Hi All,

Thanks for all the responses.
Colin what did your contractor charge for the conversion?
Please let me know if the "back to Protel" conversion goes as well as
the to Allegro conversion.
Also RSI's web site says it handles Protel 2.8,V3 and V4 it's just hard
to justify the price.


Regards,
Jim McGrath
CAD Connections, Inc.

Colin Weber wrote:

> I have used the extract command of Allegro and it works well. From memory,
> It has
> more options than just the text interface it present the user with. You can
> drive it
> without the interface. I found converting the data it presented (using AWK
> at the time)
> still took some time to do. The way libraries are managed presented problems.
> This may be something to be aware of when wanting to match libraries in Protel,
> if using this method.
>
> The contractor I had translate a Protel PCB into Veribest/Mentor using the
> RSI tool
> said the conversion from Protel went well and had little rework to make the
> translation
> complete. However, going back to Protel is where he was skeptical and hasn't as
> yet tried. If you'd like I'll keep you posted when he gets around to trying
> this.
>
> I have also realised that at the time of posting my last email you would be
> using
> a late version of Cadence as the older ones had Y2K issues.
>
> At 05:31 PM 15/08/2001 -0400, you wrote:
> >The problem may not be just limited to protel ascii 2.8 limitations.....
> >
> >There are a few homebrew options but some may seem more impractical than
> >others....
> >
> >
> >5) purchase said package in (4) or get that company to provide you with
> >following:
> >
> >there is an extract utility (I forget the name of it....cds_extract???
> >allegro_extract???) that comes with the Cadence tools that will directly
> >read the binary brd file and give you a text file of the extracted
> >primitives... A PERL script could make breakfast out of that and convert it
> >to protel ascii
> >
> >the extract utility uses a text file to describe what kind of information to
> >extract from the brd file and then generates said output text file...
> >
> >6) use router solutions inc.
> >
> >
> >Allegro is super powerful while protel's UI is far superior and makes boards
> >a joy....
> >-chris
>
> Regards,
>
> Colin Weber

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