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What's Good About Capture’s Find Command? 16.6 has a few new enhancements!

Comments(0)Filed under: SPB, Capture CIS, OrCAD Capture, Allegro, OrCAD, Schematic, Design Entry, Design Entry CIS, PCB Capture, design, hierarchical schematics, Find result, Find command, Capture, Grzenia, Allegro 16.6, 16.6, Cadence, Cadence Design Systems

The 16.6 release of Alelgro Design Entry CIS (Capture) has added productivity enhancements to the Find command.

You can now:

  • Search for a property with a specific value
  • Use regular expressions for matching values
  • Use global find and replace for offpage connectors

Read on for more details…

In earlier versions of Allegro Design Entry CIS (Capture/Capture-CIS) you could only search for strings and if they matched in property values. The 16.6 release Find command now has full regular expression syntax while maintaining backward compatibility on search. There are two new menu items added on the search window:

As an example, select the options in the Search toolbar, enable Regular Expression and Property=Value. Enter "D*" in search window and press enter, and you will see search window has returned all objects that had D*:

Now select Property Name=Value from the find options and enter "PCB Footprint=D*" and press enter:

Only objects with this property are returned:

Enable the search option – Regular Expression. If you search for a Part Reference which starts with C or R and has numeric range between 2 to 9, this is the result:


Global Find/Replace—Offpage Connectors

Capture now allows replacing names of the off-page connectors globally. This is frequently required when the designer is trying to merge pages from different flat designs into one flat design.

Select Menu Edit > Browser > Off-Page Connectors and Browse the available offpages:

The following list of offpages are displayed:

Open any page in design. Select Edit >Global Replace:

You can enter data as show above to replace AEN with MYOFFPAGE.

As always, I look forward to your feedback on using these new capabilities.

Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia


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