Hi, I would like to read the schematics of my openmoko phone from http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/Neo1973_case_schematics. I read from wikipedia at
that BRL-CAD is a free software program that could be used to read Pro/E files. However, after I built the debian package from http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/b/brlcad/brlcad_7.12.6+dfsg+svn32823-1.dsc I noticed that the import needs src/external/ProEngineer/proe-brl.c which is a plugin to the proprietary Pro/E program if I read it correctly. Is it really true that I can not read Pro/E files without proprietary software? If yes, I would like to correct this to wikipedia.
Pro/E files are a proprietary format. So yes, you can only read the proprietary format using proprietary software.
BRL-CAD provides a Pro/E format to BRL-CAD format export plugin that links against Pro/Toolkit. As far as I'm aware, there is no open source software that will read the proprietary format directly without the assistance of another lib or conversion to another format.
We do have an IGES importer if you have 3D solids (doesn't do much with 2D entities). We're currently working on a full STEP converter.
Thank you very much for the information. I updated http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_CAD_software to mention that Pro/E files can only be imported if user has a copy of the proprietary Pro/E program.
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