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  1. R.Lewis

    R.Lewis Guest

    How do I easily get a gerber (or HPGL) plot into word?

    I am away from the office and have no Viewmate to hand - are there any
    freebies to download to do the task?

    Must be finished by monday.


  2. Boris Mohar

    Boris Mohar Guest

    Print to PDF If you can. Than use:

    There are other converters


    Boris Mohar

    Got Knock? - see:
    Viatrack Printed Circuit Designs (among other things)

    void _-void-_ in the obvious place
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

  4. qrk

    qrk Guest
    Looks like you can convert from Gerber to TIFF or BMP. If you need to
    change image format (like BMP to GIF) and/or size, use NCONVERT.

  5. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest

    Download GC-Prevue, import the Gerbers, save the screen to the Clipboard and
    edit with Paint or whatever, then save as a bitmap.

  6. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

  7. R.Lewis

    R.Lewis Guest

    Thanks to all for the suggestions.
    I isn't going to be finished by monay so the immediate problem disappears.
    For the record though I would like to know if there is any freebie 274D to
    274X conversions available to liven up some old designs rather than running
    them thro' Viewmate et al back at the shop.
  8. The primary (perhaps only) difference between 274D and 274X is that
    the X version includes the aperture data, while the older D format
    required a separate aperture file. I would expect that most board
    shops can still handle the separate aperture file.

    It should be a fairly simple matter to write a perl script to merge
    the aperture data into a gerber file.

    Peter Bennett, VE7CEI
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  9. R.Lewis

    R.Lewis Guest

    Indeed you are correct in that I have never encountered anywhere that could
    not handle both D & X gerbers.

    What would need to be done to put the apertures into the -D ?
    The -D & -X gerbers are both ASCII files - surely it is not just cutting and
    pasting the apertures into the -D: things are *never* that straightforward..
    (As we move inexorably toward ODB++ and IDF formats my old 274-D's will
    eventually be obsolete)
  10. Aperture files come in many formats - I expect that originally there
    was no need for them to be machine-readable. The original Gerber
    photoplotters apparently used something resembling a slide projector
    as the print head. An operator would read the customer's aperture
    file, and load appropriate "slides" in the slide projector. To avoid
    extra costs and delays, the customer had to select apertures that the
    plotting company had in stock. (and the plotters could only handle 12
    or 24 apertures, if I recall correctly.)

    Nowdays, the plotters and associated software can generate any
    aperture desired on the fly.

    To produce the necessary D->X translation software, you'd have to look
    at your aperture files, and at the aperture section of a 274X file,
    and determine how to convert one to the other.

    Peter Bennett, VE7CEI
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