On 04:17 AM 21/02/2004, Dave C said:
Greetings Protel users,

Scenario:
   Schematic design heavily based on complex hierarchy
for duplicating certain parts of the design. Sort of
like a stereo system with a left and right channel.
After the design is flattened, every part gets it own
designator and it's ready for PCB layout.

Can anyone suggest a method for replicating the PCB
layout (relative placement, tracks, vias, polygons,
etc.) for these parts of the design which are
identical except for the designators and local net
names ?

Use the multi-channel feature of DXP, though this is possibly a less than helpful suggestion.


Seriously, if you have a lot of multi-channel designs you may find the multi-channel feature in DXP worth the price and learning curve.

The multi-channel stuff is easy to learn but some people have trouble picking up the query language that is useful for multi-object edits (globals) and more complex rule definitions.

If this is just a once off then you may be best off doing it manually. I hated full complex hierarchy on P99SE, not so much for the first turn of a design, but more for the second and so on turns where things just seem to get harder and harder to control.

Ian



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