Why I truly respect and appreciate Mr. Velander for reporting I took as
defacto that all bugs reported in 99SE would be gone with the release of
DXP. I feel truly small because I violated one of the first rules of
Engineering I ASSUMED. I will probably rot in hell for it.





----- Original Message -----
From: "Abd ul-Rahman Lomax" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2002 3:48 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] New P99SE SP6 bug for the bug list.


> 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
> "nit-picking."
>
> 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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