Import formats

In resumption to our preceding blog entry about export formats supplied by the PCB-Investigator (full particulars at Export Formats) today`s topic will be appositely about the import formats.
To survey, here is a list of all relevant import formats provided by the PCB-Investigator V8, followed by a short elucidation concerning the particular fomats.

List of all formats:

  • ODB++
  • DXF
  • GenCad 1.4
  • IDF
  • DPF
  • PDF schematics
  • Gerber 274x
  • IPC 2581
  • IPC356 D Netlist
  • Excellon 1/2, Sieb & Meyer drill files
  • Images (JEPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF)
  • AVL Attribute List and CSV Attribute Files

Our mainly used fomat is ODB++. It furnishes you all copper/ document/ component data in a defined layer stackup. Information supported by the format includes but is not limited to netlists, drill depth and attributes.

A commonly ocurring format is DXF. PCB-Investigator enables its usage in both directions, export as well as import.

Providing the same advantage, you can adopt the GenCad format for either export or import. Furthermore it comprises nets and component information with outright layer stackups.

IDF The next format to mention, furnishes you a library file for components and another one with information about layers.

An easier structured format is Gerber. It is restricted to merely vector data of signal elements without componets and nets.

In conjunction with the IPC356 netlist your are enabled to export layers including net information.

With IPC2581 you have a file format containing all important information like components, nets and attributes.

The Sieb & Meyer format supplies the function to export drill information. It is signified through simple attributes and tool definitions.

For our next release we are working on direct Eagle import of brd-Files and an importer of IBIS Files.

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