Starting with release 16.5, it is possible to export data from Allegro PCB Editor into PDF files. PDF files are more portable and secure in comparison to .brd files and can be used by customers to share a subset of design data with their vendors who do not need direct access to design data. PDF files can easily be posted on websites and opened within browsers.
Read on for more details …
The PDF output is driven by Artwork Film Records. It also exports net and component data along with properties. If you try to export all the data, the file size becomes larger than the board file.
- The PDF files generated can be viewed in Adobe Reader 9.0 and Adobe Reader X.
- The utility can be run from the command line as well as the Allegro PCB Editor UI.
Here’s what the PDF Publisher form contains:
The PDF generation is based on the Artwork films defined. Each film becomes one sheet of the PDF file. There are many control options available in the PDF generation.
Some of these key options are:
There is a separate password for opening the file -- and another for modifying the permissions. The permissions are listed under File > Properties in the Adobe Reader. The permissions can be changed in Adobe Acrobat (if it is not protected with a password).
If this is option is set, the board and symbol outlines are added to all layers if the PIN CLASS is exported in the film.
Filled Pads, Filled Shapes, Drill holes
Can be turned on and off.
Property data can be made made visible in Adobe Reader's model property dialog (the lowest part of the model tree). Property data consumes a lot of space. It needs to be added judiciously. You can control which properties are added to the PDF file in the Property Parameters tab.
You can generate test point information in the PDF file and it will be available in the PDF output model tree.
The PDF file can be generated directly from a batch command.
Here’s a screenshot of the various Layers and Model Tree objects available in the PDF output:
As always – I look forward to your feedback in using this great new capability.
Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia