The conversion back into allegro would be interesting on text file basis....
I would write it into a clip file language format and then generate a script
(*.scr) file to put testpoints back in (if there are test points)....  But
other than that, since it has been a while since I have touched allegro, and
am fuzzy on its other back door import capabilities (I suppose one could
bring it back in with a wire file or somesuch as seen from Specctra)...

-chris

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McGrath [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 12:29 PM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Alegro Conversion


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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