|Original author(s)||Protel International Pty Ltd. (now Altium Ltd.)|
|Platform||IBM PC and compatible|
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)
- More Protel Autotrax utilities, from Jim Patchell
- A laser plotting utility for Protel Autotrax
- Newer (VESA) video drivers for Protel Autotrax
- A HowTo for using Protel AutoTrax under SuSE Linux and DOSemu
- Protel Autotrax companion programs - Directly generate RS274X gerbers from Autotrax PCB files, rotate PCBs, etc, From Les Hildenbrandt
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.