Software Companions - Gerber and HPGL Viewers

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ViewCompanion
Frequently Asked Questions

Licensing

User Interface (GUI)

Display and Printing

Markup / Annotation

Installation


Licensing

Can I evaluate ViewCompanion before I buy it?

A fully functional evaluation copy can be downloaded from our web site. The downloaded product will run in evaluation mode for a period of 30 days. If you want to continue to use the product after this period, you're required purchase a license.
Download a 30-days trial now

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I've installed and registered ViewCompanion on a computer as admin. Whenever anyone else logs in and opens the program, it states that it is an evaluation version. How do I correct this?

To solve this you can use a license file. If a license file is found, ViewCompanion will not ask for a serial number. You can create this license file yourself. The file must be named viewcompanion.lic and have to be placed in the same directory as the viewcompanion.exe executable. The file must be a text only file (e.g. created by Notepad), and must contain only two lines. The first line holds the owner or company name, and the second line holds the serial number you've received from us.

	Example license file contents:
Your company name VP2-FF-99999-AAAABBBB
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Display and Printing

Why doesn't the pen table setting affect text entities?

On the Tools->Options->Formats->HPGL page you find a setting named "Use Pen Table for Text". Enable this option and the pen table settings will work for text (LB) entities too.

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Markup / Annotation

Once I select a markup drawing command, I want to continue to use it. The way it is working now, I have to reselect it every time I want to add a markup. Is there a setting I can change?

Open the Markup->Settings dialog. On the General settings page you will find an option named "Switch to Edit Mode when a new entity is created". Disable this option and ViewCompanion will stay in the draw markup mode.

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What types of markup functions does ViewCompanion Pro support?

ViewCompanion have many markup tools including lines, polygons, stamps, text, images, symbols, revision clouds, sticky notes and more. Each Markup entity maintains author and date information. Markup are stored in a separate file and the original document is not changed. Markups and original document can be combined into a single rendition and saved as PDF, DWF, TIFF or any other of the supported output formats.

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Can users edit markups created by others?

By default yes, but you can place markups on a locked markup layer to make sure only selected users can modify these. To be able to modify markups on a locked layer, a user would have to enter a password to unlock it. You can easily create a new locked layer by using the Markup Layer->Add New Layer dialog box.

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User Interface

How can I configure ViewCompanion to use classic toolbars and menus, instead of the Ribbon based user interface?

Under the Tools category you will find a button named "User Interface", click this button to open the User Interface dialog. At the bottom of this dialog you will find a radio button labeled "Use Toolbar & Menu Based Interface", select it and close the dialog.
Restart the application and you will now be able to use toolbar and menus.
You can also watch the tutorial below:

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Installation

Do you have any instructions for a 'silent installation' so that it can be rolled out via the network?

The installation program supports the following parameters:

/SILENT
Instructs Setup to be silent. When Setup is silent the wizard and the background window are not displayed but the installation progress window is. Everything else is normal so for example error messages during installation are displayed and the startup prompt is (if you haven't disabled it with the '/SP-' command line option explained above).

/VERYSILENT
Instructs Setup to be very silent. When a setup is very silent the wizard, background window and the installation progress window is not displayed. Everything else is normal so for example error messages during installation are displayed and the startup prompt is (if you haven't disabled it with the '/SP-' command line option explained above).

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