What is teh use of teh shematic/footprint database editor? I've played with it but still missing its importance. After I create a new entry then what next? Thanks
It tells ACADE what footprint block to use for what catalog number/manufacturer.
When you add an entry, you use the exact same catalog number and manufacturer as you have for the component database.
When you select a component from the parts database, and then go to the footprint insert tool, ACADE will look up the footprint database using the catalog number and manufacturer for the component and insert the associated footprint.
With the footprint database file editor I see where you can browse and add the respective block.
How is this done with the schematic database file editor ?That is, I don't see where to browse and add for the block in the schematic editor.
Please let me know. Thanks.
By Schematic Database, I assume you are talking about the Component Database.
To add components or to edit an existing entry, you have two choices....
When doing a lookup, there are ADD and EDIT buttons to click. This will allow you to add a new compontent or edit an existing component.
The other choice is to use an external program to open the database and edit it. Microsoft Access works best for this.
If anyone knows of another program that works, please let us know.
IN the component database, you don't specify the footprint, you just specify the CATALOG number and MANUFACTURER. ACADE looks up the footprint database using those two fields when you try to insert a footprint. If nothing is found, it pops up a dialog box asking for further direction.
My question is, as for the schematic lookup file editor, how does this software knows the path of where the block is located? I manually type the name for the PANEL_BLKNAM & SCHEMATIC. Do I need to add the path of where this block is loacted somewhere or ACE will search all ove rmy computer?
The Schematic Components and Panel Footprints, are stored In:
(2013 file path)
Your Panel Footprints Reside in:
It is sorted by Manufacturer , then the components Family Name.
So Lets take an Allen Bradley Push Button (800MR -D1) as an example (Allen Bradley is flagged by default during install so 90+% of people have it installed). Below is a screenshot of the Footprint database... Its a relative path. (I'll come back to that idea in a minute)
So if we look in:
In the file folder we will find "ab_800MR_2G.dwg" .
This is the Footprint that is inserted when it finds a match in the Footprint lookup.
This footprint can be modified (open the file up, make the change, save the change), or replaced (as long as you change the entry in the Footprint Lookup).
As I said the path is relative, the first half of the path is stored in your Project paths. You can move the Panel Libraries or any library for that matter, anywhere you want as long as you can path to it. See the Screen shot below.
So your Project defines the first part : C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Acade 2013\Libs\Panel
and your Panel Footprint Lookup defines the second part : AB\PB-PUSHBUTTONS\ab_800MR_2G
Together they make your component's Catalog data pull out the panel footprint from:
C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Acade 2013\Libs\Panel\ AB\PB-PUSHBUTTONS\
I hope this helps,
Two (or more) paths only matter if there are two blocks with the same name in both locations.
ACADE will search the locations based on the list, so it will search the first location and if it does not find the block it's loocking for, it will search the next location and so on.
That said, it is better to move your normal locations to the top of the list and then work down with the frequency of use. This would place any locations that are rarely used as last on the list.
If you wish to use modified/custom footprints, copy the original footprints to a new location, make the changes on the blocks in the new location and then set that location as the first in the list. This allows you to keep the original block in case you require it.
With that in place, when ACADE searches for a footprint, it will search your custom location first, before searchng it's standard locations.
I see you mentioned using access...do you know how to de-activate a required field(*) in access? For example, in access, I am required to fill in a TYPE* before the OK check box comes on. How can I prevent this from being a REQUIRED FIELD.
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