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File Extension HCR

The file extension HCR is associated with multiple programs and applications and various file types. The programs and applications include HydroCAD, PrintMaster, and IBM HCD/HCM. HCR files contain data and information related to the program that created the file.

If the HCR file is related to HydroCAD, it is categorized as a CAD file type that stores rainfall definition, runoff, and distribution data files in a plain text ASCII format. HydroCAD is a Stormwater Modeling System created by HydroCAD Software Solutions which provides tools for Computer Aided Design of hydraulics and routing diagrams used for drainage projects.

HCR files which are part of PrintMaster are a page layout file type that contains graphics, text, colors, designs, and other elements which are used to create a half-fold greeting card. PrintMaster is a desktop publishing software application created by Broderbund which provides tools for greeting card designs and other desktop publishing projects.

If the file extension HCR is associated with IBM HCD/HCM, the file is categorized as a configuration file type which stores production configuration files. The files are used with IBM HCD and HCM configuration management applications which are used with the IBM zOS operating system for the zSeries 900 line of mainframe servers. HCD is a hardware configuration manager, and HCD is an interactive interface which provides a way to define hardware configurations.

How to Open HCR Files

Since the HCR file extension is associated with multiple programs and applications, double click on the file to see if it will automatically open in a default program you have installed on your PC. HCR files can consist of different file types, so you may already have a program which will open the file.

HCR files which are created with HydroCAD can be opened using the HydroCAD Stormwater Modeling software application. HydroCAD is available in both a paid version and free sample application on the HydroCAD website and is designed for use with the Windows operating system.

If you want to open and view the contents of a HydroCAD HCR file, you can use any text editing application which reads a plain text ASCII format. If you are using the Windows operating system, you can open HCR files with WordPad, Notepad, or TextPad. For Mac OS X, HCR files can be opened using Apple TextEdit, AbiSource AbiWord, MacroMates TextMate, BareBones Software BBEdit, or MacVim. For the Linux operating system, AbiSource AbiWord, gEdit, or Vim open the contents of HCR files.

If the file extension HCR is related to PrintMaster, the file can be opened using the PrintMaster 2012 Platinum software application or by using Creatacard. Both applications are available for download on the Broderbund website and are compatible with the Windows operating system version XP and later.

HCR files which are part of IBM HCM/HCD can be opened using the HCM and HCD configuration applications. The HCM and HCD applications are designed for use with the Microsoft Windows platform and are available on the IBM website.