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On my design that I converted from Orcad I have several package to package errors. Since we had our library shapes set up so that components could be placed line to line this is an issue. Is there some place I can change this? ThanksSandy
Sure can. Edit the symbols (ORcrap symbols that you converted to Allegro), and change the PLACE_BOUND_TOP to the "actual" size of the part. I'm guessing the translation expanded the boundry. Next, create a text file (like UPDATE_SYMS.lst), and add the symbol names you've changed. Next, in Allegro, do PLACE/UPDATE_SYMBOLS; check the symbol list (browse to your file); and update the symbols. If your constraints are set right, your errors should go away.I know it sounds long, and drawn out, but it's fairly painless to do 10-15 parts. I do that on almost all my converted drawings (mostly coming from PADS). Also helps to have a 'generic' symbol library to pull from, so you don't have to continually mod common parts.Good day.Mitch
Ok, this makes sense and thats exactly what happened. How do I change the size of the place_bound_top box? I haven't ran across anyplace I can move these boundaries in. Does this make sense? ThanksSandy
Placebound_top is a shape. In the symbol editor, you can either delete and redraw the placebound, or edit the shape.Regards,Harold
OK, thanks to all of you I have that figured out. Now I need some advice on fiducials. In Orcad I had fiducials as part of the footprint and could move them to where I wanted them to be. Is there a way in Allegro to edit and move them locally or should I add them seperately? Also, how do I now get them off my translated PCB without the whole component being removed?Sandy
Sure can.Edit the symbol.set the property: UNFIXED_PINS to TRUE.You will now be able to move/delete the fiducials that are a part of the symbol.BE VERY CAREFUL you don't move other pins in the part though :)The 'local' package boundry can be mod'd too inside the layout. I do this all the time, when I need place things close together, and I know it's not a DFM issue.Good day.Mitch
Using SHAPES - tricksEdit Shapes - Move vertices around the shape (you can change from ALL LAYER grid to ETCH grid to increase accuracy.. good to know) Delete vertices - simply select a vertex and RMB delete Edit boundry allows you to REALLY modify the shape, good for quick changes Next is important for keeping the selections going.Good day.Mitch
Thanks for all you help. I am sure I will be here asking other questions as I get used to Allegro.Sandy
OK..one more question for now. Where is UNFIXED_PINS located? Is this done on the .brd file?
If you are in a boardMenu SelectEdit > PropertiesSelect the symbolIn the Edit Property GUI scroll down on the left to select the Unfixed_pins property to move it to the rightSelect OKThe property will be added to the symbol instance. You will be able to move the pinsIf you are in the symbol editorMenu SelectEdit > PropertiesIn the Find filter "Find by Name" section set the pulldowns to "Drawing" and "Name"Select "More..."In the "Find by Name or Property" dialog move "Drawing Select" to the right hand sideSelect "Apply"In the Edit Property GUI scroll down on the left to select the Unfixed_pins property to move it to the rightSelect OKThe unfixed_pins property will be added to the drawing and you can move or delete the pin(s)