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ViewCompanion Pro® is a powerful, but easy to use, application for viewing, printing and converting PLT, Adobe PDF, Autodesk DWF, CGM, TIFF, Calcomp, CALS and several other formats.
Use ViewCompanion to convert your files into formats like Adobe PDF, PDF/A, DWF, DXF, CALS, TIFF, PNG and others. Please see the complete list of supported output formats below.
You may use ViewCompanion to convert PLT, CGM and DWF files into Autodesk DXF format which you can read in any major CAD application. ViewCompanion can be used to merge multiple files of different formats into a single multi-page PDF, TIFF or DWF file.
ViewCompanion includes batch conversion of all supported formats.


Markup and Annotation
With ViewCompanion Pro you may add markup to the loaded file, a process also commonly known as annotation. The range of supported annotation elements includes stamps, text, symbols, dimension lines, area measurements, rectangles, circles, lines, polygons, arrows and pictures. You may use one of the predefined stamps, or create your own.
User defined symbol libraries makes it easy to add frequently used symbols as markups.
All markup elements are stored in a separate file and the original file will not be modified.
The user can control if markup should be included or not, when a file is printed or converted.


Measure and Takeoff
With ViewCompanion you can do accurate distance and area measurements using snap to drawing geometry. Calibration of the measurement tools is available to provide correct results even if your drawings are not in the correct scale. The measurement tools may be used to do quantity and measurement takeoffs, and the results can be exported to for example Excel.


Printing
ViewCompanion have complete printing support and includes batch printing, n-up printing and poster printing. Print your documents scaled or fit to page. Add custom watermark, banner, header and footer to the printed document. Print whole document or only the displayed portion.
Read more about printing.


Viewing
ViewCompanion will let you view your files fast and accurate. You have full control of zoom and pan by using mouse and keyboard. You will also find advanced viewing functions such as magnifier, overview window, compare, rotate and mirror. You may toggle between monochrome, color and grayscale view modes.

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View and Markup
You may use ViewCompanion Pro to markup and annotate your files.


Key Features

  • View, markup, convert and print files of different formats.
  • Convert your files to a large number of standard formats; see below for a list of all supported formats.
  • Batch print and batch convert.
  • Open files directly from a ZIP archive.
  • Add footer and header information containing date, scale, time and filename to the printed sheets.
  • Color or Black & White Printing.
  • Add watermark using text or a raster image to a sheet.
  • Scaled print or fit to paper.
  • Poster mode for printing big format drawings on multiple sheets, e.g. print an A0 drawing in full size using multiple A4 sheets.
  • Print in n-up mode, also known as multiple pages per sheet printing.
  • Print to all Windows supported plotter and printer devices.
  • Add markup using text, images, polygons, symbols, stamps, dimension lines, measurement areas and more.
  • Include markups during printing and conversion.
  • Merge different files of all supported formats into a single multipage file (PDF, TIFF or DWF).
  • Split a multipage file into smaller files.
  • Shell Extension for easy access to functions inside Explorer Window and a full preview of the selected file.
  • Compare two files and visualize the differences.
  • Overlay up to 10 files and print as one drawing.
  • Create password protected DWF and PDF files.
  • Create your own pen table for full control of pen colors, styles and widths. Used during printing and conversion.
  • Precise distance and area measurement with snap to drawing geometry.
  • Use the mouse wheel for both zooming and panning.
  • Extensive set of command line parameters for conversion and printing.
  • Send a file directly to another person using E-Mail from within the program. If a markup file exists, it will be attached to the message.
  • Copy selected region to clipboard, and paste into another application.
  • Text search and extract.
  • Multiple Document Interface let you work with multiple files at once.
  • Store commonly used files in projects.
  • Easy to use installation and uninstallation software.
  • Choose between ribbon style or classic menu and toolbar based user interface.
  • Delete pages from files (e.g.: PDF, TIFF and DWF).
  • Import an file and append as a new page to the active file.

Supported Formats

Open (View, print, markup and convert)
  • Adobe PDF
  • Autodesk DWF and DWFx 2D
  • BMP (Windows Bitmap format)
  • Calcomp Plotter Format
  • CALS type 1 and 2
  • CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile), binary and clear text encoding (Profiles: ATA, CALS, WEBCGM and CGM*PIP)
  • DCX (Multipage PCX)
  • ECW (Enhanced Compression Wavelet)
  • EDMICS C4 (Group 4 Tiled)
  • Gerber Plotter Format. RS-274D and RS-274X
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • JPEG2000
  • PCX (PC Paintbrush format)
  • PLT, HPGL, HPGL/2, HP-RTL and KIPGL files
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
  • SFF (Structured Fax Format)
  • TGA (Truevision Targa)
  • TIFF (uncompressed, packbits, LZW, inflate, CCITT G3 and G4)
  • WebP (Google Image Format for the WEB)


All loaded files can be converted to the following formats:
  • Adobe PDF
  • Adobe PDF/A
  • Autodesk DWF
  • AVI
  • CALS CCITT Group 4 Raster (Type 1)
  • GIF Graphics
  • HPGL-2
  • JPEG Graphics
  • JPEG2000 Graphics
  • Paintbrush PCX
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • TIFF Raster (CCITT-G3, CCITT-G4, LZW, and Packbits compression)
  • WebP
  • Windows Bitmap
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile
  • Windows Metafile

If the loaded file is a vector file you may convert it to the additional formats:
  • Adobe Postscript®
  • Autodesk DXF
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM Binary)
  • Gerber RS-274X
  • Scalable Vector Graphics
Vector files includes the following formats: CGM, DWF, DWFx, HPGL/2, PLT, Gerber and Calcomp.
No extra applications or drivers are needed for conversion to the different formats.

AVI files can be created by using the Movie Maker tool. This tool will let you add multiple files, of all the different formats ViewCompanion supports, to a movie. Each page in all the added files will be converted to a single frame in the movie.


Supported Operating Systems

  • 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 Compatible  Windows 8 Compatible  Windows 10 Compatible

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