WDP File: The Ultimate Guide to WDP Files

The list of file types and formats is inexhaustible, and no one probably knows all of them. You might have come across a file with a WDP extension and are left wondering what type of file it is. Again, you likely know what the file is, but not sure how you are supposed to open it. There's no need to worry. In this article, we want to look at everything about WDP files: what they are, their safety, and how to open them.

What is a WDP file?

A WDP filename extension is Windows' JPEG XR Image file type and raster image file format that uses high-degree compression, used primarily for high-resolution digital photographs. WDP files can be used with various Microsoft products, including Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft Word, and Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) and other software like PaintShop Pro. Microsoft developed this file format in 2006 to provide both lossy and lossless file compression.

Additionally, a WDP file extension represents project files created by AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk's commercial CAD system that focuses on electrical engineering. The file contains plain text and listings of wire diagram drawing files and project settings that together make a coherent project. However, it is important to note that a WDP file only contains reference points to a drawing and not the drawing itself.

A WDP file also represents WinDev Project (.wdp), a commercial developer's rapid application development and runtime environment from PC SOFT platform for developing Windows, web (WebDev), and mobile apps. The WDP contains several Windows files, source code, templates, classes, application information, and components compiled into an executable program.

Are WDP files dangerous?

You don't need to worry when handling WDP files since they are completely safe. But it is advisable to check a WDP file for viruses and malware, especially if it was sent by, or you copied it from someone else. Scan the file with reliable antivirus software to ensure safety.

How to open a WDP file

Here are 3 simple steps for opening a WDP file using PaintShop Pro:

  1. Download and install Paintshop Pro

    The first step is to ensure you have the right program to open your WDP files. Easily download and install PaintShop Pro from our website. Ensure that you have the latest version of the software to avoid any issues when opening your WDP file. You can opt for a 30-day trial version or simply purchase it at an affordable price of $99.99 for the Ultimate or $79.99 for the PaintShop Pro 2022.

  2. Locate your WDP file

    Locate the WDP file you want to open. If you downloaded the file, you could check it in your "Downloads" since it was automatically saved there, and you haven't changed your "downloads" storage location. You're almost there now.

    It is advisable to scan the WDP file for viruses or malware. An infected file won't open. Also, ensure that the file is complete and has no errors to guarantee data integrity. You can copy or download the WDP file again if you notice any errors.

  3. Right-click on the file and choose "Open With"

    After locating the file, right-click on the WDP file, choose "Open With," and select the software you had downloaded and installed. Select PaintShop Pro from the list of software and click "OK." You are ready to go! The file will open soon.

The WDP file won't open

If the file doesn't open, there are several things you need to look at and sort:

  • The file is infected with a virus or malware.
  • The WDP extension is incomplete and/or erroneous.
  • Your system doesn't meet the minimum requirements to run PaintShop Pro.
  • Your program, drivers, and operating system are not the latest versions.


WDP files are ideal for storing high-resolution images as they present excellent image quality to file size ratio and a higher compression ratio compared to other file formats like JPG and JPEG. All you need is our easy-to-use and reliable PaintShop Pro and you are ready to open and use your file.

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