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by rick.curl
15 Jul 2020, 07:57
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Does this "easy" tool even work??
Replies: 5
Views: 873

Re: Does this "easy" tool even work??

I had bad luck with it too, but yesterday I got in a jam and was forced to try it again. It worked great this time. I needed a 3D model for a device that was not listed. I requested it (free) and received the 3D model and footprint in less than an hour. Don't try to use the Diptrace version. Just go...
by rick.curl
01 Jul 2020, 13:30
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Ratlines remain after connection
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Ratlines remain after connection

I notice in 4.0 that if I have a component with several pads that are internally connected to ground, that after I lay out the PCB, and all the ground pads are connected to the ground plane, the ratlines for the grounded pads remain- but they are dotted lines instead of the usual solid ratlines. Is ...
by rick.curl
01 Jul 2020, 08:05
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: Stuck splash screen
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Re: Stuck splash screen

I think you're right. My system at home has an Nvidia card and it's working fine. Probably just a hardware/driver incompatibility. I'm serving out my notice to leave my company, so it will be someone else's worry after a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the computer is an Intel NUC, so the graphics a...
by rick.curl
30 Jun 2020, 08:31
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: Stuck splash screen
Replies: 2
Views: 279

Stuck splash screen

Some of the time when I have a schematic open and I click on "Convert to PCB", the splash screen for PCB layout gets stuck on my screen and PCB layout never finishes loading. I can force it closed and try it again, and it always works properly on the second or third try. I'm on 4.0.0.2, but this als...
by rick.curl
30 Jun 2020, 08:21
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: QFP pattern help
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Re: QFP pattern help

WOW!
Thanks, Tom. Your detailed response is very helpful. It answers a ton of questions.

I really appreciate the time you took to respond.

-Rick
by rick.curl
29 Jun 2020, 15:58
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: QFP pattern help
Replies: 2
Views: 332

QFP pattern help

I am defining a new component: dSPIC33EP256MU806 in a 64-pin TQFP package. Even after reading the "Pattern Names Help" PDF, I am still unsure which pattern to choose. The patterns in the QFP pitch 0.50mm library have many more characters in their name than what is covered in the document. Just looki...
by rick.curl
23 Jun 2020, 07:54
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Using both V3 and V4 libraries in V4
Replies: 2
Views: 1223

Re: Using both V3 and V4 libraries in V4

Yes. Thank you for catching my typo!
I'd like to be ale to access both libraries at once, but there would be so much duplication that I abandoned the idea.

-Rick
by rick.curl
04 Jun 2020, 09:43
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Using both V3 and V4 libraries in V4
Replies: 2
Views: 1223

Using both V3 and V4 libraries in V4

I wanted to be able to use both V3 and V4 libraries after upgrading to V4. We have lots of designs that were done years ago that need to be updated from time to time, and I think the best way to do this is to be able to access the V3 libraries. I found a relatively painless way to do this using symb...
by rick.curl
28 May 2020, 07:36
Forum: DipTrace News and Events
Topic: DipTrace 4.0 Release
Replies: 99
Views: 14835

Re: DipTrace 4.0 Release

I've got a question about the new libraries in 4.0. I've created several libraries in 3.x that contain components that are using patterns from the standard libraries. If I install the new libraries and uninstall the old ones these components in my libraries will be broken. Also, it appears that If I...
by rick.curl
14 May 2020, 10:35
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Text on signal layer
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: Text on signal layer

Thanks, Tom! I never would have thought of that. It sounds like a reasonable approach. I'll try it tonight.

-Rick