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Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 20 Sep 2019, 11:29
by novarm44
Parts Management:
I was looking for a simple way to link an external database (could be a simple spreadsheet) with Part info to Diptrace.
This database is externally maintained with whatever field one wishes to have, and in the future if a new field is added it's a simple column addition.
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I understand what you mean. We plan to make similar features (not in 4.0 yet), but they work in a bit different way as each file of DipTrace has all information it shows, not just links. So this feature should be properly integrated into existing program structure.
Also add the feature of adding Chamfer T Junctions as mentioned here:
Moved this to 4.0 road map
Would it be possible to include a Window drop-down menu item as I mentioned on 27 Nov. 2018?
Not yet. This is not hard, but may cause some serious hidden bugs, as it needs to change data structure to allow multiple instances of board/schematic.

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 23 Sep 2019, 16:19
by Tomg
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 version 4?

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 23 Sep 2019, 16:43
by novarm44
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 version 4?
3.3.1.3 - in component/pattern editor place text, right click on it and select "Show" > RefDes, Value, etc.
The text will be attached to the parameter and will be updated automatically when you change RefDes, Value. etc. in any program.
The only issue here it does not count it as component marking and will show marking by default additionally, so you need to change custom marking settings (hide it) via component properties.

4.0 - text object in component/pattern editor works in the same way, but:
- in Schematic/PCB it sees such text as component marking and will not add more texts with same parameters when you select in in component markings;
- you can use F10 to move/rotate such texts directly in Schematic/PCB.
Limitation: font size of such objects can be changed in Component/Pattern Editor only. If this is critical, please let me know - it could be easily changed (add option to use same font settings as for markings generated in Schematic/PCB).

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 23 Sep 2019, 20:54
by Tomg
"...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 option for a local override in those editors? Would a "Justify" setting (Left/Center/Right) be asking too much?

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 24 Sep 2019, 15:15
by JoR
novarm44 wrote:
23 Sep 2019, 16:43
Limitation: font size of such objects can be changed in Component/Pattern Editor only. If this is critical, please let me know - it could be easily changed (add option to use same font settings as for markings generated in Schematic/PCB).
Doesn't sound like a critical feature, but obviously better to be done this way, especially if it's something easy to implement.

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 12 Oct 2019, 20:05
by novarm44
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 option for a local override in those editors? Would a "Justify" setting (Left/Center/Right) be asking too much?
In upcoming version Text Justify and Horz/Vert Alignment can be set for any text object including component marking.
Did the following: by default it uses font size defined in editor (component has the same look when you create it), optionally you can use global schematic/pcb font or custom font defined in schematic/pcb component properties. Check box is invisible if component doesn't have markings placed in editors.

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 12 Oct 2019, 21:00
by DerekG
novarm44 wrote:
12 Oct 2019, 20:05
In upcoming version Text Justify and Horz/Vert Alignment can be set for any text object including component marking.
This is an excellent improvement. Thank you.

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 13 Oct 2019, 02:48
by novarm44
DerekG wrote:
12 Oct 2019, 21:00
novarm44 wrote:
12 Oct 2019, 20:05
In upcoming version Text Justify and Horz/Vert Alignment can be set for any text object including component marking.
This is an excellent improvement. Thank you.
This is what it looks like

Re: DipTrace 3.3 Release

Posted: 13 Oct 2019, 07:24
by Tomg
This will be very helpful. Thank you very much for all of your hard work.