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Converting PLC to CG4

The PLC extension is attached to images that represent the top silkscreen of an electronic board, most likely processed via Eagle software. PLC is part of the Gerber group of extensions, which functions as a de facto standard for storing images in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry. Other extensions included in this group are STC, STS and PLS. Each format contains data on a different segment or detail of an electronic board, including solder masks, copper layers etc.

CG4 is a raster format associated with CALS (Continuous Acquisition and Life-Cycle Support) — a program initiated by the US Department of Defense to capture and link military data. CG4 is compatible with a very limited number of digital graphics programs. Files with this extension contain a bitmap that often uses the CCITT4 compression, which is an old fax machine standard used for black-and-white images.

So, how to change PLC into CG4?

The quick and simple way to handle your files is to get a quality piece of software, such as reaConverter. Although it is fast, this software is extremely efficient in managing a wide range of conversions. As you will soon realize, reaConverter will help you avoid spending countless hours trying to figure out how to convert PLCs. But at the same time, it will allow you to apply a wide range of editing options.

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Load PLC Files

Start reaConverter and load all the .plc files you intend to convert into .cg4 because, as opposed to most free online converters, reaConverter supports batch conversion. So you can save the time and energy you would lose with doing repetitive operations.

Select PLCs from a folder or by drag-and-dropping them directly into the reaConverter window.

Choose Output Folder

Go to the Saving options tab and decide where you want to save new .cg4 files. You can also spend a few more moments to apply additional editing to the images prepared for conversion.

Select CG4 as Output Format

Then pick the CG4 as output format. To help you do this, a series of buttons is conveniently placed at the bottom of the reaConverter window, so you can simply press on the one you need or click Plus button to add new options.

Then simply press the Start button and your conversion will begin in no time!

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Command-line interface

Advanced users can convert PLC to CG4 via command-line interface in manual or automated mode. You are welcome to contact our technical support when you have any questions about reaConverter.

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