OrCAD Capture Frequently Asked Questions

OrCAD FAQs

The OrCAD Capture FAQs have been organized into the following categories:

Allegro PCB Editor Flow
Annotation
Backannotation
Packaging
Other
Auto Recovery
Design Reuse
DRC
Editors
Library Editor
Part Editor
Schematic Editor
Property Editor
Import/Export
Miscellaneous
Netlist
Allegro PCB Editor
OrCAD Layout
PSpice
VHDL
Other
Plotting/Printing
PSpice Flow
Project Manager
Reports

Allegro PCB Editor Flow
  1. Using the POWER_GROUP property more>>
  2. Taking net properties from OrCAD Capture to Allegro PCB Editor more>>
  3. Transferring properties from OrCAD Capture to Allegro SI more>>
  4. Transferring Allegro constraints from OrCAD Capture to Allegro PCB Editor more>>
  5. How to save space occupied by invisible Power Pins on symbols? more>>
  6. Changing the concatenation order of component definition properties more>>
  7. How to control primitive names? more>>
  8. Where to find information about Allegro properties more>>
  9. How to effectively cross-probe between OrCAD Capture and Allegro PCB Editor? more>>

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Annotation
  1. Prerequisite for using the Intersheet References option (1) more>>
  2. Prerequisite for using the Intersheet References option (2) more>>
  3. WARNING #18001 occurs while annotating the design more>>
  4. How to control automatic reference designator assignment on placed parts more>>
  5. Page number not incrementing automatically more>>

    Backannotation
    1. Netnames changed in netlist more>>
    2. Backannotating from Layout to OrCAD Capture does not update the properties of all parts more>>
    3. Backannotating results in ERROR [GAT0016] Unable to change CU17 to CU12 because CU17 was not found more>>

    Packaging
    1. Annotating the design does nothing more>>
    2. Design will not annotate more>>
    3. Differing intersheet page references more>>
    4. Device-specific Annotation more>>
    5. CAP0023 error when placing hierarchical block more>>

    Other
    1. Unconditional and incremental annotation in OrCAD Capture more>>

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Auto Recovery
  1. Additional information regarding the DBK file, or backup file for OrCAD Capture designs more>>

Design Reuse
  1. Copying the contents of a design into a new design more>>
  2. DSM0006 error appears when trying to save a OrCAD Capture Release 9.1 or v7.2 file as a v7.0 file more>>
  3. Error: [DRC0030] Page name greater than 8 characters more>>
  4. Problems archiving library files with a project more>>
  5. Problems when archiving project: Archive Error: Unable to copy file more>>

DRC
  1. Checking for duplicate part references more>>
  2. Error finding VHDL files during Design Rules check more>>
  3. How do I track nets with multiple names? more>>
  4. DRC0007 error: "Net has no driving source" on power pins more>>
  5. DRC0008 error concerning off-page connectors more>>
  6. DRC0024, DRC0025, and other related errors when running DRC more>>
  7. DRC0006 and DRC0007 warning on buses more>>
  8. DRC0026 error regarding part reference and package type more>>

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Editors
    Library Editor
      Custom Parts
      1. Title Block properties regarding Page Count and Page Number more>>
      2. Updating the cache after modifying a library part more>>
      3. Creating a custom part from a library part more>>
      4. Title block does not appear in library more>>
      5. Titleblock missing from library more>>

      Part Editor
      1. TLK0008 copy data to the clipboard failed more>>
      2. Changing the visibility of pin names or pin numbers more>>
      3. Long pin number moves toward part body when placing part on schematic page more>>
      4. Changing font style and size for pin number or name on a part more>>
      5. Verifying pin assignments more>>
      6. Problems copying a single part to a new library more>>
      7. How do I turn Snap to Grid off in Part Editor? more>>

    Schematic Editor
    1. Updating part properties in a design from library properties more>>


    2. Schematic Part Editor
      1. Why power pins sometimes have gray connection squares more>>
      2. Displaying or printing a hierarchical block path on a page in a complex hierarchy more>>
      3. Adding or modifying properties using more than one matching property as update criteria more>>
      4. Objects are placed off grid after moving a group selection more>>
      5. Moving groups of objects causes undesired results more>>
      6. Problems when assigning package property numbers greater than 126 to pin groups more>>

      Property Editor
      1. Net connectivity recalculations too slow in designs with large buses more>>
      2. Changing the Revision Code or Revision Number on all pages at once more>>
      3. Cannot change name of off-page connector more>>
      4. Deleting wire contained within boundaries of hierarchical block more>>
      5. Bus does not connect to hierarchical port more>>
      6. How to set up the order of the columns in the property editor more>>
      7. Setting order of schematic nets in the property editor more>>
      8. Changing package designators while placing a part more>>
      9. Rotating title blocks in a schematic more>>
      10. Editing the reference designator through the text element more>>
      11. Copying Layout and net properties in OrCAD Capture more>>
      12. Problems placing a hierarchical block, error CAP0019 more>>
      13. Hierarchical attachments and referenced child schematic pages more>>
      14. Mixing power symbols with off page connectors to designate global nets more>>

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Import/Export
  1. Properties not getting included in the export file (.exp) more>>
  2. IMP0023/IMP0010 errors while creating an export file (.exp) more>>
  3. ERROR IMP0018: (Line #) Line has more fields than previous HEADER line more>>
  4. Export a design in PDF more>>
  5. ERROR[IMP0001] (Line#) Page not found. more>>
  6. Is it possible to import several EDIF designs into OrCAD Capture at the same time? more>>


  7. DXF
    1. How do I import DXF files into OrCAD Capture? more>>
    2. Unable to export a design in DXF format more>>
    3. Invalid path error when exporting to DXF more>>

    PDF
    1. Versions of PCAD that can be imported into OrCAD Capture more>>

    EDIF
    1. Pin numbers not appearing correctly when exporting EDIF to Xilinx 2.1 more>>

    Part and Pin Properties
    1. ERROR IMP0010: (Line #) Unrecognized object type or object not found; must be one of PARTINST,PININST,...... more>>
    2. Exporting and importing library properties more>>
    3. Error when updating properties more>>
    4. Importing parts as multi-packaged devices more>>
    5. Exporting and importing properties between OrCAD Capture and Excel more>>
    6. Using Generate Part to create an FPGA more>>

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Miscellaneous
  1. Unable to open Microsoft MSDN C code development documentation after installing OrCAD Capture more>>
  2. Adding VHDL samples more>>
  3. Changing language format of the Title Block text more>>
  4. Why is the Find command much slower in OrCAD Capture ver. 10.3? more>>
  5. Annotation gets reset for an external design more>>
  6. Copying and pasting schematic page contents to a Microsoft Word document more>>
  7. Error while plotting from OrCAD Capture more>>
  8. Changing font and font-size of pin names in part library more>>
  9. Problem while wiring parts more>>
  10. Problem while accessing Online Help (.chm) file from a machine on network more>>

Netlist
    Allegro PCB Editor
    1. ERROR(305) while importing netlist to Allegro PCB Editor more>>
    2. Unable to create Allegro PCB Editor netlist more>>
    3. ALG0036 error while creating an Allegro PCB Editor netlist more>>
    4. Netlisting and back annotation using OrCAD Capture or OrCAD Capture CIS with Allegro PCB Editor more>>
    5. Some clarification on Allegro netlisters in OrCAD Capture more>>
    6. Unable to gererate a third-party Allegro PCB Editor netlist from the Accessories menu is OrCAD Capture more>>

    OrCAD Layout
    1. MNL0024 error while creating a OrCAD Layout netlist more>>
    2. Update COMPSIDE using Auto ECO/Override Coordinates more>>
    3. Passing net widths from OrCAD Capture to OrCAD Layout more>>
    4. MNL0019 error while creating an OrCAD Layout netlist more>>

    PSpice
    1. OrCAD Capture crashes with ERROR:XLT0009 creating PSpice netlist more>>
    2. No PSpice menu in analog or mixed signal circuit project more>>

    VHDL
    1. Passing generics in a VHDL netlist by using attributes on schematic parts more>>
    2. VHDL files not getting merged when creating a VHDL netlist in OrCAD Capture more>>
    3. Errors importing an OrCAD Capture EDIF netlist into Xilinx v2.1i and 3.2.05i more>>
    4. Errors when creating an EDIF or a VHDL netlist more>>
    5. Warning : [Load112] "no entity or package named" when generating a part more>>
    6. Issues with instance and occurrence properties when creating a VHDL or an EDIF netlist more>>
    7. Error trying to generate part from a VHDL netlist or model more>>

    Other
    1. Error while creating a netlist in OrCAD Capture 9.2.3 more>>
    2. Controlling text-case of hierarchical pins in a verilog netlist more>>
    3. Netlist not getting generated correctly more>>
    4. Blocking a schematic part from going to a netlist more>>
    5. Determining the pin count in a design more>>
    6. Carriage return in property value causes XLT0009 error more>>
    7. Getting [NET0004] or [NET0006] errors when trying to create a netlist more>>
    8. FMT0012 Can't open first output file more>>
    9. Error when creating netlist more>>
    10. FMT0023 error creating a netlist. The design also contains parts with bus pins. more>>
    11. Identical net aliases at different levels of hierarcy more>>
    12. Which netlist to use for viewing the connections to different parts on the design? more>>

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Printing/Plotting
    Settings
    1. Behavior of offsets in printing or plotting more>>

PSpice Flow
  1. Deleting property from the PARAM part more>>
  2. Error while invoking Model Editor from OrCAD Capture more>>
  3. PSpice project opens in text editor instead of project manager more>>
  4. Opening PSpice (ver. 7 or 8) schematic files in OrCAD Capture more>>
  5. Using OrCAD Capture 10.0 and PSpice Studio together more>>

Project Manager
    Project Type
    1. Setting up your default project type for new projects more>>
    2. Programmable Logic Wizard is not enabled after install. more>>

    Specification/configuration
    1. How can I force OrCAD Capture to use a specific initialization file? more>>
    2. Product configuration more>>
    3. No design processing functions available on the Tools menu more>>
    4. Problems using a capture.ini file in a specified location more>>
    5. Bias point displays appear off-page more>>

Reports
    BOM
    1. [BOM0019] Include file match key not found partRef, line lineNum. more>>
    2. Bill of Materials (.bom) file doesn't contain title block information more>>
    3. Ext0011 Unable to write file error message while trying to create Bill of Materials more>>
    4. Issues with heterogeneous parts, user properties, and the Bill of Materials( BOM ) more>>

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