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.
Scott, Thanks for the tip. I have tried it and can see advantages / disadvantages to doing it either way. I need to get through a few more boards to determine what method is more advantagous based on the situation.
Like you said, not nearly as seemless as previous versions. Most of the time I am directly involved in the electrical and packaging design and we end up making changes on the fly fairly often. This is where the seemless-ness of the "autoECO" feature is real useful.
But, at least I'm moving forward. Got my first board done in 16.5. Took about twice as long as it would have using 16.2, but most of that was learning curve. The next job should go quicker as I get more accustomed to the new environment and "lingo".