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CKD File Extension

CADKEY Design Format
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What is CKD file?

CKD is a file extension commonly associated with CADKEY Design Format files. CADKEY Design Format format was developed by Kubotek. CKD files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with CKD extension are categorized as CAD Files files. The CAD Files subset comprises 158 various file formats. The most popular program for handling CKD files is KeyMachinist, but users can choose among 2 different programs that support this file format.

Programs which support CKD file extension

Programs that can handle CKD files are as follows. Files with CKD suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support CKD file

How to open file with CKD extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening CKD files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to CADKEY Design Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install KeyMachinist software

Install software to open CKD file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening CKD files is that no program that can handle CKD files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install KeyMachinist or one to the listed programs: CADKEY, KeyCreator. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support CKD files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit KeyMachinist website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of KeyMachinist and update if needed

Update software that support file extension CKDIf you already have KeyMachinist installed on your systems and CKD files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why CKD files are not compatible with KeyMachinist. The most recent version of KeyMachinist is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate CADKEY Design Format files with KeyMachinist

After installing KeyMachinist (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open CKD files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with CKD file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the CKD file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the KeyMachinist installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open CKD files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with CKD file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected CKD file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select KeyMachinist and click Change for all...
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with CKD extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the CKD for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper CKD file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check CKD file for viruses
1. Check the CKD file for viruses or malware

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the CKD file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. CKD file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Ensure the file with CKD extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic CKD file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the CKD file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the CADKEY Design Format file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open KeyMachinist

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with CKD extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with CADKEY Design Format file. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with CKD files affecting older versions of given software.

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