CrossOver does set up a rather complex set of folders for its drawings. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to store a drawing so that CrossOver can find it. Let's deal with an emailed drawing as an aid to understanding CrossOver's folder structure.

Tip: The path to gCADPlus under CrossOver is usually users > crossover > My Documents > gCADPlus

The simplest approach when dealing with a gCADPlus drawing that has been emailed to you is to drag it from the email attachment onto the Mac desktop as shown in the figure below.

Mac desktop

Once the file is on the DeskTop, select with the left mouse button, then right click. A popup menu similar to that shown below should appear.


Select gCADPlus. It should start running under CrossOver and show the emailed drawing as shown in the figure below.


In order to understand Crossover's folder structure, It is helpful to save a copy of the drawing. The figure below shows the drawing file being saved to a Drawings folder.


As shown below, this folder is buried deep in a rather long and complex series of folders.

CrossOver path2

At this stage, it is a good idea to become familiar with this path. Start your Finder application, navigate to your user folder (in this case kwest) and follow the path to the Drawings folder as show below.


Tip: If you are following our recommendations for a CAD standard, make a Jobs sub folder and move all your valuable drawings to that folder. Backing up your work is then made much simpler - just copy that folder to a backup device.

If for some reason you cannot open a gCADPlus file that you have saved to the desktop, use the Finder application and copy it to the Drawings folder. You should then be able to open it.

Tip: be careful if you rename a gCADPlus file, it should have the extension (end with) .lcd. If you rename the file and forget to add .lcd to the end of the filename, gCADPlus will not be able to open it.

gCADPlus folder structure under CrossOver