PentaLogix LLC ViewMate Version 10.4.32 Free Edition ­ is a freeware Gerber file viewer; it can be used to view and print Gerber files that were created with other (CAD) applications. This is particularly useful if you want to independetly double-check Gerber files before using them/sending them off for PCB manufacture, or if you want to just print them and use e.g. the toner transfer method to create DIY PCBs from existing Gerber files.

Application Details:

Version: 10.4.32
License: Free to use and share
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.4

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What works

Install works. 
Application launches and runs.

What does not

To open a Gerber file, the user has to first enter an asterisk (*) in the Open dialog and press Enter, otherwise ViewMate will only look for .bin files. Or the user could rename their Gerber file(s) to *.bin in advance.

There is very visible flickering when dragging the mask/layout around. When printing (via CUPS), the vias are jagged and pixelated, as opposed at the rest of the higher-rez printed circuit layout. This can also be observed when printing to (a PostScript) file. It's possible to manually go File -- Print To ".bmp" File -- Print Frame... and then specify a 1200 dpi under Options, but for some reason the resultant file will not just have 1200, but also be a much larger image than the actual circuit. Even subsequently opening this image with a third party graphics editor (e.g. the GIMP) in order to crop the huge empty top and right margins away is VERY slow and consumes a huge amount of memory. Once that is done however, a good image remains with none of the aforementioned via jagginess, and that image can then be saved as a b/w .png and/or printed for use with the toner transfer method (in fairness, maybe the huge margin was also due to something odd with the single Gerber file I tested).


What was not tested

Multi-layer gerber files. Anything except opening a single Gerber file, looking at it and printing it.

Hardware tested


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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 20 20121.4No Not installable Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 19 20091.1.19Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 

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