Common shortcuts in PADS software

writer: G March 14, 2018

1. Highlight a network and enter the modeless command QL to quickly measure basic information such as the total length of the network.

2. Some modeless command operations when the component layout:

Select the component to be aligned. Use the ctrl+L command to open the alignment interface.

Find some of the module's modeless commands: s(n) to find the component or pin; eg s u1 or s u1.1;

s(x y) finds an absolute coordinate point, such as s 100 20;

sr(x y) finds a relative coordinate point, such as sr 20 30;

srx(n) keeps the current y coordinate unchanged and finds a point relative to the x coordinate, such as srx 300;

sry(n) keeps the current x coordinate unchanged and finds a lower y coordinate point, such as sry -300;

ss(u) Finds and selects one or more elements. This command supports the wildcard character "*"; note the blanks in the moduleless command, such as ss u1 and s su1 are different;

ss(u)* Can be selected in batch

The method of use is as follows: Input the moduleless command ss c* Select all components that begin with c. Note: c is the beginning of the input search;

sx (n) Keep the current y-coordinate unchanged, move to a defined coordinate x-point, such as: sx 200; that is, move to the 200-point coordinate on the x-axis;

sy(n) keeps the current x coordinate unchanged and moves to a defined coordinate y point, such as: sy 300; can be moved to the 300 coordinate point on the y axis;

xp retrieves and selects wires as pixels instead of line widths. Allows the user to adjust when the width of the corners is less than the line width.

3. Commands related to mouse movements:

The spacebar has the same function as the left mouse button. It can be used to select, complete, and add corners to the current element at the cursor.

4. Drawing related command operations:

In drawing graphics mode: You can enter a modeless command to draw different graphics:

hc is set to draw circular mode;

hh is set to draw a non-closed line segment mode;

hr is set to draw rectangle mode;

hp is set to draw polygon mode;

5. DO command allows the drilling of the pad to switch between showing and not displaying.

6. pads global setting command

c: Supplemental format used to display the pad and thermal of the plane layer when designing the inner negative film. To use it, type c on the keyboard, and enter c again to remove the display.

d: Turns on/off the display of the current layer. To use it, enter D from the keyboard to switch. It is recommended that the design use D to display current layer last = on.

DO through hole shape display switch. The aperture is highlighted in the on state and the pad is displayed in the bottom tone. To use it, type DO from the keyboard to switch.

I: Database integrity test. When system abnormality is found in the design process, you can try to hit this key.

R<n>: change the display linewidth to <n>, such as: R20;

The SPD displays the split/mixed planes data. This command controls one of the parameters in the split/mixed plane parameter dialog.

The SPI shows the thermal of the plane layer. This command controls a parameter in the split/mixed planes parameter dialog.

The SPO shows the outline of the split/mixed planes layer. This command controls a parameter in the split/mixed planes parameter dialog.

T transparent display switching, useful in complex board design.