Am I the only one who finds the line width retention to be a real pain and a hindrance to getting work done? We make heavy use of constraints in our designs, and so the line
width is mostly driven by the constraints. In rare cases manual setting of line widths
I also keep the Options tab closed since it eats up valuable PCB canvas area, and I use keyboard commands frequently so I don't need to use the Options tab for most commands. The complex commands that require me to think and break from the placing/routing process don't cause must additional disruption to go to the Options tab, but when I laying down parts or copper I want to have all the monitor are available to see what I'm doing and I get along just fine without the Options tab open.
If I make a manual change to line width, the next net
that I route should typically go back to Constraint, because the constraint
generally determines the correct line width for all nets. So this new feature
means more trips back to the Options tab, wasting time.
If I'm working with a partially-routed cline, I usually
want to pick up the line width of that cline. This is also annoying because the retained line width isn't always (in fact, it usually isn't) the line width of the partially-routed
cline. Again, I have to make a journey to the Options tab which slows down my
progress. Sometimes the partially-routed line width is picked up, while other times the last-used line width is used; I haven't figured out what makes either condition occur.
I can think of two options to make my life easier:
- A way to disable line width retention.
- Have line width displayed in the status bar of
the Allegro window, so that I can easily see the current line width with the
Options tab closed.
Also, as I mentioned in the post linked above, I want to change line width with the mouse wheel during
routing without losing PCB canvas area due to the Options tab being open. Assuming
I can do that, this becomes even more of a problem because I now have the
ability to change the line width with the Options tab closed, and I have no way
to visually identify/confirm the current line width. Nor do I necessarily know what line width has been retained (I can guess and with fairly high accuracy, but there's no UI feature to show me for sure).