I have tried to import ascii files into Solidworks, but I keep getting a message that it is being analyzed and never does it load the drawing. Any suggestions on why Solidworks will not load my PADS drawings?
1) A PADS ascii file can be very large, perhaps your computer does not have enough memory and is paging to disk.
2) an old slow computer could also take an inordinate amount of time
3) but my guess:
because of the above, sometimes the person creating the ascii file decides to deselect some of the info to export in order to make the file smaller
(ask me how I know this )
or maybe just creates the ascii wrong (also been there and done that)
the result in CircuitWorks is what you have noted
the solution is to recreate ascii file in PADS, select everything (PADS gives you the option of what you want to export)
problem # 1 & 2 above would have to be an extremely large board or very old computer, but would eventually complete.
in short, your ascii file is bad, recreate it
one last thing, when it asks what version of ascii to export, use 2007
although SW2011 may have updated, I believe 2007 was the last version of PADS ascii supported
I could be wrong about the exact particulars on that, (I am not using the latest SW or PADS)
exporting an earlier version of PADS ascii could solve your problem
better yet, if you have the IDF translator in PADS, use it
Thank you for your response. This sounds like a very good possibility. I am working on getting PADS back on my computer right now and will try it out as soon as I do.
I am trying to bring in Altium files. i tried to open a .brd file and got the error message that the file did not have any header. I tried this using the open ECADS commmand.
How do you open these frigging file?
I am getting a bit frustrated as you can see
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