PCBWeb Design Software

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Technoglitch

Joined Jan 2, 2022
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I've been working in PCBWeb Designer for a few years. I have several prototype circuit/board designs that I've put together, which I want to have made. I have the original PCBWeb Designer files for the schematic and boards, with all of the components and trace routing. Now I have a new computer and I can't seem to find a download to install PCBWeb Designer. I want to have a few hundred boards made but it seems I cannot open any of my files without PCBWeb Designer. Does anyone know if there is another app that can open the PCBWeb .CAD files?

I have the Gerber outputs and the PCBWeb files. I have only produced Gerbers, I have never started with Gerber files to try to recreate my schematics and board designs. I would hate to think I've lost years of work. I'm a Chemist, a Statistician and a self made mechanical engineer. I've had to learn electrical engineering on my own and it's really daunting to think that my inventions are lost if I can't open my schematics and board design files!

What other programs could open those PCBWeb Designer files? Is there still a way to download and use PCBWeb Designer??!!

Thanks, all.
 

Jon Chandler

Joined Jun 12, 2008
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Hope you can find the program files.

Gerber files don't contain the information to go backwards to a schematic. You may be able to extract a netlist, but that will only tell you which pads are connected together. It won't tell you anything about the components that go on those pads. The reference designators will give a hint – R1 is a resistor, C7 is a capacitor, but it won't help with values.
 

Ramussons

Joined May 3, 2013
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I've been working in PCBWeb Designer for a few years. I have several prototype circuit/board designs that I've put together, which I want to have made. I have the original PCBWeb Designer files for the schematic and boards, with all of the components and trace routing. Now I have a new computer and I can't seem to find a download to install PCBWeb Designer. I want to have a few hundred boards made but it seems I cannot open any of my files without PCBWeb Designer. Does anyone know if there is another app that can open the PCBWeb .CAD files?

I have the Gerber outputs and the PCBWeb files. I have only produced Gerbers, I have never started with Gerber files to try to recreate my schematics and board designs. I would hate to think I've lost years of work. I'm a Chemist, a Statistician and a self made mechanical engineer. I've had to learn electrical engineering on my own and it's really daunting to think that my inventions are lost if I can't open my schematics and board design files!

What other programs could open those PCBWeb Designer files? Is there still a way to download and use PCBWeb Designer??!!

Thanks, all.
https://pcbweb-designer.informer.com/2.0/
or
https://pcbweb-designer.informer.com/3.0/
 

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Technoglitch

Joined Jan 2, 2022
3
Google pcbweb designer .
You will find a free download
Hey, eetech00. Thanks for your response. I tried for a couple of hours last night to find a download for PCBWeb Designer. I searched using Bing, Google and Duckduckgo. The link from Digikey and the original URL for the vendor's website now reroute to a data sheets website where you can shop for components. No download there.

I found a couple of 3rd party websites with all kinds of click bait. I tried two of them and got an error message instead of a download.

If you are saying that YOU can find a working link, then that means the problem is with my computer. Maybe a firewall issue or maybe the downloads aren't clean and got blocked. Can you confirm there is a link that is working for you?
 

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Technoglitch

Joined Jan 2, 2022
3
Hope you can find the program files.

Gerber files don't contain the information to go backwards to a schematic. You may be able to extract a netlist, but that will only tell you which pads are connected together. It won't tell you anything about the components that go on those pads. The reference designators will give a hint – R1 is a resistor, C7 is a capacitor, but it won't help with values.
Jon, thanks for the info. Its exactly what I needed to know. I have a BOM with the Gerber, so maybe not as bad that the Gerber are all I have left. I still just need something to open them with. I can remember the placement of almost all of the components. Will Eagle or another program open any Gerber files from a different app or are the files app specific?
 

eetech00

Joined Jun 8, 2013
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Jon, thanks for the info. Its exactly what I needed to know. I have a BOM with the Gerber, so maybe not as bad that the Gerber are all I have left. I still just need something to open them with. I can remember the placement of almost all of the components. Will Eagle or another program open any Gerber files from a different app or are the files app specific?
If you can't view the schematics, you'll have to retrace using the gerber files.
You can use the free "DFM Now" to view the Gerber files.
If you have a silkscreen gerber file with reference designators, that will help identify the components.

www.dfmnow.com
 
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