Software Companions - Gerber and HPGL Viewers

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Software Companions Shell Extension

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ViewCompanion includes a Shell Extension component that makes it easy to access several of the application features from inside the Windows Explorer window. For each file type that are associated with ViewCompanion a menu will appear when you right click the filename, as shown in the picture below:

Software Companions Shell Extension

The following functions are available:
  • View
    Open the selected file(s) in ViewCompanion. If ViewCompanion is already running these file will be opened in that instance.

  • Convert to PDF
    Convert the selected file(s) to PDF. The converted file will be placed in the same file as original file and with the same name, except for a new extension (pdf).

  • Convert to TIFF
    Convert the selected file(s) to TIFF. The converted file will be placed in the same file as original file and with the same name, except for a new extension (tif).

  • Convert to DWF
    Convert the selected file(s) to DWF. The converted file will be placed in the same file as original file and with the same name, except for a new extension (dwf).

  • Print
    Open and print the selected file(s) to the default printer.

  • Compare
    Compare two files and show the result. If ViewCompanion is already running these file will be opened in that instance. This function is only available if two files are selected.

  • Explorer Preview
    Full preview of all associated file types is displayed inside Explorer when the Preview Pane is activated:

Software Companions Shell Extension

You may associate any file extension with ViewCompanion by using the Tools->File Association dialog or by using the command line parameter /associate.