Sure, I can see the usefulness of this.

However, since free pads and vias are not ON any 'layer', having a mechanism
to distinguish between when you do, and when you don't want to include these
items.

Also, I would imagine that you might want to include SOME items, but not
others.

When I want to make selections that are exacting - especially when in the
midst of other items, I take advantage of the fact that Protel only selects
items that are COMPLETELY surrounded by the drag box.  It may take several
box drags, but since they are additive, it isn't too bad.  Then I
shift-click the remaining details.

I don't see a much easier way to get EXACTLY what you want.  We need to be
careful that adding too much functionality, flexibility and options doesn't
make a product unusable, too expensive, and too difficult to learn.



-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Gilley [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 3:57 PM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Bug query?


Ok, I'm willing to go along with that thinking, however it would be more 
useful to me if it were possible to exclude free pads & especially vias 
from selection when using this method.

Frank

At 03:35 PM 9/17/2001 -0700, Bruce wrote:
>This is no bug.  This is Protel operating as it is designed.
>
>If you turn off a layer, it is assumed that you do not want to manipulate
>items on that layer!
>
>So, by placing components on (in this case) the top layer, then turning off
>the top layer, I would EXPECT it to not be selectable, in spite of the fact
>that it might have some multi-layer primitives that show even when that
>layer it turned off.
>
>Seems to be behaving as expected to me...

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