I have this group of items (traces, texts and plane obstruct) on my electrical layers in the layout.
I want to create a drawing cell by importing these items and not by drawing them again.
How do I do that?
The easiest way ( as far as i know) is to export these items to DXF.
Then open up the cell editor , create a drawing cell and import the DXF.
I tried it before and it's a bit more complicated than I expected.
When I bring the DXF in, it's coming on user-defined layers. Then I have to pick every text and line and move it on the electrical layer where I need them. By the time I finish this it's taking me approx the same amount of time as if I created them from scratch.
If they landed directly on the electrical layers where they where initially that would have been much more convenient.
thank you for your reply,
That is correct, but...
Once you have them in a cell, you can put the cell in the library and get it into the design with "Library Services".
In fact, at our institute we have the same kind of cells in the library for 2 layer - 12 layer boards. I have added them to the layout
templates and you never have to add them manually anymore.
yes, after they're in the library it's easy to work with them. These type of shapes+texts came from a PADS layout converted to Xpedition. There are other similar items that I'd like to store in the library. I just wanted to speed up the "have them in a cell" process. I hate to recreate something that's been already done, I am lazy like that
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