Thank You! Robert!
I wish I had that 'special string .designator' suggestion for Mech Layer 1 (which I 
use for a Component Layout
Drawing - for top side only PCB board layouts) a long time ago!

Jeff Adolphs
Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc.

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Great 

Thank you Robert
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>> My problem is to get the designators to be independent of the components
>> and placed on Mechanical Layer 4.
>> I would like to present documentation where I have a silk screen layer
>> and a component placement layer independent of each other.
>> Since PCBs are getting smaller and smaller I have no room silk screen
>> around 0805, 0603, ... and no room for designators on SMT parts, but
>> people like to have designators on connectors.
>> What I do now is making a class for the connectors so I can select them
>> and then switch the designators on and off on the SMT parts, when I make
>
>One way to do this is to include the special string .designator on the

>Mechanical Layer of your library items.
>
>This way all of your components would have their designator on the 
>mechanical layer, and you could center it on the part so it looks good
for
>
>the assembly drawing.
>
>Robert D. LaMoreaux
>MTS Systems Corp. 
>Powertrain Technology Division
>4622 Runway Blvd.
>Ann Arbor, MI 48108
>734-822-9696
>Fax 734-973-1103
>Main Desk 734-973-1111
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