I wish that the viewer did provide an accurate, pretty picture (as implied
below). A comprehensive, easy to use "3D Viewer" certainly DOES have value
for those of us who need to generate proposals and reports. Yes, one "pretty
picture" is still worth a thousand words. Many clients are swayed if they
see a comprehensive graphic preview of the PCB.

But the Protel viewer is virtually useless. Except for a few generic parts,
components are rendered as gray blobs. There is no reasonable way to
generate realistic components. I would never insult a client or embarrass
myself by presenting this type of rendering.

A true 3D CAD compatible interface is another issue beyond that of a viewer
for client visualization. Yes, it could be a useful engineering development
tool.

Regards,
Fred A Rupinski

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brad Velander" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 11:47 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Re[3]: View PCB 3D


> Hi Lloyd,
> your comments are very true for the Desktop-EDA package. However I
> think some of the points expressed were misunderstood. The 'Protel'
"viewer"
> is a toy with virtually no useful purpose. Protel needs to align
themselves
> with the industry and develop a true 3D mechanical interface (sorry forget
> the acronym) rather then a "viewer". The Protel viewer is useless,
> absolutely useless. Would ACAD, Solidworks or any other get away with a
> pretty viewer in their products, no you need output suitably formatted for
> inclusion in the next level of development tools? Showing a pretty picture
> (even one with user defined models) serves no measurable useful purpose.
> This is what I think some of the other posters have been trying to say.
The
> Qual-ECAD or Desktop-EDA tools are a proper path for 3D development, not a
> simple Protel viewer.
>
> Sincerely,
> Brad Velander.
>


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