I've opened up an existing brd file that I generated using OrCAD PCB Designer Professional v16.5. It appears that all of my parameters remained intact, however, the colors, transparency and brightness of the individual elements look different. Most of the differences aren't bad, they're just different.
The only problem I'm experiencing with this new color scheme is that my silk screen elements are almost completely invisible. You can't really see them unless you place your cursor over the silk screen element that you would like to see. I've even set the color of all of my silk screen elements to bright white in the Color192 screen and toyed with the transparency and shadow settings. The only way I can see the silk screen items is to supress all of the other elements and just enable the silk screen stuff. Even then, the color of the silk screen stuff is very muted and not very bright at all.
Has anyone else seen this or have an idea how to make the silk screen more visible or brighter?
Do you have the photoplot width set to something other then zero for the text size you are using?
Obvious questions.......... You have the silk layer for the ref des turned on and the color set to white or some other std color?
I have a board here that I started in 16.5 and finished in 16.6 and there were no issues with the silk viewing
The photoplot width for all of the silk elements are at least 0.25mm wide, most items are wider. When I roll my cursor over the silk screen items, they become visible. If I turn off all other layers and leave the silk screen on, I can see it, but it's very dull. It's weird. I've never had this problem before, and this wasn't a problem last week when I completed the board using v16.5. I'm sure it has to be something really simple, but I haven't stumbled across the solution just yet.
It's called Shadow Mode, Display - Color Visibility - Display folder, is shadow mode on ? If so turn it off. This is used during highlight of nets, shadow mode turns everything grey (or dimmed) apart from the highlighted net. There's an icon next to the color visibility one which you may have selected.
What is shadow mode used for, or how would I use it to enhance my design experience?
It's as I said before used to dim the rest of the board whilst looking at a highlighted net. It works quite well with cross probe. You can adjust the level of dim / brightness including dim the active layer from color visibility - display folder.