In my DxD schematic I want to replace a set of identical capacitors with another set of identical capacitors using DxDatabook.while preserving the existing reference designators.
I know how this works for a single capacitor:
- select the capacitor and load it into DxDatabook
- In DxDatabook remove the appropriate condition(s), e.g. the partnumber
- In DxDatabook select the new part
- Use the "annotate component with all properties" button in DxDatabook
However, when I select multiple identical capacitors from my schematic I'm not able to load them into DxDatabook. If I use the RMB an eror message pops up "Only one component can be loaded from Viewdraw. Results may be incorrect".
I played around with this a little bit and it turns out that if I reset the reference designators to "C?" (at the instance level) it is possible to load multiple identical components into DxDatabook. Isn't this weird as the reference designator is not a property that is loaded from DxDatabook? And as for resetting the reference designator, I want to preserve the existing values.
What is the correct procedure to load multiple identical components into Dxdatabook at once and replace all selected componets with a new part while preserving the reference designators?
P.S. I like the ViewDraw reference in the error message pop-up ... manually editing the ASCII schematic files proved to be quite simple