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 Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully 

Last post Tue, Jan 22 2013 7:41 AM by DonlAZ. 15 replies.
Started by pitbull107 10 Jan 2013 09:02 AM. Topic has 15 replies and 2315 views
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  • Thu, Jan 10 2013 9:02 AM

    • pitbull107
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    Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     I have a design to modify, unfortunately the original is in PADS 9.3.  I have Allegro 16.0 and having lots of problems trying to get it to load.

    Anyone out there done this before and got it to work?  I can send the files (asc).... one is PCB and the other the schematic.

    I am willing to pay for a "good usable conversion for 16.0".  Anyone????

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  • Thu, Jan 10 2013 7:35 PM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     Do you need 16.0 or 16.x?  16.0 was very short term.  But if you send files, I can convert to 16.2 then back down to 16.0.
    I have all the old versions so it's not an issue -- just unusual.

    The conversion works well if you export *everything* with the 2007 or 2005 version of PADS which is choosable when you do the export.

    I just did a PADS to Allegro with 9.3 to 16.5 and it was flawless...

    If it works, we talk. If it doesn't, no probs.

    Send a PM to this email and I can help out.

    Bill

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  • Fri, Jan 11 2013 3:04 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply
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  • Fri, Jan 11 2013 8:12 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     Can you export the 2007 or 2005 ASC version instead?  The 9.3 version still gives problems.

    It is one of your option checks in the file export.

    Thanks
    Bill

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  • Fri, Jan 11 2013 8:22 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply
    I do not have PADS full version, only a viewer. The files are from TI support for their battery management evaluation board.
     
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  • Mon, Jan 14 2013 2:05 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Answer Reply

    Here's your design in v 16.01. The only way it would translate successfully is from v16.6. I then downreve'd it to version 16.01.

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  • Tue, Jan 15 2013 10:18 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     Here are the old format PADS files (version 2005) instead of the 9.3 format.  See if this format works without issue.

    I know that Steve provided fully converted files but I am curious to see if 16.0Allegro converts ok.

    Bill

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  • Wed, Jan 16 2013 3:28 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     Failed right away:

    Translating C:/Documents and Settings/Compu-Tier/Desktop/OLDPADS/HPA689A-PCB_old.asc.
    Reading PADS ASCII file header.
    PARSE ERROR: Unrecognized format in header line of input file.
    Line 1: !PADS-POWERPCB-V2005.2-BASIC! DESIGN DATABASE ASCII FILE 1.0
    ERROR: Finished with errors.

     

    Maybe I am doing something wrong on the import?  The three fields are: input file, then options (whcih I just type "options" and output file.

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  • Wed, Jan 16 2013 6:30 PM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     Ha!  Yes, you are doing something wrong.  This one converted without issue for me.

    You need to point "options" to the supplied conversion file (pads_in.ini) which is located in your %install_path%\SPB_xxx\tools\pcb\bin\pads_in.ini

     Install_path\SPBxxx is whereever you installed Cadence

    This should solve the problem

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  • Thu, Jan 17 2013 5:18 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     I tried it, still does not pass the first line.  I tried the original pcb 9.3 pads and the "older" version supplied and they both fail the same.

    Bug in my version? 16.0 Allegro XL

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  • Thu, Jan 17 2013 7:35 PM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     I remember 16.0 was *very* short lived.  There was one maybe two hotfixes applied.  Can you provide exactly which version 16.0 you are running?  Go to your help menu in Allego and get the version number.

    I doubt anyone at Cadence will give you a second worth of help but I am too curious to give up. :)  I will have to go a ways back to de-archive my 16.0 release

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  • Fri, Jan 18 2013 2:57 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     It says:   16.0p005(V16-0-87F)(6/12/2007)i86

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  • Fri, Jan 18 2013 3:52 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     Just found this in the help topics:

     "The PADS translator reads PADS-Perform version 4 and version 6 ASCII database files and writes an Allegro PCB Editor board database. Due to format differences, other types of input files cannot be read. Perform can be used to convert an ASCII database file to a version 4 or 6 file. For further information on how to do this, see the PADS documentation."

    That may explain the problem. Right?

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  • Fri, Jan 18 2013 1:48 PM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply
    Can you just rename (cut n paste) that top header line from a known good ascii file. I've had to do this on multiple projects.
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  • Sat, Jan 19 2013 1:12 AM

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    Re: Need someone to convert PADS to Allegro successfully Reply

     When I edited the header from 9.3 to 2.1 it went a bit further but failed on the packages immediately. So I guess I don't have  "known good" header. Or,,,,,,,,my version just won't translate versions other than what was in the help guide (see above reply).

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