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Converting SMT to BPG

SMT is a Gerber file used as a standardized format for describing the top solder mask of a printed circuit board (PCB). Several other formats are included in the Gerber family to describe layers or relevant data related to PCBs, such as PLS, DRD or TOP. SMT files are created with Orcad software and usually serve as input files for photoplotters or similar equipment that produces PCBs.

BPG is a new and promising image format, which currently provides the most advanced technology in image compression. Released in 2014 by software developer Fabrice Bellard, the BPG format has been shown to include the best quality/size ratio, when compared to other popular formats such as JPG or PNG. The number of image viewers that can open BPG files is currently limited, but is expected to grow in the near future. For easier access, conversion can be done to and from the BPG format.

So, how to change SMT into BPG?

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 SMTs. But at the same time, it will allow you to apply a wide range of editing options.

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Load SMT Files

Start reaConverter and load all the .smt files you intend to convert into .bpg 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 SMTs 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 .bpg files. You can also spend a few more moments to apply additional editing to the images prepared for conversion.

Select BPG as Output Format

Then pick the BPG 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 SMT to BPG 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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