Software Companions - Gerber and HPGL Viewers

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Software Companions Shell Extension
ViewCompanion 8

ViewCompanion includes a Shell Extension component that makes it easy to access several of the features from inside the Windows Explorer window.
For each file type that are associated with ViewCompanion a menu will appear when you right click the filename, as shown in the picture below:

The following functions are available:

  • View - Open the selected file(s) in ViewCompanion. If ViewCompanion is already running these file will be opened in that instance.
  • Convert to PDF - Convert the selected file(s) to PDF. The converted file will be placed in the same file as original file and with the same name, except for a new extension (pdf).
  • Convert to TIFF- Convert the selected file(s) to TIFF. The converted file will be placed in the same file as original file and with the same name, except for a new extension (tif).
  • Convert to DWF - Convert the selected file(s) to DWF. The converted file will be placed in the same file as original file and with the same name, except for a new extension (dwf).
  • Print - Open and print the selected file(s) to the default printer.
  • Compare - Compare two files and show the result. If ViewCompanion is already running these file will be opened in that instance. This function is only available if two files are selected.
You can associate file extensions with ViewCompanion by using the Tools->Options->Association dialog or by using the command line parameter /associate.