VUTRAX for Windows Downloads
What is there to download?
- To use any of the VUTRAX installable downloads you will need
the installation ReadMe, the installer itself.
These are all in the Installation section.
- System Modules
- The full VUTRAX 13.5a system can be downloaded. From
this you can install from a 256 pin limited FREE system
all the way up to a full professional configuration.
About 13MB (as 4 files - the installer plus the packed system
divided into 3 files for convenient downloading).
- Any installable updates for the current and recent issues.
- Interface Modules
- These include a number of optional modules that can be
installed over your primary installation or at the same
time. For installation instruction see section 'Interface
Module Installation' in the 'Configuration and Trouble
Shooting' Volume of the Help.
- Input and Output Converters: an assortment of
input and output interfaces for Vutrax format from and to
various third party formats including the Cadence Specctra
Autorouter, the Konekt Electra
Autorouter, Bill of Materials, Stock Control, & 3D
These interfaces are only available as purchased add-ons.
- Supplementary Libraries. Detail of content can
be found in the 'Supplementary Library ...' sections in the
Library Volume. Free Issue
- Bitmap to Vutrax Vector Format Converter based
on a GNU licensed converter. Free issue.
- Trouble Shooting
If things go wrong, how to check the file integrity, and more advanced
and operating system specific help.
FREE issues, Evaluation, and Commercial
The downloads provides the capabilities for building:-
- A complete system limited to typically
256 component pins, with no time limit or other limitation.
You can make photoplot files for use in board manufacture, or
use desktop outputs for D-I-Y use. If this is all you need, you
are welcome. Please tell your colleagues and give them the URL,
plus the downloaded files if they want them.
- Bundled Configurations
- Pre-determined bundlings of most modules, with a pin based
- Customised Configuration:
- Professionals can evaluate the product in the freeware forms,
but will want much greater capacity, and access to professional
level support. The system is extremely modular - you need only
buy what you want. Please visit Information and then
Pricing for details, and e-mail us with your requirements.
Features only available in the Commercial form are the SpiceAge
interface, and many other 3rd party interfaces.
All of these forms are derived from the same set of archives -
you don't have to keep downloading to upgrade unless you want
specialised modules (which are supplied as extra Installable
How do I download?
To prevent the browser trying to display the files
browsers allow clicking the Right mouse button and then
selecting [Save .. As] (or similar wording) from
the popup menu.
- To download either the Vutrax System first visit the
Installer page and download the ReadMe and
- Visit the System Modules and/or Updates
pages to download the files.
- If you have Broadband you
may prefer to download everything as one large file - see
CD Installer download.
To avoid potential problems please use the suggested filenames.
Usually this is what will be offered in the dialogue, but some
browser configurations mangle the offered name by adding sequence
numbers or extra dots, even after you specify it in the dialogue box.
The installer tries to cope but sometimes it can't.
If you have trouble please change the name to what we suggest, or
rename it later.
Hint: Downloading two files at once may be faster than one at a
time, so you don't have to wait for a download to complete before
starting the next. However, having lots going means that more may
be lost on a system failure.
How long will it take?
The bulk of the download time will be spent on the main system
archive of 3 files at about 3.5MB each, about 10 minutes
each with a 56K modem and no net congestion.
ADSL users can do the whole thing in a few minutes,
or can download a CD Image as
a single long file.
Is it safe to install on my System?
Any version of Windows including 95, 98, NT 3.51, NT 4.0, ME,
Windows 2000, and Windows XP can run Vutrax provided
that you have sufficient hard disk space (see requirements).
VUTRAX installation is designed to have minimal impact on your
current setup, and be easy to un-install, even if the
installation is interrupted. All program, data, library and other
files are written to a single (new) directory/folder structure
rather than dumped into your Windows shared directories.
What do I do with the downloads?
Simple installations can use Run from the Start
button to select and run Vutrax_Set_Up. For more complex setups
(e.g. over networks or multiple installations) you should
first look at readme.txt file using Notepad or
virtually any editor.
Once installed, Tip-of-the-Day will give you some starting points.
To dive straight into the tutorials select Tutorials from
Too Big? Too Complicated? Paying by the second?
All of these materials are available on CD-ROM
which includes both Windows & Linux versions.
Where these are supplied for the free issue or evaluation they
are charged at 10 UK Pounds inclusive of carriage and UK taxes.
Please email the office to obtain a copy.
The snail mail address is on the top page, or you can
E-mail us here