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When we started planning the October 2021 issue on design data transfer formats, we knew what we were getting into. Gerber, ODB++, and IPC-2581 all have enthusiastic advocates, and all three are being used to produce circuit boards. Which brings us to these questions: Is there really a problem with having three perfectly good design data formats? Does the industry have to unite around one? Or do we all just like a good horse race? These are just a few of the questions that our contributors discuss in this issue.