What is a .3DS File And How To Open It – Autodesk (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .3ds extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Don’t worry! This article explains everything about the .3ds file extension, how to open and work with it on various systems.

What is a .3DS file?

The file extension .3DS comes from 3D Studio Scene. This file extension belongs to the developer Autodesk. This file belongs to the binary format and it is a 3D images related file.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .3ds file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .3DS file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .3DS file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .3DS file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .3ds file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the ACCA Edificius software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Trimble SketchUp, MeshLab, MAXON Cinema 4D, CADSoftTools ABViewer, GLC_Player and ACCA Edificius.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .3DS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the ACCA Edificius software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .3DS file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .3ds file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the GLC_Player software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Trimble SketchUp, Cheetah3D, MeshLab, MAXON Cinema 4D and GLC_Player software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .3DS file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GLC_Player software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .3DS file on Linux

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .3ds file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the GLC_Player software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is GLC_Player.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .3DS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the GLC_Player software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .3DS file?

If you are still unable to open the .3DS file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .3DS file.3dsx – Homebrew Launcher File, .3dt – G&A; M.C., .3dv – 3D VRML World, .3dw – Esko, .3dw – Leadwerks. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .3DS file with the ACCA Edificius, IMSI TurboCAD Pro, Trimble SketchUp, MeshLab, MAXON Cinema 4D, CADSoftTools ABViewer, GLC_Player programs on Windows, GLC_Player, Trimble SketchUp, Cheetah3D, MeshLab, MAXON Cinema 4D programs on Mac and GLC_Player software on Linux.