As I'm approaching finishing my first pcb design using 16.5, I have a few questions concerning netlist generation and loading into the board file.
Throughout the board design process, there are occasions where I will need to change the schematic necessitating a new load of the netlist. Coming from the 16.2 and older generation, all I would need to do was "autoECO" the new netlist into the pcb file and keep on trucking.
The process in 16.5 I have to follow is this: (Starting with both Capture and PCB Editor open)
Close PCB Editor
Select the Netlist command in Capture
Pick my board file
Input my output file
Select "Open board in PCB Editor"
This will generate the netlist and open the board in Editor. This seems to be more "manual" then in previous (16.2 and prior) versions. I was not expecting to have to close PCB Editor and manually input the new board file name.
So this begs the question, am I doing this the hard way? Can you have the netlister run while the board file is open AND increment the file name? Older versions would automatically append a -1, 2, etc.... to the board file name.
16.5 introduced file locking so if you editing a board in the PCB editor, the netlist process will report an error since that board is in use.
While file locking can be disabled; it should be considered a good thing because it prevents the loss of edits.
You can change your use model when you know an ECO is available from Capture either by:
I like option 2.