I'm having a great deal of difficulty completing/verifying what should be an easy task - I would like to generate a .art (gerber) file that describes the board outline. In this case, I just want to generate a simple rectangular outline. I'm using 16.5.
What I have done:
-turn off all layers in Display->Color Visibility
-turn on Board Geometry->Outline in the same color dialog box
-set active layer to Manufacturing->Photoplot_Outline under Options
-trace the Board Geometry->Outline layer in the Manufacturing->Photoplot_Outline layer
-turn off Board Geometry->Outline layer so that my newly drawn Manufacturing->Photoplot_Outline layer is the only layer shown
-go to Manufacture->Artwork, rt-click on existing film, Add
-leave undefined line width as 0 for the new layer (or change to non-zero values 1 or 10 - tried multiple values)
-open a new job, File->Import->Artwork, select newly created Outline artwork
-in the same import window, leave default class/subclass options (or select new options, but Manufacturing/Photoplot_Outline is not a selection option)
-try to load, get a message that says No Photoplot file specified
1) Am I generating the board outline gerber in a wrong/difficult way, or am I trying to view the board outline gerber in a wrong/difficult way (or both)?
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.