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 Post subject: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 15 Jun 2015, 08:25 
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I'd like to add a "non-intelligent" schematic to an existing diptrace schematic. Is this possible?


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2015, 09:23 
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What is "non-intelligent" schematic? Do you mean a jpeg, pdf, etc. schematic? If so, you can paste it but it will remain "dead" picture.


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2015, 13:19 
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By a non-intelligent schematic, I mean there are no netnames, just a line drawing. I want to import part of a circuit done in AutoCAD into a DipTrace schematic for reference purposes.


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 17 Jun 2015, 09:21 
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DipTrace can't import in Schematic DXF files from Autocad. The only way to insert "non-intelligent" schematic is adding jpeg or bmp picture.


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 17 Jun 2015, 13:58 
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I've used the graphics primitives in DipTrace to draw in reference components on the schematic that don't appear on the PCB. One example was I needed a reference drawing of a transformer showing how the secondary connected to the connectors on the PCB.

If the "non-intelligent" schematic is more that 1 or 2 parts it can get tedious drawing them out. But once you have them done it is just a copy/paste job for future use.


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 19 Jun 2015, 07:56 
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Thanks, your right it is tedious, but that's what I did.


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 20 Jun 2015, 14:48 
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How about this as a new feature for the Schematic Editor:

When right-clicking on a component, add a menu option called Convert to drawing... to allow a component with pins to be converted into a simple line drawing without electrical properties, pin numbers or a reference designator. It should automatically remove any attached pattern and be ignored by ERC, DRC and the PCB editor. Once chosen, give a warning that the selected component and all of its parts will be converted; then select either OK or Cancel. Allow the user to be able to change the color of the converted drawing. (Make sure the converted drawing can be snapped to the grid exactly as if it still had electrical pins.)

I've include a jpeg of what I think the menu could look like.

-- 22 Jun 2015, 05:30 --

Better still, add a secondary menu with options to allow the user to keep various elements of the original component (such as reference designator, part name, pin numbers, pin names and any pre-existing text labels) and convert them into standard text labels...


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 22 Jun 2015, 13:55 
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thanks tomg, just what I needed! ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 22 Jun 2015, 16:05 
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To make it an "official request", I have added it to the Feature requests forum along with a request for a version of this same tool to be available in the Component Editor. The thread is entitled Components - convert to drawing.


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 Post subject: Re: Non intelligent schematic
PostPosted: 23 Jun 2015, 07:49 
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Thanks, I appreciate that!


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