Translate Altium Designer, Protel, P-CAD, OrCAD, and CADSTAR designs into PADS

Translate Altium Designer, Protel, P-CAD, OrCAD, and CADSTAR designs into PADS


Hello my name is Yan Killy and today we are
going to be looking at how easy it is to translate into PADS different
databases. This is always a concern of designers moving from one software to
another to be able to save their IP as schematic layout and libraries and
will review this going forward. They are available for Altium designer, PCAD, Orcad, and CadStar and those can translate either schematics layout and libraries at one
push of a button. Let’s review how easy it is to do so. And now we will translate
the Altium designer database into the PADS. We’ll select the folder from our projects and I’m going to translate the Tom PCB
file and I will also place an output file into
the same location as we were using before. So I’m
going to select Altium design to PADS and subfolder is Tr. Now I can translate the database, of course I
can translate libraries also if I hit that. So translating, again, doesn’t take
that long it goes through and extracts all information that is necessary for
the PADS layout from the Altium database. It’s almost done and once it is
finished, it’ll give us the report. There is no errors, there’s only only warnings that
you can review later. So we’ll close this and we’ll open this
translated database. It’s of course located in the same location as we’ve done it before,
storing it in the My Documents and update the Altium to PADS and subfolder Tr. Notice again it has added the underscore PADS database
indicating it was translated. And now I’m opening this database and its a fairly
good-sized design and as you can see the translation has performed all the necessary data that needs to be translated inside
PADS so there is components, routing even the copper and if we go and look at
set-up design rules, under classes there’s even different
classes that were set up outside the Altium that came into PADS database. So you
can see it’s easy and straightforward capability to translate this databases
inside PADS. Now, we will translate the P-CAD schematic into the Dx
Designer. So first we need to create a project so we’ll create a new project and I’ll browse to where I want a
place that project. I have picked Dx Designer project and folder Tr and the
project will be also called Tr. So I’ll say ‘OK’ now, so the project will be open and the next
thing I’m going to save file import, you notice we have import capabilities for
Altium, P-CAD, CADSTAR and other ones. So we are going to pick P-CAD and now we go into add where that P-CAD schematic is and we’re going to translate these into the Dx
Designer. We can also, if you want to, translate just libraries and also there
is a mapping file that you can set up for attributes for being translated over.
So we are going to issue a translate command and it’s going to go and translate and it is done now. Translation has finished so now let’s review what has
translated into Dx Designer. Here’s our top page for this project and here is
the second page and I can zoom in and as we can see, we translated this
database over from P-CAD. After translating the schematic, we can all look
at the different translations available for the databases. As you can
see, we have different tabs from Protel, P-CAD OrCAD and CADSTAR to translate
our layouts. So now we’re going to go translate a P-CAD layout. We are going to
add the database we want to translate so
we’ll take this project and this P-CAD database and we’re going to place this database inside the same project. I’ll pick P-CAD to and we’ll select this folder. I’m going to put that information
where to translate the database. Also any library so we can also translate
insight the same database. So under attribute mapping, we can select
different attributes to translate. This is default settings that are already picked for us and for net attributes we can also create the mapping to the PADS layout. So we’ll say ‘OK’ now and
translate this database. It’s going through the process of translating, and as you
can see it doesn’t take that long to do it and it’s fairly straightforward process.
There is no errors so we can close this and and now we will open our PADS layout and
we’ll opened this database to see what kind of translation we got. So we’ll go
to this P-CAD to PADS translation under Tr folder that is that it took the original
name of the file and added underscore PADS(dot)PCB in to it. And
now we’re opening this database and as you can see it’s a fully routed board with everything translated inside PADS layout taken
from the P-CAD database. So also we can see if there are any
translation for the pour came over and we’re going to start and notice that even the pouring of the copper is translated
inside the PADS. So it is easy to translate P-CAD database into the PADS layout. From the examples you saw, migrating into PADS from different databases is very easy; you just select the database and then you just go and translate it. It saves a tremendous amount of time utilizing your existing IP of
library development and some designs that you can you reuse partials of it. Thank you


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