Yes thanks I realize that with DXP, I was just trying to relay the fact that
just by block selecting a bunch of stuff in other systems it was much
easier to change stuff global, when you right clicked you bring up an
attribute menu, there was nothing else to do. The attribute menu
had all the items of the selected stuff that could be changed,
you entered it, and that was that. Here it really seems like
there is too many hits to make a global change to anything.

I to agree with the confusion of what to do other than enter
to commit the change, I think if you click in blank space
withing the inspector menu it will also take.

Bob Wolfe

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Wilson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 8:31 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] 2004 Global edits

> On 02:36 AM 28/03/2004, Robert M. Wolfe said:
> >Ian stated,
> >"I have been asking Altium to make this sort of edit easier.  If you have
> >just components selected you will see in the Inspector that the Name and
> >Component Comment fields are hyperlinks.  I think that when you click on
> >one of these hyperlinks you should be able to edit those attributes on
> >selected components (in effect this would cause the selection to drill
> >across all the selected components).  However, currently the system will
> >only edit the attribute of one of the components (after drilling down)."
> >
> >Ian,
> >I don't remember this coming up but BOY would that be outstanding
> >to be able to do what you state above.
> >Form the very first time using 99SE and now DXP that has been
> >a very big complaint of mine too. I thingk I mentioned it to feedback
> >and maybe way back on the PEDA forum. But this exact item I feel
> >vey strong about. I too have struggled with the fact that you have
> >a bunch of things selected, you bring up a menu, there are common
> >items on this menu, you want to change the one thing on all the selected
> >parts. Your right you should be able to change that same item for all
> >the selected parts right there and not have to jump through a few more
> >hoops.
> Bob,
> This is how the Inspector works - select stuff, all the properties that
> common to all the selected objects are shown, edit any one of these
> properties and hit enter or click elsewhere on the Inspector to commit and
> then all the selected objects get changed. The Inspector allows you to
> change the properties of selected objects. The only thing that causes
> confusion, in my experience, is that to commit the change you have to
> in another field in Inspector or hit the Enter button.  Making a change in
> the Inspector panel and then clicking back in the workspace will not
> the property.  I am not sure I like this, I wonder if clicking back in the
> workspace should also cause the commit to occur.  There has been a request
> for an "Apply" button on the Inspector.
> >I'll take that one step further in that I was very used to CAD systems
> >that say a have a whole bunch of traces selected. All I needed to do then
> >was right click to get a properties dialog up and if I changed trace
> >right there I just changed the trace width for all traces selected.
> >have to take 3 or more steps to accomplish this.
> Again - this is how the Inspector does, and always has worked.  It was
> this in the beginning of DXP - apart from the right click, in DXP/P2004
> either have the Inspector open all the time or use the F11 key to pop it
> (or click or hover over a button).
> My issue is something very specific to do with components and how they
> child properties (the size, width, position etc of the designators for
> instance) - these properties (of child objects) are *not* considered part
> of the component. As such they are not shown in Inspector when you select
> just components.  However, the Inspector does recognize that child objects
> exist in the current selection and shows the *name* of the attribute in
> Inspector in a blue underlined hyperlink fashion.  Clicking on this
> hyperlink allows you to drill down to get the properties of the underlying
> child object (so you can change the width or hide status of a designator
> for example). The problem is that this, currently, only affects one of the
> components you have selected (the first or last I guess - I have never
> checked).  I would prefer this drilling down, within Inspector, to child
> objects to affect all selected objects.  There are ways of dealing with
> this problem (using IsComponentSelected as part of a query for example)
> I think the program would work better if we could have the subtle change.
> This issue is getting a little stale now - it is a little hard to explain,
> unless you follow it through with DXP/P2004 open, and I have been through
> it on the DXP forum enough - so I am sure that Altium will know what I am
> thinking. (Gee I hate typing stuff twice.)
> Ian

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