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MCD File Extension

VectorWorks Drawing Format

What is MCD file?

File with .MCD filename extension contains a 2D/3D drawing project in vector format native to VectorWorks program. MCD is a binary file saved in proprietary CAD (Computer Aided Design) format. MCD stands for Mini CAD Design/Drawing. The format was originally used by MiniCAD software tools, and VectorWorks application used it by default for saving created projects up to version 12. VectorWorks 2008 and later use VWX format for storing created projects. MCD files may store such projects as:

  • 2D technical drawings (dimensioned),
  • Objects– as 2D models,
  • 3D models.

In order to open a MCD project in a different program, the project must be first exported to appropriate format, such as DWG. Export option can be found in the program’s menu (user can also use a dedicated format converter) MCD files can be previewed using a free tool VectorWorks Viewer. Older versions of MCD files may not be compatible with newer versions of this software – the program will display a dialog box with information about the file format version being too old.

Programs which support MCD file extension

Programs that can handle MCD files are as follows. Files with MCD 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.

Programs that support MCD file

Updated: 05/20/2022

How to open file with MCD extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MCD files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with MCD files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the Vectorworks

Install software to open MCD file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MCD files installed on the system. To address this issue, go to the Vectorworks developer website, download the tool, and install it. It is that easy Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MCD 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 Vectorworks website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Vectorworks to the latest version

Update software that support file extension MCDIf you already have Vectorworks installed on your systems and MCD files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Vectorworks installed, it may not support MCD format. The most recent version of Vectorworks is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign Vectorworks to MCD files

After installing Vectorworks (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MCD files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with MCD file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the MCD with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the 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 Vectorworks is installed, check the Always use this app to open MCD files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button
Associate software with MCD file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

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

Step 4. Verify that the MCD is not faulty

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the MCD file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

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

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MCD 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. MCD file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the MCD 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. When downloading the file with MCD 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.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the VectorWorks Drawing Format file again.

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

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

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

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

Conversion of a MCD file

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