Files with draw extension can be found as drawings from Acorn/Risc operating systems. Some Windows programs can open it.

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DRAW file extension - Acorn vector draw format

What is draw file? How to open draw files?

File type specification:

Vector graphic file type icon Vector graphic file type

File extension draw is mainly related to Draw, a drawing program for Acorn/Risc operating system.

The .draw file represents vector drawing similar to Windows WMF and SVG vector-based format.

Extensions used to map this file come in two varieties. The first is a word describing the file - in this case DRAW which is DRW in the 8.3 parlance.

The second way of mapping the file is to use a literal form of the RISC OS filetype system. In this, three bytes provide a range of possible file types from &000 to &FFF (there are no extensions, just "type" metadata). In this case, Acorn DrawFiles would be given the extension AFF, because the file is type &AFF, or 0xAFF, $HAFF.

This draw file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: January 21, 2022

The default software associated to open draw file:

Ovation Pro  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
David Pilling

Ovation Pro is a Desktop Publishing program for Windows. For professional print design, OvationPro offers you the power to succeed. OvationPro's wealth of powerful features make it suitable for professional production work, whilst its intuitive interface and comprehensive printed manual mean that the software is easy enough for all to use.

DrawView picture or screenshot

DrawView  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
Jonathan Marten

DrawView allows Draw files created by the Acorn/Risc OS application Draw, and other compatible applications, to be displayed on a Linux or other Unix system (and possibly others). Drawings can be exported in PDF or PostScript format for printing or use in other applications. It is written in C++ and released under the GNU GPL.

Help how to open:

You can open *.draw files in Acorn/Risc.

How to convert:

Vector drawings can usually be converted to other vector formats, or even exported as bitmaps.

Find conversions from draw file:

draw to cdr

draw to dwg

draw to svg

Find converter to draw file type:

drw to draw

gif to draw

Related links:

RISC OS website

List of software applications associated to the .draw file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open draw file, edit draw file, convert draw file, view draw file, play draw file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting draw files.

Software that open draw file - Acorn vector draw format

Programs supporting the exension draw on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open draw file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Main software associated with draw file by default:
Ovation Pro
Other suggested software:
CorelDraw Graphics Suite small icon CorelDraw Graphics Suite

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