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Discussion in 'CAD' started by Jamie, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    i have used my own software for doing board work and
    circuit drawing etc.., its a nice IDE drag & Drap system.
    i did this after looking at various programs already out
    there before. none of them gave me what i was looking for.
    i also needed a custom interface to drive my XYZ sprayer
    i made to image the copper clad instead of using photo methods.
    it's slow but it works.
    anyways, i been thinking of first passing around some shareware
    and then later on marketing.
    for mass production items i have simply been sending out images
    of the boards, holes, labels to a place when i need a lot of boards
    anyways, i think that i must be able to support some common file
    generated streams of known macro and script languages.
    one of them comes to mind is the Gerber 274D and X i think it is.

    i have the DOC's on the format, what i can't find is do i need some
    kind of agreament to publish my app that will gerenate files in this
    format? license maybe?

    can some one elaborate on other commonly used generated formats that
    board makers like to use ?

    the app also helps me in designing the cabinet, hardware anchores,
    templates, panel prints ect.
    they all fit into a single project, so i can create a board for
    example, locate some achore studs, desinate the location in a cabinet
    for the screw whole locations, any changes are made to either, ther
    other will respond to a recalilation or warning indicating that it can
    not be performed and must go to the other part of the project to alter
    its lay out if the use wants to do the actual chance.
    this means, when i use pots, sockets, connectors etc, their sizez are
    put into the equations. most of the most common one's i have in libs now
    so its easy to pop them in .

    ok, hope to hear some input on this.
  2. Sander Kool

    Sander Kool Guest

    Hello Jamie,

    The Gerber file format can be used freely. Everybody does, and
    without any objection of anybody.
    The same goes for the Excellon drill format.

    It is brave of you to write your onw CAD software. I'm curious to see it.
    I too am not so happy with the software available.

    I used to work for ULTImate Technology (now merged with Electronics
    Workbench and designed a schematic and PCB CAD
    package (1985 - 1991).
    Later I designed the core of their ULTIboard 2000 / V7 series.

    I would be nice to help implement my new ideas somewhere.
    I keep getting them.....

    Sander Kool
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