On Wed, 11 Apr 2001, John Haddy wrote:

> I need hand placement for prototypes and a sea of pads without bounding
> boxes to guide a human is just asking for trouble. So, if I must have
> overlay present, I don't want it interfering with my placement any more
> than absolutely necessary.

After years of making bounding boxes thinner and closer, I've now given
up, and run with 2 lines closing the box described by the pads at the end
of 0402 & 0603 components. It conveys the same amount of information in
far less space, and seems to be operator friendly (so far...)

Bad ASCII art follows - fixed-pitch font will be needed  to make any sense
of it...

  OOOO
  OOOO   <-- pad
  OOOO
  |  |   <- "outline"
  |  | 
  OOOO
  OOOO
  OOOO

Steve. 



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