Quote: Sal Hernandez 02-22-2012 10:06:19 Thanks for your feedback. We are aware of issues 1 and 5. We are working on these items and will improve how the tool works in future releases.
Issues 2 and 3, we do have a solution to remove symbols and footprints from libraries. To remove footprints go to the layout and selectDesign Manage library. Select the library you want to edit then select the part you want to delete. Select the red X in the Footprints section to delete the footprint.
To delete a symbol go to the schematic and select Tools Symbol Editor. Select the Open symbol icon and load the symbol you want to delete. Select the red X on the toolbar to delete the symbol.
I am unable to reproduce issue 4. The only time I would expect to see the description already filled in is when I am editing an existing footprint or symbol. What behavior would you like to see?
I am also unable to reproduce issue 6. If you set a pin as Hidden you should not be able to see the pin in the Symbol Editor display or on your schematic. To modify hidden pin properties you need to use the Pins tab located in the Symbol Editor in the bottom left hand corner. Would you please provide more information so that I can try to reproduce this issue? Hi, Issues 1 5: Glad to hear you are working to resolve those. It will make schematic creation more efficient, and take out some of the frustration. Issues 2 3: Your solution for issues 2,3 does work, thanks. However, prior to me reading your post the support staff indicated it was not possible to delete old symbols. Your solution is fine for short term. But for long term I propose a file navigator approach where you can select several files and delete them in one step (it makes library management much more efficient). Issue 4: This really has to do with the "Manage parts" editor and not the symbol/footprint editors, sorry. The manage parts editor doesn't remember any of the last used field entries. For example I created parts for Murata, Panasonic, Molex, etc. But next time I create a part, the pull-down comes up "blank". It should remember those names. Same for part number fields, etc., there should be a pull-down to remember those (or at least the last 10 used), at which time I can choose to modify or select "blank" to enter from scratch. These requests are all for the sake of efficiency. Issue 6: Apparently this is a Windows 7 issue. The support person I spoke with was not able to reproduce it on his Windows XP machine. He stated that he would try to find a Windows 7 machine to verify if this is an actual bug and get back to me. I have not heard back. The problem still exists in my environment (Windows 7 Pro, 32 bit). Another request for future releases... is that the symbol editor have tight integration with the schematic. In other words, if a change is made to a symbol it immediately updates in the schematic. No need to "delete" and "replace" parts, etc. This would save a lot of time.
Overall I think this is a decent tool and I do like the tight integration between the layout editor, schematic editor and the BOM. The 3D viewer is a nice bonus. Please help make it better by considering the above. Thanks, Ed