NleahciM, check out this thread
for a bit of help in using Viewmate. I was able to get it going using that.
Remember that layers in Viewmate don't correspond to layers in Eagle. All you really need to do is import about 5 Eagle layers, and you can make them layers 1 through 5 in Viewmate if you want. The idea is just to see if they line up. Here's how I did it (first column is Viewmate layer, second is Eagle file):
Layer 1 - Drill (*.drd)
Layer 2 - Top silk (*.plc)
Layer 3 - Top copper (*.cmp)
Layer 4 - Bottom copper (*.sol)
Layer 5 - Bottom silk (*.pls)
For layers 2 - 5, you can just click on the colored layer box on the left hand side of the Viewmate screen, hit F2, and then select the appropriate Eagle file. For layer 1 however (your drill file), you'll want to change some settings in Viewmate - Don Blake described this in the thread I posted above, but I'll reiterate it here: Select layer 1 on the left hand side of the Viewmate window (it doesn't have to be layer 1 but that's what we're using in this example). Go to File->Import->Drill & Rout
. The import drill file dialog will appear. Before you import your *.drd file, first click on the Options
button at the bottom center of the window. In the drill options that come up, change Left of decimal
to 2 and Right of decimal
to 3. Then, under the Zeros
section, select Omit leading zeros
. Click OK to close that box. Now you can select your *.drd file and click Import.
When I first did this my layers looked fine until I did the drill file, and then it all got goobered up. This was before I had changed the EXCELLON section of my Eagle.def file (I'm using Eagle 4.14). After doing that, I reimported everything into Viewmate and it looked good - in some ways you can see what's going on better than you can in Eagle itself.