We recommend the following tools and tutorials for use alongside our software and for continuous EDA education.
An Intro to Regular Expressions
Most of us have used wildcards to find files matching “*.txt.” Regular Expressions are like wildcards on steroids. Knowing how they work will improve your use of CadEnhance tools and will spill over to help you in your everyday engineering tasks.
Here’s a link describing the usage of Regular Expressions in our tools:
Or, for a great learning resource, we recommend this tutorial:
PDF to Excel Converters
Converting pages of PDF data sheets to spreadsheets is a great way to get started using PartBuilder to extract pin data. The www.online2pdf.com website offers a way to upload your PDF file, select a range of pages to convert, and then it will provide a link for you to download a spreadsheet containing the extracted data. In most cases, this tool does an amazing job on the table creation.
If your company is security conscious, or if you need more control over the PDF conversion process, download the Able2Extract tool, which you can run locally without uploading files to the cloud. A lifetime fixed node license is normally available for ~$150. Since many CadEnhance customers use this tool, if you order the license through CadEnhance, we can offer you a 20% discount off the normal price.
Even in you don’t invest in CadEnhance products, this tool would be a great addition to your toolbox.