Autotrax

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This article is about DOS-based printed circuit board design software from Protel. For software built for PCB design by Kovac Software in England, see AutoTRAX DEX.


Autotrax
Original author(s) Protel International Pty Ltd. (now Altium Ltd.)
Stable release 1.61
Development status Obsolete
Operating system MS-DOS
Platform IBM PC and compatible
Type EDA
License Commercial
Website http://techdocs.altium.com/display/ALEG/Legacy+Downloads

Autotrax is the name of one of the first ever professional Printed Circuit Board CAD software packages available for the personal computer. It ran on MS-DOS or PC-DOS on an IBM or compatible PC. Autotrax was sold widely throughout the world in the mid 1980s and early 1990s until Protel International Pty. Ltd. (the proprietor) ported the software to Windows 3.1 to create the first ever Windows-based PCB CAD tool, Protel 1.0 for Windows. Since then Protel International became Altium Ltd. after successful I.P.O. and later on made Autotrax a freeware download on their web site.

The original Protel Autotrax is not to be confused with the newer Windows based AutoTRAX DEX by Kovac Software.

Protel Autotrax (DOS)

Protel Autotrax runs under DOS. It will run under Windows 98 and XP but only as a console window. It does not run on Vista or Window 7. It can be run successfully using generic VESA video drivers in a DOS-6.22 Virtual Machine, as shown below. For more details on how to do this, visit the Airborn Electronics pages linked to above.

Autotrax Freeware verions 1.61ND running in a VM on Windows 7.