4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 22, 2014 6:00 PM by danilborchevkin

    Question about turning ON and OFF layer visibility in PADS Layout

    tquiroz

       

      In OrCad Layout I remember I could turn off all layers by hitting Backspace, then pressing "1" would bring ONLY the top layer. I loved the fact that after hitting Backspace, I could bring ONLY the layers that I was interested with just a single keystroke per layer. Can I mirror this 1-keystroke-per-layer functionality in PADS Layout?

       

       

        • 1. Re: Question about turning ON and OFF layer visibility in PADS Layout
          Kenneth_Wood

           

          Unfortunately no, or at least not that I know of. There may be a macro out there though.

           

           

          I liked that about OrCAD too, also the highlight feature.

           

           

          One of my biggest complaints about PADS is the layer stack and visibility management.

           

           

          Cadence Allegro has a side menu with checkboxes that easily turn the layers on/off. I would like to see somthing like this in PADS as I am

           

           

          constantly playing with the layer visibility settings.

           

           

          Ken

           

           

           

           

           

          • 2. Re: Question about turning ON and OFF layer visibility in PADS Layout
            yu.yanfeng

            Hi tquiroz ,

            The modeless command combination of modeless command "D" and "L th layer to active.

            Yanfeng

            • 3. Re: Question about turning ON and OFF layer visibility in PADS Layout
              edw

              From Setup, Desplay Colors.  Or "Ctrl+Alt+C" you can set up coler and desplay settings.

               

              You will notice a "cofiguration" box with a Save and Delete button.   From here you can set up a color and desplay scheme and save it.

               

              For example:  I set mine up as follows.

               

              Routing

              L1

              L3

              L6

              L7

              L8

              Assembly Primaryside

              Assembly Secondaryside

              Silk top

              Silk bottom

               

              After setting this up you can pick which one you want and it will change.

               

              Hope this helps.

               

              Ed

              • 4. Re: Question about turning ON and OFF layer visibility in PADS Layout
                danilborchevkin

                It's possible with modeless commands, which you may learning in Help > Modeless Commands

                 

                For lazy engineers see the table below

                 

                Quick Layer View Commands

                  

                Z

                  

                Quick layer view. With no command arguments, Z displays the initial layer view.

                  

                Z {+<layer>} {-<layer>}

                  

                Add or remove layer from the current set of displayed layers. Examples:

                • Z +O makes the outside layers visible, but does not change visibility of other layers.
                • Z -O makes the outside layers invisible, but does not change visibility of other layers.
                • Z -2 +O makes invisible layer 2 and makes visible the outside layers.
                  

                Z <n-m>

                  

                View only the range of layers you type. For example, Z 2-4 displays layers 2, 3, and 4. Do not enclose the range with square brackets.

                  

                Z <layer n> {<layer m> ...}

                  

                View only the layers you type. For example, Z 2 4 d displays layers 2, 4, and the documentation layer.

                  

                Z *

                  

                View all layers.

                Restriction: Z supports only the asterisk * regular expression.

                  

                Z A

                  

                View the active layer. If the active layer is changed, it has no effect on the display.

                  

                Z ADB

                  

                View the Assembly Drawing Bottom layer.

                  

                Z ADT

                  

                View the Assembly Drawing Top layer.

                  

                Z B

                  

                View only the bottom layer.

                  

                Z C

                <-C>

                  

                View only the current layer. If the active layer is changed, only the new current layer is displayed. Unlike Z A, it puts you in a continuous mode where all layers are hidden except the active layer. When you change layers, the new layer becomes visible and all other layers are hidden. Use Z -C to exit the mode.

                  

                Z D

                  

                View all documentation layers.

                  

                Z E

                  

                View all electrical layers.

                  

                Z I

                  

                View all internal layers.

                  

                Z O

                  

                View only the outside layers, that is, the top and bottom layers.

                  

                Z PMB

                  

                View the Paste Mask Bottom.

                  

                Z PMT

                  

                View the Paste Mask Top.

                  

                Z SMB

                  

                View the Solder Mask Bottom.

                  

                Z SMT

                  

                View the Solder Mask Top.

                  

                Z SSB

                  

                View the Silkscreen Bottom.

                  

                Z SST

                  

                View the Silkscreen Top.

                  

                Z T

                  

                View only the top layer.

                  

                Z U

                  

                Toggles the view of unrouted connections that are visible on all layers.

                  

                Z Z

                  

                View all layers.

                  

                ZR <name>

                  

                Restore a quick layer view configuration. For example, ZR L23 restores the configuration stored as L23.

                Tip: Type ZR and press Enter to see a list of all layer configurations created by ZS in this session.

                See also: ZS.

                  

                ZS <name>

                  

                Saves the current set of displayed layers as a quick layer view configuration. For example, ZS L23 stores the current configuration as L23. The quick layer view configuration is available until you exit the program.

                See also: ZR.