CAM compatible layout programs

Cad Program 

File Type and Instructions

File Extension

Allegro 

Native Design Files

 

EEDesigner III

Ascii ouput file

.ALA

Orcad   

GenCAD Export

.CAD

GenCAD

Generic Version 1.4 File

.CAD

Incases

TL CAD File (Theta)

.TL

PADS

ASCII, Set the system units to mils.
Select the In/Out menu, ASCII Out (F4) command.
Select the All option and the PADS-2000 or PADS-3000 format.
Choose a file name.
You will then be asked to make the inch/metric conversion, respond Yes(F1) to create output in mils.

.ASC

P-CAD

PDIF, Select the PCAD menu from main.
Select PCB Tools(this presents the PCB command option menu).
Select the PDIF File Writer option to start the command.
Output a complete PDIF data file for the design.
There are three options for CAD data it does not matter what options the CAD operator selects.
Select the name of the PCB file to translate.
Select the name of the PDIF file to be created.
Click on Run to start the process of creating the file.

.PDF

Protel 98

ASCII, use SaveAs (PCB)

.PCB

Protel 99SE

Save PCB using SaveAs - Format PCB 3.0 Binary File
Highlight the 3.0 file and Save PCB again using SaveAs - Format PCB Ascii File
Right click on the Ascii File name and select Export

.PCB

Tango

ASCII, use SaveAs (PCB)

.PCB

Cadstar

CADIF

.CDI, .CPA

SCI Card

Select OUTPUT FILE command and enter file name
Enter LIST CARD
Enter LIST RULES
Enter LIST SHAPES
Enter LIST PARTS
Enter LIST POSITIONS

.TXT

Mentor  

ASCII, Extracting a Neutral file:
Select the Write Neutral Files command from the Output menu of the FabLink utility.
Select to output all options.

.NEU

Supermax

E-CAD File

.IPL

Valor ODB++

CAD Project File

(Matrix File)

Veribest

ASCII, The GenCad file is output using the Report Writer export program.
This is a separate executable that is included as a standard part of the Veribest system.
Selecting the Mitron output option tells Veribest to create a GenCad ASCII placement file.

.CAD

Visula

ASCII, Select the Interface from the Input/Output in the Job menu.
Select the CADIF output option from the list.

.PAF

FABMaster

FATF File

.ASC

Unicam(R)

Project File

.PDW