Importing From Files

This task explains how to import a file into a CATDrawing.

  1. Select Tools > Import From File...
    The Import dialog box is displayed.

  2. Define the path of the file in the Look in box.

  3. Select the convenient format in the Files of type box.

  4. Click Open.


More About Import

You can import the following formats:

  • .3dxml
  • .dwg
  • .dxf
  • .cgm
  • .ps
  • .hpg
  • .svg
  • .pdf



  • The 3dxml file contains the description of the sheets and views (their name, position, angle and scale) but no semantic information about elements in the view. So, elements are displayed in a graphical format.
  • Imported generative views are converted into interactive views.
  • All the new sheets that are added during the import are created with the same format as the current sheet (the one that is active when the command is executed).
  • Pictures (bitmap or vector) are imported as an empty rectangle.

To know more about 3dxml format, you can refer to 3dxml in the Infrastructure User's Guide


Note for .pdf documents generated with Adobe Acrobat 7.0: when such documents are inserted in a CATDrawing, the horizontal/vertical ratio is not kept when dragging the mouse to perform a selection.


The import of these formats is documented in the Data Exchange Interfaces User's Guide.