Colin,

Let me take this offline   my email is [EMAIL PROTECTED]    Please send me
yours

Mike


>
> Why are you calling Expedition "a closed system"? If the source
> schematic is from another package, generate or translate the netlist
> into Keyin (Integraph) format and you're away. There may be a bit of
> work required to map the footprints/packages referred to in the
> source netlist into Expedition's PDB names, but this is easily handled by
a
> translator (e.g. Omninet or equivalent). Similarly, components could be
> renumbered in Expedition, a "was/is" file generated, and
> back-annotated into the schematic.
>
> Most of my Expedition work arrives as a Protel or OrCad netlist
> supplied by the client. I can't see Expedition being any more "closed"
> than any other system. The overall integration (specifically
> forward and back annotation) is simpler when used with Mentor's "Design
> Capture", but that's generally true for the schematic/PCB product pairings
of all
> vendors.
>
> Colin
>
> Colin Earl
> Optimum Design Associates
> www.optimumdesign.com
>
> Mike wrote
>
> > First requirement  PORTABILITY......need a key  to load it on my laptop
> > not a real show stopper so I can live with it.  Files can be transferred
too
> > Requirement 2     Compatibility.......FAILED my second test.     I
receive
> > netlist in any of 100 different formats, I receive schematics from
fed-x,
> > faxes, Orcad, Protel, viewlogic, pdf, and on Kleenex.     Why did it
fail?
> > because to start the darn PCB package, you must have a complete
schematic
> > entered into MENTOR schematic.     I don't enter , re enter or trust
myself
> > to copy someone's schematic.    There is no way I can guarantee the
accuracy
> > again and again without making a silly mistake somewhere along the line.
> > I make my customers understand that they and they alone are responsible
for
> > the accuracy of the information I receive, even if this is only a
netlist.
> > I decided on step 2 that I can not use this program as much as I my
mouth
> > salivates for it.   I never got a chance to test the other 98 on my list
> > because you cant start the pcb editor without a schematic.  A closed
system
> > I can not work with.
>

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