Mar. 06, 2019


  This HP describes the PloView series products of Viewer and Converter which display, edit, and convert various graphic files (HP-GL, HP-GL/2, HP RTL, PDF, DXF, DWG, GERBER, NC-Drill, IGES, SXF, TIFF, JPEG, BITMAP, EMF, PCX, FPX, PNG, GIF).  
Product list
 Functional outline of product
 Operation conditions
 Trial, order, and use
 Maintenance of PloView series
 Supporting graphic file of PloView series
 Problem about color, and solution
 The newest information
 Contact us


Recently, all designs were performed by CAD, it was electronized, drawing was kept in electronic drawing warehouse, and it became natural to carry out electronic release of drawing. However there may be many related people in the distance, electronic drawing warehouse can be searched in an instant, and drawing can be seen. Highly efficient and cheap viewer for seeing drawing electronized in such a situation constitutes big key component.
PloView is a low-cost, high-performance viewer based on Hewlett-Packard's HP-GL (Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language) which is a plotter control language for drawing creation that is popular as the de facto standard. PloView can read not only HP-GL but very many Graphic format files, and can carry out displaying, marking, printing, and data conversion. And it has about the same powerful input editing function as 2D-CAD, and design drawing is diverted and another drawing can be created easily.
PloView has been used by many customers since the first release in 1995, and has repeatedly upgraded in response to customer's request. The number of companies that ordered PloView series products in Japan exceeded 1500 companies.

Product list

PloView series has the following products.
Product name Fee of 1 license Function
PloViewMini 0 US$ Viewer with limited functions only for display of HP-GL (HP-GL/2, HP RTL not supported) from PloView
PloView 70 US$ Viewer which looks at one drawing simultaneously
PloComp 90 US$ Viewer which looks at plural drawings in piles (arranging) simultaneously
PloCon 70 US$ Carry out consecutive output of drawings to printer
(It does not display)
PloViewAuto 950 US$ Drawing are consecutive-converted into various file formats.
If product name is clicked, it will jump to page of detailed explanation of the product and download.
All the functions can be used for 30 days free of charge for evaluation.

Functional outline of product

Functional comparison of product           *:exist,  -: nothing
PloViewMini PloCon PloView PloComp PloView

HP-GL only * * * *

- - * * *
Manual data convert - * * *
Auto data convert - - - - *
Manual print out - - * * *
Auto print out - * - - *
Number of simultaneous open files 1 1 1.. 20 1..
1 file multi-page display * - * - *
Display file pile up and arranging - - - * -
Display mode (Copy,Merge,xOr,BW/Color) * - * * *
Display rotate, mirror * - * * *
Diaplay thumbnail - - * * *
Convert view file to comment file - - * * *
Edit vector data (comment) - - * * *
Drawing comparison, add cloud mark to change area - - - * -
Measuring, search - - * * *
Fee of 1 license ( US$ ) 0 70 70 90 950
  Operation conditions  
  Personal computer of Intel compatible CPU mounting
- Memory: 1 GB or more
- Empty capacity of hard disk drive: 100 MB or more
- Screen resolution: 1024 dots x 768 dots Above
- OS:
  32Bit of Windows : XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10
  64Bit of Windows : Vista, 7, 8 and 10
- It is necessary to install some printer drivers.
  Printer driver of high resolution is required to read PDF file.
  Trial, order, and use  
  Since PloViewMini is free of charge, this item is excluded.

Step1. Trial

Please download product from HP of each product. Since product is compressed into ZIP file, please extract it with suitable extracting software. Readme.txt file should be in extracted inside, and since product summary, the installation method, the uninstallation method, license agreement, licensing fee, protection release, reference, and version upgrade history are described in it, please read well. And, there is a file called Setup.exe in the decompressed file. Double click on the file in Explorer to install it. Product currently released on HP doubles both as trial edition and the formal version. All the functions can be used free of charge for 30 days from installation for trial. If passed 30 days and do not enter a password, it will not work will be protected. When you use more, please send me order of the formal version.

Step2. Order of formal version
Please remit licensing fee described in the above product list to PayPal.
In PayPal, it can pay with credit card.
Credit card payment enables at the next HP.
  PloView ... https://www.isoplotec.co.jp/eploview.htm#Licensing fee
  PloComp ... https://www.isoplotec.co.jp/eplocomp.htm#Licensing fee
  PloCon  ... https://www.isoplotec.co.jp/eplocon.htm#Licensing fee
  PloViewAuto https://www.isoplotec.co.jp/eploviewauto.htm#Licensing fee
Please carry out following HP reference about PayPal.

And please send us the following order form by e-mail. The e-mail address is listed at the end of this page.
Order sheet
  1. Soft name: English PloView/PloComp/PloCon/PloViewAuto (Please select)
  2. Soft version no.:
  3. Order quantity:
  4. Company name:
  5. Offer person name:
  6. Offer person E-mail ID:
  7. Charge payment day:
  8. Charge payment amount:

Step3. Sending of password
The copyright holder will email the password when payment of the registration fee has been confirmed.

Step4. Lock release of software : Example in PloView
Login of Windows should enter by administrator authority. If it is within 30th after the installation, open PloView and display 'Version Information' dialog box with the menu 'Help'-'Version Information' and input the password. After the 30th day, input the password in the 'Set Password' dialog box which is displayed when PloView is opened. Once this is done Ploview can subsequently be opened without the need of password.

- Customers can postpay by e-mail following procedures.
 ① Request for quotation                      : Customer    → Our company
    (software name, version, number of orders)
 ② Quotation                                  : Our company → Customer
 ③ Purchase order (Form of Order sheet above) : Customer    → Our company
 ④ Password and invoice                       : Our company → Customer
 ⑤ Remittance                                 : Customer    → Our company
    (within the following month's end of the delivery month)
    Bank remittance is also possible instead of payment with PayPal.
    The bank remittance method is described in the Readme.txt file included in the installation file.

- PloView series product licenses are permanently available for the same version.

- OS exchange, or exchange of installation personal computer
 Even if you replace exchange of OS, or installation personal computer, given password can release lock.
 However, the number which can install product in personal computer simultaneously is not exceeding ordered number.

- Revision up (rise of the 2nd place of decimal point of version number)
 Revision up is free of charge.
 Please download the revision software newer from HP and reinstall it.
 Previous password is effective.

- Definition of version upgrade and revision up
 Example with version number 12.34
 Upgrading is a case where the upper digit of the version number including the decimal place first rises, and in this example, the value of 12.3 changes.
 The revision up is the case where the lower digit of the version number including the second decimal place rises, and in this example, the value of 4 changes.
  Maintenance of PloView series  
  PloView series products do not have a paid maintenance agreement.
For evaluation including the quality of this software, we have a free use period of 30 days.
Regarding the latest version, we will accept information from customers about the failure of this software and will make efforts to correct it free of charge. However, not necessarily everything can be fixed.
At the same time as the new version was released, the maintenance of the old version will be terminated.
If you wish to maintain, please obtain a license for the new version (charged).
  Supporting graphic file of PloView series  
  PloView series supports to many Graphic files shown below.
         EMF, TIFF, JPEG, Bitmap, PCX, FPX, GIF, PNG
         Bitmap, PCX, FPX, GIF, PNG, printer, plotter, WMF, PS, EPS, SVG,
         XPS, PCL
Details are described about "Support graphic file of PloView series".
In addition, it supports to comment file (CMT) which can read and write only PloView and PloComp.
Note: It is necessary to install free software "Teigha File Converter" in input and output of DWG file.
Problem about color, and solution
It may be unable to display well with combination of color of line, color of surface, and background color which are used for drawing data.
Solution at that time is explained.
1. Line and background color
Subject :
If line color and background color is same, line will disappear.
For example, as shown in A figure, when color of line is black, if background color is white as shown in B figure, line is visible, but if background color is black as shown in C figure, line will disappear.
Solution :
(1) In PloView, since background color is changeable by setup, please change and be visible.
(2) When you do not want to change background color, and setup of "Color is changed when pen color is same color as background" is turned ON, it comes to be visible as shown in D figure.

2. Line on surface, and background color
Subject :
When line exists on surface, colors of the surface and line differ, and background color changes, contents which you view will change. Therefore, it does not seem that you wish depending on situation.
For example, as shown in E figure of the following figure, when black line is on white surface, if background color is white as shown in F figure, surface is not in sight, but line is visible. Surface and line are visible, if background color is black as shown in G figure. If setup of "Color is changed when pen color is same color as background" is turned ON as shown in H figure, although surface is in sight, line will disappear.
Solution :
Please change background color by PloView or turn OFF setup of "Color is changed when pen color is same color as background" so that figure of hope appears.

3. Display mode and background color
Subject :
Display mode of PloView and PloComp has overwrite(Copy) and mixed color(Merge).
Overlapping color changes with the display modes and background colors.
As for overprint function of PDF in which PloView series supports, background color is white and display mode is mixed color(Merge).
Solution :
Please understand phenomenon.
And when not becoming color of hope, color of figure which changes or piles up background color is adjusted.

4. When two or more pile surface has become
Subject :
By GARBER data, as shown in the next figure, it may have overlapped also with many piles.
Although normally displayed in overwrite (Copy) displaying, inner figure disappears in mixed color (Merge).

Solution :
Please display by overwriting (Copy).
If Merge is not used when displaying plural drawing in piles by PloComp, lower drawing will disappear. In such a case, please select "set" "pen" menu and set "Display procedure" to "Momentary display 2". However, this function supports only screen display and image outputs, such as TIF, JPEG, and BitMap. "Momentary display 1" of PloComp will be the specified DrawMode(mixed color etc.), also when piling up file in file. "Momentary display 2" draws inside of each file by Copy, and when piling up file, it is set to the specified DrawMode(Merge etc.).


Q: Is the password of PloView, PloComp or PloCon effective, in the case that I replaced OS or personal computer?
A: Passwords are invalid for Version 8.0 or before.
For Ver.9.0 or later the password is valid.
Ver.8.0 or before, the user ID becomes new user ID and the password corresponding to it is necessary. When the version is same, you are able to have a new password issued gratuitously for 4 years, after you order. In such a case, you need to communicate the reason, new old user ID and soft name to the author with the electronic mail. In the case that you uninstall PloView, PloComp, PloCon and installed PloView, PloComp, PloCon of the same version in the same personal computer once again, the user ID does not change. And the password of before is effective. PloView, PloComp, and PloCon of another version (when column of the 1st place of version number decimal point goes up) are charge, user ID differs, therefore passwords also differ.
Q: Do the password of PloView, PloComp, PloCon differ every the personal computer?
A: It becomes the all same password after Ver.9.0.
Ver.8.0 or before, the password corresponding to the user ID is necessary.
Q: When the personal computer breaks, can I receive PloView, PloComp, and PloCon of the old version?
A: It cannot do. It is only the newest version which is exhibited by HP. Therefore, when you download PloView, PloComp, or PloCon first, please carry out backup copy of the downloaded file.
Q: Why is it to not display the picture even if PloView, PloComp read the HP-GL file?
A: There is the possibility that the color of the background of the screen and, the color of the pen that draw it are same. When it paints it with the pen of the same color as the background the picture does not display it. As for the case, please change the color of the background or, the color of the pen with the set pen menu.
Please refer to Subject and solution about color for details.
Q: How do the color of the background of the screen of PloView, PloComp change it?
A: Please take out the SetPen dialog with the set-pen menu. Please change background Pen No.
Q: Please tell me method to output so that text in file which performed DXF (or DWG) output by PloView (or PloComp) can be edited as a text by CAD.
A: When "Set-Text" menu is selected by PloView (or PloComp), "Set Text"dialog will appear.
Here, select "Windows Font" by "Select Font".
Push OK button now.
And please perform DXF (or DWG) output.
Q: Although PloView and PloComp do not start on the personal computer with which the printer driver is not installed, what should it carry out?
A: PloView and PloComp go to see the setting value of the printer at the time of starting. Therefore, unless the printer driver is installed, it cannot start normally. Please install some printer driver.
The printer does not necessarily need to connect.
Q: User ID changes on the way and the protection starts. Please teach the solution.
A: Please log in by "Administrator" and install and in the state, please start and enter password.

The newest information

Date The contents of updating
Jan. 09, 2018 PloViewMini Ver.8.04 released
Jan. 29, 2018 PloView Ver.10.05, PloComp Ver.10.06, PloCon Ver.10.01, 
PloViewMini Ver.8.04 were updated.
Mar. 27, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07, PloCon Ver.10.02 were updated.
May. 04, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07, PloCon Ver.10.02 were updated.
May. 08, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
 May. 24, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
Jun. 11, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07, PloCon Ver.10.02 were updated.
Jun. 29, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
July 19, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
July 31, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
Aug. 06, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
Aug. 10, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07, PloCon Ver.10.02 were updated.
Aug. 16, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.07 were updated.
Oct. 16, 2018 PloView Ver.10.06, PloComp Ver.10.08, PloCon Ver.10.02 were updated.
Nov. 19, 2018 Release of PloView and PloViewAuto Ver.10.10 new version.
PloComp Ver.10.08 was updated.
Dec. 04, 2018 PloView Ver.10.10 was updated.
Dec. 19, 2018 PloComp Ver.10.08 was updated.
Dec. 24, 2018 PloComp Ver.10.08 was updated.
Jan. 02, 2019 PloComp Ver.10.08 was updated.
Jan. 23, 2019 PloView, PloViewAuto Ver.10.10 was updated.
PloComp, PloCon Ver. 10.10 was released.
Feb. 02, 2019 PloView, PloComp Ver.10.10 were updated.
Mar. 02, 2019 PloView, PloComp Ver.10.10 were updated.

Contact us

When as follows, please ask by E-mail.
- If there exists file on which PloView series products do not function, please send.
  We make analysis and improvement.
- Functional improvement request about PloView series products
- Method for use about PloView series products
- Inquiry about this HP