Hi,it's the first i'm using allegro and i would like to know how can i convert the libraries i have from layout to allegro.Can i use them or must i design the footprints from the beginning in allegro?
Thanks for your time.
Providing that you have a sufficiently high version number, I think that at least 10.0 is required, you can use the Catalog tool. In the LSession (grey) window when Layout is started, Tools>Catalog>Create, point to the LLB file and create the catalog. This will create a MAX file, or files, of all of the library parts. (You may get multiple files since Layout has a drill limit of 40 drills per MAX file) You can then translate the MAX file with the OrCAD Layout import / conversion. Note that Layout has oversized pads for plane layers, PCB Editor won't use these so the inner layers in the conversion can be deleted, the translation will create the required "default internal" data from the regular pad for thru parts)
If you have a pre-Catalog tool version of Layout, you will need to add the footprints manually to a desgn and then convert the resulting MAX file.
1) Anything which you have on a global layer will not be translated since there is not global layer in PCB Editor.
2) Any height keepouts which are round or have a rounded section will not get translated.
How about Title Blocks that are parts, I can't get them into Allegro. I tried converting boards and the title block won't come in. I also converted my libraries and the parts all come in minus Title Blocks and out layer stack up that are saved as parts.
It shows a (#Refdes) where the title blocks would be but nothing more. Global visibility is on and nothing shows up.
I don't want to recreate every single title blockl and all the text associated with them.
Lonf time Pads user and worked with Orcad and now this company is finally switching over to Allegro from Orcad10.5
Any help is appreciated..
I suspect your title block is on a layer that the translator does not support. What layer in Layout are you using for Title Blocks ?
From memory mine are on the asy top layer and they translated into Allegro fine without issue.
BTW, Orcad 10.5 is very old, You might want to pull your designs and libs in to an orcad 16 x version of Layout first save them and then try export etc. I believe the last ver of Layout was 16.2
Thanks Scott for your reply!!
Yes 10.5 is old but government contractors like stability and don't change much..
The Title block is on the Drill Drawling layer and we're just now upgrading to 16.3 and want to get out libraries and title block info into it.
I also sent it into suport a few days ago and they got back to me a few days later on Friday. They guy had the file first thing that day but haven't heard back yet so not sure what the fix will be. I wouldn't think it should be that hard to translate. Long time Pads user and just now learning Allegro at a new position. Well used Orcad for a few year here until it got slow and now back again and tney're finally upgrading.
Thanks again for your help..