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ViewCompanion Standard® is a powerful application for viewing and printing plotter files generated by your CAD program or plotter driver. ViewCompanion can handle plotter files using HPGL, HPGL/2, HP-RTL (HPGL with raster data) and Calcomp file formats.
In addition to plotter (plt) files ViewCompanion Standard can read CGM, Gerber and AutoDesk DWF 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
-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)
No extra applications or drivers are needed for conversion to the different formats. More details about the conversion formats can be found here.

Autodesk Drawing Web Format (DWF), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and Adobe PDF are very useful and popular formats for distributing drawings on the Internet.
You can also use ViewCompanion to convert HPGL/2, CGM and DWF files to AutoDesk DXF format which you can read in any major CAD application, e.g.: Autodesk AutoCAD.
ViewCompanion have advanced functions for zooming and panning, you can view and check your plot files fast and accurate, before actually plotting them.
Both batch printing and conversion functionality is integrated into the program.

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

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Windows 7 Compatible  Windows 8 Compatible

With the Pro and Premium editions you can add markup to the loaded file. Among the supported markup elements you will find text, rectangles, ellipses, polygons, arrows, symbols, stamps and images. Markup elements will be stored in a separate file and the original file will not be changed.
The Pro and Premium edition can, in addition to all the formats that Standard can handle, open TIFF, CALS, JPEG, JPEG2000, EDMICS, ECW, BMP and PNG files.

 ViewCompanion Key Features 

  • View, print and convert PLT, HPGL and HPGL/2 files.
  • View, print and convert AutoDesk DWF, CGM, Calcomp and Gerber files.
  • View and print Adobe PDF files.
  • Convert your files to PDF, TIFF, CALS, DWF, DXF and other formats.
  • Compare two files and visualize the differences.
  • Overlay up to 10 files and print as one drawing.
  • 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.
  • Batch Conversion.
  • Drag and Drop supported. Both single and multiple files.
  • Create password protected PDF and DWF files.
  • Multiple Document Interface (MDI) makes it easy to view several files at once.
  • Supports Metric and Imperial coordinates.
  • Define user Pen Table full control of colors, styles and widths. Also supported for batch printing and conversion.
  • Microsoft IntelliMouse support for zooming and panning.
  • Entity information query.
  • Distance measurement.
  • Polygonal area measurement.
  • Copy selected region to clipboard, and paste into another Windows application.
  • Easy to use installation and uninstallation software.
  • Customizable GUI. Choose between ribbon, or classic menu/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.

 ViewCompanion 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, multipage
  • Adobe PDF/A-2b, multipage
  • Adobe Postscript®
  • AutoDesk DWF (compressed and uncompressed)
  • AutoDesk DXF
  • CALS CCITT Group 4 Raster (Type 1)
  • Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM Binary)
  • 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), multipage
  • Windows Bitmap
  • Windows Enhanced Metafile
  • Windows Metafile

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 Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Supports Terminal Server and Citrix.