I'm trying to convert my board outline .dxf file to .max for Orcad 10.5. I applied exactly the same steps as described in OrCad Help; however, I obtain nothing but an empty page at the end process. If anyone using Orcad 10.5 still exists, it'll be very helpful.


Answer: If it happens to anyone, try saving .dxf in IntelliCad with older version of AutoCad.


I have the same problem today. Please check the following:

  1. When you import a dxf file take care of the following: Today I imported from solidwork a draw from dxf with the name ("Example.dxf" in solidwork format .sldrt) Check the extension of the file (dxf)
  2. When you import, select the dxf an click in "Interact", if the page is a empty page without any draw you have a mistake in the format of the file. (Not a dxf)
  3. If you are able to see the lines of the footprint, select the lines and click "convert to max" I usually convert all the lines to "silkscreen component" in TOP layer. Normally it make a alert but I don't mind because then in the library editor I convert them to silkscreen top, and I delete the useless lines.

(In our work we still use ORCAD 10.5 because this is the only program that our boss know. However we are going to migrate to another program. Any one know a profesional suite with the maximun possibilities?)

I hope it help you.

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    \$\begingroup\$ dxf files are ascii text, not binary. Here's the first few lines from one: 0 SECTION 2 HEADER 9 $ACADVER 1 AC1009 999 I-DEAS Drafting Master Series 7 Not Encoded 9 $EXTMIN 10 0.0 20 0.0 9 $EXTMAX \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Jan 13 '15 at 14:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ Empty page is not the one in VisualCADD in my case. I convert .dxf drawing by doing exactly the same thing you described. Exit VisualCADD. Don't save. AFter this point, I'm trying to open .max file as always. LayoutPlus->File->Open->xxxx.max . And empty page I obtained. Is that something wrong here? @RaulRiveroleo \$\endgroup\$ – cryptokovski Jan 13 '15 at 15:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ In addition, OrCad 16.5 created no problem with the same .dxf files. \$\endgroup\$ – cryptokovski Jan 13 '15 at 15:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Mmmm when this happen me, it's normally because I didn't choose in "Convert to max". Layer = TOP and very important silkscreen component or component silkscreen. Can you try it?. I wrote it bad in the answer. (i will correct it) \$\endgroup\$ – Raul Rivero leo Jan 13 '15 at 15:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ It was due to the version of AutoCad that .dxf was created. Thanks for your answer. \$\endgroup\$ – cryptokovski Jan 14 '15 at 7:09

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