Best-in-Class Gerber Software Viewer
Gerber software viewers communicate the artwork to fabrication vendors.
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The most powerful, modern and easy-to-use PCB design tool for professional use.
A Gerber software viewer for all Gerber formats views each layer of any printed circuit board and its final assembly. EDA tools generate detailed information of the design including layer stack information and standard image input formats for each of the copper layers, the solder mask, and the silkscreen. This includes solder paste layers and locations of components for creation of the stencil for final assembly.
Each layer may be inspected individually within Altium Designer or specific combinations of layers may be viewed together within the PCB design environment. Additionally, cross-probing is available so items highlighted within the PCB will be highlighted within the schematic. This enables engineers, and fabrication houses, to examine the PCB layout against the schematic to confirm design intent is achieved before fabrication.
Many Gerber formats are supported by Altium Designer for viewing PCB design layers. This includes ODB++, IPC-2581, and IPC-D-356 representing all the possible Gerber files that may have need of viewing including Gerber X and X2 formats. Altium Designer 18 is capable of viewing legacy and new designs, in addition to competitor software file formats.
Altium Designer’s viewer incorporates a layer stack manager for defining and for viewing design layers to fabricate the PCB. Each signal layer can be viewed along with its traces and node names. This is a powerful evaluation tool for design engineers when validating their boards after return from fabrication. Locating end points of a node at the top and bottom layer enables continuity checks and confirms signal integrity.
View Configuration Menu Accesses All Layers in One Place
Design, View, and Analyze Your Design Within A Unified Environment
Each layer within the stack may be inspected for pad and via attributes, for layer pairs, for mechanical layers, and drill guides and keep-out layers. In addition, features on the respective PCB layer, or layers, may be highlighted for cross-probe with the schematic. Having access to all design files including overlays, solder masks, drills files, and silk screen facilitates smooth communication with fabrication houses.
To effectively view and manipulate any format of Gerber file, you need:
- A powerful editor with menus to define each layer for Gerber output and viewing.
Learn more about Altium Designer’s Layer Stack Manager for elegant artwork.
- One place that collects all Gerber layers with controls to view or hide.
Learn more about Altium Designer’s View Configuration Panel.
- A tool to analyze and cross-select components or nodes for comparison to the schematic.
Learn about cross-probing and cross-selecting for simultaneous viewing of Gerbers alongside the schematic.
The last thing you want from a Gerber viewer is a software tool which doesn’t import files that you need. Make sure that you’re using a tool which will be able to resolve any demands and requirements you’ll have in your design process. Select Gerbers for viewing from the PCB’s design container and open any format. This includes legacy designs as well as other EDA tool formats. The viewer supports unisoft software, PLT files, Excellon, GERBV, both Gerber X and X2, and GBR files.
Powerful options at your fingertips from one menu
Use the Viewer Where All Gerbers may be Viewed in One Place
Rather than keeping separate software instantiations for viewing the wide variety of Gerber files you have in your directories, use one tool. Altium Designer accepts all Gerber formats and allows viewing in one place. There is no longer a need to confuse your fabricator with complicated instructions across differing Gerbers. You can paint your board picture clean and clear.
Altium Designer brings the power of high performance with progressive viewers and tools for your PCB designs:
- View and define Gerber files to evaluate useful setup for accurate builds.
Learn how to setup your layer environment with Gerber setup tools.
- Level the playing field and neutralize PCB production file format wars with one viewer.
Learn how easy it is to use a variety of file formats.
- Use the viewer to evaluate and specify keepouts for easy fabrication.
Learn how to use existing Gerbers to specify keepouts.
View the latest Gerber X2 formats, containing IPC-2581 formats, along with old Gerber RS-274X standards. Incorporating complete manufacturing details such as layer stack definitions, materials, netlists, test points, and N.C. drill files unleashes your manufacturing teams to build the PCB correctly on the first pass.
Viewer Supports Cross-Probe For Easily Finding Components
Use a Viewer that Accepts All Formats Including Gerber X2
The viewer accepts Gerber X2 and X, along with ODB++, IPC-2581, and IPC-D-356. This means the viewer is backward compatible allowing evaluation of any collection of artwork for your PCBs, either new or legacy. The viewer allows inspection of all manufacturing data for full implementation at both ends of the CAD-CAM chain.
- The viewer can evaluate any Gerber format and generate new layers if needed.
Learn how to generate and evaluate Gerber X2 and IPC-2581 output.
- The viewer enables powerful selection tools including cross-probe and cross-selection.
Learn how to cross-probe within your design environment.
- Use the viewer to set up outputs for viewing by your fabrication partner.
Learn about setting up outputs for viewing in Gerber X2 format.
When you’re looking for a powerful Gerber viewer, one that will accept all possible formats generated across EDA design tools, choose Altium’s viewer. The viewer is available within the unified environment allowing access to the entire design suite of tools. Having access to all design tools allows unique selection of layer viewing. With custom selection tools, designers and fabricators can view both electrical and mechanical details for ease of manufacturing.