How terribly interesting it this thread, for this is precisely what I have
been considering over the past couple of days. We are considering revamping
our whole library databases and as a result I have been thinking carefully
about how to better integrate Protel with our own internal parts inventory
database. I envision being able to use a "place component" command that
would allow for dynamic access to our inventory database which would then be
able to fill in the footprint field, the value field, the internal part
number according to the listed items in our internal database.
The key attribute for selection would be the internal part number by which
all other information could be extracted from the database and added to the
part attributes. Please feel free to call me @ (250) 763-2329 ext. 225 and
we can discuss your time and costs for development. This would be a very
valuable tool to our company !

Daniel Webster
Northern Airborne Technology
Kelowna, BC, Canada 

-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Wilson [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2002 1:45 AM
To: Protel EDA Forum
Subject: Re: [PEDA] CSExtractFromExcel Server @ Ian Wilson

On 10:16 AM 2/05/2002 +0200, Schmitt Michael said:
>Hello Ian,
>i had just looked into your server and it looks like that what i was
>searching but i cannot use it as it is.
>the reason ist simple. as far as i understand your server it does only
>ONE object in the schemtic with ONE object in the excel spreadsheet.
>but i need to check :
>1. is the footprint like 0805 the same
>2. is the value (parttype) 10k the same
>then if, and only if, both fields are matched i need to copy the stuff from
>the selected colums to the fileds in the schematic.


I'll think about it.

The server is really designed to facilitate the import into the sch of all 
the fields based on a company part number that is either entered at Sch 
design time into a part field or at Sch Lib design time into a read-only 
(library) field.  There is a possible problem with extending the search 
across multiple fields - it may complicate the access into Excel slightly.

I have three ways of going here:
1) add one or two possible match fields
2) be very general and allow the user to add as many match fields as they
3) say tough luck - it does what it does.

1) is probably simple enough but no doubt someone will find a limitation 
with it. 2) is more time to program. 3) is not really like me so, as I 
said, I will think about it.  The extra money I would get from an extension 
like this is very unlikely to cover my time in doing it but I will consider 
it.  (These servers are by no means big money spinners, more a loss-making 
hobby that others may find useful.)

Anyone else with a desire to be able to fill in all the Sch part attributes 
from an external source, where there is matching required on more than one 
How many matches would suffice?

Ian Wilson

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