How to install the P-CAD importer in Altium Designer

March 20, 2019Faust Arenas

For versions 13.0 and older:

  1. Go to this link to download and install the PCAD ASCII importer.
  2. Go to this link to download and install Accel importer.

NOTE: These 2 importers are what you are going to need to be able to import the .lia file. Please Restart Altium software after installation.

For versions 14.0+:

1.Go to File > Import Wizard

2. A pop-up window will appear. Click Next and then click Get More Importers

3. You will be directed to the Extensions & Updates section. Click Configure

4. Under Importers/Exporters, check P-CAD and click Apply

Restart Altium software and that’s it! Your P-CAD importer is now ready to use.

Faust Arenas Administrator

Lead Support Engineer at SnapEDA

Comments (8)

  • 3411

    eric FREISCHLAG

    October 8, 2019 at 11:48 am

    trying to import the p-cad importer in altium 19.0.15. doesn’t work. ideas?

    1. 3413

      Faust

      October 9, 2019 at 2:00 am

      Hi Eric,

      May i know what step in this guide were you stuck?

    2. 3552

      Tyler Rosenbecker

      February 6, 2020 at 6:22 pm

      For Alitum 19.X
      -Click on your name in the upper right corner and select Extensions and Updates.
      -Make sure you looking at the Installed Extensions.
      -Click on the Configure box.
      -Scroll down to the Importers\Exporters and make sure P-CAD is checked, I have them all checked.
      I-n Altium click on the File menu and select the Import Wizard.
      -Follow the menus, P-CAD PCB and Schematics are first, click Next and you will be able to import the .LIA files.

  • 3550

    Phil Chapman

    January 29, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I’m using Altium 19.1.9 and its and it’s a bit different. It has a P-Cad importer installed and allows you to add files. It’s looking for a .pcb or .sch file, it doesn’t recognise .lia files. I’ve tried importing it and it doesn’t work.
    Any ideas?

  • 3551

    Phil Chapman

    January 29, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    It’s ok, just need to go one step further and the wizard works fine.
    Just need to follow the prompts for a library file

  • 3566

    Mylene DiPenta

    April 8, 2020 at 1:54 am

    IntLib format is great news. I just downloaded the models for LT3758 — they are in LIA format. Do I have to do something different to get the IntLib format? Or is it not available for all components yet?

    1. 3567

      Faust Arenas

      April 9, 2020 at 3:34 am

      Hi Mylene,

      Thank you for patiently waiting. We have checked out the part and got the .lia file as well. We noticed that the part does not follow our latest standards which may be the reason why it doesn’t generate the .intlib file. We are going to update this for you and we will get back to you soon.

      In the meantime, i have manually generated the .intlib file and have sent it to your email.

      Thanks,
      Faust

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