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Joerg
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 6:05 pm    Post subject: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

Hello to All,

Is there a way in GC-Preview to switch the color on layers to a
"see-through" mesh?

I found only solid colors as options and that often makes it difficult
to see where a via connects to. You have to turn the upper layer off and
back on which gets old if done a lot.

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Pooh Bear
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

Joerg wrote:

Quote:
Hello to All,

Is there a way in GC-Preview to switch the color on layers to a
"see-through" mesh?

I found only solid colors as options and that often makes it difficult
to see where a via connects to. You have to turn the upper layer off and
back on which gets old if done a lot.

This is something I wish a number of pcb packages would implement.

Graham
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Uwe Bonnes
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

In sci.electronics.cad Joerg <notthisjoergsch@removethispacbell.net> wrote:
Quote:
Hello to All,

Is there a way in GC-Preview to switch the color on layers to a
"see-through" mesh?

I found only solid colors as options and that often makes it difficult
to see where a via connects to. You have to turn the upper layer off and
back on which gets old if done a lot.

At least gcprevue Version 8 had an option to view in the layers in different
styles, one of them was "mix colors". Haven't used gcprevue for times
however, gerbv is much easier to use in my eyes.
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Joerg
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

Hello Uwe,

Quote:

At least gcprevue Version 8 had an option to view in the layers in different
styles, one of them was "mix colors". Haven't used gcprevue for times
however, gerbv is much easier to use in my eyes.


It sure lets you mix colors almost to the degree that paint stores do.
But not any patterns AFAICT.

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Joerg
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:21 pm    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

Hello Graham,

Quote:

Is there a way in GC-Preview to switch the color on layers to a
"see-through" mesh?

I found only solid colors as options and that often makes it difficult
to see where a via connects to. You have to turn the upper layer off and
back on which gets old if done a lot.

This is something I wish a number of pcb packages would implement.


That doesn't exactly bring up my hopes here :-(

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Pooh Bear
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

Joerg wrote:

Quote:
Hello Graham,


Is there a way in GC-Preview to switch the color on layers to a
"see-through" mesh?

I found only solid colors as options and that often makes it difficult
to see where a via connects to. You have to turn the upper layer off and
back on which gets old if done a lot.

This is something I wish a number of pcb packages would implement.

That doesn't exactly bring up my hopes here Sad

We did this once at a client by taking individual layers somehow and turning
them into TIFF ? files that can be made transparent and overlaying them.

Graham
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Boris Mohar
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

On Fri, 02 Jun 2006 18:05:35 GMT, Joerg
<notthisjoergsch@removethispacbell.net> wrote:

Quote:
Hello to All,

Is there a way in GC-Preview to switch the color on layers to a
"see-through" mesh?

I found only solid colors as options and that often makes it difficult
to see where a via connects to. You have to turn the upper layer off and
back on which gets old if done a lot.

Try using Viewmate (Free) from http://www.pentalogix.com/
It allows for a large color selection. You just have to pick a right
combination. The have also recently introduced a cheapo $49 Gerber editor.



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Boris Mohar

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Joerg
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:51 am    Post subject: Re: "See-through" layers with GC-Preview? Reply with quote

Hello Boris,

Quote:

Try using Viewmate (Free) from http://www.pentalogix.com/
It allows for a large color selection. You just have to pick a right
combination. The have also recently introduced a cheapo $49 Gerber editor.


Thanks, I'll give it a try. Just finished another debug session with the
dreaded "hide layer" - "view layer" back and forth menu clicking. I just
don't understand why they didn't include checkered layers. It's the only
way to easily follow a signal that jumps between planes. Even the really
old mainframe layout programs from the 80's had that.

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