Is there any plug in available to import amscad/pcpro pcb foot print and symbol in Kicad ?
I have not even heared of that program before, and an conversion seems unlikely.
KiCad does have quite good editors though, both for schematic symbols and PCB footprints. Besides that, there are multiple website who specialize in creating footprints such as snapeda and PCBlibraries.
I am using this dos base software since 1988 till today
So that means you’ve got 30 years invested in maintenance of your old projects and libraries.
I had a quick look at both “amscad” and “pcpro pcb”, but neither get many hits in a search engine and it’s seems to be software that has never been used by a lot of people. This also makes it unlikely that some other KiCad user has written scripts to do some kind of conversion. (There are some 80+ “side projects” around KiCad, from small utilities to conversion or backup scripts, alternative schematic entry, etc…
If your old software gen generate Gerber output, then you can back-import the PCB of a project into KiCad. It’s not perfect but you get about 80% of the PCB for 10% of the work needed for the conversion. I wrote a faq article about doing this: Reverse engineering KiCad project from Gerber files
It’s unlikely there are better importers, but KiCad does have quite reasonable libraries, the built in editors for both the schematic symbols and footprints are quite good and they have the same “working style and feel” as the rest of KiCad and this helps a lot with getting used to them. Schematic symbols are simple, it’s usually just one (or more) rectangles with some pin information (and there are external programs to help with organizing that pin information). KiCad’s footprint editor has a nice array function and a way to copy footprint information (such as size SMT/THT, etc.) between pads and is quite adequate for simple to moderately complex footprints.
If you have very complicated footprints, then the combination of FreeCAD with the “StepUp” workbench could be a viable option, but there is quite a learning curve ahead to work with FreeCAD.
When deciding to migrate to a new CAD (or, to be fair, any other program in a category), it’s always good to look at legacy stuff and see what you really need to keep and what you can eliminate.
As a first-order thing, there is no reason to import old designs into the new program. If there is a need to maintain old designs, continue doing so in the old software, especially since you can apparently still run the old tools. This prevents translation errors as you bring the design forward.
Then, consider libraries. What parts in the old library are obsolete or no longer available or things you won’t use for new designs? Don’t bother bringing them forward to the new tools. Then look at the parts you do use, and see whether they’re already in the KiCad standard libraries or if some other kind soul has created them already. You might find that you only need to create a handful of parts for your new library.
1988 software is unlikely to be using very exotic footprints, those were the DIL THT days
Hello and welcome @NFC_Radio
Have you fully explored Kicad libraries?
You will find most basic symbols in the “Device” library eg. transistors, capacitors, resistors etc.
The footprint libraries are very easy to understand.
In case you haven’t found it yet, this up to date link may help:https://docs.kicad.org/6.0/en/getting_started_in_kicad/getting_started_in_kicad.html
If you have questions about particular symbols and footprints or methods please ask. A lot has changed in thirty years with respect to programs.