Okay, I just voted for it. Everybody else now!
I think it´s easy in Expedition:
Place text or Logo on silkscreen Level and process with Silk Screen Generator.
Take a copy of the >generated< silkscreen item to the (copper) level you need.
Convert in Draw Mode to trace or conductive shape, have a try.
Go to Smart Utilities and invoke >routing >Place Temporary Obstruct.
Spacing Value should be 0,001 or so.
Process the selected copper, set the obstruct type from both to trace. Then it will not be deleted after closing the obstruct processor.
Delete or move off the copper text or -logo.
Take the obstructs and place where you want into the plane.
You can Scale or Grow/Shrink in Draw Mode.
I voted for it. John Matthews posted a comment about an app called BMP2ASC that would allow this to be done in a round about way, but it doesn't seem to work on newer systems. Does anyone have any other ideas?
Also, as I remember it BMP2ASC should still work fine; it will generate an older revision ASC file and PADS still supports those. I remember odd things like it only support eight character names, and I believe you have to run it from a DOS prompt.
Yes, it does work fine. I just imported an ASC file generated in 2008 into PADS Layout 9.5.
Did you read the instructions? There are a lot of subtle little things you need to get right for this program to work.
BMP2ASC Tool.pdf 556.1 KB
The application is not compatible and won't open in my version of WIndows 7. Windows 7 no longer supports 8 or 16 bit apps, which this appears to be.
Last month I used BMP2ASC.exe. I made a few notes on its use.
Rough Procedure before I forget it again:
Must use XP system (Win7 cmd won’t run bmp2asc.exe), Used Acrobat Pro 7.0 and Paint to generate .bmp
The pdf of Logo is increased to 500% and use Acrobat\basic\snapshot to copy into clipboard. Paste into Paint. Change colors to Black & White. Then Invert Colors. Save as .bmp (I used the name input_i.bmp for input inverted BW) (use 8.2 naming)
Copy .bmp file to logo folder. Run cmd.
Type in dos command:
bmp2asc input_I.bmp output_I.asc 2 26 0 0
This makes the image lines 2 mil wide and places it on pads layer 26 silkscreen top. Lower Left corner at 0,0
Import resulting ascii file (output_I.asc) into blank pads layout.
Select all shapes. Combine.
Save to Pads Line Library (give name like BTLogo_Stacked_2014)
A PADS user created a script that is called from within PADS Layout that can perform the same type of functions as the BMP2ASC. This can be run on Windows 7 64-bit, etc. See the below post about the Img2Layout, http://communities.mentor.com/message/38443#38443