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Offline tec5c

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Gerber Editor?
« on: August 26, 2016, 05:12:19 am »
Is there any software that allows you to edit a gerber file directly? I have a design that I would like to adjust though I don't have the original design file.

The gerber file contains multiple designs utilised for the panel layout. I simply want to delete some of these designs.

 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2016, 08:13:44 am »
The only ones I know of seem to be quite expensive. I wish I knew of one that was reasonably priced and reasonably featured. Nothing super fancy.
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2016, 08:51:07 am »
Would you mind listing the names of the ones that you know?  :)
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2016, 09:17:51 am »
Look at
http://www.softwarecompanions.com/gerbview.html

Modest price with a 30 day trial I think.

Also GerbV from gEDA is able to do simple editing.

 
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2016, 12:00:46 pm »
I have used GC-Prevue  for viewing Gerber Files and they offer GC-PrevuePlus http://www.graphicode.com/GC-PrevuePluson free trial. I don't how long the trial lasts for and I expect that if you sign up they will send Spam to encourage you to buy it.
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2016, 01:01:50 pm »
Then simply update the readme file to the fabricator, and maybe create a new layer that puts a big X over the designs you don't like anymore. Then tell them to maximize material usage by duplicating remaining designs.
They'll be able to do it far better and faster than you, and they'll have to do that anyway.
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2016, 02:05:16 pm »
I have Graphicode Powerstation.. a Gerber editor.
Post your gerbers and instructions and I shall edit them.
 
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2016, 02:08:52 pm »
Thanks for the replies.

I managed to get some time on a PC that had Allegro PCB Editor and I was able to do what I needed.
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2016, 05:55:49 pm »
I have Graphicode Powerstation.. a Gerber editor.
Post your gerbers and instructions and I shall edit them.

That is very kind! Is that software what you use to layout panels?
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2016, 12:09:51 pm »
Graphicode Powerstation is a general CAM application capable of editing Gerber data.

It will import and export various industry standard formats (DXF DWG Bitmap and other formats as used by various photo plotters, bare board testers drill and rout machines  Excellon2 , Sieb Myer etc).

I use it to process Gerber data , extract toolpath information required to mill the boards and then export CNC files containing drilling, milling and laser soldermask and component legend imaging files.

I also run a flying probe tester to test finished product. The application generates the test files and also acts as a graphical repair station.
This setup allows me to make a double sided brass board within typically five to eight hours from receipt of gerbers and drill file.
A bit longer to apply soldermask and component overlay.

Presently planing to build a Fiber laser stencil cutting set up. I do mill stencils out of 0.2mm double sided  FR4 but it is too thick for 0402 work and just usable on 0603 cubic components.

In essence a prototype assembly is possible during a 24 time frame ( depending on overall design complexity and diversity )>
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2016, 06:21:21 pm »
I use CAM350 and am currently modifying a boards Gerbers because the original board CAD file is no longer available.
As above, the software is not cheap so is out of the hobbyists market..

When I used GC-Prevue in the past I have been able to easily add stuff into Gerber layers by importing single pads and tracks in, offsetting them etc.
Duplicate layers and adjust the aperture list it uses etc. A fudge but has saved my bacon a few times.
Then I used GC-CAM and GC_Place which were predecessors of the GC_Powerstation series.

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2016, 05:42:16 pm »
Gerbv can at least delete items from gerber files, by click to select or dragging rectangles.

Some simpler tasks can be scripted quite easily as well. The gerber format is very simple albeit not very human readable..
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2016, 05:27:06 pm »
Is there any software that allows you to edit a gerber file directly? I have a design that I would like to adjust though I don't have the original design file.

The gerber file contains multiple designs utilised for the panel layout. I simply want to delete some of these designs.

Viewmate Deluxe, while not free, is only $47.50 after coupon "VMD50OFF"

Viewmate has the best UI in my opinion

https://www.pentalogix.com/download_software.php
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2016, 05:52:48 pm »

Viewmate Deluxe, while not free, is only $47.50 after coupon "VMD50OFF"

Viewmate has the best UI in my opinion

https://www.pentalogix.com/download_software.php

That looks like a great option for the money. I only rarely need to edit Gerbers, but when I do, it is worth $50 for sure - mainly putting multiple designs on a panel for prototypes. Nice tip. I may do the trial.
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2018, 02:28:16 am »
Is there any update on Gerber editors? I might give that discounted Viewmate Deluxe a try. I bit sad that it can be only installed on a single PC, I work with 2
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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2018, 04:46:44 pm »
Found this. I have not tried but it says it can edit and is free.
http://www.viewplot.com/
 

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Re: Gerber Editor?
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2018, 04:21:41 am »
Found this. I have not tried but it says it can edit and is free.
http://www.viewplot.com/

The viewer is free. If you want to edit you have to buy it.

 


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