Many different applications typically own their own file format. In the majority of cases, application developers allow users to also save their files in different formats, typically in ISO Standard formats.
For example, Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 CAD Application has a native part file format of .CATPart, but the application allows users to save the part as a .STEP file format, an ISO 10303 standard allowing exchange of CAD data using a common file type. Most, if not all, other CAD packages are developed to read this file type too.
One of the more common questions received from users about applications is whether or not they can save in a particular file format. Although this blog post does not outline the formats each and every application can save in, it sure does highlight how a user can easily determine what format their application of choice can save in.
Below find images showing you how you can save a file in another format using File > Save-as, Export, or similar. We will have a look at Microsoft Office, SOLIDWORKS, CATIA V5, CATIA V6 and Midas NFX.
The following is applicable for Windows based applications only and have been illustrated using Microsoft Windows 7 Professional.
*The following is only true for Office 2007 products.
*The file types a user can save in is licence dependant in CATIA V5, for example a user wanting to save as a .STEP file type requires a STP Licence.
Dassault Systèmes CATIA V6 (Illustrated using CATIA V6R2013x): Saving a CATIA V6 file as a standard CAD file format
Dassault Systèmes CATIA V6 (Illustrated using CATIA V6R2013x): Saving a CATIA V6 file as a CATIA V5 file type