This menu has the commands relating to schematic drawings.
Show / Hide Details
Show/Hide Details allows you to set the visibility of elements like:
- Jackfield and Term Panel numbering
- Cable numbering
- Device Locations
- Connector types
MultiConnect is a labour-saving routine to help with repetitive connection tasks, for example connecting the jackfields either side of a router. Select the devices you want to connect up and MultiConnect will try to connect any outputs and inputs that are horizontally opposite each other. MultiConnect can also be accessed by right-clicking in the document.
Connect Next is a handy command that helps you make similar connections. You start with a selected circuit placed manually with the Connect tool. Select Connect Next (or use the command-key combo). The command searches downwards looking for a source socket and a destination socket below the currently selected circuit end-points *. If it finds a pair of sockets, it connects them up following the path of the original selected circuit.
Connect Next is clever about signal types. It looks for the next pair of socket downwards of the same signal type as the selected Circuit. If the selected Circuit signal type is ??? (unknown signal) then Connect Next forgets about signal types and just finds the next pair of sockets.
It’s also smart about routing. If the Circuit has more than 5 points it will automatically buss the circuits in same way as ReRoute saving you time.
And doing repeated connections is a breeze. Since the new Circuit becomes selected, simply by hitting Connect Next repeatedly you can add all similar connections.
Useful bonus – and it works across layers too !!!
* ConnectNext has to stop its search for sockets somewhere otherwise if it doesn’t find anything, it might go on for ever. So it actually looks up to 20 grid spaces down.
ReRoute is a command that we normally place in the right-click menu for easy access. Here’s how it works:
- Select the Circuits you want to re-route
- Right-click and execute the ReRoute command
- move the mouse over the Circuit whose path will be copied – the circuit highlights red.
- click to confirm the selection and complete the command
Make Device turns the currently selected items in to a device. The Device Setup dialog box comes up so that you can fill in the details.
1) In the Database Entries pane you fill in the device details that are displayed in lists (cable lists & device lists).
2) In the Physical pane you can enter the dimensions, power consumption and weight of the device (if known).
3) A rack U drop-down is provided to make it easy to enter the height of 19=inch rack mounting gear.
4) If your device is a module that fits in a rack frame then you should check the ‘modular device’ setting and enter the number of slots it occupies. Devices that are marked modular on rack elevations, snap-to-fit into rack frame slots when you drag and drop them into their locations. So, you only need to give approximate dimensions of modulars.
5) The ‘Save device as symbol?’ checkbox let’s you save each new device created using Make Device as a ‘blue’ symbol in the current document named <make>_<model>. If you don’t provide make and model information it is called ‘Unnamed device’. You can access these symbols using the Resource Browser and drag and drop them directly onto the schematic. When you do this you will find that the new device is named “DEVICE” and you will have to edit the name to whatever you require. *
A 3D symbol is also created in a the document with a default 3D representation of the device based on the dimensions you have given. This is used to display the device in 3D physical space either as a stand-alone EquipObject or inside a 3D rack or 3D console bay object. You can edit the 3D device symbols to make them as realistic as you like. See this in action on YouTube.
A device on a connectCAD schematic is simply a Group in the Sys-Devices class that contains a Device Label object. This makes it very easy to edit devices and create variations of a particular device type instead of doing all the data entry from the beginning. Also available as a right-click.
* you can choose the default setting of the ‘Save device as symbol’ checkbox by clicking on the little spanner icon above the top-left corner of the document. The setting is saved with the document so you can make that part of your template.
Renumber Devices allows you to renumber a group of selected devices (or externals). Renumber Devices removes any trailing numeric characters from the device name(s). e.g. FSYNC01 -> FSYNC.
You enter the number from which to start the renumbering operation in the dialog box and the selected devices are renumbered in the order in which they where drawn. So for example, with three devices selected, a prefix of FSYNC and entering the number 5, you will get FSYNC5, FSYNC6, FSYNC7.
You can format the numbers as 05, 06, 07, or 005, 006, 007, by adding leading zeroes to the starting number you enter. Renumber Devices can also be accessed by right-clicking in the document.
Renumber Sockets allows you to renumber selected sockets when you are in Group Edit mode inside a device. Renumber Sockets works in a similar way to Renumber Devices.
This command helps you detect a lot of the common errors that can creep in during the design process and cause trouble. It checks for duplicate device names, duplicate socket names within devices, duplicate instances of jackfield holes.
A dialog box 1) comes up when you select Check Drawing, which allows you to select which tests to perform. When you are tracking down a problem, this helps you avoid repeating tests that have already been passed.
Duplicate socket names 2) and deleted or moved circuits 3) are treated as errors. An alert box comes up when they are discovered.
Duplicated device names are treated as warnings. A choice box comes up asking you whether you want to ignore these. If you say ‘No’, then the problem devices are selected.
Check drawing uses a orange markup to show you where the problems are. The Clear Markup command removes the markup.
On large drawings the checks can sometimes be a little time consuming, but they save you more time later on by locating inconsistencies before they cause problems. It is worth getting into the habit of running Check Drawing and taking a short break from time to time… Check Drawing can also be accessed by right-clicking in the document.
Removes markup from the drawing generated by Check Drawing and Compare List & Drawing.
Clear Markup can also be accessed by right-clicking in the document.
Clear Cable Numbers
Does what it says with a small twist… depending on what is selected.
NOTHING SELECTED – clears all the numbering on the current layer ( once you confirm )
CIRCUITS SELECTED – clears numbering only for the selected circuits.
This command puts cable numbers on the drawing. The interface has been somewhat simplified from previous connectCAD versions – there is no interface any more. Just a confirmation dialog asking if you want to apply the current numbering system. As with Clear Cable Numbers the effect is selection-dependent:
NOTHING SELECTED – numbers all circuits on the current layer ( once you confirm )
CIRCUITS SELECTED – numbers only selected circuits.
You set up the current numbering system in the Numbering section of the connectCAD Settings dialog. The new numbering options available in connectCAD are a complex subject. You can read more about this in our special article about Numbering.
Number Cables from List
This applies cable numbers and other information given in the front (active) worksheet to the drawing. The worksheet must be in a similar format to the one generated by Make Cable List (Documentation Menu) so that the command can locate which column containing the numbers and device/socket names.
Other socket data e.g. Connector and Signal types, and the number of circuits for each socket can also be transferred to the drawing by checking the appropriate boxes.
Changing device and socket names is not yet implemented.
Update Location Info
Reads the current location of each device on the Rack Elevation layer and updates the device label accordingly. If no objects are selected all devices on the current Design Layer will be updated, if some devices are selected then only these will be updated.
From connectCAD 2014 this information is updated automatically as you move Equip Item objects. But if you are using a referenced layer for the Rack Elevation you will need to update manually.