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Hello,

 

I am missing a functionality which is common to few other design tools.

 

Description:

 

1) Select component

2) Type on keyboard: srx 30

3) Result: Selected component is moved relatively 30 units in x direction 

 

This is very efficient way how to position components on the board. You do not have to watch coordinates and carefully = slowly operate with mouse to place component in correct position. 

 

Best regards,

Jirkus

 

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This seems to have become worse and worse in recent revisions of MS and UB.  When the spreadsheet is open on a net or part tab in UB or MS every time I touch a net or part or row in the spreadsheet it redraws the screens over and over and over for many many iterations before calming down.  At least 3 times but sometimes as many as maybe 10 or more times.  And it's not very fast either.  It is becoming VERY irritating.

It would be helpful in more complicated designs to have an option to color nets. Currently Ultiboard offers only "Highlight net" option, but it highlights only one net, with a predefined color and disapperas after doing something else. Net coloring allows to glance and see, for example, power pins locations.

 

Regards,

Piotr Falkowski

Hardware Engineer, ZF TRW

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UB differential pair groups should be able to specify how close to equal length is required.

 

There is almost always some amount of length matching error.  Not being able to specify allowed error means you will always get a DRC when you have matched length nets.

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It would be hugely beneficial to be able to print/export an Ultiboard silkscreen design, where the output is a searchable PDF.

 

Currently Multisim when printed to PDF is searchable. However Ultiboard draws the text differently and therefore it does not get recognized as text in the PDF output.

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It would be nice if the mask would show up in the 3D view of the board.  This would greatly help prevent forgotten or misplaced soldier mask areas when looking at the board in 3D. 

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Hi,

This is my fourth advise about Ultiboard ideas.

We should have better FANOUT BGA routing in the ultiboard. The current one does not work well and is not able to complete BGA Fanouts. Everytime I should draw it manually to have better and complete Fanouts.

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Hi,

 

This is my third post about Ultiboard and I have an advise if Ultiboard Team listens.

 

Ultiboard should have Track and Via Shoving function to have more proffessional CAD design tool. This is really annoying without this function especially when we draw small pcbs of BGA design.

 

Thanks,

ERC

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After placing some probes on my circuit, if I move any of the components, the attached wires will move accordingly, but the probes will not. Therefore they are no longer connected to the wires and need to be reconnected manually. I would like for probes to be attached to the wires and move along wtith them when moving components.

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Currently (Ultiboard 14.0) parts automatically glue to guidelines if one 'catches' a part center when placing a guideline. Then. when a part is glued, it moves along with the guldeline.

 

 When one works on a precise part of layout and aligns components using guidelines, guidelines can catch parts in other part of the PCB and destroy layout there. Please disable this feature or at least make it optional.

 

Regards,

Piotr Falkowski

Hardware Engineer, ZF TRW

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It would be good to allow undoing polygons vertex by vertex. Now when one makes a mistake when laying up a polygon, he/she has to cancel the drawing and start over. It would be a big improvement if there was an option to remove the last created polygon vertex.

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Make part selection select parts only on active layer. It is very frustrating when Ultiboard selects and drags e.g. a connector on Top layer along with (intended to be deragged) a resistor on Bottom. Ultiboard also selects locked parts on inactive layers, in situations like in the attached screenshot. I can select the locked part (which is SMT part placed on Top) when dragging parts on Bottom - this is VERY frustrating...

 

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In UB when a selection of multiple text objects are grouped most of them just dissapear.  They do not re-appear when the group is ungrouped.

 

This is a pain when mutiple structures with text objects exist and need to be replicated in a design.

 

I reported this as a bug a couple revs back when I was a beta tester and was told it was fixed for the next rev, but it was not.  I updated the defect report with that info, but noone seems to have noticed.

 

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The report does not generate correctly if you don't have all the layers hard selected first in the design toolbox.

 

I believe this should be considered an error.  The layers exist and should be properly reported, whether they are enabled in the Design Toolbox for viewing or not.

 

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