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Re: Re: saving zone edges in pcb file


Dick H. a écrit :
Thank you. With your comments and some study, I now understand the
issue fully. The plan I had wanted to see implemented is outlined in
the todo.txt file within the project. Phase 1) I now realize is
basically the functionality that we have now, but when using a
netcode=0 TRACK (not EDGE_ZONE) to delimit the zone. TRACKs are saved
into the *.brd file, whereas EDGE_ZONEs are not. So I see no point now
to implementing phase 1). We should work toward phase 2) as time

I'll try to work on this topic.
A first enhancement (out of this topic, but desirable) could be consider zones in ratsnest calculation. Of course saving edges zone is easy but creates a lot of problems which must be solved 1 - trivial, but easy: edges must be editable (only a lot of work and some code) 2 - must we save zone parameters (net name, zone clearance, grid ... ) with the zone or use the current zone parameters (which can differ from initial parameters)
3 - How to handle safely the net name of the zone:
An usual case is a ground zone. But many components use GND as ground name, and many others useVDD. So, in a schematic including components using GND and VCC, the same net can have the net name GND or VDD. Therefore, if a zone initially created with GND as net name must be refilled, and at this time (after some schematic changes) the same net is now called VDD, what we must do ?
4 - And at last but not at least :
Often, on the same layer a board can have more than one zone. This creates difficulties: What is a edge zone ? Suppose you create 2 zones (for instance a Digital GND, and an Analog GND) not overlapped.
Later, you move a frontier and now a zone overlaps the other zone.
What refilling must do: fill the new area and overlaps the other zone, or stops at the frontier of this other zone. Same problem when creating a new zone overlapping an old one, relative to the same net : Is the frontier of the first zone is a frontier for the new one ? And what we do when refilling zones if a zone was previously deleted and its edges are kept.

We must have some thoughts about this problems and also about what we want.


Jean-Pierre CHARRAS

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