Is it possible to slide (stretch a group of traces) in PADS layout or Router?
Or any scripts are available for performing such an operation.
I feel it will be very efficient while routing and cleanups as well.
Select segment of traces you plan to stretch, RMB (right mouse button) and select 'Strech' command.
Thanks for the Reply, I was mentioning about stretching a group of traces (more than one).
Individualy it is possible to stretch a single trace by the method you mentioned where as it is not possible to move them in a group.
Any idea about stretching in a group?
In Router when you select a segment of the trace and start Stretch command. This trace will move any trace segments based on design rules as you move the segment you are stretching, thus stretching one segment causing anything in front or back of to stretch also as a group.
You can if they are attached to a part.
You have to make sure that the "Stretch traces during component move" setting at Tools - Options - Design is selected.
You can move a group of traces...but you must include a via.
Tom Ferguson provided some directions for doing this:
1) Make sure you have Options/Design/ “Stretch traces during component move” unchecked.. If it is checked, you can pick up the traces (using my method) but when you try to drop them, they simply snap back to their original position.
2) It is difficult to select traces by bunches. I found it easier (and more accurate selecting only the ones I want) to select the traces I want to move individually into a group, then move the group as a whole.
3) This is the key to moving traces. You need to select a via to move with them. I always use a nearby ground via because their connections are simple and easily replaced, but I suspect any via will do. The reason you need the via is the trace group needs an origin and traces do not inherently have one. In their original position, they reference your primary datum point but instantly lose that reference when you try to move them. Pads calculates the trace locations relative to the via during the move, then recalculates their locations relative to the PD once they are down. Without the via, Pads has no way to move traces since moving anything entails a constant update to the object’s coordinates even while it is still on the cursor. The via, even though unrelated to the traces, gives the entire group an origin relative to the PD and you are actually dropping the via and the traces follow along, maintaining the same geometric relationship to the via.
Thank you all for providing the answers..
All the above mentioned practices where helpful
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