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?
(I sure picked the right avatar........)
Maybe this is how it is done, maybe I just stumbled onto something.......
After I assign the 10 shapes around the connector to the "GND" net, I was expecting to see a ratsnest that I could clikc on and route from. Didn't have one. Since I have spent close to three hour on this, my frustration level is climbing so I just tried Route - Connect, clicked on the shape and made a short trace, double clicked to insert a via and the connection was made to the GND plane!
I tried the same thing on a shape that did not have any net associated with it. It allowed me to route a trace and place a via, but no connection was made to either plane (which I would expect).
So it looks like assigning the shape to a net and the MANUALLY putting in a trace from the shape to a via will connect it to the gnd plane. (I would really like the via in the shape, I'll try that also)
I don't know if this will remain when a new netlist is loaded, but I'm hoping it stays.