How can I obtain a PDF file from a schematic in Orcad (with .dbk extension)? Is there a converter?


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The simplest solution may be to use a PDF virtual printer. This allows any Windows software with a "print" function to print to a PDF instead of paper. I've had good luck with Bullzip, but there are many others, including CutePDF, PDFCreator, PrimoPDF, pdf 995, and doPDF.

I've never used any of these specifically with Orcad, but I don't see any immediate reason why they shouldn't work. They definitely work well with Ultiboard, Multisim, MS Word, and a number of other applications.

Of course, this assumes you have a working copy of Orcad. If you don't, there appears to be a viewer available for download from Cadence here. I haven't tried it, unfortunately.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I wrote and deleted the same basic answer in a comment... my speculation is that the OP doesn't have Orcad, but wants to be able to view a schematic that is only available in native format \$\endgroup\$
    – vicatcu
    Feb 6, 2013 at 21:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, I realized that and edited my answer just as you were posting your comment. :-) \$\endgroup\$ Feb 6, 2013 at 21:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I've used PDFCreator for several years now. Can't complain. Free and works very well. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 6, 2013 at 22:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ cutepdf is free for commercial use. Most free PDF writers are free for personal use only. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 7, 2013 at 0:04

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