I am a novice to Allegro,i have many designs in Pads layout which i need to convert it allegro,which we could able to do.
is there any way to convert only the footprints from pads to allegro without loosing any details whatsoever?
You can Import PADS ASC (ASCII) Files directly into Allegro using File > Import > Pads.. which will build a library on the fly based on the components used in the PADS design. The output is an Allegro .brd file that the libraries can be extracted. I have used the translator many times in the past with good results but the footprints and padstacks always needed to be tweaked on the Allegro side. No translator is perfect but it certainly is much easier than loading Gerber files or spending money on other tools.I would certainly try and run the PADS ASC file thru the Allegro translator but just one thing to note is that you will have problems translating designs completed on the later releases of PADS, I would still give it a try.Hope this helps,Mike CatramboneUTStarcom, Inc.