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#1 Mattster

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:00 AM

I get an error message when I try to open the .BRD file - should it be able to open in Eagle Light?

#2 Nevyn

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:55 AM

If it's anything like the other products then the file used Cadence Allegro. There's a free reader available.

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#3 Mattster

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:38 PM

Hmm, I tried the Allegro viewer also with no success. Guess I'll try it again.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:41 PM

Allegro Viewer should work fine (at least it does on my machine).

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:55 PM

Hmm, can't seem to get the error message to past here. It says "ERROR(SPMHOD-36): Cannot open drawing. The database type is not appropriate for viewing in this product."

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:59 PM

Mattster -- which viewer did you download, exactly? What version?

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:55 PM

Hmm, can't seem to get the error message to past here. It says "ERROR(SPMHOD-36): Cannot open drawing. The database type is not appropriate for viewing in this product."


I had the exact same issue. Dont run the app that the installer puts in your startup menu. Go into the install directory, and run this app:

\Program Files (x86)\Cadence Design Systems\Allegro Free Physical Viewers 16.5\tools\pcb\bin\allegro_free_viewer.exe

That viewer displays the .BRD file!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

Yeah, that was the problem. The installer package loads two different programs onto the disk but then puts the wrong one in the Start menu. Works fine now. Thanks!




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