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Old 13th January 2004, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default How to open *.pcb files?

Does anybody knows how to open *.pcb files, what is the easiest way to view and print these files without expensive programs.
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Old 13th January 2004, 08:15 AM   #2
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Do you know by which program they were generated?

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Old 13th January 2004, 09:28 AM   #3
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I'm not sure, but it could be made by p-cad or similar. I find many diferenc viewers and programs. I tried two of them but no one was usefull. I did'n open the files.
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Old 13th January 2004, 09:31 AM   #4
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As janneman implies the best way is to use the right application.

Open the file as text in some viewer (like NotePad or similar) and look around. Usually the file marks the contents with something that identifies the application to use.
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Old 13th January 2004, 09:43 AM   #5
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Yes, that's a good idea.

Most of these formats are proprietary, and cannot be opened by other programs.

There is a program called CAMbridge that can convert between a lot of these formats, but the professional version is expensive. I don't know if there is a limited version. Anyone?

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Old 13th January 2004, 10:27 AM   #6
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CAM350 stores files with that extension

only 1 problem, very expensive and demo version doesn't allow printing ( at least i think )

there is also a trial verssion availebel on there site, but i do not know if you will be able to print.


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Old 13th January 2004, 10:29 AM   #7
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Yes, there are several PCB programs that use that extension.
If there is no clue in Notepad, why not attach one of your files. Perhaps there will be a member who can open it, and send you a .gif or a .prn file for a common printer.
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Old 13th January 2004, 10:29 AM   #8
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Protel DXP is reading some .pcb formats, too. Maybe it's possible to convert the file.
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Old 13th January 2004, 11:08 AM   #9
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The old Protel for DOS PCD layout Autotrax program used *.pcb files and Protel 99 will convert them. Autotrax is now a free download from Protel site if you can run DOS programs.

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ExpressPCB is free & easy, and also comes with a schematic editor.
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