What are BDF files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening a BDF 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 a BDF file?
BDF files have multiple uses, and BCAD Drawing is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
How to open BDF files
Important: Different programs may use files with the BDF file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your BDF file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested nine different BDF openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: June 29, 2022
All known file formats using extension .BDF
While BCAD Drawing is a popular type of BDF-file, we know of 4 different uses of the .BDF file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Brother Embroidery File
These BDF files contain the artwork/images used in an embroidery machine, a machine used to create textiles patterns. You can load or scan images you want to use in your embroidery design. You can take images from CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, two software types used to edit photos, and convert them to an embroidery design.
Glyph Bitmap Distribution Format font
These BDF files contain the bitmap fonts used in Adobe, software for creating, editing, and publishing technical content. BDF files are text files that humans and computers can read. BDF gets split into three sections, a global section that applies to all glyphs in the font, a section with a separate entry for each glyph, and an end font system.
Quartus Block Design File
We know that one BDF format is Quartus Block Design File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of BDF files. Remember, different programs may use BDF files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|Quartus II||User submitted|
|NuGraf Rendering System, or PolyTrans 3D Model and Scene Translator||User submitted|
|NuGraf or PolyTrans 3D Model and Scene Translation System||User submitted|
|MD Nastran||User submitted|
|Adobe Acrobat||User submitted|
|Quartus Prime Lite Edition||User submitted|
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