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Using the Genesys parts picker and creating new parts

Question asked by JERRY_MARKETOS on Apr 27, 2004
Latest reply on Jun 21, 2005 by splatt
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The GENESYS Part Selector utility is a neat feature that has gotten a fair
bit of attention.  The feature is reasonably documented, but can seem a bit
complicated at first due to its extensive capabilities.  With this in mind, I thought
I'd write a post that walks through the basics of creating a new user library
and adding a part to it.  (Assumption is running GENESYS 2004.03)

First, if you don't have a part selector already showing, add it by clicking main
menu VIEW, then choose "Part Selector A".

Near the top of the Part Selector, find the yellow folder icon
(mouseover reveals "Library Mgr")  and click that icon, then
choose the bottom choice "Library Manager" to open the library manager.

[Note- next to the yelllow folder icon, there is a little HELP book...  You can
click on the HELP book to open the HELP function.  The picture of the
GENESYS desktop that comes up is sensitive to where you click on it.
For instance, click on the parts selector portion of the picture, and this
will bring up the HELP information on the parts selector.  It's a good idea
to read this.  Also see the line where it says
"For more information about parts, see HERE"  and the word HERE is a link-
click that link to obtain more specific information about how to manipulate
part properties.]

A little experimentation will reveal that you're not allowed to manipulate
too much in the existing libraries supplied with GENESYS- that's intentional.
However, you can manipulate new libaries that you create.  Let's create one...

In the Library manager, click the "NEW" button.  At first, nothing may appear
to happen, but inspection of the list of libraries will reveal that a new library
named  "untitled" has appeared.  You can then click on the "untitled" library
and click "EDIT" to change its name.  Then close the windows to get back to
your GENESYS desktop with the library manager showing.  Click the yellow
folder again to see the library list.  You'll note that the default library showing
(checkmark) is probably Eagleware.  You should also be able to scroll through
the list and see the name of the new library you just created.

To create a new library of parts, we first create the empty holder and give
it a name (that's the steps above).  Next, we copy parts from an existing
library into our new library, then change those parts as we desire, and
finally we save them in our new library.

Usually we start with the Eagleware library to copy parts from, so use the
yellow folder on the part selector to change the existing library to Eagleware
if not there already.  In the Eagleware part selector, you'll see that the list contains
the parts available in all the schematic menus.

For this example, scroll down the Eagleware part list until you find the capacitor
that's just called "capacitor".  Right-click the "capacitor" and a menu will come up
which offers the option to "Copy To...".  Choose "Copy To..."  and it will bring up the
list of all other part selector libraries available.  Now, point to the name of the new
library you made (should appear in the list) and left click.

Next, use the yellow folder icon to switch back to the name of your own parts library,
to where you just sent a copy of the capacitor model.  You should now see that the
library contains a capacitor.

Next, let's change the value of that capacitor to 12pF, so the part will always have
12pF entered when it is placed from that library, without us needing to enter it.
Right-click the part and choose "properties".  This will bring up the current list of
properties contained for the part.  (Typically, a simple part will have pre-existing
properties of "Category" and "BtnId".)  Here, we will add a property that installs
the default value of 12pF.  The name for that property is "Default".

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