You can go to SETUP > USER PREFERENCES > PATHS > LIBRARY > PSMPATH > click on the value box to the right of the PSMPATH. Check the expand box in the popup. Double click the pathname. Then you can browse to a different folder. But remember this will change the path for footprint search in your env file if you import another netlist. Import will only look in the folder you currently have set as the PSMPATH.
Or you can click on the new(insert) icon in the popup and add another folder to the default import search path. But unfortunately when you go into placement mode, all footprints, from all folders, will be in one combined list.
Would be nice if you could have multiple footprint folders AND have placement show the folders seperately, but I don't think you can. Are you listening Cadence? I haven't tested this in 16.6 to see if it is different.
I have my footprints named in such a way that they are categorized in the placement list.....
ScottCad said:I read in another post that there was plans to support step files in an update to 16.6 for the 3d viewer due out soon. Hard to believe that the 3d viewer is a priority over the wonderful lacking functionality of library management.Thanks Scott
Or useful crossprobing. It is rediculous to not have a part highlight in Capture when selected in PCB Editor AND dehighlight in Capture when you release it in PCB Editor. You end up with multiple highlighted parts in capture and after a while you can't tell what you are looking at without dehighlighting (don't select delightlight all or you will lose any ratsnest colors you have set............)
Capture and Layout had a very graceful method of crossprobing that I relied heavily on when placing parts. Sure you can place from Capture, but many times you need to move already placed parts and would like to see where they are in the schematic without lighting the whole sheet up.
Sorry for the rant, back into my hole, carry on..................
I hear you......I was just ranting to my boss this morning about the pathetic (lack of) interface to skill files.
Cadence really should pay more attention to some of these "minor" problems. But nooooo, what do they do? They screw around with the route and slide command instead, to the point that it sucks!!!! Now I can't get a diff pair to gather from a pair of vias to save my life.
Allegro is basically a bastardized Unix program (Telesis). Maybe there are some limitations in that respect but there is a lot Cadence could do to improve the productivity and user interface of the program!!!!
100% Agree tom.
Crossprobing has gone backwards in functionality not forwards. Layout+Capture did that very very well.