How does one assign reference designators to schematic symbols with un-assigned reference designators (C? for example)?
Use the netlister – Tools > PCB Interface
I've figured-out that if one opened a PCB design in PADS Layout then Tools> PADS Designer, linked the related schematic to the PCB then "connected" them, a valid, sequential reference designator would be assigned to all things that previously had an un-assigned reference designator.
You really should assign the refdes in the Designer tool... You can rearrange them in the layout tool and then back annotate the changes but I know for a fact you don't get to create them in Layout and expect them to back annotate.
KB Article mg78141 details what can be back annotated.
That's a pretty sweet solution. Wish I had known about it.
I implemented the solution I was able to find.
I'm learning this software under the gun. New job. Tight deadline.
Thank you for your suggestion. Now that it's written down somewhere, I'll be able to find it later.
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