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by gschulz
20 May 2020, 22:44
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

It was written in VB4 and ran fine on Win7. I never thought there would be an issue with Win 10. Did you try running it in XP compatibility mode? If necessary, I can send you my source files, if you're comfortable in rewriting in another language. If I have time (won't be for a few weeks), I'll try ...
by gschulz
03 Apr 2020, 06:48
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

Sorry, I missed the tool. Here it is... Some details about its use: 1. Input is a monochrome BMP image. I opened my graphic in MSPaint and saved it as "Monochrome Bitmap BMP". 2. The width and height is derived from the image in pixels. 3. For some reason, the resolution data is not represented corr...
by gschulz
03 Apr 2020, 00:23
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

fi2eewill, I couldn't get the 1 mil resolution you did, noticeably sharper than what I achieved. I took the day and wrote a tool that will do what I want (attached if you're interested). With my tool, I was able to create a gerber that lined up exactly with the PCB and had the resolution I wanted. M...
by gschulz
01 Apr 2020, 06:24
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

fi2eewill, excellent suggestion! Thanks for the feedback. Your suggestion is the closest I've seen to a usable approach, but it's still not quite there. When you import and image like this, DipTrace rasterizes the image into a gerber. Unfortunately, the gerber isn't generated at the same resolution ...
by gschulz
31 Mar 2020, 22:47
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

Additional Information: I took a sample PCB and exported to Gerber (attached in Gerbers.zip, export.png). Export.png is a screen shot from DipTrace PCB. After exporting it, I loaded it up in a third party Gerber viewer and it looked identical. I then imported it back to DipTrace PCB and the screen s...
by gschulz
31 Mar 2020, 21:46
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

Thank you for the feed back. I would also like to point out that your 2 results are yet different from the other 28 tools I tried, so there are now 30 different results. In regards to the test where you loaded the graphic into a PCB editor, notice that the letters that are missing are all letters wi...
by gschulz
31 Mar 2020, 04:45
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Re: Import custom graphics to silk

Yes, I checked the fill and embedded options. The inner and outer objects load as 2 separate outlines without fill. The DXF file is included in the attached ZIP file. In regards to the Gerber, I attached a zip containing SquareTest.gbr. In it is a simple, very short gerber file that generates a squa...
by gschulz
27 Mar 2020, 18:56
Forum: Feature requests
Topic: Link PCB and Schematic editors
Replies: 1
Views: 1183

Link PCB and Schematic editors

It is a nice feature that when hovering over a net in Schematic Capture, the entire net high lights. Similarly with PCB Layout, when hovering over a trace, the entire trace high lights. I would like to have both tools open on my screen, and when I hover over a PCB trace, the associated net in the sc...
by gschulz
27 Mar 2020, 18:43
Forum: Basic Schematic and PCB Design
Topic: DipTrace Team has the question to our users
Replies: 111
Views: 1143690

Re: DipTrace Team has the question to our users

I have no problem creating custom parts and footprints, but I'm not as handy with the 3D models. I was surprised that there are no models for trim pots. In fact, the choices for pots in general are week.

Most important to me would be trim pot 3D models, both through-hole and SMD.
by gschulz
27 Mar 2020, 18:38
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Import custom graphics to silk
Replies: 14
Views: 2442

Import custom graphics to silk

I've been using DipTrace since 2005 and have been very happy with it. Recently, I tried to do something I never did before, place custom graphics on the silk screen (company logo, etc). The tools in DipTrace were inadequate to generate the graphics I wanted, so I resorted to external third party too...