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by Tomg
24 Sep 2019, 07:33
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Annular ring pad with drill hole
Replies: 9
Views: 4249

Re: Annular ring pad with drill hole

I'm using a 3D program called Alibre Design 2019 , which offers a slightly convoluted method for creating and exporting 2D DXF drawings using its manufacturing drawings module. I have heard that the open source (free) 2D CAD program called QCAD works well for creating and exporting DXF drawings, but...
by Tomg
23 Sep 2019, 20:54
Forum: DipTrace News and Events
Topic: DipTrace 3.3 Release
Replies: 98
Views: 35691

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

"...add option to use same font settings as for markings generated in Schematic/PCB..." Sounds like a necessity to me. Would this option be available within the Schematic/PCB editors, the Component/Pattern editors or both? Perhaps it should use the Schematic/PCB font settings by default, with an opt...
by Tomg
23 Sep 2019, 16:46
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Annular ring pad with drill hole
Replies: 9
Views: 4249

Re: Annular ring pad with drill hole

Hi Josh, I just tried it in version 3.3.1.3 and I can't get it to work, either. If my memory serves me right, this used to work. I'll look into this further. Update-1: When I create the drawing (two concentric circles) and export the DXF file using my CAD program, it works. That's strange. More to f...
by Tomg
23 Sep 2019, 16:19
Forum: DipTrace News and Events
Topic: DipTrace 3.3 Release
Replies: 98
Views: 35691

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Up through version 3.3.1.3 , the Component Editor will not allow you to define default locations/orientations for " RefDes " and " Value ". This can result in some extra work during schematic creation. The same could be said for the Pattern Editor / PCB Layout relationship. Will this change in versi...
by Tomg
23 Sep 2019, 10:19
Forum: DipTrace Schematic Capture
Topic: Schematic design workflow
Replies: 2
Views: 369

Re: Schematic design workflow

" ...My company assigns its own part numbers and descriptions to all components. How can I tie this information into Diptrace so that when I generate a BOM that information is shown?... " You can create " Additional Fields " for each component (adding more fields to an entire library is also possibl...
by Tomg
20 Sep 2019, 12:53
Forum: DipTrace Schematic Capture
Topic: Create schematics from existing PCB Layout?
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Create schematics from existing PCB Layout?

It's not possible in the current version of DipTrace. There is a "Back Annotate" tool in the Schematic Editor, but that only updates a few properties in preexisting schematics.
by Tomg
19 Sep 2019, 13:16
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: 4 layer PCBs (w/power & ground planes) - step-by-step??
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: 4 layer PCBs (w/power & ground planes) - step-by-step??

In the main menu of the PCB Layout editor try Help > DipTrace Tutorial > Bookmarks > Designing a PCB > Working with Layers.
by Tomg
16 Sep 2019, 15:09
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Change default text font and type
Replies: 1
Views: 621

Re: Change default text font and type

If you mean Place Text, then Objects > Drawing Properties
by Tomg
16 Sep 2019, 08:45
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Ground Planes
Replies: 6
Views: 793

Re: Ground Planes

When connecting a pad to a copper pour, a trace is not necessary. Just make sure the copper pour belongs to the same net as the pad and confirm that the pour has been updated. If you are not driving your design with a schematic, you will need to find all of the pads that are destined for the ground ...
by Tomg
13 Sep 2019, 10:08
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: PCB antenna layout
Replies: 7
Views: 3192

Re: PCB antenna layout

Adding the antenna pattern to an existing custom pattern library 1) Copy the pattern library file named " antenna.lib " (attached below) to your desktop. 2) Launch the Pattern Editor , choose " Other Libraries " in the Current Library Group selection panel (left side of display), in the main menu c...