This is from Protel not exported from CamTastic.

Go into the PCB itself and then select File Export. Next select
filename.DWG and type Autocad then press SAVE. You now get a dialog box
asking what you want in the DWG.

I find that the DWG file takes a lot less space than a DXF. This will
include everything in the PCB so he will have all the info he needs.

I generally use the Windows File system for storing instead of the Access
Database method since then I can get to each file separately.

And as others have pointed out each file in the project can be exported and
sent to someone.


"Robison Michael R CNIN" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> on 08/14/2001 11:52:13

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To:   "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
cc:    (bcc: Rob LaMoreaux/DSPT)
Subject:  Re: [PEDA] ddb transfer failure ??

hi rob,

what exactly do you export to a dwg?  that would be the gerbers, right?
he's needing measurements to the centers of all the pads so he can
work the heatsink plate around them.  and they're using solid edge for
a cad package, although i assume it imports dwg's alright.  is there any
particular gerber that i want to export for him?  i've done just a tiny
of work with camtastic, changing a silkscreen on a pcb to reflect our cage
number.  beyond that, i'm not very good with gerbers.  i know that i have
been told that i should review the gerbers before shipping them off, but
is of little value when i wouldn't even know what i was looking for.

my response this morning to the problem was twofold:  i made sure
the ddb was not open, and i zipped it before i sent it to him.  although
your posts have pushed me towards giving them one of the gerbers
exported as a dwg (i think), ulterior motives (mine) wanna see that darned
ddb opened on another machine.

i do not do system backups.  i back up specific work directories to a
network drive.  if these files won't open on another machine, then my
whole backup procedure is questionable.  i figure i've got well over $100K
worth of protel work backed up.  i'm a civilian employee for the navy, and
they are a pretty easy bunch to work for.  but if my system hard-crashed
and i couldn't reload all those protel board files from backup, i think
might get a bit upset.  ;-)

thanks, miker

> -----Original Message-----
> Sent:   Tuesday, August 14, 2001 10:15 AM
> To:     Protel EDA Forum
> Subject:     Re: [PEDA] ddb transfer failure ??
> It was determined a while back that closing a DDB with a print preview
> open
> caused problems when the ddb was opened and the printer the preview was
> using was no longer available. If you left the print preview open and he
> has a diffferent printer this could be causing the problem.
> Of course for mechanical people I just export an AutoCad 13 or 14 DWG.
> They seem to like that better than the PCB itself.
> Rob
> "Robison Michael R CNIN" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> on 08/13/2001
> PM
> Please respond to "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To:   "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> cc:    (bcc: Rob LaMoreaux/DSPT)
> Subject:  Re: [PEDA] ddb transfer failure ??
> libraries was what i was thinking too, and it still could be that.  to
> be honest, i'm a configuration pig.  i've got several jobs in this ddb,
> and i'm almost positive that some of the jobs call libraries from
> another ddb.  but the job i wanted him to see used no libraries.  i
> just brute-force plunked down pads and traces and slapped some
> silkscreen notations on it. no footprints at all.
> but its the entire ddb that won't open, not the specific job, so maybe
> the libraries are a problem.  that could be messy to fix.  i'll look into
> it.
> thanks, miker
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:   Jon Elson [SMTP:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent:   Monday, August 13, 2001 5:43 PM
> > To:     Protel EDA Forum
> > Subject:     Re: [PEDA] ddb transfer failure ??
> >
> >
> >
> > Robison Michael R CNIN wrote:
> >
> > > it isn't broke on my system...  ivan just can't open it on his
> > > machine.  like i said, since i can't send him an actual powsup.pcb,
> > > i sent him the whole darned ddb.  maybe thats not the way to move
> > > a job from one pc to another, but thats the method i tried, anyway.
> >
> > Well, why CAN'T you mail him the PCB?  You CAN export it from the DDB,
> and
> > you'll get a PCB file.  He will get asked to specify a DDB on his
> system.
> >
> > > bottom line:  the ddb works fine on my machine.  i email it to
> > > him and get the access violation error.  maybe all the information
> > > was not contained in the ddb.
> >
> > I'm guessing libraries, but not sure.
> >
> > Jon

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