In Reply to: Re: opinions on Zuken Cadstar posted by Ian Kistler on 03/15/01 at 4:06 PM:
I've tried using the Zuken CADSTAR package and wasn't very crazy about it. There were also some strange things in their schematics package that I didn't like. But, don't get me wrong.....I started my CAD design experience using the DOS versions of CADSTAR and thought they were GREAT!! It just seems as though the WINDOWS versions aren't very well executed.
As far as "converting" goes.....OrCAD can 'read' and 'write' CADSTAR files, but there's a catch!! You simply CANNOT do a design in OrCAD and export it in the CADSTAR format!! What you CAN do, is read in a CADSTAR file into OrCAD, then make any changes that you want to do, and then export THAT design back out.
There absolutely MUST be an originating import file first!! If there isn't, then OrCAD will NOT export a file out.
Several years ago, I had no problem importing and exporting CADSTAR files into and out of OrCAD. The CADSTAR files MUST be in the ".CDI" format, which are easily created from within CADSTAR.
Unfortunately, OrCAD has not kept up with the programs internal translators. Now, I have had all manner of problems trying to translate CADSTAR, PADS and Protel files into OrCAD.
Anyone reading this should call OrCAD and pound on them to update their internal translators!!