In PSPICE for TI 17.4, "File" - "New" - "Project" and "File" - "New" - "Design" appear to produce the same result: a <name>.DSN file, a <name>.OPJ file and a <name>-PSpiceFiles subdirectory.
The User Guide only mentions "File" - "New" - "Design" in connection with Design Entry HDL (which I don't expect to be using), but I couldn't find any explanation of the difference between a "design" and a "project", nor did I see any difference between the schematic editors presented by "File" - "New" - "Project" and "File" - "New" - "Design".
How does a "project" differ from a "design" in PSPICE?
"New Project": Select PCB project and PSpice project."New Design": Create only PCB project.(In PCB project, - Online DRC checks schematic and layout netlist design status - Simulation is not possible in versions below 17.2)
Simulation is also available for PCB project in versions 17.4 and higher.
Thanks, but I'm still confused. I am using PSPICE for TI 17.4. As you say, when I create a "New Design", I can run a (PSpice) simulation on it. In what sense is this then *not* a PSpice project?
My first assumption was that I could create different "designs" within a project to experiment with different versions / design solutions applicable to the same project / problem / assignment.
Is there even a hierarchical relationship between "projects" and "designs"? Can "designs" belong to a "project"?
A project file (.OPJ) is a container for the design file (.DSN). There can be only one design file in a project. The project file stores pointers for interacting with the design file, other referenced files, and outputs reports associated with the design file.
When the project is first created, the project manager creates a design file with the same name as the project.
If you create a new design file, or move or copy a different one into the project, the project manager will ask you if you want to replace the existingdesign file.
You can view the hierarchy using the File tab in the project manager.
Thanks, that helps a lot!