Welcome to the CADSTARguys Blog - Information, hints, tips and my waffle on the CADSTAR Printed Circuit Board design suite.

Please note that all names used are completely fictitious and any thing written is my own personal opinion or knowledge and not related in any way to either my employers or their customers (or Zuken).
Also this is not a replacement for proper Maintenence/support and you should read the help files before asking anything techy:).

Thursday, 27 August 2015

I don't think the stats for this blog are very good.

Looking at the stats, I don't really have a large audience, perhaps I need to advertise it more on other sites - perhaps I could do with more people subscribing.

Catch 20 really, if no one looks I wont post, if I don't post no one looks.

Any suggestions?
Many forums etc ban links unless relevant to the discussion, they are not allowed in signatures etc.

So come on watchers - subscribe so I know your watching, I wont spam you.

Are your design files locked after a mishap?

If you have file locking enabled (set in the Options) and for one reason or another you have a power cut or a software crash, CADSTAR cannot delete the temporary lock file that prevents another user having write access to your design, so how do you get access back yourself?

Friday, 14 August 2015

Handy hints and tips.

I have been using CADSTAR for 20+ years, I am familiar with most of it however even though I use it daily, show others how to use it and fix problems with it I am amazed that I am still learning all the little things, it is almost as if I learn something new every month. Why is this? Possibly because not every method of doing something is documented - besides, who reads the documentation?

Routing with incremental track widths in P.R.Editor.

When routing within P.R.Editor we route using Necked, Optimal and Typed track widths.

How would you like a variable track width that allows you to increment/decrement the track width while routing between the min & max values of the route code?