Gerber Viewer?

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MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
20,860
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.
Max.
 

ErnieM

Joined Apr 24, 2011
8,045
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.
 

SLK001

Joined Nov 29, 2011
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No limitations as long as you are just looking, ie, no editing. But that is what you have your other program for anyway.
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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MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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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!
Max.
 

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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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.

John
 

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MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
20,860
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.
John
I have gone cheaper since Oshpark, but these are gerber files from a Picmicro application board they sell, but supply the Gerbers.
Max.
 

djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
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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.
 

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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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.

John
 

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MaxHeadRoom

Joined Jul 18, 2013
20,860
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.
John
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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