After a long break, I'm going to try to venture back into the blogosphere, starting off nice and easy--by cheating...
You see, Virtuoso IC 6.1.5 came out at the end of January, and one of the changes made to the Schematic Editor is that many of the handy dockable assistants featured in IC 6.1 are now available at the basic L tier of software. If you don't know what that means, don't worry, because what I'm trying to say is that now, everybody can use these features!
And since I have already blogged about these assistants, I get to write a new article that pretty much consists of nothing but a bunch of links to those previous posts. So here goes...
The assistants that are now available in VSE L are:
Since I wrote the initial post, the Navigator now enables you to add probes using the RMB (remember that "right mouse button"?) on instances, nets or nets and connected instances. You can choose what color probe to create and the probes get highlighted with that color in the schematic and the Navigator all the way down the hierarchy. There is also a search field at the top of the assistant and a new filter to display only probed objects.
Property Editor Assistant
I am still surprised when I sit and work with customers and they are constantly popping up that gigantic bindkey "q" property editor form over and over again. Especially now in IC 6.1.5. You've selected the instance(s). Just look in the lower left corner of your window. The information you're looking for is already displayed right there in front of you. Get your finger off of that "q" key!
Now you can also use the Search Assistant to find bindkey definitions and CDS environment variables.
World View Assistant
Another woefully underused assistant. With this assistant, coupled with the new Magnifier in IC 6.1.5, you need never zoom in or out again. Yes, I said "Magnifier". Try "View->Magnifier" (or bindkey ".") in the schematic window (use Options->Magnifer to adjust).
Also check out the articles on the general usage of Assistants and Workspaces.
So before you straightaway go for the little "x" button to close those assistants, do a little homework and maybe you'll find something you like!