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Graphicode’s GC-Prevue v22.3 supports new Gerber X2 format

Press Release from Ucamco and Graphicode

Graphicode is pioneering a wave of developments in PCB software that promises to revolutionise the PCB design to manufacture process: the latest version of its GC-Prevue software now fully supports Ucamco's groundbreaking second extension Gerber X2 format.

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Ucamco Releases Ucam v10.1.9

Ucamco released Ucam version 10.1.9
This maintenance release includes minor feature updates:
- Better support for non-ASCII characters
- Layer Info kept when merging layers
- Better Modify Layer dialog handling
- Configuration of font directory location
and several maintenance updates on Ucam functions

Ucam v10.1 Release Notes and all maintenance updates can be found on our download page

Ucamco Releases Integr8tor v8.3

Press Release from Ucamco
pre-CAM's fastest, most reliable ally.

Integr8tor v8.3 offers a range of new features and tools that respond directly to our customer's needs. Numerous performance improvements ensure that more jobs will pass through the system automatically and without the need for operator intervention.

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Gerber X2: the new paradigm in CAD-to-CAM communication

Press Release from Ucamco

Ucamco presents X2, its ground-breaking second extension for the Gerber format. The Gerber X2 specification gives the PCB industry its first Gerber standard for image meta-information, with clear, unequivocal information that further clarifies the CAD-to-CAM communication process.
The Gerber X2 File Specification and a sample archive are available on our downloads page.

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Standard Gerber Declared Obsolete

Open Letter to the Gerber User Community

Please use Extended Gerber for all your operations.
Standard Gerber is technically obsolete.  If you are still using it, you are putting your business and that of your clients and business partners at a useless risk, without benefit.


As the developer and custodian of the Gerber format, Ucamco hereby wishes to communicate the following important information about Standard Gerber.

Standard Gerber is now technologically obsolete.

  • Despite its name, Standard Gerber is not a defined standard for PCB data transfer:  Units and aperture definitions, rather than being governed by a recognisable standard, are in an informal document, the interpretation of which is unavoidably subjective. As a result, Standard Gerber files cannot be machine-read in a standardized, reliable way.
  • Standard Gerber requires aperture painting and copper pours, both of which create manual work in CAM, adding cost, delay and risk to the PCB manufacturing process.
  • Standard Gerber does not support attributes.

Extended Gerber files ARE machine readable, they do not require painting, and they do support attributes. Virtually all software read Extended Gerber and many new implementations no longer support Standard Gerber. There is not a single good reason left to use Standard Gerber. Using of Standard rather than Extended Gerber is a self-inflicted competitive disadvantage.

Extended Gerber fully supersedes Standard Gerber. Extended Gerber is the current Gerber format. Standard Gerber files therefore do not comply with the Gerber specification.

Ucamco's position regarding the Gerber format is therefore as follows:  Any party that chooses Standard rather than fully standardized Extended Gerber is responsible for any issues that might arise as a result of its use.

Thank you.

Karel Tavernier,
Managing Director,
Ucamco

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