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by Exality
13 Aug 2018, 12:29
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Holes in thermal SMT pads in Pattern Editor?
Replies: 6
Views: 2787

Holes in thermal SMT pads in Pattern Editor?

These days mfrs are specifying hole size & placement inside the SMT thermal pads underneath their power ICs. I can add static vias in layout to do this, but I would like to put the thermal holes in the original pattern definition so I don't have to look up the IC data again at layout time. But I can...
by Exality
04 Mar 2018, 14:45
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Non-printing field characters
Replies: 2
Views: 3045

Re: Non-printing field characters

Saving to Notepad doesn't strip the non-printing chars for me, instead it actually makes them visible. If I copy/paste a block of all the DigiKey numbers I'm interested in to Notepad, I can then pick only the fields I want and skip the non-printable chars, so that's a workaround. It's kind of a nuis...
by Exality
04 Mar 2018, 14:02
Forum: Making Libraries in DipTrace
Topic: Non-printing field characters
Replies: 2
Views: 3045

Non-printing field characters

I'm seeing many instances where non-printing characters such as line feeds or tabs can get into a component field and wreak havoc when a BOM is generated. This happens most often to me when I'm harvesting numbers from the DigiKey website for a particular part I'm adding to a library. I drag and Ctrl...
by Exality
07 Feb 2018, 11:58
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: Computer Killer
Replies: 7
Views: 2583

Re: Computer Killer

Thanks, @Alex. Sometimes these problems are impossible to track down, but if you take a good close look that's the best we can do. If I have any further developments I will update this post also.
by Exality
06 Feb 2018, 12:35
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: Computer Killer
Replies: 7
Views: 2583

Re: Computer Killer

@Alex -- thanks for the test. The lockup sometimes takes quite a while to happen. My mouse is wireless, and I haven't seen a problem with it in any other apps. I ran memtest86+ overnight. After 11 hours and 8 passes there were no errors. My virus scan with Windows Defender also completed with no sus...
by Exality
05 Feb 2018, 15:31
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: Computer Killer
Replies: 7
Views: 2583

Re: Computer Killer

Thank you, Alex. I just ran memtest86+ for two hours, a little over one pass, with no errors. I will run it overnight tonight. I am running a virus scan now. I will look into the rollback later today. I just sent the .dip file to you by email. Note that the lockup happened anywhere from a few minute...
by Exality
04 Feb 2018, 20:35
Forum: Bug reports
Topic: Computer Killer
Replies: 7
Views: 2583

Computer Killer

A few days ago I started seeing a nasty bug while working in Layout. My entire computer locks up, no mouse, no keyboard, not even Ctrl-Alt-Del works. The only way out is a hard power-down (pull the plug) and restart. This has happened about a dozen times since. Usually I can re-start and restore mos...
by Exality
24 Jan 2018, 20:44
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Placing "stringers"?
Replies: 5
Views: 2014

Re: Placing "stringers"?

@Alex -- when I right-click on a pad the default fanout is "net" every time, even after I change it. Can I make that stick on "pad"? I see that I can reduce the pad-to-via spacing and that sticks, so that's helpful. Thanks!
by Exality
22 Jan 2018, 22:24
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Placing "stringers"?
Replies: 5
Views: 2014

Re: Placing "stringers"?

@TomG -- thanks. That 'fanout' option sounded like the ticket (I hadn't noticed that in the right-click popout), but it's pretty useless. The default is to apply fanouts to an entire net, for some reason, so you need to select Pad. After all that, and moving the result, it's no better than what I'm ...
by Exality
21 Jan 2018, 21:22
Forum: DipTrace PCB Layout
Topic: Placing "stringers"?
Replies: 5
Views: 2014

Placing "stringers"?

A common task in layout is to place a short trace stub from a pad to a via which connects the pad to a power or ground plane. I've seen these called "stringers". Is there a quick way to do that in DipTrace? Right now I'm placing trace stubs, then switching to Place Static Via and dropping vias on th...