GDSIN – Read GDSII Stream files

GDSIN – Read GDSII Stream files

Win32 and 64, English

CAD Design Software
File translator that scans and read a GDSII stream file into Autodesk® AutoCAD®.

General Usage Instructions


When the GDS In app is started up it will scan a .GDS file, and the embedded or nested cells (blocks) plus any layers will be displayed in the dialog as a preview. This allows selected blocks or layer(s) to be read into the drawing. You may also just read in the entire GDS file. Use the advanced tools to filter the results to search for a sub-string or sort by name. Use the View Block Tree button to open a hierarchy-type view of the GDS file and allow selecting of the nested cells/blocks many levels deep or at top of hierarchy tree. Set the Drawing Units to insert using custom measurement units or use current drawing units. Finally pick one of the 3 'insert' buttons to insert (create the vector objects in the drawing space).

After the vector objects and blocks have been read and inserted, return to the GDSIN application dialog and use the Post-Process functions to list block information, replace blocks with others or change the base point of inserted blocks. You may also use the GDS Input again to edit the inserted vector artwork such as to remove the last placed vector or blocks, add more blocks from the same GDS file, insert another GDS file.

See the full documentation help for each function below or press F1 when hovering over Plug-Ins>CDS App>GDSIN Ribbon icon to open the help document.



Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description


File translator that scans and read a GDSII stream file into AutoCAD


The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk App Store has already installed the plug-in. To uninstall this plug-in, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, and uninstall as you would any other application from your system. For Installation help and Requirements, visit our Apps Support page

Additional Information

TRIAL VERSION NOTICE: Trial Mode will only allow Viewing of GDSII files in a slide window. The only Purchased version will allow to read into AutoCAD as vector objects.

Known Issues

Possible issue with F1 Help may not open after a license key is entered and will need to close and reopen AutoCAD.

This will only need to be done 1 time after purchase / enter a license key.


Company Name: CAD Design Software
Support Contact:

Author/Company Information

CAD Design Software

Support Information


Contact:  1-877-CAD-USER 


Version History

Version Number Version Description


Minor fix, no interface or functional changes to the app itself


Initial Release
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