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On the subject of comparing CAD systems, many designers are first
intimidated by the Protel interface. Because they do not understand it, they
fear it. They may even attack it to keep a bogus 'has it all' tool. Our
primary heritage is with PCAD and it still remains dominant. In this
respect, I am still confused on Altium's future intentions with both
packages. 

In an answer to my own post, I confirmed the component pattern translation
from PCAD2001 into Protel is broke. At least the schematic symbols are now
imported with PCAD2001 under SP2. The PCAD translator was 'fully' functional
for PCAD 2000. In a similar train of thought, I believe I communicated
before, a PCAD2001 circuit board input attempt crashed my system and it
corrupted the original design file as it did so. MAJOR BUG !!!!

Some S/W companies are shipping training videos/CDs as part of an
educational attempt. It would be smart for Protel to also do so. A happy
Protel user is often a disillusioned OrCad user.... (where is the hands up
icon when you need it). 

As a comment on trials in general. I had a free 30 day trial of a CFD tool
for looking at cooling problems a while back. CFD might have well been an
abbreviation for ConFuseD, for that matter. Extending trial times for
complex s/w should be considered out of forethought, based on studied
learning curves. Just a humble opinion....

Fabe
Fabian Hartery
Research Engineer
Guigne International Limited
Paradise, Newfoundland
A1L1C1
tel: 709-895-3819
fax: 709-895-3822
email: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
website: www.guigne.com


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