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The ODB++2GBR User Interface

The ODB++2GBR main window enables the user to select the file (or directory hierarchy) for the ODB++ data, open (i.e. scan) the database, select a step and one or more layers to convert. It also provides a link to GBRVU for displaying the newly created Gerber files. The Advanced button controls program configuration and behavior.


The ODB++2GBR Main Window

The ODB++2GBR main window. Move your cursor over a field or button to get a tool tip.

if you want to open a .tgz file select the File radio button if the ODB++ has already been unzipped and untar'd into a directory select this button use the browse button to select either the input file or top level directory specify where the Gerber files should be written. use this button to select the desired output directory Starts the conversion. Only click after: Open ODB, Selecting a Step and Layers After conversion, click on this to start up GBRVU and view the Gerber files select one of the available steps to convert. select the layers to convert. Use Ctrl and Shift to select multiple layers Opens the Advanced Settings window Quits the program the input file (.tar/.tgz) or top of directory hierarchy


The Advanced Configuration Window

There are three tabs available for Advanced Configuration. The most commonly used configuration parameters are grouped into the first tab.

The ODB++2GBR Advanced Settings Window: Tab 1.
Move your cursor over a field or button to get a tool tip.

specify the working directory where temporary files are written If checked, temporary files are not deleted upon closing the program If checked, I don't know what this does if you have more than one core, can specify additional raster threads. Do not exceed one thread per core. special arguments passed to front end that handles file opening. sets the arc resolution (in degrees) when processing negative shapes or symbols with negative polarity. Typical values range from 2 to 9 degrees. sets the arc approximation by specifying the max error between the true arc and the chord approximations. scales data as specified. Specify units for your Gerber data - MM or Inches Choice of: Default | SF, Scale, Local Don't know what this does if checked, ODB symbols will be exploded in the Gerber and not output as macros. If checked, a progress bar is displayed during conversion If checked, output polygons are generated with butting edges instead of internal cutouts. If checked, repeated geometries are implemented the step-and-repeat (SR) command in Gerber. If checked, dynamic text generated is reported in the log file. special arguments to control the output (debugging) specify the path/program name to launch in order to view the Gerber files


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