Exporting Data (as IDF)

This task shows how to export data into an IDF file.
A CATProduct document is open containing at least a board or a panel and optionally components.
  1. Click Export I_Export.gif (417 bytes).

    The Export dialog box opens.
  2. Click .

    The Idf File dialog box opens.
  3. Enter Export for example in the File name field.

    You can choose between three extensions for the IDF type:

    • .idf: the general format
    • .brd: the MG specific format
    • .bdf: the Allegro specific format
  4. Press Open.

    You are back in the Export dialog box.

    You can choose between two unit systems:

    • MM: millimeters
    • THOU: 1/1000 of inch

    and two IDF versions:

    • IDF 2.0
    • IDF 3.0

    Another option is available: Use a csv file.
    Refer to Using a csv File in Working with Catalogs section.

  5. Select the Decimal Symbol to be used for the export.

    The Decimal Symbol makes the export totally independent of the language of the session.
  6. Click OK to perform the export.
    An Information message is displayed:

    db_ExportInfoNLS.gif (6150 bytes)

To be exported to an IDF file, the document must contain at least a board or a panel. Other objects are also exported:

  • It is possible to export CBD objects built on a pad based on 3D curves. However, if the board pad is based on a 3D curve, the export is possible only if an axis system has been defined as the origin of the board.
  • You can export patterned pads to an IDF file. However, merged constraint areas are not supported during export.