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DAE File Extension

Digital Asset Exchange Format

What is DAE file?

DAE file extension is used for digital data exchange files. DAE file can store various types of objects, including images, textures, animations, or 3D models. DAE files by various graphics software tools for exchanging digital data.

DAE format and the COLLADA standard

DAE format is based on an open XML format COLLADA (stands for COLLAborative Design Activity). COLLADA standard was developed by Sony, but now its is managed and developed further by Autodesk. The format is still supported by Sony and technology consortium Khronos Group. COLLADA format can be used to encode visual scenes, such as geometry, shaders, effects, physics, animations, cinematics, or multiple representations of single asset.

Programs which support DAE file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with DAE files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with DAE extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Updated: 01/31/2020

How to open file with DAE extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening DAE files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with DAE files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with DAE files.

Step 1. Get the AutoCAD

Install software to open DAE file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening DAE files is that no program that can handle DAE files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install AutoCAD or one to the listed programs: 3ds Max, SketchUp, MicroStation. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. 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

Update software that support file extension DAEYou still cannot access DAE files although AutoCAD is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why DAE files are not compatible with AutoCAD. The most recent version of AutoCAD is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open DAE files to AutoCAD

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate DAE files with latest version of AutoCAD you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Associate software with DAE file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Right-click the DAE file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where AutoCAD is installed, check the Always use this app to open DAE files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with DAE file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

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

Step 4. Ensure that the DAE file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the DAE file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check DAE file for viruses
1. The DAE may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the DAE is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. DAE file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

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

If you obtained the problematic DAE file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. 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. It could happen the the download process of file with DAE extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Digital Asset Exchange Format file.

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

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

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Digital Asset Exchange Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the DAE files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a DAE file

File Conversions from DAE extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to DAE file
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