Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could customize viewing and access your PCB design environment? You might want to lock the toolbars to prevent the accidental movement of objects or set up design libraries when creating designs. Personalizing the settings of your design environment provides ease of use while working with a PCB design application.
Allegro® PCB Editor enables you to customize preferences that control various aspects of the application according to the individual or organizational requirements. Configuring preferences provide you quick access to frequently used commands. Allegro PCB Editor preserves these settings for the current user for all subsequent sessions. This helps you save time when performing design tasks within your PCB design application.
This blog is intended to help you make the best use of Allegro PCB Editor by setting up user preferences. Keep reading to learn more about it.
You can set user preferences in Allegro PCB Editor in the User Preferences Editor dialog box.
→ To launch this dialog box, choose User Preferences from the Setup menu or run enved in the Command window.
In this dialog, you can set user preferences for various categories, such as Display, Drawing, Placement, and so on. The User Preference Editor UI is divided into three sections, Categories, Category Type, and Summary description. Let’s look at each of these in detail.
In User Preferences Editor, environment variables are grouped in easy-to-browse categories. You can expand any folder (category) from the Categories section and find the variables that belong to the category.
Not sure which category a variable belongs to? Just search for the variable name in the Search for preference field. To extend the search within the descriptions, select the Include summary in search checkbox.
This section is divided into four columns – Preference, Value, Effective, and Favorite.
At the bottom of the User Preferences Editor dialog box, you can view a brief description of each category and user preference including default and valid range of values, and examples. Hover the cursor over a preference name in the Category Type section to display its description. It is a good practice to view the description before editing the value of a preference as the valid values may vary from release to release.
Now let’s see how to change a user preference setting.
To change the cursor type to infinity, follow these steps:
Notice that this setting is effective immediately and the cursor has changed from the default crosshair cursor to infinite. In subsequent sessions, the infinite cursor will be used as the default cursor.
Similarly, you can customize other settings while designing a PCB. User Preferences Editor saves your time and provides you the ease to access and modify user settings.
To learn in detail about User Preferences, watch Setting User Preferences within the Allegro PCB Editor - v17.4-2019 training byte on the Cadence Support portal. Click the training byte link now or visit Cadence Support and search for this training byte under Video Library.
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