Track highlighting and net lists
I'm new to this package but an old hand at PCB layouts. Used P-CAD for 25 years.
Three issues so far.
a)When I enter a manual net list, I see the nets joined pin to pin with a yellow line. Good. Once I have added all the nets that I want, I start to route manually. When I click on a pin that is part of a net, the other mated pin doesn't highlight. This makes it visually difficult to see the end destination when you want to look ahead as an aid to placing the track. P_CAD used to highlight all the pins associated with the net you have currently selected.
b) Once I have placed the track and completed the net, the net remains on the screen so I never get the visual of the nets reducing as I route them. Too much screen clutter.
2) When I click on an already placed track so that I can go off to the next point, only the segment that I clicked on highlights. I want the entire track to highlight because it would show you the track across the entire PCB which helps with routing and neatening up routings.
3) If I cross a track, on the same level but with a different net value, with another track, I don't get a warning that there is going to be a short. P-CAD won't let you cross tracks. You can merge them into the same net though. This sets the program up to allowing mistakes to creep in especially on complex boards.
I know I am going on about P-CAD but it is what I was used to and it was a very good package. I can't use it anymore because it won't run on new machines. It is DOS based and needs a real COM1&2 port. My old PC got zapped by lightning.
Thanks for any feedback.