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 Placing or move by coordinates 

Last post Tue, Jan 8 2013 8:33 AM by TH Designs. 9 replies.
Started by TH Designs 29 Nov 2012 07:05 AM. Topic has 9 replies and 1327 views
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  • Thu, Nov 29 2012 7:05 AM

    • TH Designs
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    Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    Scenerio:

    Part placed on board, decide to move it to a different location that I know the coordinates of. How??

    Same thing when placing a part for the first time, how can I place by coordinates? We did this in training class, but I can not get it to work for the life of me.

    Is there a spreadsheet or table where I can look up the part and enter the coordinates?

    I have my first board done using 16.5 and I'm just going back over the areas I had issues with or need a better understanding of to make my time spent on the next board more efficient.

    Tom

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  • Thu, Nov 29 2012 7:29 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    If you choose Move - RMB - Options - Rotation Point you can choose where the component will be moved FROM.  After you select the component you wish to move you can simply type in the Command line the x,y coordinates of where you would like to place the component.  The syntax is x n.nn y n.nn   or you can simply type x n.nn n.nn    To get a list of all the coordinates of where the components are placed you can choose File - Export - Placement.  You will get options of what origin you would like to have reported.  Also, you can choose where you want the ASCII text placement file created using the Browse button.  An additional point about moving components - You can move a component incrementally by typing ix n.nn to move a component incrementally in the x direction and iy n.nn for the y direction. ix n.nn n.nn  will move it in both directions.  Hope this helps.

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  • Thu, Nov 29 2012 8:22 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    Thanks for the reply.

    I brought this one on myself. I assigned some keys to perform certain functions in the "env" file. I had set "i" for zoom in and "x" for swap ends when routing. Since both of these keys are used for moving by coordinates, they didn't work. I commented them out of the env file and now I can move by coordinates. (But I can't zoom in using "I" or swap ends using "x".......... Need to assign some other keys to perform those functions now)

    Tom

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  • Thu, Nov 29 2012 8:49 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    Tom,

    I realize its more typing, but you can also use the "pick xx yy" command line to avoid conflict with your funckey assignments.

    Roger

    Roger Green - B F Systems, LLC
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  • Thu, Nov 29 2012 10:27 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    Tom, are you using a 2 button mouse with a scroll wheel at that end ?, Was curious because I also had assigned the zoom in and out functions to the I & O keys but those keys I rarely uses anymore because the mouse scrool wheel handles zoom in / Out and also Pan if I
    de- press the mouse wheel.

    Thanks Scott 

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  • Thu, Nov 29 2012 10:41 AM

    • budnoel
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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    Hello all. I've been using a 3-button mouse (without the scrool wheel) for about 12 years and I love it.  By depressing the the middle button and moving in a diagonal from lower right to upper left (or vice versa) I'm able to zoom in or out in Editor.  I don't really like the scroll wheel because it tends to roll when I simply want to depress it.  I realize a lot of this is personal preference but I thought I would share mine anyway.  The other thing I wanted to mention to Tom was that if by "switching ends" when routing he means the "toggle" function I assigned that to the "t" hot key and I find it works great. Thanks for allowing me to input.

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  • Tue, Jan 8 2013 6:09 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    I tried this method and get a command not found when I type in x500 y500 in the command line.

    I'm a long time 18 year Pads user and it was open a dialog bog and could place by coordinates, rotation, side and many things from this box, wish there was something similar for Allegro.

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  • Tue, Jan 8 2013 6:23 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    Try:  x 500 500

    (x is lowercase)

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  • Tue, Jan 8 2013 6:31 AM

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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply
    Thanks Dawn, I found that I didn't include a space between the x and the value. It still seems archaic that I can't see all of my info for a particular part and edit them in one place, oh well shrugs and keeps trying to understand the nuances with this tool..
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  • Tue, Jan 8 2013 8:33 AM

    • TH Designs
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    Re: Placing or move by coordinates Reply

    ScottCad:

    Tom, are you using a 2 button mouse with a scroll wheel at that end ?, Was curious because I also had assigned the zoom in and out functions to the I & O keys but those keys I rarely uses anymore because the mouse scrool wheel handles zoom in / Out and also Pan if I
    de- press the mouse wheel.

    Thanks Scott 

    I lost track of this thread and didn't see all of the good suggestions concerning the use of the center wheel for panning and zooming.

    Thanks for the inputs everyone, very helpful.

    Tom

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