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10 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2021 When we started planning this issue on design data transfer formats, we knew what we were getting into. While most of the top- ics we cover involve objective discussions with designers—i.e., "Here's the best way to do this"—any conversation about data formats is bound to be a subjective affair. Like the trailer for the revenge movie says, "is time, it's personal." With data formats, as one veteran designer summed it up, "We like what we like." Data formats have been a great source of dis- agreement and discussion for as long as I've been covering this industry. The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007 Data Format: Designers Like What They Like Figure 1: According to our designer survey, the overwhelming majority of designers use the Gerber file format.

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