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1999\08\15@152858 by John D. Kerr

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I have been working on a project for the past several weeks. It has involved
the development of code and also the creation of a PC board design to house
the product.

I have progressed to the point where I have created the PCB layout in Ivex s
WinBoard (and WinDraft). Prior to the next step of sending the board out to
have it etched, I have been warned to make sure the Gerber files generated
are in fact truly reflective of the board design I have made.

Are there any Gerber file viewing utilities out there that anyone can
recommend? Ivex does offer one, but I thought it would be best to get the
utility from a separate company other than that of the PCB design software
that I use.

Would appreciate the feedback.

John

1999\08\15@153926 by wf

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Me too!

Miguel

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> De: John D. Kerr <spam_OUTJOHN.KERRTakeThisOuTspamPEEL.COM>
> Para: .....PICLISTKILLspamspam@spam@MITVMA.MIT.EDU
> Assunto: PCB Gerber Viewing
> Data: Domingo, 15 de Agosto de 1999 16:28
>
> I have been working on a project for the past several weeks. It has
involved
> the development of code and also the creation of a PC board design to
house
> the product.
>
> I have progressed to the point where I have created the PCB layout in
Ivex s
> WinBoard (and WinDraft). Prior to the next step of sending the board out
to
> have it etched, I have been warned to make sure the Gerber files
generated
> are in fact truly reflective of the board design I have made.
>
> Are there any Gerber file viewing utilities out there that anyone can
> recommend? Ivex does offer one, but I thought it would be best to get the
> utility from a separate company other than that of the PCB design
software
> that I use.
>
> Would appreciate the feedback.
>
> John

1999\08\15@162949 by Henry Carl Ott

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<x-flowed>At 03:28 PM 8/15/99, you wrote:


>Are there any Gerber file viewing utilities out there that anyone can
>recommend? Ivex does offer one, but I thought it would be best to get the
>utility from a separate company other than that of the PCB design software
>that I use.
>
>Would appreciate the feedback.
>
>John


  You may want to look at CamVu
 http://www.ecam.com/camvu.htm

 I believe this is the freeware Gerber viewer from ACT.

 If you want to start modifying the Gerber files you can buy into their
cam350 product line but that starts getting into some real money.


carl

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1999\08\15@162957 by Bob Drzyzgula

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I found one a couple of weeks ago: Go to
http://www.lavenir.com/ and download the "ViewMate"
software.  It is a free, crippled version of the $500
"ViewMaster" software. The main restrictions are in editing
and saving the Gerbers, but you can at least load them
in and see what they look like.  The worst part of the
no-save restriction is that, while you have to load all
the gerbers separately, layer-by-layer, (componant side,
solder side, solder stop mask, silkscreen, etc...) there's
no way (AFAICT) even to save a script as to which file to
load into which layer. Still, I spent a good bit of time
digging around for Gerber viewers, and this was by far the
best thing I found that didn't cost hundreds of dollars;
it would appear that the non-free version is pretty nice.

There's a couple of other viewers out there that I found,
but they were, IMHO, by far inferior to ViewMate while
not being much less crippled.

BTW, I found the ViewMate software through a link off
the IPC website http://www.ipc.org (note: .org, not
.com -- there is a .com but it is unrelated). IPC
is an industry association for printed circuit manufacturers
and the like, and there is a ton of good information to
be found there; It is well worth poking around in their
site for a while.

--Bob


On Sun, Aug 15, 1999 at 03:28:29PM -0400, John D. Kerr wrote:
>
> Are there any Gerber file viewing utilities out there that anyone can
> recommend? Ivex does offer one, but I thought it would be best to get the
> utility from a separate company other than that of the PCB design software
> that I use.
>
> Would appreciate the feedback.
>
> John

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1999\08\15@164226 by tim
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I have been using graphic code.....works great and it is free ..you have to
fill in some info to register.......http://www.graphicode.com.....
happy viewing..........
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1999\08\15@165927 by Henry Carl Ott

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>   You may want to look at CamVu
>  http://www.ecam.com/camvu.htm
>
>  I believe this is the freeware Gerber viewer from ACT.
>

 Never mind, ignore the above information.
 I misread the documentation and camvu will not handle gerber files
directly. My bad.



carl

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1999\08\15@174609 by engelec

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John,

you can use cam350 free version that you can't edit I do not remember URL but
I can find out.

Andre








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1999\08\15@185133 by admins

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Sounds like a fairly anal company or boss.  SOP it to have the PCB house
plot you a proof and return it to you before you commit to fab.  I used
to have a big Gerber used for IC layout, I don't trust the hardware ---
spent hours with a loupe and a wire list!  Sometimes the interpreter got
quirky.  If you get a good proof plot then you are good to go.  This
will also allow you to check your design rules against the ones the fab
house is using.

good luck,
joe


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1999\08\15@231527 by Gaston Gagnon

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 GC-PREVUE for Windows version 8.1.2

This is a free gerber viewer you can get at http://www.graphicode.com
It works very well once you have figured out how to load the gerber
files ;)

You need the different gerber files and the rack file.
The software will allow you to print a checkplot of every file you can
see on the screen.

Hope this help
Gaston

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1999\08\15@232824 by Gaston Gagnon

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This is just a test, I have received two identical copy of my posting!

Gaston Gagnon a icrit :
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1999\08\17@100943 by Lawrence Lile

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Try     http://www.camcad.com

This is a shareware veiwer for gerber files, very professional.  If you pay
them you can also import and export DXF and other formats, and change the
gerber file as well.



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