How to define your own signal and connector types

Here we’ll show you how to add your own signal and connector types in addition to the standard ones.

Signal types are stored in a text file called ‘SignalTypes.txt

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It is in the connectCAD_Data folder. As you can see there are some other type definition files in there too. Let’s open the SignalTypes file.

Open the SignalTypes.txt in a text editor

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There’s a header row to tell you what each column does and below it a row for each signal. The columns of text are separated by tabs.

Here’s a guide to the columns:

Signal – the acronym for the signal type.

Prefix – single letter prefix used in cable numbers (if you want)

[ R, G, B – preferred circuit color for this signal (Auto-Colour Circuits command applies this)

LS, LW – line style and line weight for this signal type (see above) APPLIES TO 2013 AND BEFORE ]

Note: FROM CONNECTCAD 2014 ALL SIGNAL TYPE COLOURS AND ATTRIBUTES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE SIGNAL TYPE CLASS

Description – this is shown in dialogs to help you pick the right signal

Add you own signal

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Copy a row and paste to duplicate it.

Modify the new row

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So here we’ve duplicated the VGA row and renamed in RGBHV, altered some of the styling parameters and of course the description.

Save the file – Done!

You don’t need to restart Vectorworks for the changes to be applied.

Let’s open the ConnectorTypes.txt file

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Same idea as Signal Types but less columns – even simpler.

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