Thanks Mike,

It turns out that the people I've been sending DXFs to have a Gerber
viewer...  As you say, it's always more accurate to use the Gerbers,
especially since the 'print final' option was removed :-(

Regards

Andy Gulliver

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Reagan [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: 31 October 2001 12:58
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] DXF export bug?
>
>
>
> > This may have been mentioned before, but I've recently started using the
> dxf
> > export function in 99SE/SP6 to send drawings to another company site
> (where
> > they have yet to see the light and use Protel :-) ), and we've noticed
> that
> > vias with connections to internal planes have no connection to
> the planes
> on
> > the exported file (pads are exported OK).
> >
> > Can anyone else confirm this behaviour?
> >
>
> Andy,
> I don't think this really qualifies as a bug. But it probably works that
> way.    This is asking quite allot of an "intelligent" program like Protel
> to export to a "non intelligent" program like AutoCAD which wouldn't
> recognize the connections anyway.  DXF, DWG formats are stick figure
> characters on  a computer screen. I rarely use the direct export
> feature in
> Protel as well as rarely using the print manager.  My advice to
> anyone using
> these two features is to generate gerbers, import to Camtaxtic  then
> generate dxf or prints from Camtastic.   I recently read all the
> woes of dxf
> and printing again on this forum and didn't respond because I have posted
> this before.......USE CAMTASTIC !  It fixes all you dxf outputs, and
> printing problems.
> The only problem with exporting  DXF is, AutoCAD can be overwhelmed by the
> shear size of the files, requiring long waits to update a
> screen.....oh well
> that is AutoCAD's problem, not Protel's.   I know it is a few more steps
> from File, export,  but it is far more accurate and manageable to use
> CAMTASTIC.
>
>
> Regards,
> Mike Reagan
> EDSI
> Frederick
>

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