.DRW File Extension
File Type 1Corel Drawing File
What is a DRW file?
A DRW file is a drawing format used by Micrografx Designer and Micrografx Windows Draw programs. It contains a technical drawing if it was created by Designer and an artistic drawing if it was created by Windows Draw.
The DRW format was originally used to save drawings created by Micrografx Designer and Micrografx Windows Draw in the 1990s. Designer was used in engineering, construction, and other related fields while Windows Draw was used in content publishing-related fields.
Micrografx was acquired by Corel in 2001 and Corel renamed Designer as DESIGNER and integrated it into CorelDRAW Technical Suite. Corel also integrated Windows Draw into CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.
You can still open DRW files with CorelDRAW software but not all formatting is supported. For example, text and shading in a drawing may be moved or removed when opened in CorelDRAW software.
File Type 2Drawing File
.DRW File Association 2
Generic drawing format used by several different programs; stores image data in a vector format, which uses lines (or paths) to represent the image instead of dots.
File Type 3Personal Designer Drawing File
.DRW File Association 3
A DRW file contains a drawing created by various CAD programs, such as Personal Designer, Personal Machinist, MicroDraft, 4Design, and microCADDS. It stores a 2D or 3D drawing, which includes the layout, dimensions, and layers of the object.
You can open a DRW file in the program that created it, whether it be Personal Designer, Personal Machinist, MicroDraft, 4Design, or microCADDS. You can also open the file in DraftView for Personal Designer (PD), which can view, print, markup, or export DRW files.
File Type 4ANVIL Drawing File
.DRW File Association 4
A DRW file contains a drawing created by ANVIL software, most commonly ANVIL-1000MD, which is a 2D CAD program used by mechanical engineers and tool designers. It stores a drawing of a part, which includes the layout and dimensions.
You can open a DRW file in ANVIL-1000MD, ANVIL EXPRESS, or ANVIL Viewer. DRW file can be exported to AutoCAD .DWG or .DXF files in ANVIL-1000MD. They can also be exported to JPEG, PNG, TIFF, TGA, and BMP formats.