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Getting a "Footprint viewer not found" message when invoking Footprint Preview in CIP

Error Message

I clicked the Footprint Preview button in CIP, as highlighted in the following snapshot:

However, I got the following error message:

Error: Footprint viewer not found


Definition

This error occurs if an application to view the footprint is not associated. You need to associate the allegro_free_viewer.exe file to preview the footprint.


Solution

You need to configure the footprint viewer to preview the footprints of parts in CIP.

The steps to configure Footprint viewer are as follows:

  1. Select CIP from the menu bar and select Settings.

  1. The CIP Settings popup appears as shown in the following snapshot:

You can see the Footprint Viewer Exe field is highlighted.

  1. Here, you need to specify the path to the allegro_free_viewer.exe file, available in the installation directory, as shown in the following snapshot:

<SPB17.2 install dir>\tools\bin\ allegro_free_viewer.exe

  1. Now, click the Footprint Preview button, and you will be able to see the footprint of the part: