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What's Good About Allegro PCB Editor Embedded Net Name Display? Check Out 16.6!

Comments(0)Filed under: PCB design, SPB, Allegro PCB Editor, Allegro, PCB Editor, PCB, layout, "PCB design", design, routing, etch shapes, vias, color visibility, Allegro GUI, Grzenia, stipple, Allegro 16.6, 16.6, Cadence, Cadence Design Systems, physical layout design, pin planning, PCB routing

A new graphical display option in the 16.6 Allegro PCB Editor embeds net names within the cline path, pins, shapes, and flow lines. Useful in just about any PCB application, the display of net names will be extremely valuable for those involved in design reviews or board debug. This feature is enabled by default in all PCB products and does require Open GL to be enabled. The visibility controls for traces, pins, and shapes are available by accessing the Setup > Design Parameters > Display form.

Embedded net names in traces:


Embedded net names in pins:

Read on for more details …

By default, the settings to display net names in clines, pins, and shapes are enabled by default. Review the location of the settings - Setup > Design Parameters > Display:

The complete net name will be displayed, otherwise it will not be displayed as truncations can lead to confusion. Open GL must be enabled and the transparency must be set to less than the ‘Solid’ level:


The display of text is right reading. The objective is to maintain consistency in the horizontal and vertical directions. The color of the text aligned with Etch subclass colors:


Please share your experiences using this great new feature!

Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia


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