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

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ViewCompanion Standard
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Version What's New Released
10.51 Maintenance update.
New Features:
IDDescription
1You may now press the ALT key while editing a line, polyline or polygon element, to move the whole element.
2 Added an option to control if anti-aliasing should be used when a PDF file is printed. Anti-aliasing can cause thin lines to become almost invisible when printed. This new option can be found under Tools->Options->Application->Advanced. Anti-aliasing is now disabled by default.
Fixed issues:
BugDescription
932Some circles in PDF file was not complete after conversion to DXF.
931Text in PLT file from customer had wrong orientation.
930After conversion of PDF file to PLT some of the images was flipped and in wrong place.
925Almost invisible lines when printing a PDF file with thin lines. Solved by disabling anti-aliasing.
923A PLT file from customer caused an exception error in 64-bit.
922Some 32-bit images in a DWFX file become black when converted to TIFF.
921Some images lost transparency when converted to PDF.
920PDF file from customer failed to open.

18-FEB-2017

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10.50 Maintenance update.
New Features:
IDDescription
1Added setting for creating high resolution PDF files (enabling this will increase file size).
2Added setting for using conversion DPI when loading GIF files.
3Added rectangular perimeter measurement element.
4Added an option to keep raster dpi from input file when converting from raster to raster.
Fixed issues:
BugDescription
917DWF file from customer did not load at all.
914Some text in DWF file used wrong font height.
909CGM file from customer loaded with wrong dimensions.
906Missing images in CGM file from customer.
905Missing markup images in DWF file from customer.
903Converting PDF to PLT or DWF : Some images was converted with wrong rotation .
901Missing tolerance symbol in CGM file from customer.
897PDF file from customer was displayed blank.
896Gerber aperture format was not supported.
893Converting 32-bit images to PDF was missing the alpha channel (transparency).
891Named views were not loaded for some DWF files.
890Poor resolution when converting Gerber files to PDF. Enable the new high resolution PDF files setting to avoid this problem.
889Missing text in DWF file from customer (some text was replaced by empty squares).
---Markup highlighter element was not filled when converting to PDF.
---Markup circle element lost hatch style when converted to other formats.

06-JAN-2017

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10.42 Minor maintenance update.
Fixed issues:
BugDescription
883Missing text in DWF file from customer due to a clipping error.
882Opening Calcomp plotter files from customer could randomly cause an application crash.
881Opening PLT file from customer caused an application crash.
879Using ViewCompanion with two monitors could sometimes cause the second screen to appear frozen when zooming in.

30-SEP-2016

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10.41 Minor maintenance update.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
870DWFx file with an image displayed with black background while it should be white.
868Displaying a DWF with fonts that were not available on the system could show strange characters.
---Log files were sometimes not created during command line conversion if a configuration file was used.

17-SEP-2016

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10.40 Maintenance update.
New Features:
IDDescription
1Now places markup on a separate layer in converted files (if layers are supported).
2The DXF exporter now writes only used layers (previous version always wrote 256 layers).
3Converting DWF to DXF will now convert any text from the DWF to MTEXT (text) entities.
4Save As: Markup will now only be included if it's visible (and enabled in markup:General).
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
864DWF: Some of the drawing elements should be clipped and not visible.
863Filled paths with sub path (holes) were not converted correctly from PLT to Postscript.
---Annotation circle element did not use the correct color for hatch lines.

1-SEP-2016

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10.30 Maintenance update.
New Features:
IDDescription
1Added an option for enabling/disabling use of background color as defined in DWF file. You will find this option under Tools->Options->Formats->Other->DWF.
2Added an option for enabling/disabling loading of Autodesk Design Review markups from DWF files. This option is enabled by default and can be found under Tools->Options->Formats->Other->DWF
3When you save a project you may now choose to set the project as default. A default project will be loaded each time ViewCompanion starts.
4All subfolders of folders added to a batch print and conversion will now be processed (recursive folder traversal). This behavior may be disabled with a new option under Tools->Options-Advanced.
5Aztec 2D barcode format is now available in the add barcode dialog.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
858Converting a PLT file to color GIF gave wrong colors.
852CGM: Arcs and circles were exported as polylines when converted to DXF.
851CGM: Polygon set was not displayed correctly.
850PLT files generated by new KIP 7170 drivers could not be loaded.
848DWF: File caused an exception error during loading.
847DWF: Circles drawn with wrong radius.
845CGM: Text should fit tightly in box.
844CGM: A text element should have been rotated and oblique.
843CGM: A text element was not centered correctly.
841CGM: Spurious lines drawn between filled shapes.
840CGM: Missing raster images (24 bit cell arrays).
839Converting a CGM from customer to PDF gave poor accuracy when doing measurements on the resulting PDF.
838DWF: Some of the text had wrong orientation.
805CGM: Missing hatch pattern for a shape.
---Changing text color for measurement area had no effect.
---Markup dimension line edit dialog: The text position does no longer change unless font is changed after the dialog is closed.

4-AUG-2016

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10.20 Maintenance update.
New Features:

IDDescription
1Added an option to place log files in a separate folder (Tools->Options->Conversion->Advanced).
The settings may also be set using a conversion configuration file.
2Added support for loading EMZ files (compressed Windows Metafile).
3Pan State will now stay active even if you zoom the drawing out (e.g.: zoom all).
4Added an option to disable the information tooltip displayed when the cursor is over an element. (Tools->Options->Markup->Advanced).
5While measuring a path you may now use control key (CTRL) to draw path segments that should not be included in the measured distance.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
836Markup XML (vcm) file with many images caused an exception error.
829A 32-bit PNG image lost transparency when added as markup element.
827Converting a PLT file from customer to DWF was missing a few raster images.
822A PDF file from customer took extremely long time to load.
---Text quality for AutoDesk DWF files has been greatly improved. Truetype fonts are now used for display, instead of the previous vector font.
---AutoDesk DWF files with 3D data are now rejected.
---Text quality for markup measurement elements (dimension line, area and path) is greatly improved.

10-JUL-2016

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10.10 Maintenance update.
New Features:
IDDescription
1Folders can now be added in both batch print and conversion dialogs. All files in the selected folder(s) will be converted or printed. By default *.* will be used as file search mask but this can be modified for each folder.
2Added option for setting custom background color for markup text elements.
3Added option for saving all open markup files in the "Markup Save" dialog that is displayed when a file with modified markup is saved.
4Added new project commands: "Load All Files" and "Remove All Files from Project".
5Markup elements can now be individually marked as hidden.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
81432-bit PNG images with alpha channel lost transparency when added as markup picture.
813Markup created by AutoDesk Design Review™ was not displayed in ViewCompanion.
812DWF file from customer failed to open in ViewCompanion.
811Only a maximum of 10 files was added to project if more than 10 files were selected in the Add to Project dialog.
810ViewCompanion project files (vpr) could not be loaded from command line or by opening in Explorer (when vpr extension was associated to ViewCompanion).
809DWF file from customer was loaded with invalid extents.
806Some elements in PLT file from customer had wrong color.
---Reported resolution (DPI) and physical dimensions was wrong for some PCX files.
---Sheet properties from DWF files were not loaded.
---Transparent markup pictures were sometimes displayed with wrong rotation, if the file was rotated.

30-APR-2016

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10.05 Maintenance update.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
808DWF files loaded with wrong extents.
803Wrong height for some of the text elements in CGM file from customer.
802CGM file not displayed correctly.
798Text in HPGL/2 file from customer not displayed correctly.
---Doing query on elements in DWF files could sometimes returned wrong results.

7-APR-2016

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10.02 Maintenance update.
Bug Fixes:
BugDescription
795Missing '(' and ')' characters when converting HPGL/2 file with text to PDF.
794Missing text in CGM file from customer.
792Gerber file from customer was not displayed correctly.
791Gerber file from customer caused application failure.
---Measurement report sometimes exported 4 columns instead of 5.
---Drawing polygon: Shape was always filled even if activ mode was outlined.
---Arrow text : sometimes the line the below text did disappear when text was edited.
---Converting PDF to CALS could in some rare cases create an invalid CALS file.

20-DEC-2015

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10.00 Major release.
New Features:
NoDescription
1Markup has been added to the Standard edition. You may now add markups, also know as annotations or comments, to your files.
2Added a new export file format: WebP Image Format.
3Current measurement units can now be selected from the Statusbar.
4Added snap to drawing geometry when measuring PDF files.
5Added support for text search for PDF files.
6PDF Layers are now supported.
7ViewCompanion now asks for a password if a protected PDF files is opened.
8 Several GUI changes including:
  • The ability to merge several files into a single multipage file is now removed from the Batch conversion dialog and moved to a new Merge Files dialog.
  • DWF views are moved to Bookmark pane of the outlook bar.
  • DWF layers are moved to the new Layers pane of the outlook bar.
  • Pens are now displayed as layers in the Layers pane.
9This update is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (all editions).

Bug Fixes:

BugDescription
782Unicode text in CGM file from customer was not correctly displayed.
781Missing line styles in CGM file from customer.
780Missing text in CGM files from customer.
779Converting PLT with monochrome images could in some rare cases create PDF files that failed Adobe Preflight with an invalid colortable warning.
778Raster elements in PLT file from customer displayed using wrong color.
776Compressed CGM files was not supported.
771CGM files from customer failed conversion to PDF.
770CGM files from customer caused exception error.
763Some CGM files loaded with wrong extents.
762French characters in PLT file from customer not displayed correctly.
758Display of PDF file from customer took very long time to complete.
---Doing print preview when using classic interface could cause an application crash.

7-NOV-2015

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