CDS File - opening and understanding
Did your computer fail to open a CDS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .CDS files.
What is a CDS file?
A .CDS file is a ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings file. Settings file used by the ChemDoole chemistry visualization software. This file contains visual specifications for objects in ChemDoodle, which can be used to make documents conform to publication standards using common styles and settings.
How to open CDS 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 CDS for different purposes. We have identified 2 CDS openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of CDS file.
Programs that open these files
Other file formats using extension .CDS
While ChemDoodle Chemical Document Settings is a popular type of CDS-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .CDS extension.
The CDS 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 a CDS opener may not be able to open all kinds of CDS files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited CDS viewer.
Delphi Client Dataset data
A proprietary database format provided by the Delphi and C++Builder programming languages. It is a simple database that keeps all data in a single file, and the program using the data loads the entire file into memory when you need to access or modify the data. This works well for small amounts of data, and the big advantage is that the program doesn't need a third-party database installed.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different CDS openers which you will find listed below.
Various viewers for this file format
These apps are known to open certain types of CDS files. Remember, different programs may use CDS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.