March 4, 1996
Artwork Adding DXF to Allegro Translator
Building on our successful release of Allegro to DXF, Artwork is now preparing ASM 1960,
DXF to Allegro. This translator will read AutoCAD's DXF file format and convert
it into Allegro's Intermediate Plot File format (IPF). Allegro can then import the IPF
Who needs this translator?
Any Allegro user who needs to import data
from mechanical drawing packages including: AutoCAD, Microstation,
CadKey, CADAM, Pro-Engineer, SRDC and the like. Even general purpose illustration programs export DXF: Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Micrographix Designer are a few among many general purpose programs that read/write DXF.
The Allegro designer may need to import DXF in order to pick up connector locations,
board outlines or keep-out areas defined in another package. Other potential uses include adding RF or microwave
layout information from a different design package to a multifunction board.
How do Allegro users now import DXF?
Good Question! It doesn't appear to be easy or inexpensive. There is an IGES in/out module that can be purchased from Cadence (list price $10K) - however not every mechanical package can read/write IGES at no extra cost - AutoCAD Release 13 requires a separate IGES translator for $1500. There are also lots of
incompatibilities between IGES readers and writers - spending 10K on an IGES translator is no guarantee that all (or even any) of your data will get through.
It appears that this
is an ideal opportunity for a small third party developer to bring in some
useful functionality for $995.
Special features of DXF to Allegro
- Full support for DXF files from AutoCAD Rel 9 through 13. Release 13 support
is exceptionally difficult - many translators do not properly support various
release 13 entities at all. Full support for all valid DXF files created by
other applications. We bring 10 years of experience to reading and interpreting
AutoCAD's DXF file format.
- Available on a wide range of platforms including - DOS, Windows 3.1/95/NT,
SunOS, Solaris and HPUX.
- Excellent user control of the translation. Users will be able to select
the desired layers to translate. Hierarchy is automatically flattened (since the Allegro IPF format is flat.) Layer information and colors are preserved. Several
text scaling factors help place and space strings of text.
- Fast and Easy updating over the Internet. The latest code will also be
available on our ftp site for downloading by customers. A revision history list is
posted as part of the WEB datasheet. Manuals are available at the ftp site in
text, html and Postscript format - Adobe's PDF (portable document format) soon
to be added.
Price and Availability
All versions will sell for $995 per license. On UNIX, a network floating license
costs an additional 30%. The translator should be available at the end of March Check our web page http://www.artwork.com or send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To encourage the use of the WEB we are pricing as follows:
DXF to Allegro (license only) $995.00
Media (choice of diskette, 1/4 tape, DAT or 8 mm) $ 50.00
Printed Manual $ 50.00
To save $100 download both the executables and the Postscript version of the
Of course. Go to our WEB page and bring up the DXF2ALL data sheet. At the bottom
of the datasheet are links to the various executables and manuals. Download what
you want and send us an email requesting a eval. We'll need your hostid/hostname
on UNIX and email you activation codes for a 2 week test.
Once we've completed readers and writers for Allegro IPF we'll be able to offer translators
to any of our other databases: GDSII, IGES, Gerber, EGS, ME-10 etc...as well as
support for plotting to laserjets, Postscript devices and electrostatics from
Calcomp, Versatec and raster graphics...If you need additional connectivity to
or from Allegro please contact us.
Trademarks: Allegro is a trademark of Cadence Design Systems. All2dxf and ASM1960
are trademarks of Artwork Conversion Software, Inc. AutoCAD is a registered trademark of AutoDesk and DXF is a trademark of AutoDesk. Other product names mentioned
here are trademarks of their respective owners - you know who you are. Artwork is a
registered AutoDesk developer and a member of Cadence Connection's third party
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