Gerber Viewer?

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  1. MaxHeadRoom

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    Anyone have link to a decent Free Gerber file viewer?
    I have tried a few but they either want you to buy after 30 days or require other registration etc.
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  2. Picbuster

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    It's part of Kicad as far as I know.
     
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  4. MaxHeadRoom

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    We were using it at my last job for a long time and didn´t have any problem. What happens after 30 days?
     
  6. MaxHeadRoom

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    IIRC A message showed that trial period was over.
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  7. Nykolas

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    I use (have used, for close to 20 years) GC-Preview, free from www.graphicode.com. Like all programs it has a learning curve, but it is worth the effort. E
     
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  8. ErnieM

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    I second GC-Pre. Extremely helpful program when you need a viewer.

    No limitations as long as you are just looking, ie, no editing. But that is what you have your other program for anyway.
     
  9. SLK001

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    Not any more. There is now a limitation for the free version (I think that it is a year). I found an older version of GC-Preview from 2005 that doesn't have the limitation. I used this for years. The file is about 15 Meg.
     
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  12. MaxHeadRoom

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    Kicad doesn't seem to recognize imported files.
    Pentalogix appears to be 64 bit now, I cannot run it on Win XP Prof.
    I'm working my way down the list!
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  13. jpanhalt

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    Presumably, you want to see the Gerbers before ordering a pcb. Have you tried OshPark? You do not need to order to see the setups. I do not consider that an abuse, as OshPark, while not the cheapest, may still be the best value. In fact, my most recent order was from it, even though I had tried a cheaper house in the interim.

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  14. MaxHeadRoom

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    I have gone cheaper since Oshpark, but these are gerber files from a Picmicro application board they sell, but supply the Gerbers.
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  15. djsfantasi

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    Even Oshpark has suggested "gerbv". Once you upload s project, the detailed views are no longer available. When I inquired about this, Oshpark support recommended gerbv.
     
  16. MaxHeadRoom

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    Does the current version of Gerbv work with XP Prof?
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    Yes (if you mean XP Pro).
     
  18. MaxHeadRoom

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    Gerbv seemed to work OK.
    Thanks all.
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  19. jpanhalt

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    Where did you download from? Source Forge? There were a lot of comments about getting adware and malware from that site middle of last year, but gerbv.geda-project.org links to it for the downloads.

    Sorry about the misleading advice on OshPark. My most recent order was early last Summer.

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  20. MaxHeadRoom

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    The only time I used Oshpark was for the circular project you aided me on.
    Just waiting to see how Dirty Board PCB pan out!;)
    Max.
     
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