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At 11:05 AM 10/3/01 -0600, you wrote:
>Is this a true statement about Protel?
>(I think this was comparing Protel to PowerPCB)
>
>"PROTEL for PCB design cannot handle high complexity electrical designs 
>and especially high speed designs. The route tool software applications 
>are limited in the control a designer has, especially in fan outs on high 
>pin count high density designs (tracks per inch)."

What is the standard for "true" with a statement like that? Literally, it 
is obviously false, for "limited" at the end -- true -- becomes "cannot" in 
the first sentence. But if one is only talking about the autorouter, it is 
fair to say that the current autorouter, which was great for its time, is 
now beyond that time. Protel tells us that a newer, vastly improved router 
is to be released very soon -- I'd say it is overdue, it should at least be 
in open beta by now.

The Protel autorouter *can* handle, however, "high pin count high density 
designs," it *depends.*

But for manual routing, Protel's routing tools shine. Hopefully, the new 
autorouter will frost the cake.


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