I have a lengthy SKILL script on a layout and it would be helpful to be able to see progress as it occurs. Is there a way to have the layout update at selected points in the script?
Also, the CIW is updating but doesn't make its first update visible until part way through the script after several printf statements have executed. Is there a way to force an update to the CIW as printf statements are executed?
Having this capability would help with the user interface so that users can plan their activities better and not be confused by what might look like a frozen script.
I have a program, much like mark net, for tracing nets. I added a feature that would stop the program at a user defined interval (every 10 seconds, for example) which is useful when tracing large power supplies. Though it is not ideal, since it doesn't dynamically show the hilighting, it does allow us to see incremental highlights of the power rail and we can cancel the command if we have seen what we want without having to wait for it to complete. Basically the skill code pops open a dialog box and asks the user if they want to continue. If your program must always run to completion this may not be acceptable.