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Schematic Symbol Properties for DxDesigner

As we’ve covered in other posts on schematic symbols, one of the key goals of a librarian is to maintain consistency, both in terms of visual appearance of a symbol, and parity with a manufacturer’s data sheet. Establishing a set of standards which all schematic symbols must abide by allows for more timely part identification, and cleaner, easier to read schematics. With that in mind, let’s take a look at display settings for schematic symbols within Optimum’s library.

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Base Symbol: adg1407-dil28.1 (dual inline IC, 28 pin)

Grid

Maintaining a consistent grid is necessary for ensuring that labeling is consistently spaced around the part, allowing for easier reading. 

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Default grid for moving pins and adjusting body size is 0.1.

Default grid for moving pin numbering and labeling is 0.050.

Labeling

Pins

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Default pin length, .2

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Pin Properties

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Pin Numbers

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Size 15 Arial, orientation is lower opposite side of the symbol. IE, left hand pins have lower right orientation. Pin numbers should be above the pin. Pin numbering .1 to the outside of symbol body.

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Pin Numbering Properties

Pin Labels

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Size 15 arial, orientation is middle same side of the symbol. IE left hand pins have middle left orientation. Pin labels should be .050 to the interior of symbol body.

Always centered, expand part relative to labeling for visual consistency.

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Pin Labeling Properties

Part Labeling

Top of Part

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Ref Des: Arial size 15, middle center orientation

Bottom of Part

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SCH VALUE: Size 15 arial, orientation: middle center

PACKAGE: Size 15 Arial, orientation: middle center

Part Number: Size 15 Arial, orientation: middle center

DNP: Size 15 Arial, orientation: middle center

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Part Labeling Properties (Top and Bottom)