I believe Altium develops their products on the Delphi platform, and so I
guess that makes them a different breed right off the start.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Noftall" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2004 9:31 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Protel DXP Vs 2004 (Was Spice Simulation (V & I) Probes
on Schematic?)


> > Stephen - Altium have a list of new stuff in P2004 compared to DXP:
> > http://www.protel.com/newin2004.htm
> > also a list of things fixed since DXP SP2:
> > http://www.protel.com/2004releasenotes.pdf but this does *not* include
> > changes in P2004 SP1.  You would also need to read:
> > http://www.altium.com/downloads/2004SP1/releasenotes.htm
> > to get the guff on those.
>
> Thanks Ian, wow, the perfect answer ;-)
>
> > ...  If you think the
> > the changes in P2004 are not beneficial to you (or not so you can
justify
> > the $), at least you have some real conception of what your competitors
> may
> > be using.
>
> A little story if I may. We were using Protel 98, and for a long time (2
> years), resisted the pull to goto 99SE. Then we switched, and started
using
> the built in project format. Well, it takes awhile to get accutomed to any
> new software as everyone knows, and it took us awhile to get into 99SE.
>
> Starting in December, the Altium rep started calling fairly regularily,
> wanting us to upgrade to DXP for $2500. Compared to the other packages out
> there, this is really cheap. So we took the plunge, and started using DXP
> heavily for the last 3 months.
>
> Ok, so getting back to the story. I work for a company that also produces
a
> very large software project. We just recently released a new version. And
to
> see the reation to DXP/2004, it seems similar to our product. New features
> allways come with a tradeoff. But then new features can make you alot more
> productive. I like how DXP (and even 99SE) is forcing me to merge the
> schematic parts with the PCB footprints. This was one of our major sources
> of problems with 98 and previous versions. Has anyone checked out the
> scripting features in the design rules? Stumbled on my first hard crash
when
> I was in there, but it looks incredibly powerfull. When I was first trying
> to use the "inspector", I had set (or it defaulted to) "change all items
in
> the library" box, and then globally changed a pad size. Ok, so it took out
> the library and I had to fall back to my previous day's backup. But then I
> am never going to do that again, and I have now realized how powefull the
> inspector is (which is to say very powerfull). Just wished it had an
> "execute" button, still haven't grocked when exactly it does the changes
if
> I forget to press the enter key...
>
> So overall I am happy with the switch to the new Altium package. Ok, I
guess
> I am contridicting what I said previously ;-). But in my defense, when I
> have to devote a good part of you life working with a software tool, I get
> very opinonated about it. And sometimes I just wished they would use their
> software to design complex boards ;-) If I was in charge of their QA
> department, that would be the #1 priority. Hook up with a design house,
and
> force the coders to design a few boards. Usually C++ gurus are not into
PCB
> design and layout, but you will occasionally get one. But who knows? They
> may be doing that allready. Anyways, enough rambling on a Saturday
morning.
> Hopefully I will be of more help on the forums in the future ;-)
>
> Cheers
>
> PS: sorry for the numerous spelling errors, my home puter doesn't have a
> spell checker :-(
>
> SN
>
>
>
>
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