The benefits of 3D, and Catia specifically, are endless! Working with Catia gives you the power to design correctly the first time around. Some companies are still stuck in the primitive way of doing things and are paying dearly for it. Yes, Catia costs money. Yes, Catia calls for a bit of training and/or expertise, but what price are you willing to pay to be able to eliminate potential design flaws before they manifest? Being from the automotive industry where parts are always due yesterday, design errors are costly. They cost money and, more importantly, they cost time.
There a few ways to open Catia files and they all end up at the same open file dialog box. The methods are the same as any Windows based program, but let's check it out: