With regard to the first item. Which service pack are you running. I seem to
remember this same issue with anything before service pack 4 or 5.  I
remember the PAD net text being black and hard to read. Make sure you are
running at least service pack 5. There are some issues with SP6 that I don't
care for but was forces to change otherwise I would be running SP5 still. I
believe if you install the SP your VIA and PAD net text will be default
black text on a white blank bar.

I'm sure you will get many answers to the rest of your queries.

Personally, I think P98 sucked! I refused to change from 3.5 until 99SE came
out. I think once you get used to the database system, you'll realize how
much better it is.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 2:38 PM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: [PEDA] Some new user P99se questions

Hi all,

I'm a die-hard p98 user and have just starting to kick the tires of p99se.
>From the fiddling around I've done so far I've come across a few minor
items that I hope somebody could help me out with:

(1)   In the PCB editor, how can I change the color for the "show pads" and
"show nets".   I'm using darkish colors for pads, vias, and holes and the
black letters are hard to see.    It would be nice to have them either
black or white, nothing too fancy.   In P98 they are white.    I fully
realize that I can change my color scheme (pads vias etc) to get around the
problem or just squint alot.

(2)  It seems that I need to have all of my library files in seperate
databases and then point to these lib-db's from my project db.   This was
the only way I could figure out how to do it anyways.    Quite a departure
from the p98 way.    One possiblity is to have a seperate db for each lib
file.   Another is to group them together in fewer db's.    Did I do this
correctly or is there an "easier" way.

(3) It seems that all of the schematic templates also need to be in there
own db file (a single db?).    I think the way it works is if you set that
file as the "default" in a project db at some point in time then all future
projects will have those templates available, even after you close and
reboot.   Did I get it right?    I found this to be pretty confusing a
first and was not exactly sure what was happening.

Thanks for any help!
Dave Lewis

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