Software Companions - Gerber, PLT and HPGL Viewing and Conversion Software

Viewing and Conversion Software

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ViewCompanion Standard is a powerful application for viewing, printing and converting plotter files generated by your CAD program or plotter driver. ViewCompanion can open PLT plotter files using HPGL, HPGL/2, HP-RTL (HPGL with raster data) and Calcomp formats.
In addition to plotter files ViewCompanion can view and convert Adobe PDF, CGM, Autodesk DWF and Gerber files. One of the major features in ViewCompanion is the ability to convert the viewed file into another format. ViewCompanion can convert to the following file formats:

-Adobe PDF and PDF/A
-Adobe Postscript®
-Autodesk DWF
-Autodesk DXF
-CALS Group 4 Raster
-Computer Graphics Metafile
-Gerber RS-274X
-GIF Raster
-JPEG Raster
-Paintbrush PCX (PCX)
-Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
-Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
-TIFF Raster
-Windows Bitmap (BMP)
-Windows Metafile (EMF & WMF)

Adobe PDF, Autodesk Drawing Web Format (DWF) and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) are very useful and popular formats for distributing drawings on the Internet.
ViewCompanion can convert your PLT, Gerber, CGM and DWF files to Autodesk DXF format which you can read in any major CAD application.

You may measure distances and areas using ViewCompanion's precise measurement tools with snap to drawing geometry. If your drawings are not in original scale (1:1) you may calibrate the measurement tools to provide correct results.

Use ViewCompanion to annotate a file using elements like rectangles, lines, dimension lines, area measurements, text, polygons, text, arrows, symbols, stamps, images and more. All markup elements will be stored in a separate file and the original file will not be modified.

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Key Features

  • View, print and convert PLT, HPGL and HPGL/2 files.
  • View, print and convert AutoDesk DWF, CGM, Calcomp and Gerber files.
  • View, print and convert Adobe PDF files.
  • Convert your files to PDF, TIFF, CALS, DWF, DXF and other formats.
  • Add markup using lines, text, images, polygons, symbols, stamps, dimension lines, measurement areas and more.
  • Add footer/header containing date, scale, time and filename when printing.
  • Add watermark using either text or a raster image during printing.
  • Color or Black & White Printing.
  • Scaled print or fit to paper.
  • Poster mode for printing big format drawings on multiple paper sheets.
  • Print in n-up mode, also known as multiple pages per sheet printing.
  • Full screen print preview.
  • Print to all Windows supported plotter and printer devices.
  • Batch Printing and Conversion.
  • Compare two files and visualize the differences.
  • Overlay up to 10 files and print as one drawing.
  • Create password protected PDF and DWF files.
  • Multiple Document Interface (MDI) makes it easy to view several files at once.
  • Define user Pen Table full control of colors, styles and widths. Also supported for batch printing and conversion.
  • Use mouse-wheel for zooming and panning operations.
  • Entity information query.
  • Distance and area measurements.
  • Copy selected region to clipboard, and paste into another Windows application.
  • Easy to use installation and uninstallation software.
  • Choose between ribbon, or a classic menu and toolbar based user interface.
  • DDE Interface for easy integration with other programs.
  • Supports multipage PLT, HPGL/2 and DWF files.
  • Supports embedded (RTL) raster.
  • Send a file directly to an other person using E-Mail from within the program.
  • Store commonly used files in projects.

Supported Formats

Open (View, print, and convert)
  • PLT, HPGL/2 and HPGL plotter file
  • HP-RTL (Raster Transfer Language)
  • Adobe PDF
  • AutoDesk DWF and DWFx 2D
  • Calcomp Plotter Format
  • CGM (Computer Graphics Metafile)
  • Gerber Plotter Format (RS-274X and RS-274D)

  • Adobe PDF
  • Adobe PDF/A-2b
  • Adobe Postscript®
  • AutoDesk DWF (compressed and uncompressed)
  • AutoDesk DXF
  • CALS CCITT Group 4 Raster (Type 1)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM Binary). Binary and clear text encodings.
  • Gerber RS-274X
  • GIF Raster
  • HPGL/2 - HP RTL
  • JPEG Graphics
  • Paintbrush PCX
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
  • TIFF Raster (CCITT-G3, CCITT-G4, LZW and Packbits compression)
  • WebP (Google Image Format for the WEB)
  • Windows Bitmap
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile
  • Windows Metafile
No additional applications or drivers are needed for conversion to the different formats.

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows XP (SP3), 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 Compatible  Windows 8 Compatible  Windows 10 Compatible