Schematic Capture : Draw

Drawing Attributes

An attribute is a character string used when a process is performed on the software such as the Create Schematic screen and Drawing Frame.
It is applied to the character string (Reference, Component Attribute, Pin Name/Pin No., and Drawing Frame Sheet No.) for executing a particular operation.
With Quadcept, users can arbitrarily place Drawing Frame Macro Attributes and Drawing Frame Attributes.

The following will explain Attribute Types and each operation for drawing attributes.

Attribute Types
System Attribute Types
Selecting the Attribute Menu
Drawing an Attribute
Rotating an Attribute
About System Attributes
Adding/Editing Attributes
Deleting an Attribute
Exiting Attribute Mode


Attribute Types

An attribute is a character string that can execute a process on the software.
Things defined as System Attributes are those where a processes has already been set.

You can freely add frequently used attributes arbitrarily.
Ex.) Schematic Title, Designer, Approver, etc., for a Drawing Frame
   Maker, Resistance Value, etc., for a Component Attribute


System Attribute Types

Attribute Content Example


Shows the component's "Export BOM".



Shows the component's "Export Netlist".



Shows the component's "Lock when Renumbering References"



Shows the number of components when grouping components with the same attribute when exporting a BOM.



Shows the component's "Reference".



Shows the pin's "Pin Name".



Shows the pin's "Pin Number".



Shows the Component Name.
When symbols or footprints are directly placed instead of components, it shows the symbol name or footprint name with a prefix.
[sym]: For a Symbol Ex.) [sym]capacitor
[FP]: For a Footprint or IPC Footprint Ex.) [FP]3216
* When the original component does not exist because the link has been disconnected, it is displayed in grey and (not found) is added.
 Ex.)C3216X7R1C685K(not found)
 In the above, if a link is disconnected, it is shown on the Quadcept screen such as the "Object Window", "Properties", and "Edit Component Screen",
? however, it is not added for Export, Export Netlist, or Export IDF when exporting files.  



Shows the Symbol Name.



Shows the Footprint Name or IPC Footprint Name.
When multiple footprints are registered, it shows the Footprint Name set to Active.


About Drawing Frame Attributes, refer to Macro Attributes.


Selecting the Attribute Menu

Select [Draw] => [Attribute]

There are several other ways to perform this. Refer to About Executing Menus.


Drawing an Attribute

After selecting the Attribute Menu,

STEP 1: Select a Type
STEP 2: Input the character string
STEP 3: Click "OK"
STEP 4: Click the location where you want to place it


Placing Attributes From the Place Attribute Dialog
Use the Place Attribute dialog to place the attribute.
-1 Click [Draw]
=> [Attribute].

=> The "Place Attribute" dialog will open.

-2 Click "..." for Type
=> The Add Attribute screen will open.

Place a check next to Show "System Attributes".

-4 Select an attribute.
-5 Click "OK".
-6 Input text.
  * For a Macro Attribute, it is not necessary to input because it is updated automatically.
-7 Click "OK".

-8 Click the location on the schematic where you want to place it.


Rotating an Attribute

While drawing, it rotates 90 degrees.
There are the following methods for rotating.

Method 1: [Right Click] => Select [Move/Rotate/Mirror] => [Rotate]
Method 2: [Keyboard] => Press [R]

Rotate Example

Before Rotate After Rotate

Rotation is 90 degrees to the left. There is also a Reverse Clockwise Menu.


About System Attributes

System Attributes are attributes prepared by the system in advance.
This is used for Export, etc., and when using System Attributes, it is possible to display information such as "ComponentFileName (Component Name)" and "Reference".
To find out the contents of an attribute, hover the cursor and it will be displayed.

-1 [Settings] Open => [Settings].


-2 Select the "BOM" item, and confirm the Export contents in the Attribute List screen. To add export contents, click "Add".
  The "Add Attribute" screen will open.
-3 Place a check for "Show System Attributes".
  * By hovering the cursor, attribute contents will be displayed in the Tool Tip.
  Click "OK".


Adding/Editing Attributes
The following will explain how to add and edit an arbitrary attribute.
-1 From the Add Attribute screen, click "Edit Mode".
-2 Attribute List" will move to "Edit Mode" for the text format that can be directly input/edited.
-3 Input the Attribute Name.
-4 Click "Apply".



Deleting an Attribute
The following will explain how to delete an unnecessary attribute.
-1 From the Add Attribute screen, click "Edit Mode".
-2 Same as for text, use "Delete" or "Back" on the keyboard to delete the attributes you want to delete.
-3 If deleted, click "Apply".


Exiting Attribute Mode

The following is the operation for exiting Attribute mode.

Right click, Select => [Cancel]
* Press "Escape" on the keyboard