Mr. Lomax 
        Thank you for the information it will work for this project. However
I would like to have this done automatically, one less thing too worry about
and one less thing for someone to forget. I would like to build a server to
do what it is I need to have done, I have never tried something like this
and was hoping that some one could give me some guidance or lead me into the
right direction on how to get started, and what I might need. I looked into
the Protel archives and didn't find any information on building servers or
what I need to get started.



-----Original Message-----
From: Abd ul-Rahman Lomax [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Assembly drawings

At 03:47 PM 10/15/2003, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
>I have been given the task to add assembly drawings to a design that
>engineer is working on using protel 99SE. I would like to go into the
>library that he is currently using and just add a mechanical layer 1 to
>part with a .comment string, and update the PCB from the library.  There
>about 100 parts on the secondary side of the PCB, is there a way to
>automatically change the mechanical layer to layer 2 with out having to
>select each out line and cut it and past it on another layer for the parts
>on the secondary side of the PCB? Is there another way that this can be
>accomplished that I am should be looking into.

Okay, let me see if I understand this. In infer that what you want is an 
assembly drawing and for this you want to use a .comment string because 
that string will normally hold type information from schematic. Further, 
the PCB you are working with has components on both sides, so you want to 
make two assembly layers, one for top and one for bottom.

This is actually pretty routine.

Let me suggest that you don't want to change the footprints in the library. 
Every part already has a .comment string unless you have done something to 
remove it. What you want to do is to make it visible and move it to the 
appropriate layer. This is not complicated to accomplish.

First, to make working simple, double-click on any reference designator and 
use a global edit to hide all designators -- you can bring them back later. 
Then double-click on any component and use another global edit on the 
Comment tab to make all comments visible. Then double-click on any Top Side 
Comment and globally edit all comments on the Top Overlay layer (assuming 
that it is on the default layer) to the Mech layer you want to use. 
Normally, I'd be using Mech 1 for outline, so I'd choose a different one. 
Whatever layer I choose, I'd name it functionally, so, in this case, I'd 
end up moving all the Top Overlay Comments to Top Assembly. Then I would 
likewise move all Bottom Overlay Comments to Bot Assembly.

I think Mr. Tontis knows how to use global edits properly, so I haven't 
included details about that....

I might then bring back all the reference designators. If I want both 
reference designators and comments on the assembly drawings, I might use 
the autopositioning feature to place them in complementary positions, or it 
might be necessary to manually retouch the positions, or it might not be 
possible to have both.

If I want both, I'd simply merge, in a plot, Outline, Top Overlay, and Top 
Assy layers. If there is room, I'd also have top and multilayer pads in the 

Anyway, all this is a few minutes work, except for the retouching of text 
positions if that is needed.

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