Ken,
        here are some answers to your enquiry.

1) The select inside or outside functions do not have other restrictions or
filters associated with them. Possibly someone on this list has done some
customization with scripts or servers which may do more, possibly someone
also knows tricks that I don't know at this moment.

2) To select a trace and get all the segments, use the select connected
copper function. This will select all the connected copper on that
particular net. If you wanted to move only the traces to the other layer
this can be accomplished through the global editing after you have selected
connected copper. To do this double click one element of whatever you want
to move, traces for this example, edit the layer for the single element,
click global, in the global window set "selection" same. If you have curved
corners or segments on the trace, also check the little checkbox in the
lower right corner to include arcs. Click Ok and you will have moved all the
traces that were "selected" to the new layer.

        Another handy selection tool is the select "net" option.

        The global editing is very powerful but has it's limitations as
well, experiment with it and you find it can do some wonderful things for
you. The beauty of the global editing in the case I just used is that
although more then just the traces are selected only the traces will be
transferred to the new layer. Other component pads, vias, copper fills,
etc., will not transfer along with the traces. At least not unless you go
through the global editing with that type of feature. Equally this could be
a bit of a pain if you did want to transfer all of the selected items.


Brad Velander,
Lead PCB Designer,
Norsat International Inc.,
#300 - 4401 Still Creek Dr.,
Burnaby, B.C., V5C 6G9.
Tel. (604) 292-9089 direct
Fax (604) 292-9010
website www.norsat.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken Pelic [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2001 10:18 AM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: [PEDA] PCB selection filtering and Layer change
> 
> 
> I am in the heat of first prototype routing and would like to 
> know if Protel
> has the following abilities:
> 
> 1) Selection filter - in the PCB, can I change some setting 
> to cause only
> certain object-types to be selected, i.e. can I select Inside 
> Area and have
> Protel only select tracks (not components)?
> So far the only way I know to pinpoint select a track is to 
> Toggle Selection
> and click on every track segment I am interested in...tedious.
> 
> 2) Layer change on a selection - Having selected a group of 
> routes on a
> given layer, can I assign that selection (as a group) to a 
> different layer?
> 
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> 
> Ken Pelic
> Avistar Systems

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