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Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:11 pm

Hello all,

I'm currently developing a RS-274X Gerber Viewer for the Android platform. I'm still in testing phase.
All my testing are performed with generated Gerber files from the CAM processor in CadSoft Eagle.
During the development of the application I found out that the Gerber file generated by Eagle aren't
100 % the smae as stated in the RS274X specification. There are some minor differences which matters
for how my application functionate.

That's why I asking for your help.To continue testing my application I need Gerber files generated
from a PCB layout editor other than CadSoft Eagle. You could be a great help if you sent me Gerber
files to the following email address: android.gerber.viewer[at]gmail.com

UPDATE! Android Gerber Viewer now available in the market.

Some screenshot of my application in current state:
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Greetings,
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby leon_heller » Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:25 pm

I've just sent you Gerbers for a Pulsonix design of mine.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:07 am

Leon, thanks for the gerber files.

It seem that there are indeed some minor differences with the Pulsonix and Eagle gerber files.
I had to make a few changes to make the Pulsonix gerber files work.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby leon_heller » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:10 am

Although I have a Dell Streak tablet running Android, I can't see me ever checking my Gerbers on it. I normally use GC-Prevue on my PC.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:53 am

I do find it quite useful to have all my schematics and board layouts within reach without a computer.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby mattylad » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:16 pm

Ditto the above, cant see the use of it myself - however possibly useful for sales guys that have ipads :)

I have sent files from Easy-PC, Altium and CADSTAR for you to try.

Do you also open drill files?

Hopefully there will be a use for it, perhaps when pc's become completely replaced with mobiles :D
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby rrpilot » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:48 am

Awesome idea Duccan! Look forward to seeing it up on the Android market!
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:10 am

Thanks rrpilot! With all the gerber files I have received I have made many improvement with my application. It will be soon when my app hits the Android market.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby mattylad » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:53 pm

I take it you got the ones from me?
If you need more from CADSTAR let me know.

Have you also catered for drill files?

You could also work on the IPC2581 format and be the first to release the android viewer for that.
http://webstds.ipc.org/2581/2581intro.htm
http://webstds.ipc.org/2581/2581.htm

There are a couple of PC viewers for 2581 xml format now but thats about all - so its a developing market.
I suppose that there could be a use for it, although if you can charge for it - I doubt it as GC-Prevue etc are free for on the PC so who's going
to pay to mess around putting it on a phone or tablet?
I suppose someone who travels for hours by train and may want to check them while travelling... :)
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:22 pm

Yes I have received your gerber files. My app view them properly.
As for the drill files. My app doesn't render these. I will update this for
the next version.

I have submitted Android Gerber Viewer in the market!
There is a free version available and a donate version available.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:03 am

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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby rrpilot » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:12 am

Hey Duccan,

I'm unable to open Gerbers from my SD card, error: "Error Opening SD Card" on Motorolla Droid. Would be nice to overlay multiple layers as well.
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:28 am

I see. Create a folder in the root of the SD Card called "GerberFiles"
Probably something goes wrong creating the folder.
I'm looking into in right now..
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby Duccan » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:01 am

I found the bug.
Before I write to the SD Card, I check if it is possible.
I performed the check on a folder which not yet existed.
So that´s the error.

I will publish the new version right away.

EDIT: Version 0.1.1 now available
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Re: Android Gerber Viewer

Postby rrpilot » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:12 pm

The application now crashes upon loading my Gerber from DesignSpark, unfortunately I cannot give you my Gerber.
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