Phillip Restall - [EMAIL PROTECTED] is a programmer but does not know
of an easy way to "Batch Move" the silkscreen data to the correct layer. 

Here is the situation:
The IPC-7351 library has a silkscreen outline and an assembly outline. They
are two totally different outlines. The silkscreen is a fake outline and
does not represent the 1:1 scale component body. It represents the
component, but does not touch any pads or exposed copper. The Assembly
Drawing outline is an exact replica of the physical component and it may run
right over pads because it's just a drawing.

When we converted 9,000 library parts from PADS to Protel everything went
smooth except the translator merged the Assembly Outline and the Silkscreen
outline to the same layer in Protel. That was the stock PADS to Protel
translator provided by Altium. Now we have to manually edit each library
part to separate the two distinct outlines.

We can easily write programs that make global edits but we cannot think our
way out of this problem. 



Tom Hausherr
PCB Libraries
CEO, Director of Technology
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847.745.0450 Fax
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-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Creer [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 3:55 PM
To: 'Protel EDA Forum'
Subject: Re: [PEDA] We Need Your Help!

Tom and All,

Surely there's someway of manipulating the library files in a text editor or
similar to make the translation of the overlay easier? Replace All in

There's plenty of text editors/hackers etc around or maybe someone can code
something (I'm no programmer at the best of times) to batch convert/modify
the silkscreen to the correct layer?

Just an idea to boot around...


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Hausherr [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Wednesday, 30 June 2004 1:06 AM
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Subject: [PEDA] We Need Your Help!

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Protel Users,
We created the original IPC-7351 library in PADS-PowerPCB and are in the
process of translating it to Protel DXP and PCAD. We are also creating the
Expedition, Board Station, Zuken, Intercept - Pantheon, Electronics
Workbench, Allegro and OrCAD versions with other developers and volunteers.
We will be offering all the completed libraries in the www.PCBLibraries.com
<http://www.pcblibraries.com/>  download center for free. 
The entire library is translated to Protel, but the Silkscreen Outlines are
on the wrong layer and we need to move it to the correct layer. 
So far we were able to complete all the BGA's. 
There about 9,000 parts (and growing) and we need help. 
If you can help with our effort, we'll have the Protel Library up sooner. 
Phillip Restall in England is our VP of Product Development. 
Contact [EMAIL PROTECTED] and he will send out one component family
per person. 
The IPC-7351 is a 3-Tier library system so there are three groups of every
Together we can create a "One World Library" that is proven technology and
eliminate duplication of effort, reduce error rate and increase our
Here are the Protel libraries we are creating:
SML7351 - Surface Mount Least IPC-7351 - 620 parts
SMN7351 - Surface Mount Nominal IPC-7351 - 1003 parts
SMM7351 - Surface Mount Most IPC-7351 - 620 parts
SMN_MFR - Surface Mount Manufacturing Specific - 262 parts
TH - Through-hole - 480 parts
AMP - Amp connectors - 388 parts
MOLEX - Molex Connectors - 4,547 parts
SAMTEC - SAMTEC Connectors - 555 parts
BERG - Berg Connectors - 31 parts
JST - JST Connectors - 40 parts
CUI-STACK - CUI-Stack Connectors - 26 parts
HIROSE - Hirose Connectors - 24 parts
CONNECTORS - Miscellaneous Connectors - 278 parts
SWITCHCRAFT - Switchcraft Connectors - 18 parts
KYCON - Kycon Connectors - 21 parts
Thank You so much for your help,
Tom Hausherr
PCB Libraries
CEO, Director of Technology
858.592.4826 Phone
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