Its a difficult one to explain.... as i say i'm fairly new to allegro so I may be missing something obvious.Originally posted in cdnusers.org by cartouche
I'm at the stage where i'm going to post process my pcb and generate gerbers. I do this by going through 'manufacture artwork' .... I right click in the film control box and add a layer (top layer) set the colours up for top layer so that its 'wysiwyg' and save to' top layer'. (So somewhere in the system must be a file which dictates the colour settings for 'top layer'), then I do exactly the same for all the other layers, this includes all electrical layers, silks, resists, pastes. So somewhere for this particular job there must be a dozen or so colour files. Not sure if this is the best way of processing gerbers but it seems fine to me.
So at the stage of producing the gerbers I think to myself, ah! I'm not sure if the silkscreen has the solid box I put on for the serial No in the silkscreen? What I want to do is to read in the colour settings that I saved for the silkscreen so that the screen (picture on the monitor) reflects what I originally saved when processing.
If you cant re-read the colour setting back then surely you have to view the gerbers to check. I realise that its wysiwyg in the first place but changes are often made after proceesing and also if you do have to modify your wysiwyg settings then without the ability to read what you saved back in you literally have to start modifying again from scratch?
The other advantage would be setting up files and coming up with some sort of 'processing standard' from one pcb file to another, it would be much easier to re-read these files in rather than generate them all again from scratch.
I work in a bureau environment so we have to cater for every eventuality, we use Altium designer, PowerPcb, Pads, and all have this simplistic feature.
Please tell me if i'm doing something woefully wrong here!