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Improve the SHOW command part highlighting in the board editor [message #170313] Mon, 24 April 2017 12:35 Go to next message
Miklos Marton
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Registered: December 2016
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When populating boards by hand I usually use the SHOW command with the @ argument.

It works well with a single component:
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But there is an use case when I would like to highlight multiple parts (with the same value):
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In this case the EAGLE draws one big rectangle, but showing separate rectangles would make more sense like on this gimposhopped image.

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To not "break backward compatibility" I would recommend to implement this separate rectangle behavior only when each part name is suffixed with a @
Like SHOW R1 R2 R14 @ should show a single rectangle, while SHOW R1 @ R2 @ R14 @ should show them separately.

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Re: Improve the SHOW command part highlighting in the board editor [message #170316 is a reply to message #170313] Mon, 24 April 2017 20:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
warrenbrayshaw
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Location: New Zealand
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On 25/04/2017 12:35 a.m., Miklos Marton wrote:
> When populating boards by hand I usually use the SHOW command with the @ argument.
>
> It works well with a single component:
> [pastedImage_0.jpg]
>
> But there is an use case when I would like to highlight multiple parts (with the same value):
> [pastedImage_1.jpg]
>
> In this case the EAGLE draws one big rectangle, but showing separate rectangles would make more sense like on this gimposhopped image.
>
> [pastedImage_2.jpg]
>
> To not "break backward compatibility" I would recommend to implement this separate rectangle behavior only when each part name is suffixed with a @
> Like SHOW R1 R2 R14 @ should show a single rectangle, while SHOW R1 @ R2 @ R14 @ should show them separately.
>
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> To view any images and attachments in this post, visit:
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>


In my opinion a whole bunch of rectangles are not the answer. What you
need is high visibility of the location of the parts of interest,
without clutter.

Previously I have proposed previously that during 'show' the board view
is greyed. It is the low light colours that are greyed. This is how
Altium do it and where the idea came from. Highlight colours remain as
you have set them in your palette so the items you 'show' are very obvious.

I'll attach an image which E14 users will need to go to eaglecentral to see.
http://www.eaglecentral.ca

In my world, a ulp toggles between the grey and normal palette.
A second ulp, showvals_Eagle_7 downloadable form autodesk
http://eagle.autodesk.com/eagle/download/1776
locates the common value you wish to highlight.
In the attached I keyed in the value 100nf to locate the 100nf capacitors.


Warren

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Re: Improve the SHOW command part highlighting in the board editor [message #170317 is a reply to message #170316] Mon, 24 April 2017 21:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Miklos Marton
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Registered: December 2016
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Thank you so much Warren for your ULP!

I agree with you on the fact that the gray out would be a better (and less clutterish) approach to highlight parts.

I hope this issue will get the Autodesk's attention because I think it would not be so hard to implement.

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Re: Improve the SHOW command part highlighting in the board editor [message #170342 is a reply to message #170317] Fri, 28 April 2017 22:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jorge Garcia
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On 4/24/2017 5:00 PM, Miklos Marton wrote:
> Thank you so much Warren for your ULP!
>
> I agree with you on the fact that the gray out would be a better (and less clutterish) approach to highlight parts.
>
> I hope this issue will get the Autodesk's attention because I think it would not be so hard to implement.
>
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Hi Milos,

It has our attention, stay tuned.

Best Regards,
Jorge Garcia
Autodesk Support

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Re: Improve the SHOW command part highlighting in the board editor [message #170346 is a reply to message #170342] Sat, 29 April 2017 09:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Miklos Marton
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Thank for your reply Jorge! I am very pleased to see such an improvement.

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Re: Improve the SHOW command part highlighting in the board editor [message #170496 is a reply to message #170316] Wed, 17 May 2017 09:21 Go to previous message
Miklos Marton
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Registered: December 2016
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Hi,

I have upgraded this ULP a bit: I have added ability to show parts in only top/bottom sides:

https://github.com/martonmiklos/ulps_for_eagle/tree/master/show_values

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