The Component Alignment feature is available in Placement Edit Application mode. It was introduced in the Allegro PCB Editor 16.3 release and now enhanced in 16.6 to support the following new options:
Read on for more details…When you window-select a group of components you can hover over the anchor component and select RMB – Align Components. The Options Panel for Alignment controls include -
Here’s an example showing ‘Alignment Edge’ to ‘Top’. The alignment is based on the place-bound shapes of each symbol:
Here’s an example showing ‘Use DFA constraints’. This effectively compresses the selection set to the Minimum DFA clearance rule between each of the components:
In the following example, we've done a window-select of 3 connectors, then selected RMB – Align Components -
Here's an example showing that in the value field adjacent to the decrement and increment buttons, you can enter specific values (in this example - 25 mils). You can click on the ‘+’ and ‘–’ buttons to decrement/increment the spacing gap by the specified value you entered:
I look forward to your feedback!Jerry "GenPart" Grzenia
My training was for the 15.0 release back in 2003. I have since used all releases and today 16.5. Not having explored all menus I was surprised to find this feature introduced already in 16.3, having longed for it for a long time and never found it...