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GDS file format description

GDS file format

We made this page to help you understand how to work with GDS files. Here, you can find info on software that can handle these files. It includes simple programs for opening and converting them.

Learn about the GDS file and its functions here!

We also explain how to convert them into other types. It's simple and hassle-free. For opening or changing GDS files, this page offers all the tools you need.

#1 GDSII Document

The GDS file is a GDSII document. GDSII is a database file format which is the de facto industry standard for data exchange of integrated circuit or IC layout artwork.

Application:EVTView
Category:Document files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:gds2

GDSII Document related extensions

  • yar Yar Scene
  • mtd Musicnotes Digital Sheet Music
  • ctd Tomahawk Gold Compressed Document
  • gdl ArchiCAD Geometric Description Language File

#2 SmartWare Scientific Graph Definition File

The GDS file is categorized under Document. It is associated with SmartWare, serving as a SmartWare Scientific Graph Definition File. SmartWare is a programming platform. SmartWare also includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and communication modules. Visit the website of SmartWare for a detailed description of the GDS format.

Application:SmartWare
Category:Document files
Mime-type:application/octet-stream
Magic:- / -
Aliases:-

SmartWare Scientific Graph Definition File related extensions

  • aif SmartWare Executable Program
  • bdc SmartWare Word Processor Backup Data
  • bdf SmartWare Backup Definition Data
  • bfq SmartWare Backup Query Definition

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The GDS filename extension may be misspelled. We compiled a list of similar file extensions to help you find errors.

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Windows can't open your GDS file?

When you try to open a file by double-clicking it, Windows looks at the file's name to figure out what to do. If Windows doesn't know the file type, it'll ask you to choose an app to open this GDS file.

To set the GDS file association in Windows 11, you can follow these steps

  1. Open the Settings app by clicking on the Start menu and selecting the gear icon.
  2. In the Settings app, click on System and then select Apps from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Default apps option.
  4. In the Default apps section, you will find various categories. They include Email, Web browser, and Music player.
  5. Locate the category that matches the file type you want to associate. For example, choose Photos for image files, or Video player for video files.
  6. Click on the current default app listed under the category. A list of available apps will appear.
  7. Choose the app you want to set as the default for that file type. If the app you want is not listed, click on More apps to see more options. Or, click on Look for an app in the Microsoft Store to search for apps.
  8. After selecting the app, it will become the default choice for opening files of that type.

It's worth mentioning that you don't always need to set GDS file association. Many apps can open files. They don't need a specific file association to be set.

Handle GDS files with care

Exercise caution when handling GDS files from unknown sources. Files from certain sources can threaten your computer's security. They might contain malware, viruses, or harmful software. To minimize risks, avoid downloading or opening unfamiliar GDS files. Use trusted antivirus software to scan files from unknown sources before opening.

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