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    How to open PCB file

    Hello,

    I have to open a .pcb file but I'm not able to do it. I have tried with Altium but it say "File type not recognize". I have tried all the importers with pcb extension on Altium but none of them work.
    I have also tried with Orcad and Cadstar but the result was the same.

    Any idea?

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    Re: How to open PCB file

    PADS, Protel and several other programs use .pcb as a file extension. Most store the data as lines of text describing the start and end points of track segments and pad shapes so it you open it in a text editor you might find clues.

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    Re: How to open PCB file

    Instead of guessing the dedicated layout tool or trial-and error work, it may be easier to scan the file source (and it's neighborhood) for info about the used tool.



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    Re: How to open PCB file

    Thanks for replying.
    I already opened the file with notepad but I didn't find any information about the used program.
    I'll try with PADS PCB viewer now.



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    Re: How to open PCB file

    Yes, some PCB tools use ASCII like format, e.g. newer Eagle files. Your apparently doesn't.



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    Re: How to open PCB file

    Using Free PADS PCB Viewer I'm able to open these files.
    Actually the problem is that I have to modify them and I just have Altium. How can I import to Altium? Looks like there is no importer for PADS .pcb files

    Thank you so much

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    I think that I have to convert it from pcb to ASCII, then I can use the import wizard in Altium.
    The only problem is that I don't have PADS for doing this...



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