Re: [uCsimm] Any PCB design software ... which is GNU or freeware.

From: Kevin Dawson (
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 19:20:04 EDT

On Wed, 12 Jul 2000, Tom Walsh wrote:

> > I don't expect I'll need a PCB any time soon, but when I do I'll find some
> > place that takes an open file format.
> Micah,
> Good luck on the "open file format"!!! Those of us who have been using
> PCB CAD packages for a number of years find that this is a MAJOR
> problem! There have been some attempts at opening up a 'universal'
> format for packages, but these have failed as the vendors do not seem to
> be intereseted in disclosing their format to competitors.

I've been using Protel for many years.
Easytrax and Autotrax are now public domain
and IIRC their formats are published in the doco.
They're in text, so it's easy enough to decode if they're not.

(I haven't used these for ages, since I'm up to EDA/Client and Protel98.)


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