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  1. Compare two versions side by side with overlay feature in the middle

    Similar to what "Beyond Compare" does with graphic files. Simply take two zip files, generate the gerbers and compare them side by side with an option to overlay with transparency. Great for finding small undocumented changes!

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    • scroll through images

      When you have multiple gerber files, you're presented with thumbnails of the images and you can click on any one to view it, but there's no way to scrolls through them. Perhaps being able to use the left and right arrows to scroll through, or even previous and next buttons.

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      • Show file names on thumbnails

        When you upload a zip file, it shows a thumbnail of all the files and you can click on any of them. It would be nice if the name of the file was with the thumbnail so you can tell which is which easily.

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        • Go over the user account code for errors

          Both user confirmation and login are throwing errors. Here is the error from confirmation:

          Server Error in '/' Application.
          Value cannot be null.
          Parameter name: g
          Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

          Exception Details: System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
          Parameter name: g

          Source Error:

          Line 17: // try
          Line 18: // {
          Line 19: Guid code = new Guid(Request.QueryString["code"]);
          Line 20: Verify(code);
          Line 21: // }

          Source File: d:\circuitpeople.com\MyAccount\VerifyEmail.aspx.cs Line: 19

          Stack Trace:

          [ArgumentNullException: Value…

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          • 7 votes
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            • Render NC Drill Files

              Gerbers are useless without drilling files. So rendering the drill holes is also a needed step.

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              • Panelize my design

                Let me download Gerber files for my design laid out on a grid for manufacturing as panels.

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                • A multi-layer view that puts layers over the top of each other for alignment checking

                  Our embedded viewer (see the blog) does a very basic version of this, and has been popular. Should we add it to the main viewer as well?

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                  • Scale Printing

                    More than a few of the images we create end up being used for toner-transfer PCB making by enthusiasts. Scale printing would help save some steps.

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                    • Better website performance outside the US

                      We know more than half the visitors to our site come from outside the US. How much does that experience need to be improved? We can take some steps to use technologies that put our site "closer" to you, wherever you are in the world.

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                        I’m working on an updated version of the website that will perform much, much better in a global context. This is still a work in progress (aka. “beta”) — if you’d like to give it a try please let me know by email.

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