Hello I did a bit of digging around and contacted another Allegro user and it appears that what I want to achieve "'Display Dynamic Etch Length" as I route a trace across the board is not possible in the Orcad 16.5 product.
What I have found is this. In the Orcad 16.5 Product at the bottom of the interface in the status area there are two buttons called
P and A, the A button allows you to toggle between absolute and relative coordinates. If I choose the option "R" when I start a trace
I can see how far I have moved relative to my last position. So if I click on a pin and start routing I can see how far I went. This is OK
but the issue is as soon as I stop routing a trace at a segment and take off routing again that relative coordinate gets reset to zero
as it is just a relative position to where I was.
In a nutshell, start routing a trace then stop then start again and my relative position gets re-set back to zero. For this type of feature
I think this would be the expected outcome.
On the higher tier Allegro product there is a user preference setting called "allegro_etch_length_on" this will enable what is called a
heads up display to show in a dynamic way how far I routed a trace and the total length of the etch. This heads up display when invoked
is kind of awkard because it is like a small window on the screen as one would route a trace. The allegro etch length on feature does not
work on the Orcad 16.5 product as far as I know yet it is a settable preference ?, One would wonder why it is even there if it does nothing. ?
What I have a hard time understanding is in the older layout product this feature to display the length of a net, the length of the current
trace and the position is all right there in the status area of the user interface as I route a trace. The Allegro interface has tons of room
to have the same feature at the bottom in the status area of the UI but the Allegro status area is sparce and it does not have such a
feature. This to me does not make any sense.. Honestly it seems like someone missed the boat on the UI design or something.
I did a few other tests to see if there was a possible workaround but nothing doing.It is very very hard to know how far I have routed a
trace with the current setup. It is not usable to have to resort to count grid dots or have a calculator available to manulipate math to
do something like this.
I am pretty new to Allegro so there still might be a setting to enable what I want that I just have not found.. any insight would be welcome