.PDO File Extension

Pepakura Designer File

Developer Tama Software
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What is a PDO file?

A PDO file is a papercraft file created by Pepakura Designer, a program used to turn digital 3D models into physical papercraft models. It contains a 3D model and its corresponding 2D papercraft cutouts. The 2D cutouts that PDO files contain are meant to be printed, so a papercraft enthusiast can assemble the cutouts into a replica of the 3D model.

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Screenshot of a .pdo file in Pepakura Designer 4
PDO file open in Pepakura Designer 4

Pepakura Designer allows papercraft enthusiasts to "unfold" digital 3D models into 2D papercraft designs. Users can then print the 2D papercraft design, cut out its pieces, and assemble them to recreate the 3D model in real life. Each 2D design contains folding lines, cut marks, and other instructions used to recreate the model.

Users can import many different types of 3D models into Pepakura Designer, including .DXF, .OBJ, .3DS, .LWO, .STL, .KML, and .KMZ files. After the user imports their 3D model, Pepakura Designer unfolds the model and saves its 2D version as a PDO file. Users can click any of their PDO file's 2D parts to see which part of the 3D model that part corresponds to.

NOTE: In addition to being able to view PDO files in Pepakura Designer, users can view PDO files in Pepakura Viewer, a free PDO-viewing software that is bundled with Pepakura Designer.

How to open a PDO file

You can open a PDO file in Pepakura Designer or Pepkura Viewer. To open a PDO file in Pepakura Designer, open the program and select File → Open.... Then, navigate to and open your PDO file.

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ibaAnalyzer Analysis

Developer iba
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A PDO file may also be a data analysis file created by ibaAnalyzer, a tool included in iba's industrial and power plant data acquisition and analysis suite. It contains a list of signals that a user analyzed in ibaAnalayzer. When used alongside an associated iba DAT file, PDO files allow users to analyze data they've collected with other iba tools.

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Iba provides industrial production, power production, and power distribution plants with software they can use to gather, monitor, and analyze various data. For example, a power plant quality assurance monitor can use iba to track and report on their plant's energy production.

Many iba tools store data they collect in DAT files. Among other things, iba users can load these DAT files in ibaAnalyzer, to graph, annotate, and otherwise analyze the data the files contain.

After an ibaAnalyzer user performs an analysis, they can save that analysis as a PDO file. Doing so allows them to use the settings they selected to analyze the same or similar DAT files in the future. (For example, a user could use a PDO file with a future iteration of the same DAT file, to analyze changes over time.)

NOTE: PDO files may be password-protected.

How to open a PDO file

You can open a PDO file with ibaAnalyzer (Windows). To do so, select File → Open Analysis... from ibaAnalyzer's menu bar. Then, navigate to and open your PDO file. If your PDO file is password-protected, you will have to enter the password to open it.

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