Lloyd:

If you mean the old PADS-PCB for DOS, here is how I have done it in the
past.

First, you need the PADS files to be saved in ASCII format.  There is a
File, Save, Ascii, All option in one of the menus.  If the files you have
are not saved in ASCII, then you must get the PADS program and dongle, start
PADS up, load the PCB binary file, and do the ASCII save action.

Once you have saved the PCB as ASCII, you can open it in Protel 2.8 or 3.X.
I have never tried to do this in any version of Protel PCB later than 3.2,
so I don't know if it is supported in later versions.  Once you get it into
v2.8 or 3.X, you can then bring it forward to 99SE or whatever.  The PADS
import into Protel is usually painless.

I hope they still have their old PADS software and dongle!  I hope you still
have your old versions of Protel!  Never throw away old software!

Best regards,
Ivan Baggett
Bagotronix Inc.
website:  www.bagotronix.com


----- Original Message -----
From: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] PADs conversion


> Hello all,
> Has anyone had any success in converting old (versions 2 & 3) PADs files
> into Protel?
> We have a company that we purchased whose old files are in these formats
and
> need some conversion utility to do many file conversions.
> Please advise.
>
> Lloyd Good
> Engineering Systems Co-ordinator
> GE Substation Automation Systems
> 2728 Hopewell Place NE
> Calgary, Alberta, Canada
> T1Y 7J7
> Tel: (403) 214-4777
> Fax:(403) 287-7946
> email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
>

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