.CDS File Extension

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM SlideShow (Legacy)

Developer Computer Systems Odessa
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What is a CDS file?

A CDS file is a slide show created by CS Odessa ConceptDraw DIAGRAM, an application used to create diagrams, flowcharts, and other types of drawings. It stores a slide show, which includes one or more pages of diagrams, along with settings, such as the visibility of slide breaks and previews. CS Odessa replaced CDS files with .CDSZ files in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM version 10.

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Screenshot of a .cds file in CS Odessa ConceptDraw DIAGRAM 16
CDS file open in CS Odessa ConceptDraw DIAGRAM 16

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a Windows and macOS diagramming application for amateur and professional users. You can create various types of technical drawings, from a simple flowchart of an assembly line to a complex diagram detailing photosynthesis.

The CDS file format allows you to open your .CDD document immediately in Presentation mode (simply by double-clicking the CDS file). It is also helpful for sharing presentations with others.

CDS was the default format for saving diagram slide shows in ConceptDraw PRO before CS Odessa replaced it with the CDSZ format when it released version 10 of the software and renamed the app to ConceptDraw DIAGRAM). While CS Odessa replaced the format, the app can still save diagram slide shows as CDS files (select File → Save As..., then choose ConceptDraw SlideShow from the "File Format" dropdown menu).

How to open a CDS file

You can open CDS files with CS Odessa ConceptDraw DIAGRAM in Windows and macOS. To open a CDS file, select File → Open.

How to convert a CDS file

CS Odessa ConceptDraw DIAGRAM can convert CDS files to various file types, including the following formats:

  • .CDSZ - ConceptDraw DIAGRAM SlideShow
  • .CDDZ - ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Document
  • .PPTX - Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
  • .VSDX - Microsoft Visio Drawing
  • .VDX - Visio Drawing XML File
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .SVG - Scalable Vector Graphic
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format File
  • .SWF - Shockwave Flash Movie
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