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Mindlink Technologies offers programs and custom programming solutions for CAD
software. Currently all programming is in Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications
(VBA) or various implementations of VB scripting. Generally, the scripts and
programs referred to here are related to PADS PowerPCB, PowerLogic and Orcad but
also include or link to other CAD, database or documentation applications. See listing below. Combining nearly 20 years of experience with PADS
software and PCB design with VB and VBA programming knowledge allows us to provide
applications and scripts to solve various design obstacles.
Solutions are available for many tasks that are either very time consuming, limiting or
non-existent. For example:
-you need to provide a report to the engineering manager on
lengths from a high-speed data bus driver to each of the
devices it is
driving "and I'd like that in Excel format so I can
easily sort and format
-or you might want to manage a CAD library, updating decals,
layer assignments, padstack listings, ect. for all
parts in the library and
print out in PDF format a range of decals and
their parameters - this could
take days, even months for a large complex user
CAD library but with a
programmed application can be mere minutes.
These are just a few examples ranging from simple to complex -both accomplishable -and
any range in between.
Many times a particular program function is limited in what it can access or report.
This is usually due to the need to get a CAD program or upgrade to market in a reasonable
time, so the scope of a function is limited or the entire function is left out. Depending
on what system programmers or marketing feels is most important, these functions may never
be updated or included in the next rev. This is where a custom application interface or
add-in takes over, providing additional functionality and program improvement.
- reduce time consuming tasks
- automate repetitive tasks
- custom reports and BOMs
- query-link between applications
- program features enhancement
- low-cost options replacement
All programs (ready-made or custom) are fully supported for 1 year with upgrades and
bug fixes provided free of charge during this period. Custom programming is based on a
quote and varies depending on complexity, copyright ownership and support required. In
most cases custom scripts and report applications can be written and tested in 1 - 2 days.
Fees are reasonable and often negotiable. Please contact us for additional details on custom VB
A number of application utilities have been written or are in progress and additions
are made frequently -see our Software page for some examples.