History of the XVL file.
The team that developed the XVL file launched it in 1997. It was created to overcome the unwieldy file sizes associated with CAD drawings and designs.
The team that created the XVL file is closely linked with a major manufacturer in the automotive field. This means it can share designs from multiple CAD programmes across different automotive fields - like car and train parts, designed on CATIA and CREO — and ensure consistency.
While XVL is a proprietary file format to its original developer, XVL viewers are free — so any user can open and view a file without having to pay licensing costs.
What are XVL files used for?
XVL is used across a range of fields. So why is it so popular?
CAD file compression.
One of the main uses of XVL files is their ability to compress a CAD design to a far smaller file. An XVL can reduce a design to 1% of its original size — maintaining essential data for design, assembly, service, parts and catalogues.
These small file sizes help designers to collaborate on projects, share them with stakeholders and send them to customers.
The XVL file format allows users to convert and update design files from any 3D CAD format and even incorporate designs from different programmes into a single XVL file. This is invaluable to large manufacturing and engineering organisations that work across different design fields.
CAD designs can be shared with other users and authors, who can add instructions, interactive documents and catalogues to the file.
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Pros and cons of XVL files.
There are many XVL advantages and disadvantages to consider before using this file format.
Advantages of XVL files.
- With their lossless compression, XVL files retain the same amount of data as an original CAD design, at a fraction of the file size.
- Users can save files from diverse CAD programmes as XVL to share, publish and collaborate.
- XVLs can be easily viewed on different operating systems, web browsers and programmes with an XVL viewer.
Disadvantages of XVL files.
- While your XVL file may be far smaller than the original CAD design, it will still take up a larger amount of space on your computer than most raster file types.
- To view and edit XVL files, you’ll need to download specialist XVL players, converters and studio programmes.
How to open an XVL file.
Follow these simple steps to open an XVL file on Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended.
- Open Adobe Acrobat.
- Click File > Open.
- Select your XVL file from your computer.
- Select Open.
XVL files: frequently asked questions.