Two main questions in this post:
How do I get the symbol grid to display in Part Developer?
How do I attach my own custom PCB footprint to schematic symbol?
I'm using Cadence 15.2 and I am in the Allegro PCB Design HDL 220 : Part Developer. All the tutorials and PDF's I've been reading show that when I right click on "Symbol" and select "New", the Symbol Editor should also show a grid of how the symbol will appear. I do not have this grid. The "Hide Grid" box is unchecked and I have tried grabbing the right edge of the "Symbol Pins" spreadsheet and dragging it over. The cursor changes as if the grid window has just been slid over (like a column resize indication in an Excel spreadsheet). So I grab it and try to pull the border back to the left, but when I release it, nothing changes. How do I get this grid to display?
My overall goal here is to create a simple PCB.
The parts I am using do not fall into a category of "typical" everyday items, so I need to create schematic symbols, padstacks, and a PCB pattern for each item. The padstacks were the easiest. The PCB footprint development is a little more involved but I believe I got it. However the schematic symbol generation is proving to be a bear, especially when I want to attach a footprint. It seems I am limited to JEDEC footprints and cannot choose my own custom one. How can I change this?
My PCB layout experience comes from an entirely different methodology as I learned on Accel EDA in the late 90's. The company I was with had a maintenance program so I was on that software up through its name change back to PCAD. My last involvement with that was PCAD 2001. So Cadence being a much more involved and thorough program has a much more complex learning curve for me. I'm not going to be doing anything complex or high speed, just fairly basic and simple.
Thank you for any help,