I used the protel router for a lot of succsessful designs. Since about a
year
I have the specctra too.
This weeks I was on a 2 days seminar about specctra.

Here some general information about autorouter discussion.

- You cannot expect, that you push a button and get the ready done board you
thinking of.

- The autorouter works with fix rules you define before , you change,
 invent and giveup rules while you are manual routing.

- The autorouter saves a lot of time, you can try different placing options
routing strategies and so on.

- Let the autorouter do the major job, do the rest with manual routing.

- It's often easy to complete the board manually, because the autorouter
can't   push parts and can't see the whole board but a single net at a time.

- Specctra sells its product partswise. You have to find out, what you
really          need. One options can cost the same as the basic version.
        In other words, they sell you a car. If you got it, they tell you that
        you car works even better with a motor. The next questions is ' how about
some wheels' and so on.

-  Anyway, I'm sure, that to work 'together' with an autorouter saves you a
lot     of time and you have a return of invest in a short time.

Georg

-----Ursprungliche Nachricht-----
Von: Steve Baldwin [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Gesendet: Samstag, 17. November 2001 02:39
An: Protel EDA Forum
Betreff: Re: [PEDA] Autorouter



> $1K a year, I'd think Mr. Baggett could afford for a tool rapidly
> being improved. Obviously, if it were not being improved, even $1
> would be too much!

To me, this is the crux of the matter. Pay your money now and
wait and see what you get for it. An alternative would be put your
$1k into a slot machine and use the resulting income to buy
Specctra.

Steve.


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