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 Post subject: Plane layers - automatic copper pour
PostPosted: 24 Jun 2016, 06:42 
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Shown below is part of the example board named "PCB_6.dip" that is supplied with DipTrace. I have set up the PCB Layout editor to display only layer 2, which is a Plane layer named "GND". Notice that someone at DipTrace has opted to flood the entire layer with a copper pour (see poured state on right side). One might be inclined to think that this was done to eliminate all of the "GND" Net ratlines that were present before the copper pour was created (see unpoured state on left side). A Plane layer without a copper pour has often been a source of confusion for many DipTrace users when it comes to eliminating ratlines connected to its Net.

DipTrace should automatically flood any Plane layer with a copper pour connected to its Net. A Plane layer is supposed to be a solid copper sheet that can't be routed on anyway, so an automatic copper pour connected to its Net shouldn't cause any problems. This would help reduce user confusion while still supporting the current licensing structure. If an automatic pour seems too extreme, make it an optional default...


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