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Benno

Netherlands
79 Posts

Posted - 23 Mar 2007 :  11:45:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi,

Is it in anyway possible to have sort of Macro data available to the schematic sheets in a project.

I currently use modified borders (A4 en A3) and would like to have project stuff like Project ID, Client etc added on a project level. Than by placing sort of a macro link in my schema template they would be available in the sheets.

Thanks

Peter Johnson

United Kingdom
434 Posts

Posted - 26 Mar 2007 :  05:06:27  Show Profile  Visit Peter Johnson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you open the project file, you'll see an entry in the tree for 'Other Files'. That's where you would put any links to other documents.

There's no provision at present for linking notes to a specific schematic, only to the project as a whole.
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Benno

Netherlands
79 Posts

Posted - 26 Mar 2007 :  07:22:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peter,

I am not sure if I understand you correctly, of if I should have been clearer in my question.

What I am looking for is some automated way to fill in the footer in schematics. So stuff like project name etc.

In my previous schematic application I could specify this data on 1 location. In the different sheets I would add Fields (it was in my template) that would get filled automatically. Also pagenumbers where added automatic.

I understand the last is not possible (yet) in EasyPC?

Thanks

Benno
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Peter Johnson

United Kingdom
434 Posts

Posted - 26 Mar 2007 :  08:30:58  Show Profile  Visit Peter Johnson's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I suspected that you might be trying to do something like that. You're right, it isn't currently possible. There was a chance that you just wanted to link to external documentation, such as a pdf of a datasheet. That's where the 'Other Files' feature comes into its own.
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mwill195

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Posted - 08 Nov 2011 :  22:35:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has this feature been added at all since this post?

I have many projects in Easy-PC with multiple schematic pages. I would love to be able to fill in a 'project properties' section somewhere and have it ripple through to various text fields in my page borders.

If I update one component in a 10-page schematic I have to go through updating the version and date on all pages individually. Ideally I need some global text fields, such as available in Microsoft products with their Document Information Panel.
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rvpilot

United Kingdom
51 Posts

Posted - 31 Oct 2017 :  09:42:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
BUMP! ... we are now in 2017 and we are on v21. Is this possible yet?

The number of designs I've done and the hours I've spent filling in title blocks with Title, Sheet Number, Drawn By, Drawn Date, etc

Can we have some fields for inserting into text fields that grab the file properties, i.e. %FILE_AUTHOR%, %FILE_KEYWORDS%, %FILE_COMMENTS%, , %FILE_TITLE%, %FILE_SUBJECT% and %FILENAME% (not the full path, just name and extension) would be a good starting point.

Some project level properties would be nice too! i.e. %PROJECT_TITLE%, %PROJECT_DESCRIPTION%, %PROJECT_REVISION%, %PROJECT_AUTHOR%, and %PROJECT_DATE%.

Edited by - rvpilot on 31 Oct 2017 09:48:01
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jlawton

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Nov 2017 :  09:46:30  Show Profile  Visit jlawton's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Like OrCAD for DOS did in the 'eighties you mean?

John
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Scazon

United Kingdom
51 Posts

Posted - 10 Nov 2017 :  12:13:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I can't see why this would be difficult- merely having a general purpose text macro where any text surrounded by delimiters - it's usually %'s, but anything that doesn't disrupt the EPC text interpreter will do- is replaced by the macro definition. EPC doesn't have to worry about where the text is- on schematic, on PCB, just dumbly replace %THINGY% with the string that THINGY refers to, which might contain numbers, spaces, anything except the delimiter. And if THINGY isn't defined, don't throw a wobbly, just replace %THINGY% with nothing at all. That's the way GCC make does it.
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Benno

Netherlands
79 Posts

Posted - 13 Nov 2017 :  10:02:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I doubt this will ever make it in EasyPC, since it is their base package. Also my other suggestions (macro's etc) to easier interact with the rest of the world will not be implemented (I think). Most can be done with reports, and a lot of manual labour.

I moved on and use Kicad now, including the CERN options in pcb. Not perfect either, but a large growing community. PCB got a lot of improvements and still gets them. Because the fileformat is open and well documented automating tasks is easy.

EasyPC still is a great package I think and support is great compared to the cost, but the extremely closed nature of EasyPC is not something that should exist in current times.
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