Device Editing Tools

The speed and flexibility with which you can create and edit devices is one of the strengths of connectCAD. A connectCAD device is simply a group of sockets that is named using a device label object, plus any other graphics you decide to add. You can edit devices and their sockets at any time.

Edit

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allows us to edit devices and sockets in one go. Depending on where you click, the corresponding dialog pane is brought to the front.

If you click on the device label you see:

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This lets you edit the device properties.

Edit can also be used in Group & Symbol Edit modes.

Edit supports additional user-defined record fields. If you need to add other information to your devices and sockets e.g. order codes or IP addresses, you can edit the Parameter record in the Plugin Manager to add additional text fields. These will be displayed in the Edit Device and Socket panes.

The RackID field lets you define the rack ID before the layout is complete. The normal workflow is to create the schematic, build a rack layout and then update the schematic with the device locations.

If you click on a socket you will see:

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showing you the socket properties. So in one move you can fix a socket and save the result as a Resource Browser symbol.

Edit can also be used on Externals.

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There is a special edit pane for Externals that is activated only when you click with the tool on an External. In 2015 you can also edit the Connector type of Externals

Socket Tools

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Click to place a socket. If you click on a device the socket will automatically be incorporated in the device.

Four orientations are available left, right, bottom and top. By default left-hand sockets are inputs and right-hand sockets are outputs but you can change this when you name the socket. The Socket Setup dialog is displayed so that you can edit the settings, with the addition of a Repeat function that places sequentially numbered sockets spaced at the current grid setting.

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LoopThru Socket

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Click to place a loopthru. If you click on a device the loopthru will automatically be incorporated in the device.

Loopthru are implemented as a pair of sockets (input and ouput) plus an arc graphic showing that they are connected internally. The two sockets are related by a naming convention – a suffix ‘_LP’ is added to the name of the loop output. i.e. a loopthru named ‘REF’ will comprise and input socket named ‘REF’ and an output socket named ‘REF_LP’.

Four orientations are available left, right, bottom and top.

Socket Setup

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The Socket Setup dialog is displayed so that you can edit the settings, with the addition of a Repeat function that places sequentially numbered loopthru spaced at the current grid setting.

Socket Repeat options

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When you select a Repeat value great than 1, the socket Repeat options become enabled. There are two buttons:

  1. Layout settings: This lets you choose the number of grid spaces between the sockets, and the direction of the repeat.
  2. Labelling settings: Here you can choose between and Alpha or Numeric suffix, set the start value and the step. In the Example window you can preview the sequence of suffixes as you’ve defined it.

This feature is useful for creating large devices with strange socket labeling patterns.

Names & Tags what’s the difference?

Sockets and Devices both have a name and a tag. The name is displayed in lists and the tag is what’s shown on the drawing. Often one needs a longer more descriptive name in lists, while on the drawing a shorter tag is preferable so as to save space. connectCAD gives you this ability.

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