John,

It would be really great if Altium Protel & PCAD had a PADS V4 or V5 import.


Altium has been dragging this issue for 4 years when they stopped working on
their PADS importer with V3.5. And there's all kinds of quirks with that
interface. 

I'll have more on that subject tomorrow. 

What really scares me the most is that Mentor, Cadence and Intercept are all
developing interfaces to the new Nuetral CAD Format IPC-2581 (which is
basically ODB++ & GenCAM blend) and Altium is completely silent on this
subject. 

The IPC-2581 will drive all the machines in the future all the way from
Fabrication, to 
Assembly to Test. Plus the Import feature will allow access to the largest
most accurate CAD library in the world the IPC-7351 (to be released in
August).

Tom H

-----Original Message-----
From: John A. Ross [RSDTV] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2004 2:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [PEDA] Recommendations please! -- DXP2004 - PADS - Expedition

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Hausherr [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
> Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2004 10:15 PM
> To: 'Protel EDA Forum'
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Recommendations please! -- DXP2004 - PADS 
> - Expedition
> 
> snip <

> Also, PADS will soon (September / October) have a complete 
> Protel translator so you can move all your legacy work 
> directly over to PADS.  

Tom

Thanks for that snippet ;), perhaps Altium will now escalate the remedial
work on the Pads Importer
:-) and perhaps even expand to a Plogic or DxD importer as well.

Is the planned translator at PCB level only or at capture level also?

John











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