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........)
In the future I will do that. I made a new symbol already. I would have done it on this board, but every way I tried, when I brought the netlist in it blew away my routing / placement. I didn't want to have to re-route 8 connectors again so for now I am editing the shape in Editor and assigning it to the gnd net, then manually placing a trace/via to gnd. It works pretty well with no DRC's. I even reloaded the netlist a few times and it didn't impact what I did.
I'm probably jinxing myself here, but I think I'm getting the hang of this monster. This board was a pretty simple 4 layer debug board for a video controller. I start a job next week which will be the real test of what I have learned (or haven't learned). 12 circuits of high current DC, processors and MOSFETS. Not to mention the heat dissipation issues that go along with such circuits. I expect it will take about 30% longer then I estimated due to the learning curve I'm still on. I'm looking forward to it, in a sort of demented way..........
Have a great weekend!