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Save options in CATIA V5

There are multiple ways to save a document in CATIA V5. It sometimes depends on organization guidelines. In this blog, multiple options of saving a document in CATIA V5 are discussed. For saving a CATIA V5 document, three options are available. Click on Tools ➜ Options ➜ General ➜ under General tab ➜ Data Save to access these options. The save options are as follows:

  • No automatic backup
  • Automatic backup every ___ minutes
  • Incremental backup

Save options in CATIA V5-1

No automatic backup

The documents here are not saved automatically.

Automatic backup

This is the option which is enabled by default and user can choose after how many minutes data should be saved automatically. It depends on the user what save frequency he wants.

The default value given here is 30 mins.

Incremental backup

This option is not available for all the workbenches. In this case, the documents that are open are stored in a directory which is temporary. It enables data recovery up to the last interaction.

Other Ways to Save a Document in CATIA


This option is used to save a current file.

Save All

This option is used to save every part or product for each modification.

Save As

Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 has a native part file format of CATPart but the application allows users to save the part in other formats like STEP and IGES allowing exchange of CAD data using a common file type.

Save options in CATIA V5-2

Save Management

This is used when there are complex or large assemblies to save the data storage time. The use of Save Management functions is recommended when there is a large assembly with multiple parts. The reason for this is the complexity. Using normal Save, entire model will be restored, which lengthens the data storage time in case of complex assemblies and results in large amounts of data.

Saving data using the Save Management function will save only new and modified parts. Unchanged parts will be preserved and there is no need to restore the same data. This feature shortens storage time, which is particularly important when storing large and complex models/sets on the server.

Save options in CATIA V5-3

Propagate Directory

This option saves the complete model or assembly to a new location in the same folder. If we edit or make a change it will be done in the selected folder and all parts of the assembly will also be copied to the main assembly location.

Save options in CATIA V5-5

Saving files in lower version

Many a times there will be a requirement of saving files in lower version as the person to whom it is shared may not be having the same release.

For this, the downward compatibility option is used.

Select the desired option and save.

Click on Tools ➜ Downward Compatibility ➜ Save

Save options in CATIA V5-5

Md. Shahnawaz Ahmed

Md. Shahnawaz Ahmed is an engineering professional with more than 7 years of industrial and support experience. He is currently working as an Application Support Engineer at EDS Technologies supporting multiple customers in CATIA V5, SolidWorks, 3DEXPERIENCE and TECHNIA applications. He also handles training sessions on various software tools and applications in CAD/CAM/CAE. He has expertise in CATIA V5 and 3DEXPERIENCE with certification from Dassault Systèmes.


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