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Protel PCB layout package

Discussion in 'PCB Layout, Design and Manufacture' started by eem2am, Jun 19, 2013.

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  1. eem2am


    Aug 3, 2009
    A senior design engineer has just given me a USB stick with protel pcb layout software on it.
    He tells me that any design i do must be drawn and layed out in this Protel

    What is it?
    Is it that DOS based PCB layout package?
    I have been told its a version before ver 3.5.2.

    I have been told that if i have anything later than WinXP, then i'd better run the program in "compatibility mode" (Win95), otherwise it might not be reliable.

    Is this PCB package any good?

    Some time ago, this engineer said to me that they had seen altium being used once, and then when "convert to PCB" was clicked, the PCB came up with the components linked by the rat's nest...and this senior engineer complained to me that the rat's nest was "weird".........i didnt understand...the rats nest is a great help, surely?
    Does this protel incorporate this rats nesting?
  2. davenn

    davenn Moderator

    Sep 5, 2009
    do some googling on it

    it is/was a very common PCB design program.
    Youo will fine all its requirements online

  3. eem2am


    Aug 3, 2009
    I am finding little or nothing on seems this package became "extinct" some 12 years ago.
    I am used to Eagle Pro......which is literally as simple as a PCB.
    If an individual knows the basic structure of a PCB, then that individual WILL be able to use Eagle....its that easy

    With other PCB packages, i am afraid that this is not so, and i fancy that Protel is one of the "not so's"?
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