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Highlight off grid symbols and move/push them to the nearest grid point in OrCAD PCB Editor






Productivity Toolbox: Push to Grid


Productivity Toolbox: Push to Grid

Push to Grid is a placement application that allows users to highlight off grid symbols including an option to move/push them to the nearest grid point. Furthermore it supports a regular placement mode for standard placement operations.

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Figure 1: Push to Grid

The tool can be started from Pulldown menu or or by entering the command tbx push2grid

in the console window.

  • Use model

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    Figure 2: Push to Grid options panel

    Push to Grid supports three different modes:

    • Highlight only

      Highlights off grid symbols

    • Move to grid

      Moves selected symbols to nearest grid point

    • Place regular
  • A regular placement mode is more or less similar to standard placement application mode

      1. Highlight off grid symbols
        • Specify the grid to check for.
        • Specify the highlight color to be used for displaying the off grid symbols.
        • Specify whether you want to exclude fixed and/or mechanical symbols.
        • Select symbols by pick, or by dragging a window. If one of the selected symbols is off grid it will be highlighted with specified color.
        • Continue selection.
        • Choose RMB – Done to commit.
      2. Move to grid
        • Specify the grid to check for.
        • Specify whether you want to exclude fixed and/or mechanical symbols.
        • Select symbols by pick, or by dragging a window. If one of the selected symbols is off grid it will be moved to the nearest grid point.
        • Continue selection.
        • Choose RMB – Done to commit.
      3. Place regular

        This mode is very similar to standard placement application mode, in that a symbol can be picked and placed to any location. Mirror and spin options are available through context menu. The main reason for this mode is to avoid travelling and jumping to standard PCB Editor command while running this application.

        Note: In contrast to standard placement application mode this option even allows to select and place multiple symbols in one step.

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        Figure 3: Place regular context menu