I agree… the specification document is 295 pages and the explanation / examples given is very vague and not self explanatory… its high time Mentor Graphics provided a better version of the spec or some other training material to support it, as suggested by @yanfeng
I don’t think it was ever in Mentor’s business plan to spend that much time on it, buying a “oven ready” de-facto intelligent standard, but now that IPC-2581 is snapping at its heels with it’s single file intelligent XML standard, maybe Mentor might do something extra that Valor did not, who knows?
Greetings Mattylad, I recognise you from the PCB Libraries forum. Of course there is software out there which was designed to import the ODB++
1) Wise – VisualCam
2) EasyLogic – PCB Inspector
3) DownStream Technology – CAM350 with DFM
of course you have to pay for this software, to dissect it etc, maybe using something like this, its possible to get a better understanding?
What is important for us PCB designers to understand? layers stackup, materials, drills,components/heights/info, Nets.