Yes, that is the way. make the pad size zero, the drill size zero, and non-plated. They get a little tricky to find later; pull them up in the padstack editor if you ever need to access one.
Ok, cool. That's what I thought, just wanted to be sure so I wouldn't have to fix it later.
It sounds like you're confusing Sequence numbers with Pin numbers. Sequence numbers cannot be skipped. Pin numbers absolutely can. Sequence numbers are internal, and have no effect on the PCB decal. I think it's bad practice to have zero size pins on the PCB decal. It stems from an old workaround before PADs supported non-sequential and alphanumeric pin numbers, and was a clumsy solution at best.
That does sound like a better way. I'll have to give that a try.
I'm not sure what you mean here. I can skip pin numbers in the pcb decal, that's no problem. The cae decal will not skip pin numbers. So wouldn't you have a mismatch between the cae and the pcb? I thought the two needed to match as far as pins and numbering.
You have to manually assign the numbers in the CAE decal, you can call them whatever you want. Even if you are using the sequential pin numbering tool, click pin2 again, it's now pin 3.
For clarity, the CAE decal will not skip sequence numbers on the pins. If you have alphanumeric pin numbers defined, you can put any alphanumeric pin number on each pin (that has a sequenctial sequence number).
The pins do not have to be alphanumeric to skip, you can skip numeric pin numbers also. The sequence numbers in the CAE decal only (not part type) must be sequential, but they have nothing to do with Part Type pin numbers. The sequence numbers just keep track of the pin decals in the symbol.
CAE decal Part Type PCB
sequence pin # decal
number assigned pin #
1 1 1
2 2 2
3 5 5
4 6 6