At 03:38 PM 9/25/2002 -0700, Brad Velander wrote:
>         just discovered this minor P99SE Sp6 bug today. Exporting a database
>to ACAD R13 DWG format (have no time to check other formats), if you have
>tented vias the exported file ignores the tenting and outputs soldermask
>voids for all vias.

There has been some discussion as to whether or not this report is 

As Mr. Velander wrote, this is a "minor" bug. But, if accurate, it *is* a 
bug, that is, program output is not what would be expected. It is not a 
major bug because most of us would not be using AutoCAD to fully represent 
a PCB; the workaround may also be easy. Further, there is an export path 
that would be expected to be more reliable: write the Gerber, take it into 
CAMtastic, and then output DXF from CAMtastic. But I have used AutoCAD and 
DXF very little, only to import board outline or other mechanical 
information from a client.

As it is a bug, it should be part of any bug database. I think we would not 
demand that it be given priority, there are more serious issues, but bugs 
are the most damaging when they are not known. It should be quick and easy 
for any of us to confirm that a program's behavior is or is related to a 
known bug, otherwise we can spend a lot of time trying to figure out what 
we are doing wrong....

Presumably Mr. Velander found this bug because he found it necessary to 
take his data, including solder mask patterns, into AutoCAD. If he was just 
playing around, testing the program behavior, then he did not waste serious 
time, I'd think. But if he was trying to do real work, this bug cost him 
time. How much does it have to cost before it becomes worthy of attention?

For every bug that is reported, many bite users who never get around to 
reporting them. Mr. Velander should be congratulated, not criticized.

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