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Gerber Tutorial

Gerber to Extended Gerber

Convert RS-274D to RS-274X

GerbView can convert all your older Gerber files to the new extended Gerber format, also known as RS-274X.
For this conversion to work successfully you need to do the following steps:

Step 1:
Older Gerber files do not include any information regarding units, apertures or coordinates.
Because of this the first you will need to do, is to make sure that the Gerber format settings are correct.
Open the Tools->Options dialog and locate the Gerber section.
Here you can set the units (metric or inches), whether the coordinates are absolute or incremental, number digits and how zeros are to be treated. All this information should be available from the system that created the Gerber files, usually in a text file.

Here is a picture of this dialog:

gerber format settings

Step 2:
After you've checked that the format settings are correct you can now load all the Gerber layers using the Add Layer command:

gerbview load layers

You should now load the aperture table using the Load Table command. GerbView support most aperture file formats, but if GerbView cannot load it you will need to manually set the aperture settings. Open the aperture editor using the Edit Table command and do the necessary changes.

When all the required layers and an aperture file have been loaded, you can visually check that everything looks ok:

gerbview gerber layers loaded.png

Step 3:
Then we can finally start the actual conversion.
Locate the tool named Convert Layers to Multiple Files in the Tools tab, and select it.
A dialog will then appear where you can select the layers you want to convert.
Select Gerber RS-274X as output format and select an output folder.

convert layers to files

When you're satisfied with the settings just press Start and the extended Gerber files will be created in the output folder.

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