Altium Designer Documentation


Created: November 3, 2017 | Updated: November 3, 2017

Parent page: CAMtastic Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:

Applied Parameters: None


This command is used to import HPGL formatted files into the current document. HPGL is the Hewlett Packard Graphics Language - a vector based language that turns your HP printer into a plotter.


This command can be accessed from the CAMtastic Editor by:

  • Choosing the File » Import » HPGL/HPGL2 command from the main menus.
  • Clicking the  button, on the Import/Export Tools drop-down () of the Utilities toolbar.


After launching the command, the Select Hpgl/Hpgl2 File(s) dialog will appear. Use the dialog to locate and open the HPGL file(s) required.

After clicking Open, the Import HPGL/HPGL2 dialog will appear. Use this dialog to define the pen separation option required (if any) and a value for the pen width.

After defining the import options, click OK to proceed with the import. The imported data will appear on a new layer, based on the name of the imported file itself, and will be added to the layers list (and made the current layer) in the CAMtastic panel.


  1. If pen separation is necessary, the CAMtastic Editor can use Layers (placing each pen on a separate layer) or Apertures (assigning each pen to a separate Dcode).
  2. The HPGL format is a useful intermediary for importing complex fonts from AutoCAD.


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