We design ASIC devices and our customers want us to deliver to them a piece of art work suitable for framing and display. The database I have comes from Cadence Encounter and is in the form of gds. This gds has about 8 layers that I would like to have on the plot. I will need to adjust the colors and fill patterns to get the desired look. I can import that into Cadence's Virtuoso if necessary if necessary. I also import the same gds into Mentor Graphics' calibredrv. Neither of these tools can generate a format compatible with a local printer. I do not have a plotter at my site so I need to send out to have it plotter. Two vendors have plotters. A Local print shop uses a Epson Stylus 9900 and Fedex Kinkos has an Oce 450. Both take pdf, The local print shop also takes tiff, bmp, jpeg everything else adobe illustrator can import. I was hoping I could find an inexpensive, off the shelf, easy to use utility to convert/filter the file. That makes a lot of sense.
ACE 3000 may suit your purposes as it outputs a very "small & efficient" PDF file which can be plotted anywhere, with the following limitations: 1. ACE 3000 is a conversion tool, so only solid colors can be outputted. So you could map the layer colors you want but not patterns. 2. The GDSII should be under 2GB for Windows.