Cenon
Cenon
4.0.6

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Cenon free download for Mac

Cenon

4.0.6
09 August 2017

Desktop publishing app with vector graphics.

Overview

Cenon is a graphical tool of a special kind. Build upon a modular graphical core, Cenon offers a wide variety of possibilities and applications - not only desktop publishing. The best of all, Cenon is free software, available with full source codes, and at home on many computer platforms.

Cenon Features:
  • Import of vector data (DXF, HPGL, PostScript, PDF, Gerber...)
  • Export of vector data (DXF, HPGL, PostScript, Gerber...)
  • Import of scanned data (TIFF, GIF, JPEG...)
  • Editing and construction
  • Complete set of publishing functions
  • Vectorisation

What's new in Cenon

Version 4.0.6:
  • Fix, color shades: possible division by zero fixed
  • Fix, DXF-Export: export of closed Paths corrected [since 4.0.4]
  • Fix, Text Path: handle return character within text
  • Fix, Transform-Panel: scale absolute for 0-sized objects
  • Fix, Punch: issue in certain situations fixed
  • Fix, Sierra: workaround for saving TIFF images

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9 Cenon Reviews

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Sircletus
24 November 2008

Most helpful

Virtually useless, I'm afraid. All I really need to do is import DXF files and export as HPGL. Unfortunately, the application imports nothing it advertises. It will not import DXF, DXG, AI, EPS, etc. I spent nearly three hours attempting to configure this software to perform as advertised, including downloading the recommended install of Ghostscript. Immensely frustrating experience.
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Version 3.83
RogerKatz
22 July 2016
current version is 4.0.4
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Version 4.0.3
Goofball
26 May 2013
Cenon 4.0.1 appears to be available from the developer's web site.
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Version 3.9.6
Pacman
12 October 2012
This is a great application. At first, I was impatient and thought it was not usable at all. But I gave it a chance. This is a quick-start guide for PCB-nerds: I had gerber files made from OsmondPCB, and I wanted to view them. As you probably know, there are very few options on a PowerPC based Mac. When I first opened Cenon and tried opening the Gerber files, I saw they were all gray. I tried to 'force' Cenon to open the files, by setting "Always Open With" from Finder. No dice. -Then I looked at the /Library/Cenon/Examples/Gerber/cpu.ger "Oh, it has a .ger" extension. I renamed my Gerber files, and Cenon would read them. Alright.. How about importing multiple files then? -Yep, all imports on top of eachother. I quickly found out that you can in fact have separate layers (see the inspector panel) - this is excellent. Now, I used a wrong approach on the colorizing. I wanted each layer to have its own color, so the silk screen would be yellow, the copper layer copperish and the mask green. I quickly found out that I could not just select all, and then colorize. So what I did the first time, was to select by hand, all those parts that are of the same kind (eg. all rectangles) then colorize them, then select all the circles, colorize them, etc.. Later I found out that I only need to select a single object, then press Command-E to select all that are of the same kind. I could then quickly colorize the entire layer. Finally: I also found out that since the gerber output layer sizes differ, due to that they do not have an outline specified; I could place a square in each corner, which would make each layer larger. I would copy all 4 squares to each layer on the PCB, and then export the Gerber files from Osmond. Now they import as the same size in Cenon, and everything looks quite good. Board outline can ofcourse be drawn in Cenon using a plain rectangle and then change its width / height in the inspector panel. Cenon is definitely worth trying out (and if you don't know OsmondPCB, you should check it out; TIMESAVER: Remember to read the documentation first; double-click the toolbar buttons!!).
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Version 3.9.6
1 answer(s)
Pacman
Pacman
19 March 2013
Unfortunately... There's a bug in Cenon, so that if you have a ground-plane, Cenon displays it as short-circuited with all traces.
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Alexander-Friedrich
27 January 2011
Quite helpful little gem when one has to covert graphics/CAD/vector files, the only one I know apart for 1000$ software that can write HPGL format.
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Version 3.9.3
Moog-Modular
10 January 2011
Thanks to the developers for their previous replies. :) Unfortunately, this installer doesn't work for me. Specifically it says "Install Failed. The following install step failed: run preinstall script for Cenon 3.9.3. Contact the manufacturer for assistance." Hope this gets repaired. The Osmond import fixes are anxiously anticipated. Thank you!
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Version 3.9.3
2 answer(s)
Mgmu
Mgmu
10 January 2011
Install also failing for me. : (
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Vhf Interservice Gmbh
Vhf Interservice Gmbh
13 January 2011
Sorry for that. We fixed the issue and replaced the download package with a new one. We hope it's working for everyone now. To solve the issue, you can also simply delete the pre-install script (it's only doing some clean-up of Cenon modules): Cenon-3.9.3.pkg/Contents/Resources/preinstall
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Sircletus
24 November 2008
Virtually useless, I'm afraid. All I really need to do is import DXF files and export as HPGL. Unfortunately, the application imports nothing it advertises. It will not import DXF, DXG, AI, EPS, etc. I spent nearly three hours attempting to configure this software to perform as advertised, including downloading the recommended install of Ghostscript. Immensely frustrating experience.
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Version 3.83
2 answer(s)
Janras
Janras
22 January 2009
We offer support for Cenon via e-Mail and also provide a mailing list at www.Cenon.info. Here we try our best to help solving problems with Cenon. DXF to HPGL should definitely work. A common problem our support encounters is that the supposed DXF file is not DXF at all. Also make sure that the DXF file has the extension ".dxf" to be recognized as DXF. DXG is not supported by Cenon. AI is supported as AI 3. Later formats have to be exported from Adobe Illustrator including PostScript Headers. EPS is well supported. A common problem when importing PostScript however is that some applications simply export PostScript as an embedded Bitmap-Image, and this is of no use in a Vector-Application and not imported. Also, PostScript is a tremendous powerful format, and some special features are not supported by Cenon. Converting to a simpler PostScript-style can solve these limitations. For most purposes importing PostScript works very well. Converting vector formats is not a trivial endeavour and needs experience with all graphic formats and applications involved. The Cenon developers are thankful for any constructive feedback or contribution that helps improving Cenon, or helping others in getting the best out of Cenon.
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Version 3.83
Cattus-Thraex
Cattus-Thraex
10 January 2011
If it were only for the Corel conversion and it is enough.
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Moog-Modular
07 March 2008
A great little program. One of the few that read and write HPGL. Some bugs though. Sometimes quits and adding text sometimes add spurious asterisk characters. Inclusion of velocity commands for HPGL would be appreciated too since I use this to drive a laser engraver. Also the link on MU to the additional modules is bad.
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Version 3.83
3 answer(s)
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
07 March 2008
"Also the link on MU to the additional modules is bad." Link fixed. All links on the MacUpdate product page for Cenon are current and functional.
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Version 3.83
Janras
Janras
05 May 2008
This Asterisk appears, when you start creating a text, but don't enter anything. Whenever leaving an empty text box, it creates this asterisk, allowing to spot them easily. As for unexpected (?) quits. Maybe just wait for our upcoming release 3.9. We are using Cenon extensively on Apple and hardly ever encounter a crash. However, if you can provide a crash log (just email to the Cenon-Support), we would be very thankful. As for adding features to the HPGL export. There are two instant options to get velocity commands and make Cenon able to drive a laser engraver: 1. Improve the HPGL export of Cenon. That is possible because you have access to the source codes. We will gladly add improvements to future releases. The HPGL export was primarily designed for exchange with other applications. 2. Get a license of our commercial software Cenon CAM. Cenon CAM is a professional manufacturing software, adding many more features including output to a large range of machines, also engravers. Also take a look at our single-line fonts especially designed for fast engraving. Thank you and Best wishes
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Version 3.83
Mjras
Mjras
06 May 2008
This Asterisk appears, when you start creating a text, but don't enter anything. Whenever leaving an empty text box, it creates this asterisk, allowing to spot them easily. As for unexpected (?) quits. Maybe just wait for our upcoming release 3.9. We are using Cenon extensively on Apple and hardly ever encounter a crash. However, if you can provide a crash log (just email to the Cenon-Support), we would be very thankful. As for adding features to the HPGL export. There are two instant options to get velocity commands and make Cenon able to drive a laser engraver: 1.Improve the HPGL export of Cenon. That is possible because you have access to the source codes. We will gladly add improvements to future releases. The HPGL export was primarily designed for exchange with other applications. 2. Get a license of our commercial software Cenon CAM. Cenon CAM is a professional manufacturing software, adding many more features including output to a large range of machines, also engravers. Also take a look at our single-line fonts especially designed for fast engraving. Thank you and Best wishes
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Version 3.83
Umijin
22 December 2006
App keeps quitting whenever I try to open an eps or aif file. Same for using 'importing' command. What files will it actually open?
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Version 3.82
Anonymous
13 October 2004
Opens various picture formats. Did nothing (but didn't hang) when I tried to open or import PDF or ASCII documents, even though documentation says it can do this via Ghostscript. I have a later version of Ghostscript than the one they link to.
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Version 3.64
2 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
13 June 2005
PDF-Import should be fixed since 3.67.
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Version 3.70
Hugtom
Hugtom
03 January 2010
PDF import still not working (v3.9)- behaviour is as described above, does not hang but nothing happens when attempting to open a PDF. Would be a useful utility for converting PDF to DXF if this worked.
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Version 3.9