out right now; upload your first file to the viewer:
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