AB$ File Extension

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Autodesk AutoCAD Plot Spooling
  • Developer
    Autodesk, Inc.
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    3 (2 votes)

What is AB$ file?

Full format name of files that use AB$ extension is Autodesk AutoCAD Plot Spooling. Autodesk AutoCAD Plot Spooling specification was created by Autodesk, Inc.. AB$ file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. Files with AB$ extension are categorized as 3D Image Files files. The 3D Image Files subset comprises 541 various file formats. The most popular software that supports AB$ files is AutoCAD. On the official website of Autodesk, Inc. developer not only will you find detailed information about theAutoCAD software, but also about AB$ and other supported file formats.

Programs which support AB$ file extension

Below is a table that list programs that support AB$ files. AB$ files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support AB$ file

Windows Windows

How to open file with AB$ extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening AB$ files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Autodesk AutoCAD Plot Spooling files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install AutoCAD

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports AB$ files installed on the system. To address this issue, go to the AutoCAD developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support AB$ files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading AutoCAD installed is by going to developer’s website (Autodesk, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of AutoCAD

You still cannot access AB$ files although AutoCAD is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. If you have an older version of AutoCAD installed, it may not support AB$ format. The latest version of AutoCAD should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign AutoCAD to AB$ files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate AB$ files with latest version of AutoCAD you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the AB$ file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where AutoCAD is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open AB$ files and clicking OK.

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected AB$ file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with AB$ extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the AB$ for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the AB$ file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Verify that the AB$ in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the AB$ file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the AB$ file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the AB$ file’s structure is intact

If the AB$ file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the AB$ file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Autodesk AutoCAD Plot Spooling file again.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run AutoCAD

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support AB$ files. Close all running programs and try opening the AB$ file.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Autodesk AutoCAD Plot Spooling file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle AB$ files.

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