Pads Does not have a feature to do this but there is a script that was written years ago that can do this.
Ugh, I can't believe there isn't a way to do this. Every other tool I have used has this ability...
What is the 'script' to do this, and how do I access/use it?
Surely, there has to be some way to turn off all the other rats nest pin connection lines that you are not currently interested in (other than manually doing it one by one in the Nets editor)!
turn off all nets
when you move a group of components, only the nets to the group being moved highlight
maybe if you stated why you want to do this, somebody can tell you how to accomplish the task in PADS
it is important to learn to use the PADS methodology when using PADS, rather than using the methodology from another CAD
when using another CAD, use their methodology
Just want to be able to route all the connections for ONE group of components at a time, without having ALL the other net connection lines showing on the screen at the same time (i have a long horizontal board with LOTS of net connections going horizontal, and i can barely see the actual net connection lines, or even the components or pads, i am working with due to all the other net line connections being visible, i.e. net connections that have nothing to do with the group of components i am breaking out)...
In all other tools (i have used about 10 over 25 years) you could select a group of component and then choose to show ONLY the net connections that are associated with THAT group of components so that you dont have to see ALL the connections on the board...
Of course, i could grab the group of components, right mouse, hit F6, choose 'selection report' and see then in a text file the net names associated with that group of components, THEN go into VIEW > NETS and turn every net not in that group to off manually, but that is a very tedious process to go through!
Thanks for the help!
turn off visability for all nets
in DxDesigner (been nearly 10 years since I used PLogic, so maybe someone else can answer for that) select the nets you want to see (with cross probing turned on)
now right click in PADS
select view nets, from there you know what to do
the other things is you do not need to have nets visable in PADS to route them, unlike some other CAD
so if the rats nest is causing visability problems, who cares, turn visability off for all and with Add Route selected click on a pin
First off, we don't have DX Designer, we have PADS Logic...
2nd, I don't like the idea of routing without the net connections i am actually routing being visible...
I'm pretty sure it works in PLogic as well.
there is a VBasic script netselectiontool.bas that would also allow this as well, plus I suspect it is the basis for the VBasic script mentioned earlier
my final suggestion is to translate it to Orcad and do the work there, then send it back to PADS
of course then you'll have to contend with Orcad limitations for other tasks
Once you've turned off the nets, set the Filter to only Nets, then select the nets of the group you want to route, then turn them back on with View Nets. Give them a different color if you want.
Or set your filter to only Components, select the components in your group, right-click and click Select Nets, de-select the components by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on them, then go to View Nets and turn the nets back on.
You turn ALL nets on the design to off in the Nets editor, highlight the comps in the group, then right click and select nets, then go back into the nets editor and choose the pulldown Select By > Selected, then it puts only the selected nets in your 'View List', then you can turn only those net connection lines to ALL for View Unroute Details...it works!
You're welcome. I like your improvements too.
thanks from me also
but it is complex procedure.
in allgro you dehighlight all rats
and then you can select/deselect visible by pins or components
which allows you to concentrate just on 3 or 5 components you are working on.
this would be very handy improvement in pads.
regarding comments about ways of doing it,
they are normally based on what tool can and cannot do efficently.
i use modeless commands here and there, but not much,
because they take soo much time to input,
let alone taking hands of mouse...
you can click icons without moving hands off mouse,
and icons are something that allegro can't do,
user can only customize menus there and they are not that fast...