The file extension DAE is used for Digital Asset Exchange files, the file type is used to transfer digital assets such as images, textures and 3D models between graphic programs. The file format is based on COLLADA which uses an XML based system to ensure interoperability between different tools.
How can you open DAE files?
DAE files can be opened by most graphics programs, some can do so natively while others need a COLLADA plugin to be installed to be able to open DAE files. An online tool exists that can open DAE files without having to download any software. The XML of the file structure can also be read and edited by any text editor but these will not work as actual viewers. A number of online and offline file format converters are available.
What programs work with DAE files?
A number of 3D oriented graphics programs can open DAE files such as Autodesk’s AutoCAD, Cheetah3D, MODO, DAZ Studio, SketchUp Pro, and Adobe Photoshop. Some other programs require the use of a COLLADA plugin to be able to open DAE files such as Maya, 3ds Max, and Blender. Clara.io is an online tool that is capable of viewing DAE files. For Linux users, GLC Player can open DAE files. On macOS DAE files can also be opened with Apple Preview.
The Online3DConverter tool from GreenToken can convert DAE files into a range of other 3D formats. FBX converter is a free to download tool that can convert DAE files into the FBX format. DAE files can be converted to the GLB format for use in Cesium, through Cesium’s “COLLADA to gITF” tool. All graphics programs that can open DAE files, will be able to export the models and textures into their own supported file formats.