> Regarding the questions about 3D and autorouter, what parts of Protel do > you actually use?
I have made my own comments to Mr. Rupinski's disection. Hope you don't mind my plagerism. - Schematic YES My only concern is that I wish the ERC checking was a little more comprehensive. - Global Editing YES This works just fine. Once you learn the nuances, its effective and easy. - Report>BOM YES This should allow complete user control (Absolutely!!) - PCB YES Compared to others I've used in the past 15 years, it's intuitive and easy to use. - Powerprint Yes, at first I hated it, now I love this way to print, makes making single PDF files from pcb layers so much easier. - CAM Manager YES - Simulator YES Only used once, wish this was covered better by the documentation. - AutoRouter NEVER, and have serious concerns about layout people who do. (Unless using Spectra) - 3D Viewer YES Completely useless! As I have said previously, Protel should buy the export applications from Desktop-EDA. 3D export to IDF/STEP/IGES or Solidworks is a necessity for real and efficient product integration. I can't even begin to tell you how this has improved the relationship between PCB and Mechanical design. - PLD I would if I had the time to learn this part. - Arrange Components No, - AutoPlacer No, - PCB Miter No - Signal Integrity Used once, will definitely keep trying it. - Database Link YES, but this used to work in Client 3.x, it has since been totally screwed up!! Takes way to long to be useful, and our company NEEDs it to work properly. ARE YOU LISTENING PROTEL! - Library No, Protel libraries have never been reliable or adequate. I lost all confidence when the QFP-100 only had 80 pins. - Send By Mail Never tried. - Camtastic YES I have used it to convert old gerbers into something Protel can load. - Intuitive Interface If you have ever used PADS, you'll think Protel is one the MOST intuitive programs out there. I have never seen a more User hostile interface than PADS. - SDK EDA server - YES, but not myself. I have had some servers built for me by others, again not covered particularly well but the documentation. - Productivity This is a function of the User, I have used Protel since the DOS Autotrax days and have seen the rise and fall of productivity. The worst version of Protel ever produced in my opinion was Protel 98, and a tie for the best is Protel for Windows 2.8 PCB and DE99SE given that you have to judge each one at it's time of deployment. Obviously 99SE is more powerful, but can you imagine trying to run it on a 1991 top-of-the-line PC. I think not. No software is perfect or free from bugs, just look at Windoze, however you can either work around it and make the best of it or sit there and complain. Yes I would like some things fixed, but considering what else is out there, I am making the best of the current situation. Regards, Lloyd Good * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * To post a message: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * To leave this list visit: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/leave.html * * Contact the list manager: * mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] * * Forum Guidelines Rules: * http://www.techservinc.com/protelusers/forumrules.html * * Browse or Search previous postings: * http://firstname.lastname@example.org * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *