AD File

What are AD files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an AD file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an AD file?

AD files have multiple uses, and Anno Designer layout is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

Anno Designer layout

AD files contain maps and building layouts created with Anno Designer, a software tool used to design buildings for the Ubisoft Anno game series. You then import them into your Anno series game. The Anno series is a city-building game that takes place in the Renaissance period. You find this game on Pc, but recently some handheld devices have access to the game. The Anno designer supports the following game versions: Anno 1404, Anno 2070, Anno 2205, and Anno 1800.

How to open AD files

Important: Different programs may use files with the AD file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your AD file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 4 different AD openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 18, 2022

More file formats using the AD extension

Through our research of AD files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Mac AppleDouble Encoded

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of AD files. Remember, different programs may use AD files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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