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Convert Diptrace gerber file extensions for Itead Studio



While waiting for the new boards to arrive I got to playing with an idea I’d had for awhile.  I use the board house Itead Studio and I’d recently changed from using Eagle to Diptrace for my PCB design software.  Well Itead requires a specific file extension for each gerber file.  I was getting tired of manually changing the extension on the gerber files Diptrace creates and occasionally getting the wrong extension on the right file.  Horrors!!

So I decided to dust off my Visual Basic programing skills and create a little program that would do that for me.  Along the way I added the ability to change the filename to a custom filename and added the abiltiy to zip all the files up ready to be sent to Itead.  It will do both 2 layer and 4 layer boards.   I have tested it on Windows 7 64bit.  But it should work on Windows XP 32bit on up.  It does require Microsoft .Net Framework 4.5 installed.  Sorry……

Here’s the link for .Net Framework 4.5.  Download the setup file and install.  You will need to be connected to the internet.  Then go ahead and download my program Diptrace2Itead and unzip.  Run the setup.exe.

It’s a simple little program.  No documentation to speak of.  It sticks the zip file in the project directory by default.  I’m sure someone will discover a bug.  🙂  I may upgrade features later,  but for right now it does what I need and I don’t need anything else for it to do.

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A few days in


A few days in now to this great experiment.  I’ve had some customers and a major meltdown in the shipping module due to an ill considered update.  But every thing seems to functioning now.  I’m still not very sure the shipping module is doing what it should the way I want it to, but it’s what I have right now.


Major snow and ice storm occuring now.  Here’s hoping everyone in it’s path is safe and warm.

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Hello world!


[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Bits of the Past.

I hope to provide some entertainment to those interested in the once and forever Atari 8 bit computers.  I also hope to keep alive some of the old school mods that were originally designed but have been abandoned by their creators.  Copyright laws were created to encourage invention and to protect those inventors by providing the ability to profit from their designs.  If the creators abandon those designs or fail to maintain production, then the most they should expect is attribution which I will freely give.  I am not making a profit, I have no intention to make a profit.

Now I do have a few original boards of my own and those I would like to make a little money on.  We’ll see.

This will be a work in progress for a few weeks while all the bugs are squashed and I apologize before hand if the site blows up while you are trying to order.  I will confirm all orders before shipping so your valid email address is extremely important.  Especially for those who live over the big pond.