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Just bumped into the excerpt below on similar subject.
I think this may answer my question as fully as pcb editor will allow.  Is
this so?
Jim Parr

>If you insist on using traces, you must assign the net to those traces in
>the PCB editor. You will be able to edit them there. You may also be able
>to use global edits (select all occurrences of your footprint, then do a
>global edit on one of the traces -- you will need to unlock primitives on
>all those components, remember to relock them when you are done).

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----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Parr <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: Protel EDA Forum <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, 2 October 2001 23:31
Subject: Copper primitives in pcb components.


> Hi all,
>
> I recall seeing something on this in the forum some time ago but forget
what
> the details were.
>
> If I create oddball pad shapes with 'tracks' I seem to have lots of
trouble.
> The primary one is related to DRC violations when parts are imported to
pcb.
> Even if I have "assign net to connected copper" switched in, I still seem
to
> have to manually mess with the component and primitive net assignment to
> 'bed' it in.
>
> How is this done without pain and grief and without exploding the
component
> to discrete primitives?  All copper is 'connected' physically to an
official
> protel 'pad'.
>
> Thanks in advance to anyone who can assist.
>
> ===================================
>
> While on the general subject, I do wish ---
>
> The "Update PCB" utility stored ALL the options when an edit session is
> closed.  Often get caught with having to clean up junk on pcb the next
> morning when I forget to kill off all the synchronisation switches I
rarely
> use.
>
> That unique .cfg file-names were guaranteed for .sch & .pcb.  Use of same
> file-name for small sch-->pcb following the cues that Protel itself
provides
> causes .cfg settings to be shared (I don't know the details) and much
> confusion prevails - the most annoying being that "annotate" in schematic
> crashes completely - every time.
> Different sch & pcb file-names - no problem.
>
> Jim Parr
>
>

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