Is it possible to import a gerber file into Fritzing or do I need to change the format? If I need to change the format, what do I change it too?

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    \$\begingroup\$ DON'T USE FRITZING! IT'S A PIECE OF GARBAGE! \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Mar 23 '18 at 0:40
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    \$\begingroup\$ Then what program would you suggest? Screaming something sucks doesn't exactly help. \$\endgroup\$ – Michael H. Mar 26 '18 at 13:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ The caps are for emphasis, not intending to scream. In retrospect I probably should have used bold, not caps. Anyway, Fritzing is a toy, and it's not really even good at being that. I suggest using a real tool like Eagle or KiCAD (both of which are free, though Eagle is limited), or if this is a more serious project that warrants a paid package, try something like Altium \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Mar 26 '18 at 15:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, I am using Altium but I am not yet familiar with it so it is very frustrating when I just want to make a simple board. I have KiCAD and Eagle downloaded to try out it was just Fritzing since it was the one I had been using the most recent in my spare time so that's what I went with for this question. I do agree that it is way to simple for real board work, but I just want something simple for now. \$\endgroup\$ – Michael H. Mar 26 '18 at 17:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Altium definitely has a steep learning curve, that's for sure. Once you learn how to use it, though, board design is a breeze. Before Altium I used Eagle exclusively for my own boards, though I tried dozens of different packages. Eagle was definitely my preferred tool though. \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Mar 26 '18 at 17:21

No. Gerber is in essence a file that tells a lithography machine how to move to produce the shapes on every layer of a printed circuit board.

Fritzing, on the other hand, is a schematic capture tool of sorts. There's no way back from a pcb layout to a proper schematic, since that layout contains zero information on the components that are supposed to populate that board.

And even if there were any such information, then going back from a layout to an intelligible schematic is still an unsolved problem, and probably will be forever.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, now I just need to know how to make a plug board with contacts in Fritzing. \$\endgroup\$ – Michael H. Mar 22 '18 at 23:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ fritzing can autoroute schematics, not just PCBs... \$\endgroup\$ – dandavis Mar 24 '18 at 17:34

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