DCN File Extension

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Autodesk Depth Slope Definition
  • Developer
    Autodesk, Inc.
  • Popularity
    5 (1 votes)

What is DCN file?

DCN filename suffix is mostly used for Autodesk Depth Slope Definition files. Autodesk, Inc. defined the Autodesk Depth Slope Definition format standard. DCN files are supported by software applications available for devices running Windows. Files with DCN extension are categorized as 3D&CAD Files files. The 3D&CAD Files subset comprises 290 various file formats. The most popular software that supports DCN files is AutoCAD Civil.

Programs which support DCN file extension

The following listing features DCN-compatible programs. DCN files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support DCN file

How to open file with DCN extension?

Being unable to open files with DCN extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with DCN extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the AutoCAD Civil

Problems with opening and working with DCN files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with DCN files being present on your machine. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download AutoCAD Civil and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit AutoCAD Civil website and download the installer.

Step 2. Check the version of AutoCAD Civil and update if needed

If you already have AutoCAD Civil installed on your systems and DCN files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why DCN files are not compatible with AutoCAD Civil. The latest version of AutoCAD Civil should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign AutoCAD Civil to DCN files

If you have the latest version of AutoCAD Civil installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage DCN on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

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

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the DCN file and select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with DCN extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the DCN for errors

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

1. Check the DCN file for viruses or malware

If the DCN 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. If the scanner detected that the DCN file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

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

Did you receive the DCN file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. When downloading the file with DCN extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

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

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Autodesk Depth Slope Definition file.

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

If the systems has insufficient resources to open DCN files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

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

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Autodesk Depth Slope Definition files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with DCN files affecting older versions of given software.

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