Thanks Max,
        just thought I may have missed something significant with regards to
the conversation. I wish Protel and other CAD packages would address
pastemask layer issues, Protel is so close with their pad attributes which
can be edited for soldermask tenting, etc.. I don't know why they haven't
thought about pastemask attributes for inclusion as well.

Brad Velander,
Lead PCB Designer,
Norsat International Inc.,
#300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
Fax (604) 292-9010
website www.norsat.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Max Henzi [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 9:05 AM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Export an IPC-D-356 format Netlist for PWB
> MFGcircuitt esting
> 
> 
> Hi Brad,
> 
> My comment was not directed at what Protel is doing regarding 
> IPC-D-356
> output.  I applaud Protel for attempting to produce a fully integrated
> program that focuses not only on design issues, but 
> manufacturing issues as
> well.  Their inclusion of CAMtastic is an indication that 
> they are aware of
> the need to address manufacturing issues.  There is still a 
> long way to go,
> but it's a step in the right direction.  I have used a lot of 
> CAD packages
> over the years and have seen Gerber output from many more.  I think in
> general, Protel does a very good job of outputting Gerber data and the
> price/performance ratio of their tools is very favorable.
> 
> Sorry if my previous comments created any confusion. 
> 
> 
> Max P. Henzi, CEO
> Lavenir Technology
> 2440 Estand Way
> Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
> voice: (925) 680-7400  fax: (925) 686-5131 
> email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Web: www.lavenir.com 
 


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