The Set Wire Type tool is used for setting a wire type for new wires only. The wire layer name and the associated wire properties (such as wire color, size, and whether the wire layer is processed for wire numbers) are saved in the drawing file. The following rules determine the wire layer for a new wire:
Use the Create/Edit Wire Type tool to create new or edit existing wire types or use the Change/Convert Wire Type tool to convert lines to wires.
Wire types for drawings are set up in the Create/Edit Wire Type dialog box.
The Layer Name is automatically created. If you specified Wire Color: Red and Size: 20, the name RED_20 is assigned to the wire layer you are creating.
Wire layer names for drawings are set up in the Create/Edit Wire Type dialog box.
The layer displays in the wire type grid. If you selected the wrong wire layer, highlight the layer in the dialog box and click Remove Layer. You can then go back into the Layers for Line "Wires" dialog box and select another layer to add.
The Wire Type Import - Select Master Drawing dialog box displays.
The Import Wire Types dialog box displays.
The selected wire types and settings display in the Create/Edit Wire Type dialog.
The Select Drawings to Process dialog box displays.
Defines and edits wire types.
The program saves the wire layer name and associated properties, such as wire color, size, and whether the wire layer is processed for wire numbers, in the drawing file. Use the grid control to sort and select wire types to modify.
Use the Change/Convert Wire Type tool to convert lines to wires. You can also type "T" at the command prompt during wire insertion to use the Set Wire Type tool.
Displays the wire types used in the active drawing. The wire layer name and the wire properties like color, size, whether the wire layer is processed for wire numbers, and user-defined properties are listed in the grid. An “x” in the Used column indicates that the layer name is currently used in the drawing. A blank value in this column indicates that the layer name exists in the drawing but it is not currently being used. The current wire type is highlighted with a gray background; selected wire types highlight in blue.
If you do not want wire numbers assigned to wires on a specific layer, select “No” Wire Numbering for that layer. The Insert Wire Numbers command follows these rules:
To rename the User1- User 20 column headers, right-click the project name in the Project Manager and select Properties. In the Project Properties Wire Numbers dialog box, Wire Type section, click Rename User Columns. In the Rename User Columns dialog box, specify a new column name and click OK. Renaming of user-defined columns is project-specific. You cannot rename the Color, Size, or Layer Name columns. All the data corresponding to the header column can be copied, cut, and pasted to another column.
All text fields are editable except for the Layer Name cell. It cannot be edited for existing layers. Left-click to edit the cell or right-click in a cell to display options for modifying the cell contents. If you want to rename a layer, right-click on a cell and select Rename Layer. Right-click options include: Copy, Cut, Paste, Delete Layer, and Rename Layer. If it is the default layer, you cannot delete or remove the layer.
You can select multiple layers to edit or remove by using the Shift or Ctrl keys on your keyboard while picking the wire layer in the wire type list.
You can move the wire type records inside the grid to whatever position you want using drag and drop. Select the wire type records to move and drag to the new position in the grid.
Make All Lines Valid Wires
Makes all existing layers valid wire layers and displays them in the wire type grid.
If you later decide you want some layers to be wire layers and others to be line layers, you can deselect this option. All the layers are removed from the wire type grid. Add layers again using the Add Existing Layer option.
Imports wire types from an existing drawing or drawing template. Once the drawing is specified, thedialog box displays. Select the wire types to import.
Allows you to format the layer name, define or edit the layer color, linetype, and line weight.
Layer Name Format
Format the layer name. The program fills the layer name automatically once you enter a value in color, size based on the format. For example, if you enter BLK for color and 10AWG for size, the layer name is filled in as BLK_10AWG based on default %C_%S format. Placeholders are supported at any place in the format (that is, "CUST%C-THIN%S).
Valid wire name format codes are:
Displays the AutoCAD dialog box for Layer colors election. The Select Color dialog box highlights the color corresponding to the wire type record. The default color for new records is white. Undefined colors for layers use the default color while creating the layer. Multiple selection is allowed. All wire layers that were selected can be changed to the color.
Displays the AutoCAD dialog box for linetype selection. This Select Linetype dialog box highlights the linetype corresponding to the wire type record. The default linetype for new records is continuous. Undefined linetypes for layers use the default linetype while creating the layer. Multiple selection is allowed. All wire layers that were selected can be changed to the desired linetype.
Displays the AutoCAD dialog box for lineweight selection. The Lineweight dialog box highlights the lineweight corresponding to the wire type record. The default lineweight for new records is default. Undefined lineweights for layers use the default lineweight while creating the layer. Multiple selection is allowed. All wire layers that were selected can be changed to the desired lineweight.
Add Existing Layer
Displays the Layers for Line Wires dialog box for specifying a layer name. Click Pick to select the layer name from the existing layer list consisting of all the layers in the drawing inclusive of the non-wire layers.
Only lines on pre-selected layers are processed as wires. Enter a wire layer name in the dialog box. A wildcard used in the name selects a group of layers (for example, RED_* selects all layers that begin with "RED_").
Removes the selected layer name from the wire type grid. The layer is no longer a valid wire layer, however the layer remains in the drawing as an AutoCAD line layer.
If multiple layers of one color exist in the drawing, select all layers of that color in the wire type grid to activate this button. For example, if there are multiple RED* layers such as RED_AWG18, RED_AWG20,and RED_AWG25, select all three layers in the wire type grid to enable the button.
Mark Selected as Default
Makes the selected layer the default layer for new wire layers and displays the layer name in the dialog box.
Makes the selected wire type the current wire type. If the selected wire type does not exist on the drawing, the wire layer is created on the fly. The wire layer name and properties are saved in the drawing file. For the layer to create, the following rules apply:
Imports wire types from another drawing or drawing template.
Click the Import button in the Option section.
Select the Import from specified drawing check box. Browse to or enter the name of the drawing or drawing template containing the wire type definitions for import. Click Setup.
Double click a column heading to sort the wire type list by the data in that column.
Select the wire types to import.
All wire types are initially selected to import. Clears or selects all wire types to import.
Overwrite any Wire Numbering and USERn differences
If checked, changes the wire numbering setting and all the USER values for the existing wire type to match the imported wire type.
Update any layer color and linetype differences
If checked, changes the color and linetype settings for the existing wire layer to match the imported wire layer.
Provides the means for operations on wire numbers, component tags, attribute text, wire types, and item numbers. You can define scripts and apply them project-wide.
Select project drawings and perform any of the following:
You can have multiple drawings open at any time. However, to maximize performance and memory usage, minimize the number of open drawings when running project-wide commands.
Select to keep wire numbers the same, erase specified wire numbers, reset specified wire numbers, or set wire numbers to fixed or normal.
Select to maintain the signal arrow cross-reference text or to remove all signal arrow cross-reference text across the current project.
Select to maintain the component tags or to set all parent component tags to fixed or normal across the current project.
Select to maintain the item numbers or to set all item numbers to fixed or normal across the current project. If you runlater on, fixed item numbers do not change.
Change Attribute Size
Click Setup to select the attributes to change, and then enter the height and width definitions for the selected attributes.
Click Setup to select a text font to apply to the text style used on component attributes.
Enter the name or browse to a command script file to use for each drawing in the current project or to purge all blocks.
Imports wire types defined on another drawing or drawing template. Enter the drawing or template name or browse to it using the browse button. The program reads the specified drawing and extracts all wire type information. Click Setup to display thedialog box where you: