Pick-and-place houses often require a file of (x,y) coordinates that locate the centroid of each part on a circuit board. Generating this centroid-file would be simplified if GENESYS had a "pick-and-write" tool. The tool would look like a cross-hairs cursor. Using the tool would consist of positioning it over a part and clicking the mouse button, causing the (x,y) location of the cross-hairs to be written to a text file. The "pick-and-write" tool should have a snap on/off feature.