From: "Steve Andrew"
References: <3DEA90A7.DCB395B@juno.com> <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: PCB Software
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Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 03:18:39 GMT
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> mike firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> I'm having a great time with Protel99SE Trial.
>> Does everything, well integrated, cool stuff.
>> If your project takes longer than 30 days, you'll have to
>> reload it.
> Are you sure about that ? Reload after 30 days ? With Protel,
> usually, after 30 days, that's it. You can't even reload it.
> Our company policy is now "no trial protel software" (and therefore
> no protel software, period) due to their trial software leaving
> hidden files everywhere, playing with windows system files that it
> really has no right to, prevention of defrag, etc etc etc.
> One anti virus package (I can't remember which one) even reported it
> as a possible virus due to all the stupid things it was attempting to
> do with the system files.
> I know for a fact we're not the only company to have dropped protel
> because of this.
> The last trial we had from protel trashed an entire operating system
> and the computer had to be reloaded totally.
> I think their trial softare (at least on the last one we tried) even
> warns you about this.
You are correct Gibbo - When you'r 30 days are up then that's it - not
possible to re-load. Unfortunately I spent good money on a copy of Protel
98, that was the worse thing I ever did. It's very unstable, both in circuit
drawing, simulation and PCB modes. Urine defficient documentation, and a
good number of the provided simulation models and sub-circuits do not work,
or give pre-simulation errors.
I'm looking around for a replacement......