Most Altium files are saved in the native format (.IntLib) however you may occasionally run into cases where they're saved as .lia. After unzipping the file, check the extension of the file you downloaded and follow the relevant instructions below.
Follow these steps to import symbols & footprints into Altium Designer using the .intlib format:
Extract Sources will allow you to open the library into the Projects window as an Integrated Library project.
Install Library will install the library and add it to your Libraries Panel.
Before import, make sure the P-CAD importer is installed. To do so, follow these instructions here.
Follow these steps to import symbols & footprints into Altium Designer using the .lia format:
If a footprint has non-circular plated through-holes (ex: slots), we export them as board cutouts. If you follow the instructions above, these cutouts will appear on Mechanical Layer 1. When manufacturing your design, please ensure that you send gerber files for Mechanical Layer 1 to your PCB manufacturer.
All SnapEDA parts have slots represented on the cutout layer (Mechanical Layer 1 as per the instructions above). This cutout will override the round hole shown on the footprint, thereby generating the desired results.
You can manually modify the slotted holes size and shape to be defined as slots by following these steps:
Read more about slotted holes here
In some versions of Altium, the mouse input doesn't work in the dropdown. If this happens, use your keyboard to change the dropdown value instead. To see how, please refer to this video.
This happens when you try to import a P-CAD library file into the P-CAD Design Files window. To fix this, just click Next on that window to get to the P-CAD Library import window.
If the layer is not present, simply ignore this step. That means that there is no information to import on that layer.
Follow these steps to import into Eagle:
Tip: To better organize your parts in Eagle, you can right-click on the lbr folder and create a new ‘SnapEDA’ folder to store the parts you’ve downloaded from SnapEDA
Follow these steps to import symbols & footprints into CircuitStudio:
All SnapEDA parts have slots represented on the Edge.Cuts layer. To be able to find the real shapes of the slotted holes, please select View > Drawing Mode > Sketch Pads.
Technically, support for these cutouts outlines does not exist in KiCad but it works fine and board manufacturers will understand that this is a cutout in the gerber files. However, you should tell your board house that the information on the gerber file (containing the Edge.Cuts layer) needs to be milled from the board.
Read more about slotted holes here
First time importing a part from SnapEDA?
Make sure you have completed the first-time setup tasks (See How)
Footprints can also be imported manually. The second half of the tutorial video above also demonstrates these steps.
Note: some parts don’t contain pad shapes. This step can be skipped if no .psx files exist.
For each pad shape script file (*.psx) in the .zip file:
For each of the pad designer script files (*_pad.scr) in the .zip file:
If you have multiple installations of Cadence Allegro on your machine, it may be necessary to use the Cadence SPB Switch Release utility to ensure environment variables are properly set.
Note: Frequent users may want to create a new path for each download to store padstacks.
If this happens, simply close the command window.
This error indicates that you must point the Allegro "scriptpath" to the downloaded files. Directions to update Allegro scriptpath
This error indicates that the *.pad files have not been created successfully or Allegro cannot locate the *.pad files at any location in its pad path. Follow these steps to troubleshoot this issue:
After you download your first part on SnapEDA, you need to update your Windows PATH environment variable to point to the Allegro V17 executables.
Note: This step requires administrative access to the computer. Those without administrative access should follow the manual import steps detailed above.
Why is this first-time step required?
The automated batch file included with the exported Allegro V17 files relies on Windows’ ability to execute allegro scripts from the command line from any location in the file system. The location of the allegro executable files changed from Allegro V16 to V17 and Windows cannot locate these files without being pointed to the right location.
Follow these steps to import into OrCAD Capture:
Follow these steps to import into PCB123:
Tip: Additionally, you can import by going to File > Import > SnapEDA... and select the .snapeda file you downloaded.
Follow these steps to import symbols & footprints into Proteus:
Note: This only works with Proteus 8.9. To learn how to import watch this video.
Follow these steps to import into Pulsonix: