abarnai , 08-27-2016, 10:20 AM
I purchased Altium about 5 years ago, and have been using it on-and-off, mostly off, and now I am taking courses from Fedevel Academy because I want to see how people use it for completing projects efficiently. I mostly have been using OrCAD with PADS Layout for completing my projects. PADS Layout 2005, the software I am using for layout lacks some functionality especially if I want to go to high-speed design, impedance and length matching traces, or 3D rendering, so I keep using Altium for the lacking functionality with PADS Layout combined, always generating output from PADS. Would be nice just to do it all with Altium, efficiently.
Along these lines, one of annoyances have been placement of components in Altium. What really helps with placement in PADS Layout is that you can always see the full netlist (ratsnest) as you move components around. In Altum, on the other hand the moment I grab a component and move it the ratsnest vanishes, and you only see the connections of the component you move.
In PADS also, as you move the part the ratsnest updates for closest connection, dynamically. Other Mentor Graphics software does the same thing, like Mentor Expedition Layout I just tried recently. It has been like that in PADS Layout for the last 20 years, nothing new there.
Can I change the settings somehow in Altium Designer so that I get the same action, or is it not possible, because that's how Altium developers hide / avoid implementing this functionality?
Also what is that useless-looking colour line for that appears any time move a component in Altium?
See screen shots. (I converted PCB to PADS Layout) Thanks.