1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 20, 2015 8:20 AM by robert.berrington

    PADS Layout 9.5 - move imported from dxf (tracks) is very slow (several minutes per action)




      My common activity is importing projects into PADS Layout from gerber data (to prepare "fake PCBs" containing components placed on it based on coordinates, ant then to build 3D model based on ascii / idf output.


      One part of my work is to import most important layers into PCB file. Layers came from dxf files previously exported from gerber files.


      But sometimes (especially for copper layers containing a lot of traces) it is realy hard (very slow) to move selected imported shape (to move it into origin) even it this shape is combined.


      Such actions (move) can take a few, reveral or more minutes even...


      Please help me to do it faster, in more efficient way.


      Thank you very much and best regards


        • 1. Re: PADS Layout 9.5 - move imported from dxf (tracks) is very slow (several minutes per action)

          You might consider trying the VX.1 release. They made a vast improvement in how large groups of items are selected/moved. PADS 9.5 tries to draw/redraw each element with every nudge of the mouse. In the VX.1, they must do something to create a "shadow" of the objects to move, then only redraw it completely once placed.


          You can also set a location as the group's origin. Then once selected, position your mouse over the new location. Press <ctrl-e> to move, then just <left-click> and it'll all move at once. (This won't work so well if you have to fine-tune adjust placement.)


          You can also consider grouping the elements into a Reuse Block. This isn't for "copy-paste", but to group parts/traces/vias/drafting lines. You can then reset the origin of the Reuse Block. Pressing <alt-enter> brings up the properties block where you can type in your (x,y) location.


          By the way, the new PADS VX.1.2 and a PADS Standard/Standard Plus license will give you access to PADS 3D. This give you the ability to export a .STEP file instead of the yucky IDF format. (https://www.mentor.com/company/news/mentor-new-3d-solution-pads-flow )


          You could consider installing the PADS VX tool and trying it out. When you're done, you can export the ASCII to PADS 9.5 format.