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LP Wizard aka the (unclarified) state of library creation

Question asked by milostnik on Feb 17, 2015
Latest reply on Jun 27, 2016 by raliesch

I am inquiring on the status of LP Wizard.


The last update was in September 2012. Since then there seem to be a complete still stand in library creation.


Mentor has many time bragged about the capability of good library management as a basis of all design activities.

A part form the starter library from Optimum, if the librarian needs to produce new, components it seem that we are left in the stone age.


Either you use LP Wizard to generate some (but not all new cells) and spread sheets to use in symbol editor and manually bind them together to a part, or you are into a lengthy design phase trying to modify whatever is in the library to fit the new component that is needed.


I was somehow hopeful that you could import cells and symbols from other design tools, but many times this is an exercise in patience and a lot of hand work.

To add to this state Mentor has erected a wall to import even hkp format that are generated from other tools like PCB Library expert or Ultralibrarian. (You have to get a special license for this and install a separate tree of the tool just for the conversion!!!)

It seems to me that Mentor has decided not to be the source of the library by not taking care of the LP wizard, and had allowed PCB Library Expert to become the perceived leader.

On the other hand Expedition is not a really good at importing other's symbols and cells. OR at least I am stills struggling with this part.


So what is the state of LP Wizard, and how does Mentor plan to help library creation flourish and prosper?