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  • ways to save time to copy a design previously made in to a new project..

    Hi Robert, I would like to copy the part of a pcb that I designed previously, along with its schematic, in to my new project. However I have already started my new project and there are already many modules in it. My old design have many components. The problem is when I copy my old design in to the new one I dont want to spent a lot of time fixing the designators and the net names to prevent the duplicatons. Is there another way where Altium does it automatic to save time?

  • #2
    Can not you reset designators of you new schematic, copy and paste the old project (keep designators) and then just re-annotate? Of course, in case you have already started PCB, you would need to be careful about PCB <-> Schematic Symbol links.

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    • #3
      ok how about if I make a project hierarchy ?

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      • #4
        Maybe. I do not use hierarchy, but I think you may have an option to use a special prefix for components inside a block.

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        • #5
          Thank you Robert. It works now.
          Last edited by ican7; 06-05-2017, 06:10 PM.

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          • #6
            Did you use the prefix?

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            • #7
              My previous design I wanted to copy in to new one had so many components so I reset all the schematics on the new one and added the old one. But I really like to know how to copy multiple designs in to one design without manual modification of all the designators on both schematic and the pcb. I saw in some Orcad introduction videos the engineer easily copy one design in to another without a hassle why not in Altium?

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              • #8
                Robert I found an easy way but I reckon this method is introduced in the Altium 17. Its called snippets. Did you know?
                Last edited by ican7; 06-10-2017, 08:00 PM.

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                • #9
                  I checked snippets some time ago, but for some reason it was not very interesting for me - however I do not remember why

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