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GBR_RIP is a raster image processor designed to convert the Gerber photo plotter format (RS274X) into a bitmap (BMP or TIFF) for use by image writers and machine vision/inspection equipment (AOI). GBR_RIP includes an executable wrapper around the DLL; either which enables the OEM to completely embed the raster engine within his own code.

GBR_RIP is extremely fast and robust; it is currently used by over a dozen OEMs in applications such as laser photo plotters, Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) machines and PCB/substrate inspection systems.



  • Resolution up to 100,000 DPI
  • Scaling, Mirroring & Rotation
  • Gray Scale using Super Sampling
  • Breaking 4GB bitmap size limit
  • Integer Pixel Scaling
  • Multiple Small Window Optimization
  • Hot Folder Spooler Utility

  • gbr_rip is designed to take a Gerber file input and convert it to a raster image (in memory) using a transform file which controls scaling, rotation, mirroring, window size and DPI. The calling program can then take this bitmap from memory, format it to whatever standard is required and write the data to disk.

    Because gbr_rip can process small stripes of an image, there is no upper limit on how large an area or what DPI is set: the larger the image the more stripes are needed - however after each stripe is produced and consumed, memory is cleared.

    Executable Wrapper - GBR2TIFF

    For users who do not wish to write their own calling program for the gbr_rip library, we also offer an executable, gbr2tiff, that provides a command line interface to the raster library. We provide the source code to this wrapper (C++) in order that our customers can use it as a template.

    The gbr2tiff executable can produce output in BMP and TIFF with compression (TIFF packbits) to reduce file size.

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