Robison Michael R CNIN wrote:
 
> my questions:
> 
> 1.  the dark green i'm seeing represents the "negative", or holes, in the
> power plane, correct?

Yes

> 
> 2.  after simply drawing the keepoutlayer back in, i am not seeing the
> dark green power plane void outside the keepoutlayer.  does this mean
> that i still have the power plane running right to the board edge?

Yes - the power planes extend to the edge of the universe  :-)  The
keepout boundary has no effect on them.
> 
> 3.  without a keepoutlayer do the planes extend right to the board edge?

Far beyond it.

> 
> 4.  how do i recess the power and ground planes back in a few mils on
> this board?

Draw tracks on the plane layers, on or inside the board boundaries, to
keep the copper of that plane away from the edges.
> 
> 5.  can i visibly see the planes recessed back from the card edge in protel
> or do i need to generate gerbers and use camtastic to do that?

If you put tracks around the edges you will see them in Protel.


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