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Message started by JohnG on Jul 17th, 2007 at 12:06am

Title: New to VeeCad
Post by JohnG on Jul 17th, 2007 at 12:06am
Greetings,

I'm new to VeeCad, and am trying out the free version (2.6.0.0)  -- looking very nice  :-)

I've run into a couple of issues, and I could use some feedback...

1. Netlist imports...
I'm using Ivex Windraft to create shematics.  It will export a netlist in Protel format.  When I import this file into VeeCad, the "Show Net Errors" shows most pins marked *red*, even though they are properly connected.  If components sre not connected, Link lines do not show.  

If I "View" the netlist, the Nodes page is blank.  I suspect this may be the problem -- Ivex may not be generating a fully compatible Protel file.  (Ivex will export to other formats, but none that VeeCad would pick up.)

Has anyone else run into this?
Is there a fix or a workaround?


2. Printing...
a. I'm also running into the Rear view being partially cut off, when printed.  Has this been resolved in the newer version?  
b. The strip layout prints in the upper-left corner of the page, with almost no margin -- is this normal?

Thanks,
John

Title: Re: New to VeeCad
Post by Roger Lascelles on Jul 17th, 2007 at 8:09am
Hello John !

1. Netlist Import
Netlist files can be viewed with Notepad, so you can compare your file with the sample file at tutorials\import.net in your VeeCAD install.  You should see a components section, followed by a nets section.  

components are defined like this:
[
R1
RESISTOR
1K0
]

nets are defined like this:
(
N000002
J1-1
D1-2
)

I am sure we can fix this.  If you email me the netlist file, I can check it.  If the Windraft Protel format is not quite right, I can add a special importer for that format, or some other format which Windraft exports.  See http://veecad.com/contact.html to email me.


2. Printing
a. The latest V2.6.0.1 free version fixes the rear view offset problem. Just install it over the top of the existing version.
b. Printing uses the full printable area offered by your printer, which lies inside the paper borders by an amount defined by the printer manufacturer.  So while your printout should lie on the paper, it may be closer to the edges than you would like.  In the future, I would like to add a margin settings feature to VeeCAD.


Title: Re: New to VeeCad
Post by JohnG on Jul 18th, 2007 at 7:03am
Hi Roger, thanks for the info.  

As you suggested, I looked at the file in Notepad, and compared it with the supplied "Calibrator.net" file -- I couldn't see any differences in the layout.   I will send you the file, hopefully you can see something.  

--

I've just downloaded the latest version, will get it installed.

Thanks again,
John

Title: Re: New to VeeCad
Post by Roger Lascelles on Jul 18th, 2007 at 7:12am
That is good news, John  - if it looks OK in Notepad, the problem is likely something minor like Tab characters instead of spaces, and I can make the importer more forgiving - or make a special importer for the Windraft variant.  I can usually fix this sort of thing in a day or two.

Title: Re: New to VeeCad
Post by Roger Lascelles on Aug 3rd, 2007 at 12:13am
Turns out Windraft produces slightly different Protel format netlists.  John is has tried a special test build of VeeCAD with success.  Windraft compatibility is now standard from V2.7.2.0 .

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