I hope I understand your question. To get DxD symbols to show up when imported into PADS I use the DEVICE property attached to the DxD symbol to list the name of the part in PADS' library.
A second thought: to allow you to preview PADS decals in DxD you have to have a PKG_TYPE property attached to the DxD symbol to name the PADS decal that is associated with the PADS part.
If this does not answer your question, could you elaborate?
We have been using PADS Logic for a number of years now and we recently moved to DxDesigner. I have been successful in importing/linking the symbol library in DxDesigner with the library we use with Logic. I am having trouble linking my parts library with DxDatabook inside of DxDesigner. Specifically creating the *.dbc file. So I guess my question should have been how do I create the *.dbc file needed for DxDatabook to work properly? The users guides that I have not helped with this or I just missed something.
Sorry, I can't help then because we don't use DxDatabook.
You need a datasource of some kind to link to your parts, Excel spreadsheet, ACCESS database etc that holds the parametric data. In the database you need equvalent part numbers (DEVICE) to those in the PADS parts database and a reference to the associated DxDesigner symbol (Symbol field in the database tables). Then you must set up an ODBC data source for the database and finally link this to the DxDataBook configuration. I would suggest you contact your local customer support organisation or look on SupportNet for help with doing this.
I'm having the same problem and it transpires that we're not licensed to use DxDatabook, thus all the option in the guides do not apply.
If you do not have a DxDataBook licence then you link the symbol library to PADS with the symbol properties, DEVICE for the part number and PKG_TYPE for the decal, plus pin numbers (#) etc. You link the symbol libraries to DxDesigner in the Setup - Settings - Symbol Libraries pane. Then when you open DxDataBook you will get a Symbol View which lists the symbol libraries you are referencing.
DxDatabook adds the capability to associate parametric data to your library and allows you to search on specific information such as show all resistors with a certain value and tolerance.
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TechNote mg566507: DxTopics - DxDataBook covers all the DxDataBook stuff you could possibly need to know. Given that there is so much info you want to find the video about half way down the page about DxDataBook basics...