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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


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.


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: