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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Joerg, Feb 19, 2013.

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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest


    Got a set of schematic/layout files from a client today in Altium
    format. Unfortunately a newer version than 2009. Looked on the Altium
    site whether they have a viewer for younger than 2009. Nope!

    Couldn't believe it. Or did I miss something?
  2. I see 9.3

    Oh and it can view the summer 09 release files.

    Which hemisphere would that be?

  3. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    But only those, Its the same old same old. Quote from the FAQ:

    "The latest summer 09 release of Altium Designer Viewer (Build can view design files created in the summer 09 release of
    Altium Designer, as well as the winter 09 and summer 08 releases of
    Altium Designer, Altium Designer 6, Altium Designer 2004 and DXP. Files
    from Protel 99 SE and earlier products are not supported".

    I think they are in Australia :)
  4. Am 19.02.2013 04:17, schrieb Joerg:

    Methinks I have seen it last week. They are just rolling out
    the 2013 version of the Altium Designer and seem to be plowing
    the entire website. Quite a mess.

    I was unable to download the full 2013 version last weekend,
    got only parts of the file.
    I can make .pdfs if that helps (with the version as delivered
    in DEC 2012)


    yes, the web release goes only until winter '09.

    (Your customer could write it out in 2009 format,
    probably not much loss)
  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    It sure is a mess there :)

    They should learn how to _first_ create a majorly revamped site on a
    dummy server and _after_ it's all tested transfer that in one fell swoop.

    Thanks, but I can't use PDF files, I need a viewer.

    Maybe they could but I'll just use the Gerbers then. That is often the
    only useful format to work with. Unfortunately most of the Gerber
    Viewers have no transparent layer view so I am constantly hiding and
    unhiding planes.
  6. gerbv does.
  7. The old ones used Southern hemisphere seasons, but last I looked
    Shanghai is still located in the Northern hemisphere.
  8. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I know, but it will only run under Linux. Had it in a VM for a while
    until Ubunutu in there self-destructed.
  9. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Yup, and that transition might not bode so well when it comes to such
  10. Frank Miles

    Frank Miles Guest

    It says on
    that there's a windows version.

    No idea how well this works, as I'm on Debian.
  11. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Mostly those require solid programmer know-how (which I don't have),
    plus tools, cement mixer, hammer drill and so on.

    I'll look for a new tool that can also do odb+, since they can generate
  12. rickman

    rickman Guest

    Try gerbv. They do a transparent sort of mode. I think it is similar
    to an XOR of the colors if that is close enough. It may be an add of
    the color numbers with saturation? It is like transparent if you pick
    your colors properly. They do have a "proper" XOR which is in fast mode.

    The support isn't as good for Windows as it is for Linux, but it has
    gotten a lot better the last few years.
  13. rickman

    rickman Guest

    What? I've been running gerbv for a number of years now and I don't do
    the gcc thing. gerbv has a standard windows .exe download with self
    install, no?

    gerbv also has "object" view where you can click on a Gerber feature and
    it will show you the code that produces it. At this point it is my
    "goto" Gerber viewer.

    Thanks to the gEDA guys!
  14. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    AFAICT it doesn't.

    Quote "Gerbv is targeted to run on Linux and other unix variants".

    It would have been my favorite as well, it was the only thing I liked
    about the gEDA collection. And I liked Gerbv a lot because of the
    transparent view. But, not enough to repair all this VM+Ubuntu stuff
    after Ubuntu had self-destructed for some reason. Maybe because the
    orange penguin looked a bit sickly :)
  15. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    try the download page:

    16 megabytes of something, that size is about right for gerbv ( + gtk +
    cairo , its dependancies )
  16. rickman

    rickman Guest

    Oh, I must have installed Linux on my laptop when I was sleeping or
    something. You *aren't* looking in the right place. I know, I know,
    they don't update the page and in general don't care much for Windows
    users, but the tool is good *and* it has fairly good support under
    Windows now. I'm not online so I can't tell you where to find it, but
    do some google searching and you will find a Windows installation file
    in .exe form. My last copy is dated 6-2012. I can post it on my web
    site if you want. It is 15 MB, rev 2.6.0.

    Get your head out of your butt and find the durn program. Ok?
  17. Haha, been using it 10 years and never knew that. You can delete things
  18. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Thanks, Jasen. I downloaded it and when there is some time I'll install
    and take a look. If it's anywhere as good as the Linux version two years
    ago it'll be a keeper.
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