I agree partially. I see one way Altium could turn Protel 
probably easily into a viewer. The workgroup feature with a 
special login account to a ddb (for example login as user 
viewer) that restricts access to just viewing files could be 
setup such that no license code actually is needed for this. 
As soon as one logs in with the right to write files 
anywhere in the ddb Protel then would check for a valid 
license code.
What do you think about such a solution?

Emanuel

Abd ul-Rahman Lomax wrote:

> At 09:40 PM 1/17/2002 +0300, ElectronTrade (info) wrote:
> 
>> Are customers really need it? Will they buy it? Price about $100.
>>
>> I want to know opnion of this forum.
> 
> 
> Well, I'll give my opinion. Given that other publishable and 
> freely-viewable formats exist, I'd see no market for a Protel file 
> viewer. If the viewer also allowed full access to the database (such as 
> being able to see design rules, net assignments, etc.), *maybe* that 
> opinion would change. I would not advise putting programming effort into 
> this.
> 
> Writing translators would be more fruitful, I'd think. For starters, 
> writing a translator for Protel Schematic to OrCAD would be useful, and 
> it is almost done. Protel will write an OrCAD SDT schematic, and the 
> Protel library ASCII format files are *almost* the same as SDT schematic 
> files. It should be fairly simple to cross the gap.
> 
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Abdulrahman Lomax
> Easthampton, Massachusetts USA
> 


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