Hello, I am currently working with a customer that works in the "max layers mode". Can anyone tell me how to take one of their PADS PowerPCB files and chanine it back into the "Default layer mode"? Please let me know.
I've heard it can't be done. But this is what I'd try:
- make sure everything on the extra layers is deleted.
- Export the design in ASCII
- Delete the stuff for the other layers and tweak the parameteters back to 'normal' (you might need a good text comparison tool (to compare againsta a 'normal' ASCII export) for this; I recommend BeyondCompare)
- Save that and import it to a new design
Easy. Export to version 5.0. Reopen. Voila 30 layers again.
But It is not easy to find PADS Version 5.0 to import ASCII file.
You don't need it. The 5.0 export doesn't support max layer mode, so when you import it back into 9.# your design will be in default layer mode.
Here is a message that I got when I import a v5.asc. I am using Pads 9.3.1.
You are right; I see the same thing. I wonder if this workaround got broken in 9.3?
You might have to edit the ASC file and delete the extra layers, and then rename the non-electrical layers from 121-130 to 21-30. That seems a pain.
I know lots of others at email@example.com have said this works. You might try asking there to see if there is a simpler way.
The main reason that I ask for defauld layer mode because I want to make a reuse. My current design is in defauld layer mode.
We got the max layer mode in Version 4! So you have to export in Version 3.5 or 3!! But maybe some settings in the decals, like chamfered corners in the padsstacks, are lost.
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