For those with schematics they wish to export from OrCad and
import into KiCad.
Date: 2007-10-24 10:55
This release is able to parse OrCad EDIF output, write library files
and a schematic file for import into KiCad EEschema. I rate the
quality at 80% correct, needs more testing, but it beats re-entering
a schematic by hand but user beware!
With a few symbol library edits for pin Up/Down EEschema should be
able to give a pretty good display and produce a netlist. Pin Up/Down
info was not included in my EDIF test files, possibly an bug in
OcCads EDIF out (think I'm using Version 7, if I remember right)
Notes: I put the *.lib, *.sch e2sch output in a separate test
directory. The challenge was to get KiCad to forget about the
installed library path and just look in my test directory. I gave
up and used a text editor to generate some test.pro files. The
*.sch output from e2sch already lists the libraries it found and
Warning: don't put multiple libs in the same directory. I noticed
'interference* between multiple XTIE connection symbols coming from
different OrCad designs.
o maybe automatic reconize sheet size.
(workaround: change in EEschema)
o text scale is still a little funky
o some PinNums are there, some are not
o no testing of hierachical sheets
o mimimal testing of EEschema netlist out
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Kicad Netlist Format
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