At 09:41 AM 4/18/2002 -0500, Robison Michael R CNIN wrote:
>thanks for responding.  but i'm not exactly sure about
>what you mean when you say polygon planes don't connect
>to "other" nets.  is the fill connecting to every thru-
>hole within its boundaries?

Yes. A "fill" is a bit misnamed. It is essentially the same as a big 
rectangular *pad*, except that it does not have a pad name. Protel, if it 
can, creates, in the gerber, a single rectangular flash of the appropriate 
size for a fill, and such fills will be imported from gerber as pads....

>actually a polygon plane is what i intend to use in the
>end, because the area is fairly irregular.  the reason
>i started with the fill is that i thought it was easier
>to experiment with and that whatever electrical charac-
>teristics it had would be exhibited by the polygon plane
>also.

No. You want a polygon plane, sometimes also called a copper "fill," but 
more often a "pour."



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