Tech-Tip: CR-8000 Design Force – Benefits Of Export/Import Of Data Resource Files

If you migrated from CR-5000 Board Designer you might recall my ToolTip a few years back, specific to using the Parameter Resource file, in order to save and reuse settings you define within the tool such as route parameters or dimension parameters.   The data resource file in the Design Force is the equivalent to that parameters resource file.

For example, with the Component Selector panel, you can define Condition Sets which allow you to select a grouping of specific components based on conditions defined such as number of pins, package type. Placement status and so on. 

These sets can be used for placement, alignment, or to generate component symbols for silkscreen or assembly and so on.  This kind of setup is likely to be used from one design to the next, so you’d want to be able to save and reuse these settings.

In this design, you can see I have a few Conditions defined.  FilterCaps, Diodes and IC’s.  Within each there is specific criteria defined.  What I’d like to do now, is import these sets into another design. 

The first step is to select the Utility Tab on the ribbon, then select Export à Data Resource.   Define the folder and the filename.  The outputted file is an XML file which can be viewed in a text editor such as Wordpad.

As we look a the file, we see that every setting for every parameter is output.  My desire is just keep the condition sets defined in the Component Selector, so when I import the file into another design, all other parameters are untouched.

I will use the find option to search on the Component Set name FilterCaps I defined so it is easy to locate the section I wish to keep.  In this case all settings for this are held in <compselectset>

So I can delete everything above this up until <dsgn> and everything below it up until <dsgn>  Once finished I will save the file.

Now I will switch to another design.  Take note that the Condition Sets do not exist in this design.  To import these,  I will select Utility Tab on the ribbon, then select Import à Data Resource and browse to select the XML file I just modified.  And Viola!!  The Condition Sets are now imported.

Now imagine the possibilities of how this datarourse file may be used to configure and reuse specific parameters in Design Force.

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Sandy Jones has worked in the tech industry since 1984. Over the years she has been a drafter, PCB designer and an owner of a design service. For the past 15 years Sandy has worked at Zuken. As Manager of Professional Services her duties include coordination of all training and consulting services as well as developing US-based training materials, being an instructor, and a support member for the CR-5000 and CR-8000 product lines. During her free time she enjoys gardening, water-color and acrylic painting and being actively involved in a women’s social/service organization.

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