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What's Good About Allegro PCB Editor Quickplace Overlap? Check Out 16.6!

Comments(1)Filed under: PCB Layout and routing, PCB design, SPB, Allegro PCB Editor, Allegro, PCB Editor, PCB, layout, Allegro GUI, Grzenia, Allegro 16.6, placement edit, place replicate, Overlap components by, Quickplace

Just a very "quick read" on a new option for Quickplace this week.

The Allegro PCB Editor Quickplace is an application used to ‘quickly’ scatter components around the perimeter of the design or to a room location. By default, components are placed not to overlap each other. As a result, the application may fail to place components if space is not available. A new control option in the 16.6 release,"Overlap components by," has been introduced to improve completion percentages. You can control the amount of overlap - the default value is seeded at 50%.

Read on for more details …

Invoke Place – Quickplace
Enable the option "Overlap components by," which is located near the end of the form:


Set ‘Edge’ = ‘Top’
Click ‘Place’ then review the results:


Feel free to provide feedback on this new capability.

Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia


By Ulf Kylenfall on May 21, 2013
I kinda like that. Been there where the quickplacer failed... Another way to handle such an outcome is to let the editor fail and return an error message "Quickplacer failed. Would you like to place using overlap (Yes/No). Answereing "yes" would take you to the % menu. Answering no would simply return "Quickplace can not proceed No components has been placed."

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