I wouldn't charge for the router...
However I also wouldn't develop it for anyone else but me.

It seems that Protel had a room full of chimps developing alot of their
stuff.  I can't get how they can release Protel99SE with an auto-placement
that causes components to get 'thrown' off the board entirely, and then
crashes the PCB document when you ask it to make the changes, or make the
changes anyway when you ask it to not save changes.  That's the statistical
routre btw.  The standard cluster is ok, although it's placement leaves alot
to be desired as well.

The autorouter always seems to implement a greedy algorithm, ie won't move
away from the target, unless it has to (ie it's boxed itself in such that it
can only move forward).  This gives rise to stupid loops where it goes all
the way around a pin, some real crazy stuff...  I reckon that given enough
good feedback from designers about what's the best way to route a particular
situation an autorouter could be produced that would do such a thing.  It's
after all just a series of line segments from one point to another (and then
more...)  It's not like it's a morbius strip, though it sometimes feels
like...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] SDK and info on server development


> Allot of work? That's probably the biggest understatement I've hear this
> year!
>
> But don't let me discourage you.
>
> If you can succeed in doing this - a whole team of programmers at Protel
> still have not - you will make many friends and allot of money.
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Bevan Weiss [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> > Sent: Thursday, 10 October 2002 15:07
> > To: Protel EDA Forum
> > Subject: [PEDA] SDK and info on server development
> >
> >
> > Hi,
> > I've been using Protel99SE when doing my tertiary design
> > project, and have
> > found that anything involving the word 'auto' seems to be
> > pretty slack.  I
> > don't feel that the auto-router or the auto-placement are all
> > they are made
> > out to be.  Hence I would like to know whether it's possible
> > to develop a
> > server like add-in for protel that would allow me to make my
> > own autorouter.
> > I know that it seems like a lot of work, however it would
> > really make the
> > product (protel) more functional in my terms.
> >
> > Any information that people could provide me in terms of
> > server development
> > would also be appreciated.
> >
> > I'm also wondering whether development of a server can be
> > done in C, or
> > whether delphi is the only option.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Bevan Weiss
> >
>

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