I’ve modified a Gerber file in GerbTool. How to save (or export) it?

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by kender, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. kender

    Thread Starter Senior Member

    Jan 17, 2007
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    Folks,

    What am I not doing right here?

    • Got WISE GerbTool, which came with OrCAD 10.5.
    • Generated Gerbers with Eagle 6.2.0 and imported them into GerbTool.
    • Modified one of the Gerbers. So far so good.
    • If I do File -> Save, only the .GTD file is saved. The modified Gerber file does not get saved.
    • If I do File -> Export -> Gerber…, GerbTool does export a Gerber, but it doesn’t look right. Most of the traces and pads originally generated by Eagle are not there any more.

    So, how can I save a modified Gerber?
    Alternatively, is there a freeware Gerber editor, which I could use instead of GerbTool? (I’ve done some searching and found this list. But I’d like to get your suggestions too.)

    Any suggestion, insight or reference is really appreciated!

    Cheers,
    - Nick
     
  2. JohnInTX

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    Jun 26, 2012
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    GC PrevuePlus edits Gerbers and has a free trial version which I haven't used but give it a go. I use their freebie viewer to get a warm fuzzy before submitting a PCB for fab but do my board edits in Eagle. The idea of post-editing the gerbers gives me shivers...

    Curious and, if you are using Eagle, can you not just edit the PCB there and replot?

    Anyway,
    Good luck!
     
  3. kender

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    Jan 17, 2007
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    Thanks for the tip on GC PrevuePlus. I'll check it out.

    Normally, I wouldn't edit a layout in a Gerber editor. Right now, I have an odd case, though. I need to make 2 variants of a very simple board (only 2 components and 12 nets). In the 1st variant, certain pads have normal openings in the soldermask. In the 2nd variant, these pads are completely covered with solder mask: no windows. I figured that an easy way would be to plot one set of Gerbers, make a copy of the soldermask Gerber, delete the unneeded openings.
     
  4. mcgyvr

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    Just do it all in Eagle.. Make 2 files and delete the masks wherever you want.
     
  5. kender

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    Jan 17, 2007
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    Gladly. How would I delete masks wherever I want in Eagle?
     
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