On the connector shown below I want to connect the shapes around the perimeter to the internal gnd layer. I have selected each shape and assigned the net "gnd" to each but I get no ratsnest showing a connection needs to be made. The status command does not show them as unconnected either.
Previously I would have edited the copper area to assign the net, then placed a "free via" to connect to the gnd plane. I don't see a method to get a small hole into the shape.
I tried to add pins to the library part, but that requires adding additional pins to the schematic symbol. Plus, can you even have a pin inside a shape?
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I did exactly what you suggested by selecting the shape then assigning the net from the options box where the list of nets are available. If I hover ofer the shape it tells me that the net I chose is what the shape is associated with BUT, there is no rats nest and no way to route the net to the inner layer.
I have experimented with modifying the library symbol to have a pin in each of the shape areas. I then edited the schematic symbol to add these pins as power pins, named GND with no length so they don't show on the part.
When I load the netlist, the symbol is updated, but it is no longer placed or routed. I then tried refreshing the symbol on the board without loading the new netlist, but it won't let me because the number of pins don't match the netlist. Thought if I could get the part loaded, then bring the netlist over everybody would be happy. No can do.........
There has to be an easy way to connect shapes of a symbol to a net without having to reload the parts and re-route everything.