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Futurenet to PADS conversion

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Paul E. Schoen, Mar 24, 2006.

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  1. I have quite a few older schematics in Futurenet 6.10, and although I can
    still run the old program to edit the files, I would rather recreate them in
    a more modern format. I have PADS PowerLogic and PADS Logic 2004SP2, and
    would like to convert the files so I can use the newer schematic editor and
    possibly use some of the specialized component library in new designs.

    I have found many netlist converters, but most of my schematics are for
    electrical designs which are not for PCBs. I have started a Delphi project
    to convert the Futurenet binary files to PADS Version 4 ASCII files. I have
    been fairly successful, but so far I can only show connections as individual
    drafting lines, and the components do not have their internal graphics.

    If anyone has information on the Futurenet file format, I would greatly
    appreciate it. I have figured out much of it by experimentation, but that is
    definitely a hard way to go.

    If you'd like to see how my program works (so far), you can download it at:

    www.smart.net/~pstech/FN2PADS.

    I would like to know if anyone finds this helpful.

    Once I have the format figured out, it should be possible to convert to
    other schematic tools you may be using, if I have the ASCII file format.
     
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