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You can go to SETUP > USER PREFERENCES > PATHS > LIBRARY > PSMPATH > click on the value box to the right of the PSMPATH. Check the expand box in the popup. Double click the pathname. Then you can browse to a different folder. But remember this will change the path for footprint search in your env file if you import another netlist. Import will only look in the folder you currently have set as the PSMPATH.
Or you can click on the new(insert) icon in the popup and add another folder to the default import search path. But unfortunately when you go into placement mode, all footprints, from all folders, will be in one combined list.
Would be nice if you could have multiple footprint folders AND have placement show the folders seperately, but I don't think you can. Are you listening Cadence? I haven't tested this in 16.6 to see if it is different.
I have my footprints named in such a way that they are categorized in the placement list.....
In reply to padmaster:
In reply to ScottCad:
ScottCadI read in another post that there was plans to support step files in an update to 16.6 for the 3d viewer due out soon. Hard to believe that the 3d viewer is a priority over the wonderful lacking functionality of library management.Thanks Scott
Or useful crossprobing. It is rediculous to not have a part highlight in Capture when selected in PCB Editor AND dehighlight in Capture when you release it in PCB Editor. You end up with multiple highlighted parts in capture and after a while you can't tell what you are looking at without dehighlighting (don't select delightlight all or you will lose any ratsnest colors you have set............)
Capture and Layout had a very graceful method of crossprobing that I relied heavily on when placing parts. Sure you can place from Capture, but many times you need to move already placed parts and would like to see where they are in the schematic without lighting the whole sheet up.
Sorry for the rant, back into my hole, carry on..................
In reply to TH Designs:
I hear you......I was just ranting to my boss this morning about the pathetic (lack of) interface to skill files.
Cadence really should pay more attention to some of these "minor" problems. But nooooo, what do they do? They screw around with the route and slide command instead, to the point that it sucks!!!! Now I can't get a diff pair to gather from a pair of vias to save my life.
Allegro is basically a bastardized Unix program (Telesis). Maybe there are some limitations in that respect but there is a lot Cadence could do to improve the productivity and user interface of the program!!!!
100% Agree tom.
Crossprobing has gone backwards in functionality not forwards. Layout+Capture did that very very well.
Perhaps they are still selling Allegro on unix systems too, hard to know but having two code bases can be a real challenge to keep up with and keep the interfaces the same.
Now ranting aside for a moment, I think it is really good for PCB design. When you look at things like the shape editor and compare that to what other vendors have in their tools Allegro is a clear winner. The UI is also very fast. They have the power under the hood but accessing that power just needs to be refined.
In todays market place with many PCB cad vendors the lack of library managment in Allegro has to be a very hard sell, in-particular when you compare what cadence is doing to say the likes of Altium or Mentor. They are very very weak in this regard which translates to "Less Sales" in the long run, and a PITA for the end users of the software.
Another area they are weak in is with what I call Nested commands. Suppose you are routing a trace in and you want to change the grid size, well you can do that with a macro or the UI but if you do your current operation of routing will be lost so you have to go back to the routing Icon. This might not seem so bad but in the real world little things like this add up, I can site many examples. Click, click, click gets Old really fast. It is like trying to drag that horse to water, Not an easy task.
The Killer though is the Out of the box setup time required to be somewhat productive with the tool. Out of the box, with allegro for a first time user or seasoned PCB designer = Zero Productivity. If you do manage to keep your hair in-place and figure out the wierdness of the way the tool works then it can be very good.. But again that hump at the start is more like a mountain just to get productive. Couple that with the lack of good PCB Footprint creation and library managment "WTH is a symbol anyway" They are called "Footprints" in PCB Editors ! someone send cadence a memo on this : )
Means more sales for other PCB vendors and a shrinking user base for cadence with their PCB software.
Wonder if Library Managment is on the list for a re-hash in V17 ?