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.
Tom Perhaps this may be an easier way for you.
When your first cut of the schematic is ready to go, in the netlister enter your Imput board file, I usualy use a pre-caned Template with a board outline that has all the layers and colors configured.
Choose your output board name and this will be based on the above template. Run the netlister and package your board. By default I leave the capture option "Do not open Board file" checked as I open Allegro manually.
On your next pass of schematic changes Leave Allegro open but when you go to do the netlist change your input board to your output board name and leave the output board as it is. Check that "Do not open Board file" is enabled and then hit ok to create that updated netlist.
Pop over to allegro and select File "Import Logic" in that window at the bottom choose your import directory to be where your board is packaged then click import logic.
This should update your board for you. From that point on you can go back to capture do a new netlist to update, pop back over to allegro and just hit import logic again to do the updates.
The above works good for me but it is not even close to being as streamlined as the older capture Layout combination. Reminds me of the old PCAD days : )