Altium Tech Qs: How to import Protel 99SE (.DDB) files into AD14 while maintaining synchronization?
Tech Question of the Day by ACRP Ltd.: How to import Protel 99SE (.DDB) files into AD14 while maintaining synchronization? ACRP Ltd. has legacy design files in Protel 99SE (.DDB) format which they would like to migrate into AD14. They recently decided to choose Altium Designer, mainly due to its superiority in creating assembly and fabrication outputs such as Gerber and NC drill files, while maintaining company standards through Altium’s outjobs. The import wizard embedded within AD allows import of both the PCB and schematic files while keeping both of the files synchronized with one another. The component links of Altium Designer allow the user to link the components in PCB and schematic based on designator, footprint used, or both. This functionality may come in handy, especially for some legacy design practices whereby the PCB and schematic document were created in two different platforms (i.e., PADS layout and PADS logic). The update changes from schematic to PCB functionality of AD allows the logical connectivity (appearing as ratsnest in PCB view) between components to remain intact after importing.
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