Software Companions - Gerber and HPGL Viewers

Gerber Viewer and Converter 

GerbView

Gerber Viewer and Converter

View, print and convert Gerber, ODB++, PDF and Excellon
Convert to PDF, DXF, DWF, RS-274X, TIFF, SVG and more

GerbView can view, print and convert Gerber, Extended Gerber, ODB++, PDF, Excellon, PLT, HPGL/2 and other file formats.

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Gerbview

Gerbview will visualize your design, on the screen or in hardcopy. No more waiting for photo plots or a prototype circuit board, to see your true design.

GerbView supports both RS-274D and RS-274X Gerber formats, and you can use it to convert your older Gerber files to the new RS-274X extended format. The newer extended Gerber format contains embedded aperture information, and this minimizes the risk for errors during the manufacturing of the PCB.

With GerbView's PDF to CAD capability you can convert your Adobe PDF files back to editable Gerber RS-274X and DXF files.

GerbView can create layered PDF, DXF and DWF files where each loaded Gerber file will correspond to a separate layer in the destination file. Check out our blog to read more about how you can create layered PDF files with GerbView. You may in addition create a multi-page PDF file from all loaded layers, where each layer will be placed on its own page in the output file.
With GerbView you can export individual layers, or the whole workspace, to any of the supported raster formats, which includes TIFF, JPEG, PNG and BMP. The resolution and number of colors used for the conversion can be set by the user.

Convert PDF to Gerber, SVG, HPGL/2 and DXF
PDF to CAD
Convert PDF to Gerber,
DXF, HPGL/2 and SVG

In GerbView you work with a workspace that can contain one or more files (layers) of any of the supported file formats. The workspace can be saved for later use. The workspace will reference your design files, so only need to reload the workspace to see the whole design. You can set the size of this workspace to one of the preselected paper sizes, or to a custom size.

Use the precise measure tool to verify distances and areas. Check apertures used by tracks and flashes using the query and aperture highlight tools.

Markup elements like text, barcodes, QR-codes, images, arrows, lines, symbols, ellipses and polygons can be added to the workspace, and will be included during conversion and printing.
All types of markup elements, for example text or barcode, may be "burned-in" to become a permanent part of a Gerber layer.

You may print your files using a custom scale, for example 100% for original scale, or using fit to page. The print poster mode, also called tiled pages, can be used to print large designs and drawings on multiple sheets. Header, footer and watermark information can optionally be added to the printed sheets.

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A fully functional evaluation copy can be downloaded from our web site. The downloaded product will run in evaluation mode for a period of 30 days. After this period you must purchase a license, if you want to continue to use the product.

Download an evaluation copy from the download page.

All new licenses include 12-months of free software maintenance.

GerbView Key Features

  • View, print, markup and convert Gerber, Adobe PDF, ODB++, Excellon, Autodesk DXF and HPGL/2.
  • Convert to Autodesk DXF, PDF, DWF, Gerber and other formats.
  • Convert multiple Gerber files to a multi-layer PDF, DWF or DXF file.
  • Convert ODB++ to a layered PDF, or to individual files using Gerber, PDF, DXF or SVG formats.
  • Convert PDF to Gerber, DXF, SVG or HPGL/2.
  • Gerber X2 attributes are supported.
  • Query for aperture and tool information in Gerber and Excellon files.
  • Measure distances, areas and perimeters, with our without snapping to pads and tracks.
  • Highlight selected apertures in Gerber files.
  • Add files of different formats as layers.
  • An unlimited number of layers can be added to a workspace (only limited by memory).
  • Visibility of all loaded files can be set individually.
  • View Gerber layers with or without transparency.
  • Invert negative Gerber layers (e.g. power-plane) to positive for correct display and conversion.
  • Rotate, mirror and scale layers.
  • Delete a selection of items from a Gerber file.
  • Supports up to 1000 different apertures.
  • Copy a selected region to clipboard, and paste into another application.
  • User defined header and footer for printing.
  • Color or Black & White Printing.
  • Scaled print or fit to paper.
  • Full mode print preview.
  • Poster mode for printing big format drawings on multiple sheets.
  • Save the whole workspace, or single layers, as low or high resolution raster files. Supported formats include:
    TIFF, CALS, Adobe PDF, Windows BMP, PNG and JPEG.
  • Add markup using lines, text, rectangles, images, qr-codes, barcodes, symbols, polygons and more.
  • Markup elements are stored in a separate file.
  • Markup burn-in feature for converting markup elements to native Gerber data.
  • Mouse-controlled zoom in, zoom out, zoom area and panning.
  • Command line conversion and printing.

GerbView can open the following Formats:

  • Gerber RS-274D
  • Gerber RS-274X (Extended Gerber)
  • Gerber X2
  • Adobe PDF 1  2
  • ODB++ (zip and tgz)
  • Excellon Drill format
  • Autodesk DXF
  • HPGL and HPGL/2
  • HP RTL
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • CALS
  • BMP
1.PDF files that only contains raster, e.g.: scanned drawings, are not supported by GerbView.
2.For multipage PDF files each page may be imported as a separate layer.
3.Each file will be loaded as a layer - you can view, print and convert layers individually or combined.

GerbView can convert to the following Formats:

  • Gerber RS-274X (Extended)
  • Gerber RS-274D (Legacy)
  • Autodesk DWF 1
  • Autodesk DXF 1
  • Adobe PDF 1
  • Adobe PDF/A 1
  • Adobe Postscript
  • CALS Type 1
  • CGM Binary
  • HPGL/2 (PLT)
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • TIFF
  • WebP Image Format
  • Windows BMP
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile
  • Windows Metafile
1. You may load multiple Gerber files and convert to a single multi-layer file using this format.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP, 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows Vista, 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 8, 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 8.1, 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 10, 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Supports Terminal Server and Citrix

Windows 7  Windows 8  Windows 10
Compatible with Windows 7, 8.x and 10.
32- and 64-bit.

GerbView Updates

Note: The latest version will always include all previous fixes and improvements
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Version What's New Released
7.70 Maintenance Update
New features:
1Add option to mirror Excellon files.
2Added monochrome (Black & White) option for multi-file export.
3Added option to add margins for multi-file export (PDF, DWF).
4Added option to add margins for multi-layer export.
5Added option to add margins for multi-page export.
Solved issues:
992Excellon G85 (slot) command was not supported.
991Excellon file from customer failed to load.
987PDF to DXF: Some of the text were not correctly converted.

20-Oct-2017

Downloads:

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64-bit

7.68 Maintenance Update
New features:
1Added RS-274D (legacy Gerber) as an output option for conversion dialogs.
2Mirror and flip do now work for HPGL/2 plotter files.
Solved issues:
981Some macro apertures in file from customer were not displayed correctly.
969Some thermal pads were incorrectly overlapping other pads.
968Drill sizes were lost for Excellon drill file from customer.
949Exporting a Gerber file from custom with to RS-274X turned some small arcs into full circle.

27-Jul-2017

Downloads:

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64-bit

7.66 Maintenance Update
Solved issues:
944Some of the apertures in gerber files generated by Tango, were not displayed correctly.
###In some cases the colors could be reset to default when loading a project file.

22-Mar-2017

Downloads:

32-bit
64-bit

7.65 Maintenance Update
New features:
1The project format is now a Unicode text file that can be edited by Notepad, or other text editors, if needed.
2Layer on/off state are now stored in the project file.
3Added transparency option for the Save As Bitmap function.
Solved issues:
932Converting PDF to DXF: some filled circles were not completed.
931Some of the text in HPGL/2 file had wrong rotation.
928Gerber files not loaded.
926Missing pads in files generated by Altium Designer.
911ODB+ file from customer failed to open.
892Some macro apertures was not drawn.
###The actual numbers of layers are now written to the DXF file (no longer always 256 layers).

25-Feb-2017

Downloads:

32-bit
64-bit

7.63 Maintenance Update
Fixed problems:
IssueDescription
888Some arcs was incorrectly drawn as full circle in an ODB++ file from customer.
885Some arcs was incorrectly drawn as full circle in a Gerber file from customer.
884Drill size information was not read from an Excellon file.
880Now supports P-CAD aperture file format.
878An ODB++ TGZ file from customer failed to open.
861PDF to Gerber: Some sub-paths were not converted correctly in file from customer.
860Some macro apertures in file from customer were drawn using wrong polarity.

5-Oct-2016

Downloads:

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64-bit

7.61 Maintenance Update
New feature:
NoDescription
1A bookmark for each page will be now be added when converting multiple layers into a multi-page PDF file.
Fixed problems:
IssueDescription
859Converting a Gerber file to PDF did not include the complete layer..
Moving a layer up/down/top/bottom in layer list will now keep the layer selected.

3-Aug-2016

Downloads:

32-bit
64-bit


A complete list of all updates can be found on the GerbView updates page.

GerbView Screenshots

Gerbview

GerbView 7

Screenshot showing the demo project that is included in the installation. The sample project file is named demo.gbw.
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Gerbview

GerbView 7

Screenshot showing GerbView with an active magnifier window. The magnifier window will show a zoomed in display of the current mouse position.
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Gerbview

GerbView 7

Screenshot showing a project in transparency mode. Transparency will make sure all layers are visible.
The transparency value may be set between 0 (no) and 100 (full) percent transparency.
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GerbView Purchase Information

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License Information

All licenses are perpetual and will allow you to use the software indefinitely.
For the first year, the license also entitles you to download all updates to the software and to receive technical support. After the one year period ends, you can choose to remain with the last version downloaded or to purchase software maintenance for another year.

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Software Maintenance

All new licenses includes a free one-year software maintenance agreement that gives you:
  • Free minor and major upgrades (e.g.: v7.x to v8.x).
  • Highest priority for requested features, or other improvements to the software.
  • Highest priority for fixing reported problems and bugs.
  • Free technical support by e-mail.
This software maintenance agreement can optionally be renewed after the first free year. Software maintenance is optional and you're free to choose not to continue the maintenance program.
If you do not renew the software maintenance your license(s) will continue to work as normal, but you will not be able to install and use the latest updates.

You can read more about maintenance here.