2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 16, 2012 7:55 AM by olivier_arnaud

    DxDesigner Link extension


      Over the coming releases we'd like to extend the DxDesigner ‘Link’ capability to cover more use cases and we'd like to get feedback from the user community to help us decide how to prioritize our future development.


      Links allow quick navigation between ‘named’ objects in the same way hyperlinks work in browsers, but are limited to a single hierarchical level and work between links with the same name. They are also used for cross-referencing the design as ‘Xref Annotations’. The Tools – Update Other objects – Annotations command will add Xref Annotations to the link symbols in accordance with the format defined in the settings dialog. When considering improvements for this functionality we need to consider both the hyperlinking and cross-referencing aspects of the link symbols. For example we could extend the links to add hyperlinking between different levels of hierarchy, or extend the cross referencing capability to objects based on their connectivity without the need for auto-insertion of link symbols. If you have requirements in either or both of these areas we’d like to hear from you. Use cases we consider to be of interest to the wider community will be added to the DxDesigner ideas site.

        • 1. Re: DxDesigner Link extension

          Please add support for hierarchy!


          Then please add more formatting options like font, size, truncating if too many,...


          Why are you starting a new tool in a year >2000 in such a 'baby' state?

          Sorry, I'm too old: we had used hierarchical design with Daisy DED2 in 1989 already and bought a tool with almost the same functionalaty than Scout, but it was working correctly after some debugging in 1990...




          • 2. Re: DxDesigner Link extension

            Hi Frank,


            Thanks for your input! I seize this opportunity to ask you more details about what you expect. I understand that you are particularly interested in Xref Annotations across the hierarchy but would they apply to specific objects or to links only?

            For example you may think of cross-annotating a pair "block symbol pin"/"corresponding underneath hierarchical port". But you could as well annotate several objects at different levels of hierarchy because they are somehow tied together. Or you may stick to the links simply to jump easily to other places inside the hierarchy.


            Any additional information would be useful!