I am using PADS 2007.1 and I am trying paste portions of a layout from a previous design into a new design. I am able to successfully paste the components and the layout, but the net names get automatically renamed to "$$xx." Does anyone know how to paste the older layout into the new design while maintaining the existing net names? Thank you in advance for your help.
ASCII import will preserve netnames, but it is up to you to make sure they mix as required with nets in the design.
You will get errors if conflicts occur, so it can be iterative of save/import/abort/edit block/import.
Running two PADS sessions can hlp here..
The Design Reuse option also simplifies paste (if you have it).