gerbv 2.5.0

A Free/Open Source Gerber Viewer.

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What's new in gerbv 2.1.0:

  • Added ability to select objects, with the option of deleting or viewing basic properties of the objects
  • Split off the core functionality of gerbv into a library (libgerbv) to allow developers to quickly write software using Gerber parsing/editing/exporting/rendering functionality. Full DOxygen documentation has also been created to facilitate developers wishing to use libgerbv.
  • Added export to RS274X and Excellon functionality, allowing gerbv to translate files between formats. The RS274X export function can also be used to "clean" troublesome files to a more compatible format.
  • Added the ability to override the Excellon format "guessing", allowing non-standard drill files to be correctly rendered
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Stefan Petersen
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gerbv is a free and open source Gerber viewer.

About Gerber files

Gerber files are typically output by a PCB CAD tool (such as the gEDA Project's PCB), and are sent to a PCB manufacturer who uses the files for manufacturing Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs).

There are two standards defining Gerber files: An old one called RS-274D, and a newer one called RS-274X. Gerber files generated in the old format (RS-274D) lack aperture information, which must be supplied separately. The new standard (RS-274X) embeds aperture information into the file. The RS-274X standard is described in this document. Note: Gerbv displays RS-274X files! Gerbv will not display RS-274D files! When you create Gerber files using your PCB tool make sure you export RS-274X files if you want to view the files with gerbv.

In the Gerber format, the different layers of a PCB (e.g. top silk, top metal, interior layers, etc.) are held in separate files. Information about the PCB's stackup (i.e. layer order, thickness, etc) is not captured by Gerber files; it is up to the user to supply this information to gerbv, and to his PCB manufacturer.

Last updated on January 12th, 2011

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