AWA File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an AWA file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .AWA files.

What is an AWA file?

An .AWA file is an AnimationWorks Accelerated movie file. These AWA files contain animations created in Vectorworks, a software that allows you to create complicated camera or object animations. AnimationWorks is an add-on for Vectorworks. You can view these AWA files in any supported media player as a QuickTime movie. These are 3D animations combined with a camera path to allow you to create a short film.

How to open AWA files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension AWA for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different AWA openers which you will find listed below.

Other file formats using extension .AWA

While AnimationWorks Accelerated movie is a popular type of AWA-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .AWA extension.

The AWA file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an AWA opener may not be able to open all kinds of AWA files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited AWA viewer.

Astound Animation

Through our analysis of AWA files, we know that one use of the format is Astound Animation. We have not yet described in detail what these files contain and what they are used for, but our team is working tiredlessly through thousands of file formats. We'd love hearing from you if you have information about the format.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 2 different AWA openers which you will find listed below.

Various viewers for this file format

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

We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with AWA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with AWA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!