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Cheap Cad program which can import Protel files

Discussion in 'CAD' started by John, Dec 1, 2003.

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  1. John

    John Guest

    Does anyone know of a free or cheap (<$1000) cad program capable of
    doing imports of protel99SE schematics and PCBs?
    A few months ago I tried some that made this claim but could not get
    them to work. It would not need to be a perfect importing process,
    some manual work is OK but I would like to spend less time on it that
    manually re-drawing the drawings I have.
  2. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest

    Pulsonix will import Protel files:

    It's more than $1000, though.

  3. maxfoo

    maxfoo Guest

    Use protel99se to export the pcb layout to gerber then edit in Cam350 or

    for the schematic you're out of luck, though...

    Remove "HeadFromButt", before replying by email.
  4. Apollo

    Apollo Guest

    If you are willing to use the Protel 99 package to export,
    you could save to file in Autotrax format and edit it with
    that package. Be careful, there are a number of "gotchas"
    between Protel versions - best to stay away from conversions
    if the boards are multilayer rather than just double sided.

    Altium/Protel graciously provide Autotrax for free on their
    website. Unfortunately, the schematic editor which matched
    Autotrax is not available on their website.

    You can get a number of drivers, utilities and fixes to try
    and wrest Autotrax into the 21st century (eg The previous
    video resolution was 640 x 480 - we've made larger now) from:

    I wouldn't normally suggest this to someone who has not used
    Autotrax before... but it is free, and all the stuff that
    we have done to improve it is open source, with links to it
    all at the URL above. There is even a tutorial and list of
    known bugs.

  5. but Protel is already a cheap cad package..

  6. maxfoo

    maxfoo Guest

  7. Russell Shaw

    Russell Shaw Guest

    at $9000 ?
  8. Bob Stephens

    Bob Stephens Guest

    Aw c'mon! Think of the bug-rich environment you're getting ;)
  9. well it all depends on your perspective.. I was once quoted $50k for the
    software and $60k for the workstation to run it on.... so $9000 is far
    cheaper.. besides.. Protel is cheaper in New Zealand.. only $4000 .. we have
    a better sales rep :)
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