Abd-ul Rahman,
        one of the more eloquent manners I have seen this handled was within
PADS. They allow any fill or polygon pour in the footprint to be
"associated" with a pad at the library editor level. This will make the
copper feature automatically net to the same net within the netlist. With
this functionality I don't believe that the copper even had to touch the pad
but I can't remember ever trying it. I am not sure if that could be a
valuable feature but it was definitely not a limiting feature because the
copper didn't have to touch the pad.

        As well, I believe that I had the same difficulty when I tried the
netlist synchronization (w/assign net to connected copper) on a fill
attached to the part pad. The DRC error would not reset and the fill did not
assume the netname from the pad. It is possible I missed re-running the DRC
but as my memory serves me, I had checked the fills net assignment and it
was still no net. I will have to test again in the next few days and figure
out why it doesn't seem to work when I tried it.

Sincerely,

Brad Velander
Lead PCB Design
Norsat International Inc.
#100 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
Burnaby, B.C., Canada.
V5C6G9.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Abd ul-Rahman Lomax [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 3:58 PM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: Re: [PEDA] Irregular pad shapes in Protel and How do you get
> fill s to assume net
> 
<SNIP>
> It would be 
> nice if component primitives in contact with pads were automatically 
> assigned nets when the netlist were loaded. That should be 
> reasonably easy 
> to implement, and conceptually satisfying; the program would 
> merely do what 
> we intuitively expect it to do: if we build a complex pad 
> shape, it behaves 
> like a pad.
> 
> [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Abdulrahman Lomax
> P.O. Box 690
> El Verano, CA 95433

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