FAQ? How to export to OpenBoardView

Hi all,

Maybe it has been asked before, but is there some way to export my board to a format which is possibly recognized by e.g. OpenBoardView?



A quick glance at http://openboardview.org/ and https://github.com/OpenBoardView/OpenBoardView does not reveal too much information. Besides the fact that “.brd” is just a file ending, there’s no description what the expected input format looks like (a wild guess is it’s expecting EAGLE files since that software uses the same file ending for the layout files).

What’s the purpose of OpenBoardView anyway? I could find no statement on that. Could you elaborate a bit?

This a description from a similar program (http://boardviewer.net):

Boardview is a type of files containing information about printed circuit boards, their components, used signals, test points and more. These files may have following extensions: .asc, .bdv, .brd, .bv, .cad, .cst, .gr, .f2b, .fz. and others.
Usually, different manufacturers use their own boardview formats which makes it difficult to view and work with these files. Each format requires installation of special software which is inconvenient.

For what I found, the .brd files they expect are Honhan(??) Board file(s)

Seems to ‘eat’ pcb+assembly information and makes it accessible (searchable) for people in the repair business.
No idea where they get files for those laptop/etc. boards, that need to be repaired though… never thought information like that would be accessible easily.

You might want to contact the OBV software devs and ask them about it.

I made a tool that does this: https://github.com/whitequark/kicad-boardview