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Bartels :: Bartels AutoEngineer :: BAE Documentation :: BAE V5.0 Release Notes

Bartels AutoEngineer® Dokumentation

Bartels AutoEngineer®
Version 5.0
Release Notes

PDF Version (210 KB; updated 24 October 2008)

The Bartels AutoEngineer® - Version 5.0 - Release Notes provide detailed information about new features, enhancements, changes and bug-fixing introduced with Bartels AutoEngineer Version 5.0. Forward compatibility from earlier versions to Bartels AutoEngineer Version 5.0 is ensured, but not backward compatibility.

 

Contents

1General
1.1Bartels AutoEngineer Product Line
1.2System Requirements
1.3Documentation
1.4Installing on Windows and DOS Platforms
1.5Installing on Linux and UNIX Platforms
1.6Parameter Setup and Program Start
1.7User Interface and General Functions
1.8Symbol and Part Libraries
2Schematic Editor
2.1General
2.2Symbols, Labels
2.3Connections
2.4Text, Attributes
2.5Group Functions
2.6Plot Output
2.7Hierarchical Circuit Design
3Packager
3.1Windows Packager Protocol
3.2SCM Sheet Packager Error Tracking
3.3Layout Gate Assignments
3.4Alternate Part Package Type Assignments
4Layout Editor
4.1General
4.2Display, Design Rule Check
4.3Parts, Placement
4.4Traces, Routing
4.5Graphic, Copper Areas
4.6Text, Drill
4.7Group Functions
4.8Automatic Copper Fill
5Autoplacement
6Autorouter
6.1General
6.2Autorouter Algorithms
7CAM Processor
7.1General
7.2Control Plot
8CAM View
8.1General
8.2Parameter Setup
9Neural Rule System
9.1General
9.2SCM Rules
9.3Layout Rules
10Utilities
10.1COPYDDB
11Bartels User Language
11.1General
11.2User Language Compiler
11.3User Language Interpreter
11.4Index Variable Types
11.5System Functions
11.6BAE User Language Programs
Tables
1BAE Software License Files
2BAE Graphic Device Drivers
3BAE System File Environment Variables

 

1 General

 

1.1 Bartels AutoEngineer Product Line

The following software configurations are available with Bartels AutoEngineer Version 5.0:

  • Bartels AutoEngineer Schematics
  • Bartels AutoEngineer Light
  • Bartels AutoEngineer Economy
  • Bartels AutoEngineer Professional
  • Bartels AutoEngineer HighEnd

Bartels AutoEngineer Professional is the standard BAE software configuration. BAE Professional is available for PCs with Windows, Linux or DOS operating systems. BAE Schematics, the schematic editor of BAE Professional is freely available and can be operated in stand-alone mode. Demo software configurations of BAE Professional (fully-featured except for data output) are available free of charge for test and evaluation purposes.

Bartels AutoEngineer Light is a shareware price-level BAE configuration for educational purposes and/or semi-professional users, available for PCs with Windows, Linux or DOS operating systems. BAE Light has full BAE Professional functionality, however, limited to a maximum PCB layout size of 180mm × 120mm and a maximum of two signal layers for manual routing and Autorouter.

BAE Economy is a low-price BAE configuration for educational purposes and/or small business users, available for PCs with Windows, Linux or DOS operating systems. BAE Economy has full BAE Professional functionality, however, limited to a maximum PCB layout size of 350mm × 200mm and a maximum of four signal layers to be simultaneously routed by the Autorouter.

Bartels AutoEngineer HighEnd is available for workstations and for PC systems (Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000, Linux). BAE HighEnd utilizes special operating system characteristics (multi-tasking, multi-windowing, virtual memory management, etc.) to implement advanced features and functions such as HighSpeed kernel, in-built messaging system to support advanced communication between different BAE modules, in-built multi-tasking to support multiple project views, global net highlight, cross-probing, selective layout short-circuit display, extremely fast Mincon airline calculation, optimized data structures for high Autorouter performance, advanced Neural Rule System features, rule-driven Neural Autorouter, nettype-specific routing area definitions, net-specific maximum via count settings, net-specific maximum connection length settings, etc.

The following software modules are optionally available with the workstation-based BAE systems:

  • Bartels AutoEngineer IC Design
  • Bartels AutoEngineer Mixed Mode Simulator

Bartels AutoEngineer IC Design (BAEICD) is a complete CAD/CAM system for the physical design of integrated circuits (gate arrays, standard cells, custom ICs and/or ASICs). BAEICD consists of a series of system components such as IC Mask Editor, IC Autoplacement, IC Autorouter, IC DRC (Design Rule Check) and GDS-II and CIF standard interfaces.

Bartels AutoEngineer Mixed Mode Simulator (BAESIM) is a compiler-driven simulator for mixed analog/digital circuits. BAESIM provides direct access to the net list data generated with BAE Schematics.

 

1.2 System Requirements

General System Requirements

A VGA or higher resolution monitor with a screen resolution of at least 800*600 pixels and a mouse or a corresponding pointing device are required on any BAE platform.

Up to 40 Mbytes hard disk space are required for installing the BAE software.

Operating System

BAE Professional, BAE Economy, BAE Light and BAE Schematics versions are available for Linux (Kernel 2.0.x), Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.51, Windows ME (Millenium Edition), Windows 98, Windows 95, Windows 3.x and MS-DOS.

BAE HighEnd systems are available for Hewlett-Packard 9000/7xx workstations with OSF/Motif and/or X11, and for PCs with Linux (Kernel 2.0.x), Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows NT 3.51, Windows ME (Millenium Edition), Windows 98 and Windows 95 operating systems.

PC System Requirements

PC systems should be equipped with a Pentium (80586, 80686) or at least a 80486DX processor. Any compatible processor such as AMD-K6 or AMD-K7 (Athlon) will also do.

A minimum of 8 Mbytes RAM is required for DOS and Windows 3.1 systems (16 Mbytes RAM recommended). A minimum of 16 Mbytes RAM is required for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 and Linux systems (32 Mbytes RAM or more for Windows recommended).

The BAE software is usually provided on CD-ROM, i.e., a CD-ROM drive is required to install the software.

A hardlock key is used to protect BAE Economy, BAE Professional and BAE HighEnd Windows and DOS versions against software piracy. I.e., a printer port (LPT1, LPT2 or LPT3) is required to run these BAE versions under DOS and/or Windows.

On Linux systems, either a printer port (for the hardlock key) or an Ethernet card is required for checking the software authorization of BAE Economy, BAE Professional and/or BAE HighEnd.

 

1.3 Documentation

Both the Bartels AutoEngineer User Manual and the Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide have been completely revised and are provided in HTML and PDF format (in the baedoc directory of the BAE CD-ROM).

 

1.4 Installing on Windows and DOS Platforms

Preparing for Update Installations

The BAE library and User Language directory contents are replaced when performing update installations. It is strongly recommended to backup any user-specific data from these directories before installing the BAE update and to restore the required data afterwards.

The bsetup.dat file from the BAE programs directory is always re-installed when performing BAE Update Installations. I.e., it is not necessary to run the time-consuming batch for compiling the BAE User Language programs provided with the BAE software. However, user-specific BAE parameter settings stored with the existing bsetup.dat file will get lost and must be restored after successfully installing the BAE software using the bsetup utility program (or the Setup function available from the BAE main menu of the Windows/Motif versions). Customer-specific User Language programs developed and compiled under the previously installed BAE version must also be re-compiled after performing the BAE Update Installation.

Running the Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 Install Program

Under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000, the BAE setup program for installing BAE Demo, BAE Professional, BAE Economy, BAE Light and BAE Schematics should start automatically after inserting the BAE CD-ROM to the CD-ROM drive. If this doesn't happen, simply start the setupen.exe program from the CD-ROM using the Run function from the Windows Start menu. Please follow the instructions of the setup program.

The setup ends with the BAE software configuration. Please select the BAE configuration which is authorised for your machine (BAE Demo, BAE Professional, BAE Economy, SCM only, etc.; see also table 1).

To install BAE HighEnd, simply run the setup program and then unzip the baew32he.zip file from the baew32he directory of the BAE-CD-ROM to the BAE programs directory created by the setup program.

Running the MS-DOS/Windows 3.11 Install Program

For installing BAE Demo, BAE Professional, BAE Economy and/or BAE Schematics under Windows 3.11 and/or MS-DOS or BAE HighEnd under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000, Windows 3.11 or MS-DOS, the CD-ROM must be inserted to the CD-ROM drive, and the drive and directory must be set accordingly. E.g., to install the BAE software from CD-ROM drive D, insert the BAE CD-ROM to CD-ROM drive D, and enter the following commands to the DOS prompt:

>  D: Return/Enter Key (CR) 
>  install Return/Enter Key (CR)

Once the install program has been started, the instructions issued on the screen should be followed carefully. First you will be asked for the BAE user interface language (e.g., English, German, etc.) and for the operating system host platform (DOS, Windows NT, Windows 3.x, etc.).

The install program provides different modes for performing either new Installation or Update installations. The Update install mode is strongly recommended when just updating from earlier BAE Versions; this will prevent the install program from overwriting special BAE system and setup files ending on .dat, .def and .fnt (otherwise, user-defined color tables, aperture tables, fonts, layer definitions, library access path settings and menu setups stored with these files might get lost).

After selecting the install mode, you will be prompted to specify the destination directories for installing the programs, the libraries, the User Language source files and the examples and test jobs. You can exclude certain destination directories by deleting the corresponding path names. More experienced BAE users can, e.g., suppress the installation of the BAE example jobs, or re-install certain parts of the BAE software later. For security reasons, the install parameter settings will be verified with user query before starting the installation process. The destination directories will be created automatically on request. The install program automatically copies the BAE software files to the selected destination directories on the hard disk.

At the end of the install process, the install program asks for the licensed BAE software configuration in order to install the correct software authorization file (see table 1). When installing the DOS version, the user will also be asked to select the graphic device driver to be installed (see table 2).

Installing the Software Security Module

The BAE PC software for Windows and DOS (except for BAE Demo, BAE Light and BAE Schematics) is protected by a hardlock key (dangle) which must be plugged onto one of the parallel ports (LPT1, LPT2 or LPT3) of your PC. Switch off your computer before mounting the hardlock key shipped with the software; otherwise the dangle could be damaged by high voltage! If you have connected a peripheral device such as a laser printer to the hardlock key, then you must always switch on the peripheral device before switching on your computer to avoid hardlock key check problems.

The BAE PC software provides the license files according to the available software configurations as shown in the table below. You will be asked to select the BAE software configuration (and thus the appropriate license file) when installing the BAE software. Make sure to select the BAE software configuration to be installed and/or authorized on your computer.

Table 1: BAE Software License Files

Software ConfigurationLicense File NameNote
BAE Demodemo.cfgSCM and Layout; no Hardlock Key, no (CAM) output
BAE Lightsee noteSCM and Layout; no Hardlock Key, customer-specific CFG file is provided on purchase
BAE Economyeconomy.cfgSCM and Layout
BAE Professionalautoeng.cfgSCM and Layout
BAE HighEndhighend.cfgSCM and Layout
BAE Schematicsschema.cfgSCM only; no Hardlock Key
BAE Layoutlayout.cfgLayout only; required/provided only for updating from BAE Versions older than BAE Version 4.6

The router.cfg license file matching the BAE software configuration authorized on your computer must be available in the BAE programs directory. I.e., to install the correct license file you can also copy the desired CFG file to router.cfg in the BAE programs directory instead of selecting the valid BAE configuration during BAE software installation

BAE Demo software is intended for evaluation purposes only. BAE Demo cannot produce any CAM or User Language output. BAE Demo masks Layout elements to prevent from processing with productive software configurations afterwards. I.e., the BAE user version are not able to read Demo jobs, however, we are able to convert these jobs.

Selecting the BAE DOS Graphic Device Driver

With the Windows versions of the BAE software there is no BAE graphic device driver installation required since BAE Windows software runs under the graphic interface of the corresponding operating system.

The DOS versions of the BAE software are shipped with a series of graphic device drivers. During installation you will be asked to select an appropriate BAE graphic device driver. Table 2 provides the list of graphic device drivers supplied with the DOS PC software of the Bartels AutoEngineer. Please select the graphic device driver matching the video adapter and/or graphic card installed with your computer. It is recommended to install the standard VGA driver VGA480, if you are not sure about which driver to select since VGA480 is assumed to run on almost any PC system, and you can always select a different driver (e.g., with higher resolution) later (see below).

Table 2: BAE Graphic Device Drivers

Graphic DriverTypeResolutionChip Set/Manufacturer
CCD480.DEVPGA640x 480IGC (Cad Card)
EGA350.DEVEGA640x 350Standard
EGA480EW.DEVEEGA640x 480EGA Wonder
EGA480GE.DEVEEGA640x 480Genoa, ATI
EGA600EW.DEVEEGA800x 600EGA Wonder
EGA600GE.DEVEEGA800x 600Genoa, ATI
EGA600PA.DEVEEGA800x 600Paradise
QPC1024.DEV-1280x1024Datapath QPDM
QPDM768.DEVVGA1024x 768AMD QPDM
QPDM1024.DEVVGA1280x1024AMD QPDM
VGA480.DEVVGA640x 480Tseng ET3000 / ET4000
VGA600.DEVVGA800x 600Tseng ET3000 / ET4000
VGA768.DEVVGA1024x 768Tseng ET3000
TSENG768.DEVVGA1024x 768Tseng ET4000
VESA600.DEVVESA800x 600various
VESA768.DEVVESA1024x 768various
MACH768.DEV-1024x 768ATI Mach 64
MACH1024.DEV-1280x1024ATI Mach 64
MACH1200.DEV-1600x1200ATI Mach 64
MGA600.DEV-800x 600Matrox Millenium/Mystique
MGA768.DEV-1024x 768Matrox Millenium/Mystique
MGA1024.DEV-1280x1024Matrox Millenium/Mystique
MGA1200.DEV-1600x1200Matrox Millenium/Mystique
TIGA.DEVTIvariableTexas TMS34010 / TMS34020

The graphic driver .dev file matching the video adapter and/or graphic card of your computer must be copied to the bae.dev file in the BAE programs directory. This is achieved either by selecting the correct driver during BAE software installation or by manually copying the desired .dev file in the BAE programs directory to bae.dev.

Setting up the DOS Environment

It is strongly recommended to add the BAE programs directory path to the PATH environment variable. Load the autoexec.bat file to your text editor and check whether autoexec.bat contains a PATH statement or not. If there is already a PATH statement defined in autoexec.bat, then just add the following program path link to the PATH statement (assume BAE programs directory c:\bae):

;c:\bae

If there is no PATH statement defined in autoexec.bat, then insert the following PATH statement (assume BAE programs directory c:\bae):

PATH=c:\bae

You can also insert the following command at the end of the autoexec.bat file to include the BAE programs directory path name with the PATH variable:

PATH c:\bae;%path%

The config.sys file must contain the following statements:

BUFFERS=<b>
FILES=<f>

The number <b> of buffers should be at least 30, and the number <f> of files should be at least 20.

Note that you must reboot your computer if you made any changes to the config.sys or autoexec.bat. Otherwise you might not be able to start BAE.

 

1.5 Installing on Linux and UNIX Platforms

Preparing for Update Installations

The BAE library and User Language directory contents are replaced when performing update installations. It is strongly recommended to backup any user-specific data from these directories before installing the BAE update and to restore the required data afterwards. The same backup and restore process should be applied to BAE programs directory files with extensions .dat (except for bsetup.dat; see next paragraph), .def and .fnt when just updating from earlier BAE versions since these files can contain user-defined color tables, layer definitions, Gerber aperture tables, and character fonts which will be overwritten during update installations. The router.cfg file must also be saved and restored when updating from authorized BAE versions.

The bsetup.dat file from the BAE programs directory will always be re-installed when performing BAE Update Installations. I.e., it is not necessary to run the time-consuming batch for compiling the BAE User Language programs provided with the BAE software. However, user-specific BAE parameter settings stored with the existing bsetup.dat file will get lost and must be restored after successfully installing the BAE software using the bsetup utility program (or the Setup function available from the BAE main menu of the Windows/Motif versions). Customer-specific User Language programs developed and compiled under the previously installed BAE version must also be re-compiled after performing the BAE Update Installation.

Linux Installation

The baelinux directory on the BAE CD-ROM contains the TGZ archive files baelinux.tgz and baelinus.tgz (and baelinp.tgz and baelinps.tgz for hardlock key support) with different BAE builds for operating BAE Demo, BAE Professional, BAE Economy and BAE Light under Linux. Each of these TGZ files contains the directories bin (programs and setup files), baelib (symbol and part libraries), baeulc (User Language source files) and baejobs (examples and test jobs). The BAE software is supposed to run on all common Linux system with Kernel 2.0.x (S.u.S.E. 6.0 or later, RedHat, etc.). The TGZ files baelinhe.tgz and baelinhs.tgz contain the binaries for BAE HighEnd. An additional file named baeeng.tgz including the English BAE user interface setup is also provided.

We strongly recommend that you have a look into the readme file from the baelinux directory of the BAE CD-ROM before installing the BAE Linux software. The readme file contains a list of the provided BAE Linux archive files and latest information and important instructions for installing the BAE Linux software.

baelinus.tgz must be installed on Linux systems without Motif. baelinus.tgz contains a statically linked BAE version including all system and Motif libraries (libc6/glibc, lesstif/Motif1.2) required to run BAE on any Linux Kernel 2.0.x distribution.

It is recommended to use the more efficient dynamically linked BAE version from baelinux.tgz (linked to libc6/glibc and lesstif/Motif1.2) on Linux systems where Motif is already installed. The statically linked version from baelinus.tgz can always be used on Linux systems which fail to run the dynamically linked version.

To install the BAE Linux software, simply mount the CD-ROM drive with the BAE-CD-ROM (e.g., under /cdrom), change to the directory where you want to install the BAE software, and unpack the appropriate archive file (e.g., baelinux.tgz) using the tar command as in

> tar -xzfv /cdrom/baelinux.tgz Return/Enter Key (CR)

The -z option is used to filter the TGZ file through the gzip utility. If your tar command does not support the -z option, simply use gzip and tar as in

>  gzip -dv /cdrom/baelinux.tgz Return/Enter Key (CR) 
>  tar -xfv /cdrom/baelinux.tar Return/Enter Key (CR)

To install the dynamically linked BAE HighEnd version, simply extract the baelinhe.tgz file after installing baelinux.tgz. To install the statically linked BAE HighEnd version, simply install baelinhs.tgz after installing baelinus.tgz.

A configuration file is provided with productive BAE Linux versions. This configuration file (router.cfg) must be saved to the BAE program directory (bin, see above). To activate BAE Demo, the demo.cfg configuration file must be copied to router.cfg. To activate BAE Schematics, schema.cfg must be copied to router.cfg (see also Table 1).

BAE is pre-configured with a German user interface. The English user interface can be activated by extracting the baeeng.tgz archive file from the CD-ROM baelinux directory to the destination directory.

UNIX Installation

The BAE HighEnd archive files for UNIX workstation are provided in specific BAE-CD-ROM directories such as baehp for the HP version. These archive files contain the directories bin (programs and setup files), baelib (symbol and part libraries), baeulc (User Language source files) and baejobs (examples and test jobs). An additional file named baeeng.tgz including the English BAE user interface setup is also provided.

The BAE HighEnd archive files for HP workstations are provided in the baehp directory on the BAE CD-ROM. Please see the readme file in the baehp directory for latest information and instructions on how to install the BAE HP software.

To install the HP software, simply mount the CD-ROM drive with the BAE-CD-ROM (e.g., under /cdrom), change to the directory where you intend to install the BAE software, and unpack the baehp.tgz archive using the tar command as in

> tar -xzfv /cdrom/baehp.tgz Return/Enter Key (CR)

This installs the BAE HighEnd software with OSF/Motif interface. To activate the BAE HP software for X11, the baehpx11.tgz file from the baehp directory on the CD-ROM must be installed in the destination directory after installing baehp.tgz.

A configuration file is provided with productive BAE UNIX versions. This configuration file (router.cfg) must be saved to the BAE program directory (bin, see above). To activate BAE Demo, the demo.cfg configuration file must be copied to router.cfg. To activate BAE Schematics, schema.cfg must be copied to router.cfg (see also Table 1).

BAE is pre-configured with a German user interface. The English user interface can be activated by extracting the baeeng.tgz archive file from the CD-ROM baelinux directory to the destination directory after installing the UNIX software.

Setting up the Linux/UNIX Environment

The access rights must be set properly (i.e., execute for the programs, read access to the libraries, read/write access to the job files, all rights for the system administrator, special rights for the library manager, etc.). The user must have read access to the BAE program directory files ending on .cfg (for authorization check) and read/write access to the files with extensions .dat and .fnt. The user must also have write access in the working directory to enable temporary file creation.

The Linux/UNIX shell environment variable PATH must point to the BAE programs directory to allow for BAE program call from any other directory. The PATH variable can be set automatically through shell profile execution (shell script .profile, .login, .bashrc or .cshrc, according to UNIX derivative, respectively).

 

1.6 Parameter Setup and Program Start

BAE System Parameter

The BAE software versions for Windows and Motif provide an interactive program for modifying the BAE system parameters. Under DOS, however, the bsetup utility must be applied as described herein.

With the BAE software, a setup definitions file template named stdset.def is supplied, which will be installed to the BAE programs directory. This file contains the following commands for setting the BAE library access paths:

SCMDEFLIBRARY("<libdir>\stdsym");
LAYDEFLIBRARY("<libdir>\laylib");

where <libdir> is the path name of the BAE library directory. If the library e.g., has been installed to the directory c:\baelib under DOS or Windows then you should replace <libdir> with this path name to provide correct access to the BAE symbol libraries. If the library e.g., has been installed to the directory /usr/bae/lib under Linux or Unix, then you should insert the following commands to the setup definitions file for providing correct access to the supplied BAE symbol libraries:

SCMDEFLIBRARY(/usr/bae/lib/stdsym);
LAYDEFLIBRARY(/usr/bae/lib/laylib);

The setup definitions file can be transferred to the BAE setup file bsetup.dat using the following bsetup program call (assuming stdset.def to be the name of the setup definitions file, and the BAE programs directory to be the working directory):

> bsetup stdset Return/Enter Key (CR)

The bsetup utility program is also used for defining important system parameters such as the documentary layer definitions and the menu setup. The documentary layer definitions and assignments have major impact on how manufacturing data is generated. It is strongly recommended to become familiar with the features of the bsetup utility program before using BAE for the design of real layouts. See Bartels AutoEngineer User Manual - Chapter 7.2 for details on how to use bsetup.

User Language Programs, Menu Assignments, Key Bindings

The BAE software installs many pre-compiled User Language programs to the bsetup.dat file of the BAE programs directory. The corresponding source files are are also provided in the User Language directory (baeulc). See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 4 for a complete listing and short descriptions of the BAE User Language programs.

Some of the installed User Language programs define implicit User Language program calls for activating a modified BAE user interface with many additional functions. You can add even more functions or modify and/or reset the predefined menu assignments and key bindings.

Usually, it is not necessary to (re-)compile the User Language programs delivered with the BAE software, since the compiled programs will be installed to the bsetup.dat file of the BAE programs directory. Nevertheless, the User Language directory provides several batch files for automatically compiling all BAE User Language programs. The CPLSLL (ComPiLe with Static Link Library) batch file is recommended for compilation. The compile batch can be started in the User Language directory (baeulc) by entering

> cplsll Return/Enter Key (CR)

to an MS-DOS-Prompt (with the PATH variable pointing to the BAE programs directory) or with the

> cplsll.bat Return/Enter Key (CR)

command from a Linux or UNIX shell. The compilation process might last some time according to the power of your computer.

BAE Program Start and DDB File Access

Use the following command to start the Bartels AutoEngineer from a DOS prompt or a Linux and/or UNIX command shell:

> bae Return/Enter Key (CR)

Design file access can be simplified by starting and/or running BAE from the design and/or project files directory.

Under Windows, the Bartels AutoEngineer can also be started by selecting the bae.exe file using the Run function from the Windows Start menu or the Program Manager Files menu. Windows also allows for application startup by double-clicking the application from Windows Explorer and/or the File Manager, and it is also possible to define an initial working directory for the application to start in. A shortcut to bae.exe can be placed on the desktop or the Windows Start menu to provide an even more convenient method of starting up the Bartels AutoEngineer.

When installing the BAE software under Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000, a BAE program group with shortcuts for starting the BAE main menu (BAE Main Menu) and the BAE program modules (BAE Setup, Schematic Editor, Packager, Layout Editor, Autoplacement, Autorouter, CAM Processor, CAM View) and for accessing the Bartels AutoEngineer User Manual (BAE User Manual) is added to the Windows Start menu.

The BAE DDB File option for creating a new BAE DDB file named New BAE DDB File is included with the New function from the Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 Desktop and Windows Explorer context menus to be activated through the right mouse button. The BAE DDB file context menus provide the BAE Schematic and BAE Layout options for loading the selected BAE file to the Schematic Editor and/or the Layout Editor. Double-clicking a BAE DDB file automatically loads the DDB file's standard layout element to the Layout Editor. The system suggests to create a new layout element if the DDB file does not yet contain a layout element with default name.

Please consult your operating system documentation for more information on how to configure applications for startup.

File Access Environment Variables

Environment variable references in file name specifications are automatically substituted. This allows for definitions such as $BAELIB for the symbol library directory and combined specifications such as $BAELIB/laylib or $BAELIB/$STDLIB to be used for path and file name specifications in functions such as Select Library from the Settings/Parameter menu. The environment variables are not evaluated until they are actually referred for file access. I.e., they will be stored with design files to be transferred to different computers where they can refer to machine-dependent path specifications defined through corresponding environment variables. Environment variable references are preceded with a dollar sign ($) and must be either entirely lower-case or entirely upper-case. The ~ character refers to the $HOME variable. Undefined environment variable references are substituted with empty strings.

System File Access Environment Variables

The environment variables listed in table 3 are evaluated for advanced configuration of BAE system file access in network installations.

Table 3: BAE System File Environment Variables

Environment Variable System File
Default Name
Contents
BAE_CFG router.cfgBAE Configuration/License File
BAE_BSETUP bsetup.datBAE System Parameters
BAE_ULCLIB bsetup.datBAE User Language Programs
BAE_RULELIBbrules.datBAE Rules Database
BAE_LANG language.datBAE Menu String Tables (language-specific)
BAE_FONTLIBged.fntBAE Graphic Character Fonts
BAE_SCMLIB scm.datSCM Color Tables
BAE_GEDLIB ged.datPCB Layout Color Tables
BAE_CEDLIB ced.datIC Layout Color Tables
BAE_CAMLIB cam.datCAM Gerber Aperture Tables
BAE_DCOLLIBbae.colBAE Display Color Table
BAE_PCOLLIBbaep.colBAE Printer Color Table
BAE_WINLIB baewin.dat
baexwin.dat
BAE Windows Position File

Environment variables must specify complete paths to the corresponding system files. This feature can be used in definitions such as

set BAE_WINLIB=d:\bae\user1.dat

where access to a machine-specific Windows positions file in network installations with central BAE programs directory is established.

System files without environment variable definition are accessed from the BAE programs directory using the default system file name.

Windows System Font Selection

The ANSI_FIXED_FONT system font is used on default for displaying status line and dialog text in BAE Windows versions. Alternatively, SYSTEM_FIXED_FONT can be selected by assigning an arbitrary value to the BAE_OLDFONT environment variable if ANSI_FIXED_FONT isn't suited for the configured screen/monitor resolution.

 

1.7 User Interface and General Functions

Advanced features such as customized parameter settings and menu configurations and a macro command interpreter have been implemented through the User Language Interpreter. For more details see section 11.3 of these release notes.

Autosave

The Autosave facility for periodically saving the currently loaded element to a backup file won't save the element anymore if it has not been changed during the autosave time interval. This prohibits Autosave from overwriting .bak files in situations where an element is only loaded for viewing/checking purposes.

BAE Window Status Backup

The BAE window full screen mode (together with the normal window position and size) is stored to the baewin.dat Windows position file when exiting BAE under Windows. The format of the Windows position file has been changed accordingly. BAE cannot reload old Windows position files. I.e., calling BAE for the first time after updating the software will create a default size BAE window at default position.

Windows Scroll Views

Scrollbar support has been introduced for BAE Windows text output. This provides unrestricted access to the contents of lengthy BAE workarea text outputs such as Packager log files/protocols (i.e., no need to view log file contents through an external editor).

Windows Cursor Key Support

The cursor/arrow keys can now be used under Windows to scroll the BAE display by half of its dimension in the key-specific direction. The Page Up and Page Down keys scroll the display up or down by its full height. Scrolling is limited by the boundaries of the currently loaded element. The Home and End keys can be used to jump immediately to the upper or lower element boundary.

Menu Function Key Bindings

The keyprog key programming utility available through key 5 can be used in BAE pulldown menu interfaces for assigning BAE menu functions to keys by simply chosing a key through Key Programming) and Set HotKeys, clicking the Menu Selection button in the program menu and selecting the desired BAE menu function.

 

1.8 Symbol and Part Libraries

PDF files displaying all graphic symbols of the officially released BAE libraries are provided in the pdflib directory of the BAE-CD-ROM.

A series of useful library management User Language programs for library management (library check, automatic symbol edit, automatic generation of library documentation, etc.) are installed with the BAE software. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 4 for a complete listing of the User Language programs provided with the BAE software.

 

2 Schematic Editor

 

2.1 General

File Management

The Project Sheet, Project Symbol, Project Label and Project Marker options for creating and accessing project file elements without having to specify the project file name have been added to the element type menus of the New, Load, Load with Check, Replace Element and Update Library functions from the File menu.

The error messages of the Delete Element function displayed invalid element class identifiers for the elements to be deleted. This problem has been fixed.

Net Name Selection

The dialogs and/or popup menus for selecting net names from label lists support ?prefix input for scrolling the list display to the specified net name prefix. A net/label name prefix specification such as ?v scrolls to the first net/label name starting with ?v or, if no such name exists, to the next name thereafter. Net/label list scrolling positions specified through name prefices are saved for subsequent queries.

Left Mouse Button Operation

A new button (mouse symbol with pressed left mouse button) for calling the msmode User Language program has been added to the toolbar. msmode assigns a left mouse button operation mode for BAE pulldown menu user interfaces. The following operation modes are provided: No Operation (no left mouse button operation), Context Functions (provide context menu for object clicekd with left mouse button), Delete (delete object clicked with left mouse button), Move (move object clicked with left mouse button) and Select (toggle group selection of object clicked with left mouse button). Context Functions is the default assignment. The new options allow for similar functions to be applied to different element types without having to select the functions from different menus. The selected mouse operation mode is displayed in the line of the BAE pulldown menu interface info/status window.

A rectangular frame is defined when moving the mouse by five or more pixels with the left mouse button pressed. Subsequently, the bae_rect User Language program is called when releasing the left mouse button. bae_rect performs a function depending on the currently assigned left mouse button operation mode. Context Functions operation mode zooms to the mouse-selected frame, Delete exclusively group-selects the objects in the selected frame and activates the Delete Group function, Move exclusively group-selects the objects in the selected frame and starts the Move Group function, Select additively group-selects the objects in the selected frame.

Signal Router Parameter Setting

Controls for setting the Signal Router parameter have been added to the Settings dialog from the Settings menu. Previously, this parameter could only be set through the submenu of the Move Symbol/Label function from the Symbols menu.

Spice Netlist Output

The Spice Data Output function for generating Spice net lists has been added to the Import/Export submenu of the Schematic Editor File menu. Spice Data Output provides options for generating a Spice net list from the currently loaded SCM sheet (Whole Sheet) or from the symbols of the currently selected SCM group (Group Symbols). The output is written to a file with extension .cir.

The Spice Model and Spice Pin Order functions for assigning Spice model types and Spice output pin sequences for SCM symbols have been added to the Rule Attachment submenu of the Schematic Editor Settings menu.

User Language Programs

A series of new SCM functions and features such as

  • customized system and display parameters to be activated/loaded from bae.ini file
  • online menu function key binding for pulldown menu configurations (keyprog)
  • mouse operation mode assignment and mouse operation mode display (msmode, toolbar, bae_load)
  • project element load functions (loadelem)
  • symbol/part clone placement (tbdvscm)
  • symbol/part search by attribute (findsprt)
  • symbol/label query functions in symbol/label context menus (scm_ms)
  • symbol query to display attributes (scmpart)
  • connection rule assignments (scmrule)
  • advanced net highlight functions (scmcon)
  • text size hotkey (size, uifsetup)
  • group function operation on mouse-selectable regions (bae_rect)
  • SCM symbol group selection through attributes (scmgroup)
  • layout part set selection through SCM group symbols (scmgroup, ged_msg)
  • Spice model type and pin output sequence assignments to SCM symbols (scmrule) and Spice circuit data output (spicesim, scmio)
  • import/export menu configuration (scmio)
  • plot element visibility settings (scmrule, scmeps)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

2.2 Symbols, Labels

Symbol Clone

A symbol copy function with attribute value transfer has been added to the first two toolbar design view windows. The copy function can be activated by clicking into the design view window. An automatically named copy of the symbol/part from the design view window including the symbol/part attribute value settings is then attached to the mouse/graphic cursor ready for placement on the currently loaded SCM sheet. Previously, a mouse-click into the design view window activated the function for transferring the symbol/part attributes from the design view onto placed symbols/parts. This attribute transfer function is now only available through the Set button s of the design view window. The symbol placement data has been added to the report which is displayed through the Info button i of the design view window.

Attribute Display

Symbol attribute listings have been added to the symbol report created with the Symbol/Label Query function of the Other Functions submenu from the Symbols menu.

Pin net name entries have been added to the symbol pin list outputs.

Symbol/Part Name Change

The Change Part Name function from the Symbols menu has been changed to prevent from transferring the layout part name to the $ attribute of the changed symbol/part. This helps to avoid the confusion previously being caused by the fact that, since a Packager run is necessary to update the layout part name, old layout part names were displayed on the schematic prior to a subsequent Packager run.

Attribute Value Input

A dialog box for simultaneously displaying up to 12 symbol attributes is provided with the Assign Value function for setting symbol/part attribute values under Windows and Motif. For symbols with more than 12 attribute definitions, Next and Previous buttons are provided for forward and/or backward scrolling. The dialog box contains a line for each attribute. This line consists of a No Value button, an attribute value input/edit field and the attribute name/label display. The No Value button can be used to clear the attribute value setting which is indicated through a !not_set! attribute value display. Clearing the attribute value is different from specifying an empty string. Empty string attribute values are assigned and transferred as such to the net list, whilst clearing an attribute value prohibits the system from assigning and/or transferring any attribute value to the net list.

The DOS and X11 versions of the BAE software provide a menu for selecting attributes and assigning attribute values.

Default Symbol Attribute Values

The Attribute Default Value option for assigning default attribute values on symbol level has been added to the Set Attributes function of the Other Functions submenu from the Symbols menu. These default symbol attribute values are automatically assigned when placing new symbols.

Under Windows and Motif, a dialog box for simultaneously displaying up to 12 default symbol attributes is provided. For symbols with more than 12 attribute definitions, Next and/or Previous buttons are provided for forward and/or backward scrolling.

The attribute value input dialog box contains a line for each attribute definition, consisting of a No Value button, an attribute value input/edit field and the attribute name/label display. The No Value button can be used to clear the default attribute value setting which is indicated through a !not_set! attribute value display. Clearing the default attribute value is different from specifying an empty string. Empty string attribute values are assigned and transferred as such to the net list, whilst clearing an attribute value prohibits the system from assigning and/or transferring any attribute value to the net list.

The DOS and X11 versions of the BAE software provide a loop for selecting attributes and assigning default attribute values.

The Attribute Default Value option for assigning default symbol attributes to all symbols of a selectable SCM symbol library has been added to the Symbol Edit Batch function of the Library Utilities submenu from the File menu.

Symbol Macro Name Display

Symbol level $llname text definitions are substituted with symbol macro names on SCM plan level. The Packager automatically assigns the $llname attribute value, i.e., the $llname attribute is not available for interactive and/or explicit attribute value assigments. Symbol name display through $llname text definitions on SCM symbol label eliminate the need for redefining symbol name texts when creating new SCM symbols from existing SCM symbols.

Layout Part Macro Name Display

The Backannotation transfers the layout part macro name back onto the $ulname (Used Library Name) SCM symbol attribute. This attribute can be displayed on SCM plan level through $ulname SCM symbol text definitions, and it can be queried through Symbol/Label Query function calls. The $ulname attribute is useful for querying and/or displaying alternate layout part package type assignments.

Edit Symbol Logic

The edit window of the Edit Symbol Logic function from the Symbols can now be resized.

Default Label Symbol

On default, the standard label symbol is used when placing labels for net names without name-matching label symbol. This default label symbol can be changed through the Select Label Macro parameter setting of the Settings dialog from the Settings and/or Parameter menu. This feature allows for the assignment of different label symbols to certain net names and/or net types without having to define a net-specific label symbol for each of these nets.

Searching Parts by Attribute Value

The Search Attributes option for searching symbols and/or parts by attribute value has been added to the Find Part function from the View menu. Search Attributes allows for the selection of existing attribute name/value pairs (with optional attribute value pattern specification support) and lists all symbols with matching attribute name/value pairs in a symbol selection menu. Selecting a symbol from this menu triggers a Zoom Window to the selected symbol.

 

2.3 Connections

Break Bustap Segments

The Break Segment function from the Connections menu sometimes duplicated bustaps when applied on bustap segments. This problem has been fixed.

Highlight Nets

The Highlight Nets submenu with the All Nets function for iterating all SCM sheet nets, highlighting one at a time, and the Named Nets function for highlighting nets with specified and/or menu-selected SCM sheet net names has been added to the Other Functions menu item from the Connections menu.

 

2.4 Text, Attributes

Text Attributes

The Set Text Mode function from the Other Functions submenu of the Text menu has been changed to preserve any text display attributes such as frames and rotation mode.

Center Text

The Center option has been added to the text context menus to be activated with the right mouse button whilst placing texts with the Add Text, Move Text and Copy Text functions from the Text menu. The Center option center-aligns the text to the selected text position. The Standard Text option can be used to restore default text left-alignment.

Text Size Changes

The size User Language program for changing the size of the currently processed text is called when pressing the s or S hotkey whilst the Add Text, Move Text or Copy Text function from the Text menu or the Move Name or Move Attribute function from the Symbols menu is active. size provides a list of predefined text sizes.

 

2.5 Group Functions

Group Symbol Selection through Attribute Values

The Select Attribute function for selecting symbols through attribute values has been added to the Other Functions submenu from the Groups menu. Select Attribute allows for the selection of an existing attribute name/value pair (with optional attribute value pattern specification support) and group-selects all symbols with matching attribute name/value pairs.

Group Symbol Numbering

The New Names option has been added to the group context menus to be activated whilst placing groups with the Load Group, Move Group and Copy Group functions from the Edit menu. The New Names option renames and/or renumbers all currently selected parts according to their symbol part name patterns with part numbering starting at 1, and collisions with existing part names being avoided. This feature can be used for creating consecutive part numbering.

Group Move Signal Routing

The Move Group function re-connects any unselected connections to the moved group instead of simply cutting them off if the Signal Router On option is activated through the Settings dialog from the Settings menu.

 

2.6 Plot Output

HPGL Plot Output

A PG HPGL command has been added to the end of HPGL output files to force a page eject and to prevent from subsequent plots being plotted onto the same sheet.

Plot Scaling Factor Adjustment

The status messages of the HP Laser Output and Generic Output functions have been extended to indicate any non-default scaling factor being used for automatic plot to sheet size scaling.

Bitmap Plot Output to Windows Clipboard

The new Output to Clipboard function from the Plot Output menu can be used under Windows for plotting a bitmap of the currently loaded element into the clipboard ready to be imported (Pasted) to other Windows applications capable of processing bitmaps. The whole element is plotted on default. The Clipping On option can be used to restrict the output to a mouse-selectable rectangle. The plot dialog box also allows for bitmap size specifications and plot rotation mode selection.

Plot Elements Visibility Control

Plot visibility options have been added to the Rule Attachment submenu of the Set Group Rules and Select Elements functions from the Settings menu. On default, all SCM elements except for comment texts and tag symbols are plotted. The Plot visibility option can be used to assign the Disable Plotting attribute to other elements. Plot-disabled elements are displayed on screen using the Variant Attributes color.

Plot visibility modes are saved with design variants, thus allowing for variant-specific plot outputs.

 

2.7 Hierarchical Circuit Design

Hierarchical Circuit Design Navigation

The Load Block Plan function for loading the hierarchical circuit diagram sheet of a mouse-selectable block symbol has been added to the Other Functions submenu from the Symbols menu.

Block Diagrams

The Single Sub-Block option for block diagramming has been added to the Plan Blockname parameter setting. Whilst there are multiple references to a standard Sub-Block allowed, a Single Sub-Block sheet can only be referenced once. Single sub-blocks are treated like normal SCM sheets by Packager and Backannotation. I.e., the Packager transfers symbol/part names from single sub-blocks without [Pn] prefices to the layout, and Backannotation transfers part name changes and pin/gate swaps on single sub-blocks back to the schematics.

 

3 Packager

 

3.1 Windows Packager Protocol

Under Windows, scrollbars have been added to the text window for Packager messages. This provides complete access to lengthy Packager protocols without having to view the bae.log log file through an external text editor.

 

3.2 SCM Sheet Packager Error Tracking

SCM sheets which can be singled out to have caused Packager errors are automatically loaded when switching from the menu-driven Packager versions to the Schematic Editor. In that case, the Schematic Editor also triggers a Zoom Window to the first SCM symbol which caused a Packager error.

 

3.3 Layout Gate Assignments

The new $gp (Gate Pin) attribute can be used to assign SCM symbols to layout gate positions by setting the $gp value to the desired gate's first pin name from the xlat command of the corresponding logical library definition. When using $gp assignments, the $gp value should be set for all gates of the layout part to avoid gate assignment conflicts. The $gp attribute allows for specific assignments of dual operation amplifier components, and it can even be used to define connector pin symbols for single pins of multi-pin connectors where each pin is defined as a gate and the $gp attribute specifies the name of the connector pin. Gate and pins assigned through the $gp attribute are excluded from layout pin/gate swaps.

 

3.4 Alternate Part Package Type Assignments

The Packager supports alternate layout part package type assignments through $plname SCM symbol attribute value settings such as [package1,package2] where a comma-separated list of layout part package types is specified in the square brackets. In the layout system, the first package type is selected on default when placing parts. During interactive part placement, the Alternate Part option from the submenus to be activated through the right mouse button can be used to change the part package type of the currently placed part.

 

4 Layout Editor

All autoplacement and automatic copper fill functions from the Autoplacement module have been integrated to the Layout Editor. The Autoplacement module has therefore become obsolete.

 

4.1 General

File Management

The Default Layout, Project Default Layout, Project Layout, Project Part, Project Padstack and Project Pad options for accessing default and project file elements without element name specification dialogs have been added to the element type menus of the New, Load, Load with Check, Replace Element and Update Library functions from the File menu. Default Layout accesses the default layout element of a selectable DDB file. Project Default Layout accesses the default layout element from the current project file. The other options are used for accessing a selectable element of the choosen class from the project file.

Left Mouse Button Operation

A new button (mouse symbol with pressed left mouse button) for calling the msmode User Language program has been added to the toolbar. msmode assigns a left mouse button operation mode for BAE pulldown menu user interfaces. The following operation modes are provided: No Operation (no left mouse button operation), Context Functions (provide context menu for object clicekd with left mouse button), Delete (delete object clicked with left mouse button), Move (move object clicked with left mouse button) and Select (toggle group selection of object clicked with left mouse button). Context Functions is the default assignment. The new options allow for similar functions to be applied to different element types without having to select the functions from different menus. The selected mouse operation mode is displayed in the line of the BAE pulldown menu interface info/status window.

A rectangular frame is defined when moving the mouse by five or more pixels with the left mouse button pressed. Subsequently, the bae_rect User Language program is called when releasing the left mouse button. bae_rect performs a function depending on the currently assigned left mouse button operation mode. Context Functions operation mode zooms to the mouse-selected frame, Delete exclusively group-selects the objects in the selected frame and activates the Delete Group function, Move exclusively group-selects the objects in the selected frame and starts the Move Group function, Select additively group-selects the objects in the selected frame.

Part and Net Name Selection

The dialogs and/or popup menus for net list part and net name selections support ?prefix input for scrolling the list display to the specified name prefix. A name prefix specification such as ?r4 scrolls to the first name starting with ?r4 or, if no such name exists, to the next name thereafter. Part and net list scrolling positions specified through name prefices are saved for subsequent name queries.

Pick Preference Layer and Element Selection

A new Pick Mode parameter for selecting the element pick method for multiple elements at the same pick position has been added to the Settings dialog from the View menu. The Preference Layer default option picks an element from the currently selected preference layer. The Element Selection option provides an element selection facility if more than one element is found at the pick position. A loop for highlighting the selectable elements with status line short description is activated. The highlighted element can be selected through return key or left mouse button click. The element selection can be aborted through escape key or right mouse button input. Any other key switches to the next element at the pick position.

User Language Programs

All User Language programs for manipulating and/or copying parts, traces and vias have been changed to preserve any existing part, trace and via fixed modes.

A series of new Layout Editor functions and features such as

  • customized system and display parameters to be activated/loaded from bae.ini file
  • online menu function key binding for pulldown menu configurations (keyprog)
  • mouse operation mode assignment and mouse operation mode display (msmode, toolbar, bae_load)
  • project element load functions (loadelem)
  • placement data query functions in part context menus (ged_ms)
  • part search, pin listing output in placement data queries (gedpart)
  • DRC error display and DRC error localization (lerrlist)
  • trace width, text size and group scale hotkeys (size, uifsetup)
  • hotkeys for rotating layout pick elements (parts, pins, texts, polygons, groups) at arbitrary angles (gedpart, lrotate, rrotate)
  • additional trace display modes for manual routing (gedtrace)
  • via checking distance assignment to traces (gedtrace)
  • equidistant parallel traces generation (trcparal, gedtrace)
  • teardrop generation for selectable via types (teardrop)
  • polygon line width setting (gedpoly)
  • polygon outline keepout area generation (gedpoly)
  • text plot width setting (gedtext)
  • drill power layer mask assignments (gedtext)
  • copper fill net assignment to isolated vias (gedvia)
  • group function operation on mouse-selectable regions (bae_rect)
  • part group selection through attributes (gedgroup)
  • import/export menu configuration (gedio)
  • layout part set selection through SCM group symbols (scmgroup, ged_msg)
  • part height DRC (gedpart, gedpoly)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

4.2 Display, Design Rule Check

Grid Settings

Selecting the No Grid display and/or input grid option from the Settings dialog of the View menu prevented the dialog from being closed. This problem has been fixed.

Query Element

The Query Element function from the View menu has been changed to allow for display changes through middle mouse button submenus and display function hotkeys.

Height DRC

The Height DRC function has been added to the Other Functions submenu of the Parts menu. The Height Offset option of the Height DRC function is used to define part-specific DRC height offsets for selectable parts. The DRC height offset of a part is added to its keepout areas' height DRC specifications when performing part design rule checks. The vertical regions between the board surface and part-specific height DRC offsets is free for part placement, thus allowing to place parts underneath each other. The Check Exclude option of the Height DRC function can be used for selecting an alternate part to be excluded from the part height design rule check. This feature is useful for placing alternate parts at the same position for variable and/or exclusive insertion.

The Height DRC function for assigning heights (option Height Specification) and height limits (option Height Limit) to selectable documentary layer keepout areas has been added to the Other Functions submenu from the Areas menu. Height specifications are usually assigned to keepout areas on part level whilst keepout area height limits are usually specified on layout level. Intersecting keepout areas with height specifications are treated like documentary distance violations.

Height DRC errors are indicated through a rectangle with diagonal lines. Keepout areas with non-zero height limits are not checked against each other, and the Height Distance Violations entry for displaying the number of height design rule check violations has been added to the report generated by the Report function from the Layout Editor Utilities menu.

DRC Error Display Mode

The Settings dialog from the Layout Editor View menu provides the new DRC Error Display parameter for selecting DRC distance and height rule violation error display colors. The Error Color option displays error boxes using the error color selected with the Change Colors function, the default of which is white. The Highlight Layer setting displays error rectangles using the color selected for the layer on which the erroneous element is placed. Errors on layers which are faded-out through Change Colors are not displayed.

DRC Error List and DRC Error Localization

The DRC Error List function for displaying the DRC distance and height rule violation error list and has been added to the Utilities menu. The DRC errors are listed in a popup menu, indicating error type, error layer and error coordinates for each error. A Zoom Window to the error position ist triggered when selecting an error from the list using the left mouse button. The + and - keys can be used to move the zoom window through the error position list in either direction.

 

4.3 Parts, Placement

Part Search

The Find Part function with the Name (Pattern) and Attribute Value options has been added to the Other Functions submenu from the Parts menu. Name (Pattern) allows for the specification of a part name and/or part name pattern. Attributes Value allows for the selection of existing attribute name/value pairs (with optional attribute value pattern specification support). The parts matching the specified part name pattern or the selected attribute name/value pair(s) are listed in a popup menu. Selecting a part from this menu triggers a Zoom Window to the selected part or activates the Add Part if the selected part is not yet placed.

Part Rotation

The lrotate (Left Rotate) and/or rrotate (Right Rotate) User Language programs for rotating parts are activated during part placement when pressing the l or L and/or the r or R keys. These User Language programs have been changed to support arbitrary rotation angles different from 90 degrees. The rotation angle step to be applied by lrotate and rrotate can be defined through the L/R Rotation Angle option from the Other Functions submenu of the Parts menu.

Part Set

The Add Part, Place Next Part and Place Parts functions from the Parts menu work on the selected part set. Initially after loading a layout, all parts are selected, i.e., the system behaves as usual. The functions from the Part Set submenu can be used to restrict and/or redefine the set of parts selected for placement. The Place Next Part function issues a All parts have been placed already! message if all parts are already placed or a All selected parts have been placed! message if all selected parts are already placed, but there are still unselected parts which have not yet been placed. The part set selection popup window displays placed selected parts as [ name ], placed unselected parts as ( name ), unplaced selected parts as : name and unplaced unselected parts as < name >.

Pin/Gate Swap Indicators

Graphical pin/gate swap indicators are now provided with the Pin/Gate Swap function. A circle (0.6mm diameter, Workspace color) is displayed for every pin/gate swap enabled pin when the Pin/Gate Swap function is activated. The indicator for the first selected pin turns into a filled square, leaving only swappable pins marked by circles and character codes for the possible swap operations. The character codes are P for pin swap, G for gate swap and A (Array) for gate group swap. Selecting black for the Workspace color deactivates the pin/gate swap indicator display.

Autoplacement

The Autoplacement functions for automatic part placement have been integrated to the Layout Editor. The new Part Set, Auto Placement and Matrix Placement submenus from the Layout Editor Parts menu provide the corresponding functions from the Autoplacement module.

 

4.4 Traces, Routing

Trace Width Changes

The size User Language program for changing the trace width of the currently processed trace is called when pressing the s or S key whilst using the Add Trace, Insert Corner, Move/Delete Corner, Move Segment or Insert Segment function from the Traces menu. size provides a list of predefined trace widths.

Trace Pick

The algorithm for picking trace corners and trace segments has been improved to pick the element with minimum distance from the pick point instead of a randomly selected element within snapping distance. The new pick algorithm improves the selection of single trace elements when working in (small) zoom overview display modes. The trace pick snapping distance has been adjusted to the trace width. I.e., trace elements (of wide traces or in high zoom display modes) can now easily be picked without having to hit the trace center line.

Trace Edit Display Mode with DRC

The Fill & DRC display mode has been added to the Edit Display function from the Other Functions submenu of the Traces menu. With Fill & DRC, traces are displayed as with Fill & Distance, however a design rule check is activated during interactive routing, changing the distance line display color from trace color to white upon design rule violations. Elements of the currently processed net are excluded from the design rule check. The distance line indicates the DRC spacing between traces. I.e., it is possible for a distance line to cut a pad without a DRC error being displayed if the current trace to copper clearance setting is less than the trace to trace clearance setting.

Via Check Range for Manual Routing

A new Layout Editor design rule check function for displaying valid via positions during manual routing can be activated with the Via Check Range function from the Other Functions submenu of the Layout Editor Traces menu. The via check range is specified in multiples of the currently selected input grid, with valid via check ranges from 1 to 5. A via check range of 1 only checks the current grid point, a via check range of two includes all grid points adjacent to the current grid point, thus totalling the via check area to 9 grid points, etc. Valid via positions are indicated through a small white circle with a diameter equal to the width of the currently routed trace, but not exceeding 40 percent of the input grid width. The via check is deactivated if the input grid is disabled or if the No Via Check option from the Via Check Range function is selected.

Via Selection

The Select Single Via function has been added to the Via Functions submenu of the Traces menu. This allows to Select or Deselect single vias to or from the current group. The function for selecting net-specific vias has been renamed from Select Vias to Select Net Vias to avoid any possible confusion with the Select Single Vias function.

Teardrop Generation

The Teardrop Utilities submenu functions can be restricted to generate teardrops on selected padstack types only. On default, all padstack types are selected for teardrop generation. A design rule check is applied before generating teardrop areas and/or teardrop traces, and a trace/padstack highlight is activated where teardrop generation through copper areas or either of the teardrop trace segments is blocked by obstacles.

 

4.5 Graphic, Copper Areas

Polygon Pick

The algorithms for picking polygon corners and polygon segments have been improved to pick the element with minimum distance from the pick point instead of a randomly selected element within snapping distance. The new pick algorithm improves the selection of single polygon elements when working in (small) zoom overview display modes.

Polygon Rotation

The lrotate (Left Rotate) and/or rrotate (Right Rotate) User Language programs for rotating polygons are activated during polygon placement when pressing the l or L hotkey and/or the r or R hotkey. These User Language programs have been changed to support arbitrary rotation angles different from 90 degrees. The rotation angle step to be applied by lrotate and rrotate can be defined through the L/R Rotation Angle option from the Other Functions submenu of the Parts menu.

Polygon Line Width

The Set Polygon Line Width function for assigning individual line widths to selectable documentary lines and split power plane areas has been added to the Other Functions submenu of the Areas menu. Polygon-specific line widths are considered by the display and plot functions. The default line width of zero displays lines with one pixel width and uses the standard line width when plotting polygon lines.

Split power plane line width settings are considered by the connectivity. Any drill hole intersecting or touching a split power plane line will be isolated from the corresponding power layer.

Reflow-Reflow SMT/SMD Soldering Support

A control for setting the Area Mirror Display parameter has been added to the Settings dialog from the Settings menu to support the increasingly popular reflow-reflow SMD/SMT soldering process. On default, the Mirror Display parameter is activated, and polygons with the Visible unmirrored, attribute are only visible when not mirrored, whilst polygons with the Visible mirrored attribute are only visible when mirrored. However, with the Mirror Display, parameter deactivated, all polygons declared as Visible unmirrored, are always visible, and all polygons declared as Visible mirrored, are never visible, independently of any (part) mirroring. Mirror Display, deactivation allows for SMD libraries designed for conventional SMD soldering to be re-used for reflow-reflow SMD soldering.

 

4.6 Text, Drill

Text Rotation

The lrotate (Left Rotate) and/or rrotate (Right Rotate) User Language programs for rotating texts are activated during text placement when pressing the l or L hotkey and/or the r or R hotkey. These User Language programs have been changed to support arbitrary rotation angles different from 90 degrees. The rotation angle step to be applied by lrotate and rrotate can be defined through the L/R Rotation Angle option from the Other Functions submenu of the Parts menu.

Text Size Changes

The size User Language program for changing the size of the currently processed text is called when pressing the s or S hotkey whilst the Add Text, Move Text or Copy Text function from the Text menu or the Move Name or Move Attribute function from the Parts menu is active. size provides a list of predefined text sizes.

Text Plot Width

The Set Text Plot Width option for assigning individual plot widths to selectable texts has been added to the Other Functions submenu from the Text menu. Text-specific plot widths are considered by the display and plot functions. The default text plot width of zero displays text with one pixel width and uses the standard line width when plotting texts.

Element Save Date/Time Display

The $pltstime (element save time), $pltsdatede (element save date, German notation) and $pltsdateus (element save date, US English notation) texts can be placed to display the time and date the currently loaded top level element was last saved.

Drill Hole Power Layer Assignment

The Drill Power Layers and Drill Heat Traps functions for assigning drill hole to power layer connection preferences have been added to the Other Functions submenu from the Text, Drill menu. The Drill Power Layers function can be used on padstack level for selecting the power layer(s) occupied by mouse-selectable drill holes. The Drill Heat Traps function can be used on padstack level for assigning power layer specific drill hole connection modes such as heat trap mode (default) or direct connection mode to mouse-selectable drill holes. Both functions allow for repeated drill hole selection and drill hole power layer settings assignment in a dialog box. User interfaces without dialog box support allow for power layer bit mask input.

Drill hole power layer and heat trap rule assignments are important for blind and buried via definitions and will be considered by the facilities for connectivity generation, power layer display and CAM output.

The rule definitions from the pldrill.rul rule definition file have become redundant and are only provided for backward compatibility to old project files. Drill hole rule assignments with the Drill Power Layers and Drill Heat Traps functions automatically detach old power layer rules from the manipulated drill holes.

 

4.7 Group Functions

Group Function Messages

Feedback from the Reset Group, Group Polygon, Delete Group, Fix Group and Unfix Group functions from the Edit menu has been improved by displaying the number of modified elements.

Group Part Selection through Attribute Values

The Attributes option for selecting parts through attribute values has been added to the Select and Deselect functions from the Other Functions submenu of the Groups menu. Attributes allows for the selection of an existing attribute name/value pair (with optional attribute value pattern specification support) and group-selects all parts with matching attribute name/value pairs.

Loading Groups with Traces

The Layout option of the Load without Hierarchy function from the Other Functions submenu of the Edit menu has been changed to allow for the transfer of traces and vias when working on layout or part level.

Group Rotation

The lrotate (Left Rotate) and/or rrotate (Right Rotate) User Language programs for rotating groups are activated during group placement when pressing the l or L hotkey and/or the r or R hotkey. These User Language programs have been changed to support arbitrary rotation angles different from 90 degrees. The rotation angle step to be applied by lrotate and rrotate can be defined through the L/R Rotation Angle option of the Other Functions function from the Parts menu.

Group Scaling

The size User Language program for scaling the currently processed group is called when pressing the s or S hotkey whilst the Load Group, Move Group or Copy Group function from the Edit menu is active. size provides a list of predefined group scaling factors.

Group Display Mode

The Moving Picture All option has been added to the Group Display Mode function. Moving Picture All dynamically displays not only group-selected parts/macros and texts as with Moving Picture On but also the selected traces, vias and drill holes whilst using the Load Group, Move Group and Copy Group functions.

Group Macro

The Group Macro function has been changed to support alternate part package type assignments for net list parts which include the specified part macro in their alternate part package type list.

 

4.8 Automatic Copper Fill

The copper fill functions from the Autoplacement module have been integrated to the Layout Editor Copper Fill submenu of the Areas menu and the Add Copper Fill Area function from the Areas menu has been moved to the Copper Fill submenu. The rest of the Layout Editor Copper Fill submenu is identical to the Autoplacement Copper Fill menu.

Net/Connectivity Recognition

Passive copper areas with signal net connections (e.g., teardrops created as passive copper) are now treated like active copper areas of that net and won't be isolated from copper fill areas of that net anymore.

Copper Fill Net Assignments to Isolated Vias

The Set Fill Net function from the Via Functions submenu of the Layout Editor Traces menu can be used to assign copper fill default nets to group-selected vias. The automatic copper fill functions connect isolated vias with copper fill net assignments to corresponding net-specific copper fill areas. I.e., this feature can be used to force the generation of heat-traps in otherwise plain net-specific copper fill areas. Copper fill net assignments for vias with existing physical trace or copper connections to signal nets are ignored by the automatic copper fill routines.

 

5 Autoplacement

All autoplacement and automatic copper fill functions from the Autoplacement module have been integrated to the Layout Editor. The Autoplacement module has therefore become obsolete.

 

6 Autorouter

 

6.1 General

File Management

The Default Layout, Project Default Layout, Project Layout, Project Part, options for accessing default and project file elements without element name specification dialogs have been added to the element type menus of the Load, function from the File menu. Default Layout accesses the default layout element of a selectable DDB file. Project Default Layout accesses the default layout element from the current project file. The other options are used for accessing a selectable element of the choosen class from the project file.

Net Name Selection

The dialogs and/or popup menus for net list net name selections support ?prefix input for scrolling the net list display to the specified net name prefix. A net name prefix specification such as ?v scrolls to the first net name starting with ?v or, if no such net name exists, to the next net name thereafter. Net list scrolling positions specified through name prefices are saved for subsequent net name queries.

User Language Programs

A series of new Neural Autorouter functions and features such as

  • customized system and display parameters to be activated/loaded from bae.ini file
  • online menu function key binding for pulldown menu configurations (keyprog)
  • left mouse button context menu (ar_ms)
  • mouse operation mode assignment and mouse operation mode display (msmode, toolbar, bae_load)
  • project element load functions (loadelem)
  • import/export menu configuration (ario)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

6.2 Autorouter Algorithms

Net-specific Airline Display, Net Group Routing

New options for controlling net-specific airline display have been added to the Mincon Function. Nets which are faded-out from airline display won't be routed. Net-specific airline display settings can be changed between router passes. This allows for consecutive router passes to route different groups of nets.

Router Pass Status Display

A router pass status line has been added to the router status display window. The router pass status line displays an identification of the currently active router pass type (L - Load Layout, S - SMD Via Preplacement Pass, I - Initial Routing Pass, R - Rip-Up Pass, P - Optimizer Pattern Search Pass, O - Optimizer Pass) and the number n of processed elements in relation to the total number m of elements to be processed by the current router pass (display n/m). The status display ends with the current pass number c and the total number p of passes to be processed (display c/p). The values displayed with the router pass status line cannot be used for accurate total routing time predictions since the required time for completing the routing of each net and/or connection strongly depends on the current routing complexity.

Router Batch

A Start button has been added to the Batch Setup dialog box for setting up router batches. The Start can be used for immediately starting the defined router batch without having to leave the Batch Setup dialog through the OK button and subsequently calling the Batch Start function.

Gridless Mode Diagonal Routing

Full gemoetric calculations are performed on diagonal trace segments to prevent from clearance violations when routing in gridless mode. Diagonal traces are preferably created with the Optimizer Direction Strategy parameter set to Diagonal.

 

7 CAM Processor

 

7.1 General

File Management

The Default Layout, Project Default Layout, Project Layout, Project Part, Project Padstack and Project Pad options for accessing default and project file elements without element name specification dialogs have been added to the element type menus of the Load function from the File menu. Default Layout accesses the default layout element of a selectable DDB file. Project Default Layout accesses the default layout element from the current project file. The other options are used for accessing a selectable element of the choosen class from the project file.

User Language Programs

A series of new CAM Processor functions and features such as

  • customized system and display parameters to be activated/loaded from bae.ini file
  • customized Gerber default parameter settings on CAM Processor startup (camsetup)
  • online menu function key binding for pulldown menu configurations (keyprog)
  • left mouse button context menu (cam_ms)
  • mouse operation mode assignment and mouse operation mode display (msmode, toolbar, bae_load)
  • project element load functions (loadelem
  • import/export menu configuration (camio)
  • IPC-D-356 test data output with drill class plating information support (ipcout)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

7.2 Control Plot

HPGL Plot Output

A PG HPGL command has been added to the end of HPGL output files to force a page eject and to prevent from subsequent plots being plotted onto the same sheet. The Multiple Layers option must be used for plotting multiple layers onto the same sheet.

Plot Scaling Factor Adjustment

The status messages of the HP Laser Output and Generic Output functions have been extended to indicate any non-default scaling factor being used for automatic plot to sheet size scaling.

Bitmap Plot Output to Windows Clipboard

The new Output to Clipboard function from the Control Plot menu can be used under Windows for plotting a bitmap of the currently loaded element into the clipboard ready to be imported (Pasted) to other Windows applications capable of processing bitmaps. The whole element is plotted on default. The Clipping On option can be used to restrict the output to a mouse-selectable rectangle. The plot dialog box also allows for bitmap size specifications and plot rotation mirror mode selections.

A black on white plot is generated for single output layer selections. With Multiple Layers plot output, the selected layers are plotted with their currently assigned colors (and mixed color display) on black background.

 

8 CAM View

 

8.1 General

User Language Programs

A series of new CAM View functions and features such as

  • customized system and display parameters to be activated/loaded from bae.ini file
  • online menu function key binding for pulldown menu configurations (keyprog)
  • left mouse button context menu (cv_ms)
  • mouse function mode assignment (msmode, toolbar)

have been implemented with User Language programs.

 

8.2 Parameter Setup

Via D Code

The Windows and Motif CAM View Parameter Setup dialogs did not allow to specify Via D Codes larger than 10. This problem has been fixed.

 

9 Neural Rule System

 

9.1 General

Rule Definitions

The brules.dat file installed to the BAE programs directory contains precompiled rule definitions. The source files for these rule definitions are also provided (User Language directory; file extension .rul), i.e., the rule definitions can be modified and recompiled with the rulecompRule System Compiler.

Rules which only set a single predicate value can be dynamically generated and assigned without having to define and compile such rules through a .rul file. This simplifies rule system management procedures significantly. All system-supported rules can be conveniently set through menu-assigned User Language programs. In-depth knowledge of the Neural Rule System is not necessary for these rule system applications.

 

9.2 SCM Rules

BAE Version 5.0 provides a series of new rules for the implementation of special SCM features such as plot visibility control. See section 2 of this documentation for a description of these rules and their applications.

 

9.3 Layout Rules

BAE Version 5.0 provides a series of new rules for the implementation of special layout features such as pen width control for polygon lines and texts. See section 4 of this documentation for a description of these rules and their applications.

 

10 Utilities

The copyddb utility program displays usage information when being called without arguments and/or options. The usage information for the mode and element class options has been extended to provide more specific help on how to use these options.

 

11 Bartels User Language

 

11.1 General

This section describes general changes to the User Language specification. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 2 for a detailed description of the User Language specification.

Internal User Language Version

The internal version of BAE Version 5.0 User Language has been changed. User Language programs compiled under earlier BAE versions won't execute in the BAE Version 5.0 User Language Interpreter environment (error message User Language program version incompatible!). This means that each User Language program compiled under earlier BAE Versions must be recompiled under BAE Version 5.0 to regain compatibility.

 

11.2 User Language Compiler

This section describes the news and changes introduced to the User Language Compiler. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 3 for detailed information on how to operate the User Language Compiler.

Preprocessor Statements

The new preprocessor statement

#pragma ULCALLERSTD

can be used to force the compiled User Language program caller type setting to standard (STD). User Language programs compiled with this statement can be called in any User Language Interpreter environment, even if the program code contains system functions or index variable types which are not compatible to that Interpreter environment. The Incompatible index/function reference(s)! User Language Compiler error is suppressed. This allows for the implementation of programs with environment-specific program code. It is up to the program design to prevent from calling incompatible system functions; otherwise the User Language Interpreter quits the program with a UL(Line): System function not available in this environment! runtime error message.

 

11.3 User Language Interpreter

This section describes the news and changes introduced to the User Language Interpreter. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 3 for detailed information on how to operate the User Language Interpreter.

Customized Parameter Settings and Menu Configurations

Customized parameter settings, key definitions and menu assignments can be stored to the bae.ini file in the BAE programs directory. The definitions from this file are loaded once upon BAE startup and can subsequently be accessed with the varget User Language system function.

The BAE User Language programs are designed to evaluate relevant definitions from bae.ini. Changes to bae.ini are activated by simply restarting the affected BAE program module, and it is not necessary to recompile any of the affected User Language programs. I.e., with bae.ini, user-specific parameter settings can easily be transferred between different BAE versions and/or installations.

The bae.ini file provides specific sections for different BAE program modules. Each BAE program module only loads relevant sections from bae.ini. The definitions from the std section are relevant for all modules.

bae.ini allows for generic parameter value assignments. The key and fkey commands are used for standard and function key assignments. The addmenu, addmenuitem, addsmenuitem and addioitem kewords allow for menu extensions. Please note that menu items can only be appended to main menus and import/export menus. Menu item insertion is prohibited to preserve online help topic assignment.

A bae.ini file with inline documentation for command syntax explanation is supplied with the BAE software. The original version of this file activates the parameter settings from the supplied BAE User Language programs. I.e., these (default) settings are also activated if the bae.ini is not available in the BAE programs directory.

Macro Command Interpreter

A macro command interpreter has been built into the Run User Script, function, the ulsystem User Language system function, the bae.ini key and menu function assignment facilities and the keyprog online key programming utility to allow for the specification of interaction/command sequences (macros) instead of User Language program names. Intercation codes must be separated with the : character. The p prefix is used to identify User Language program names (this prefix should be omitted if the User Language program name is the first item in the macro). The # prefix emulates a bae_callmenu User Language function call for activating a BAE menu function. Text input is specified through single-quoted strings. t awaits user text input. s activates a menu selection, which, if followed by l, m or r and a (zero-based) menu index triggers a menu function similar to a bae_storemenuiact function call. m awaits a mouse click, which, if followed by l, m or r, triggers a mouse click with input coordinates retrieved from the mouse position at the beginning of the interaction sequence if the mouse key in the macro isn't followed by coordinate specifications.

With macro specifications, it is possible to assign submenu functions such as Symbol/Label Query (macro scmpart:s5:m:t:mr) to keys. It is also possible to define macros for frequently required interaction sequences such as the Schematic Editor macro #500:m:mr:sl3:'4':'0':mr:sl0 for creating a 4mm horizontal graphic line from the current mouse position to the right (SCM symbol graphic pin connection).

 

11.4 Index Variable Types

This section lists the new and changed User Language index variable types. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Appendix B for a detailed description of all index variable types.

New Index Variable Types

The following new User Language index variable types have been implemented for BAE Version 5.0:

IPIndex Variable TypeShort Description
LAY L_DRCERROR Layout DRC Error Marker
 

11.5 System Functions

This section lists the new and changed User Language system functions. See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Appendix C for a detailed description of all system functions.

New System Functions

The following new User Language system functions have been implemented for BAE Version 5.0:

IPSystem FunctionShort Description
STD bae_getmenuitem BAE menu item query
CAP cap_figboxtest Check SCM element rectangle cross
cap_findblockname Find SCM block circuit sheet with given block name
cap_getscrefpidx Get currently scanned SCM reference element
cap_ruleconatt Attach rule(s) to SCM connection segment
cap_rulecondet Detach rules from SCM connection segment
SCM scm_gethighlnet Get SCM net highlight mode
scm_highlnet Set SCM net highlight mode
GED ged_drcpath GED trace test placement design rule check
ged_drcpoly GED polygon test placement design rule check
ged_drcvia GED via test placement design rule check
ged_getdrcstatus Get GED DRC completion status
ged_getdrcmarkmode Get GED DRC error display mode
ged_setdrcmarkmode Set GED DRC error display mode
ged_getpickmode Get GED element pick mode
ged_setpickmode Set GED element pick mode
ged_getgroupdata GED group placement data query
ged_getinputdata GED input data query
ICD icd_lastfigelem Get last modified IC Design figure list element

Changed System Functions

The maximum menu entry count for menus activated through bae_askmenu has been increased from 15 to 30. The bae_defselmenu function has been adapted accordingly.

Passing an empty string to the second parameter of the bae_loadelem system function now loads the default layout element if the layout element class is specified with the third function parameter.

The size of multiline edit windows activated through the bae_readedittext system function can now be changed.

To avoid redundant screen redraws at the redefinition of color tables, the bae_setcolor system function does not perform a screen redraw anymore. I.e., it has become the responsibility of the bae_setcolor caller to trigger screen redraws as required at the end of a color table definition sequence. The ardisp, drillout, fontedit, geddisp, genlmac and spopcol User Language programs have been changed accordingly.

The bae_swconfig function has been extended to allow for BAE Schematics software configuration checks.

The cap_blocktopflag system function has been changed to return a specific code for sheet defined as single sub-blocks for hierarchical block circuit diagrams.

The maximum Gerber aperture table index to be addressed through the cam_getgerberapt and cam_setgerberapt system functions has been increased from 200 to 900 to allow for the management of Gerber tables with up to 900 different apertures.

 

11.6 BAE User Language Programs

BAE installs more than 180 pre-compiled User Language programs to the bsetup.dat file of the BAE programs directory. Additionally, the User Language source files (more than 3 Mbytes; more than 110,000 lines) are installed to a special directory (baeulc). See Bartels User Language Programmer's Guide - Chapter 4 for a complete listing and short descriptions of the BAE User Language programs.

Include Files

The User Language include files already delivered with the previous BAE Version have been completely revised and extended by a series of new definitions and functions.

New User Language Programs

The following new User Language programs are provided with BAE Version 5.0:

IPProgram NameShort Description
STD bae_rect BAE Mouse Rectangle Frame Action
msmode Set Mouse Context Operation Mode
size Resize Pick Element
SCM spicesim Spice Circuit Data Output
GED lerrlist Layout DRC Error List Display
AR ar_ms Autorouter Mouse Action
CAM cam_ms CAM Processor Mouse Action
CV cv_ms CAM View Mouse Action

Changed User Language Programs

The User Language programs already delivered with the previous BAE Version have been completely revised and extended by many new features and functions. A series of significant improvements and enhancements have already been mentioned in the previous sections of these Release Notes. A series of User Language programs have been equipment with parameter query dialog boxes. New features and functions have been made available through existing User Language program menus wherever appropriate. Almost all User Language programs have been enhanced to load customized system and display parameters from the bae.ini file.

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