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Unformatted text preview: Beginning a Design Ultiboard User Guide 2-2 ni.com 2.1 About Designs and Projects Designs are stored inside projects, allowing you to group them together for easy access. In this way, all designs that have a logical connection between them (that is, they may all relate to a specific project) are conveniently located in one file. Depending on your version of Ultiboard, you can have as many projects and designs open as you wish. 2.2 Creating a Project To create a new project file: 1. Choose File/New Project . The New Project dialog box appears. 2. Type the project name in the Project name field. 3. From the Design Type drop-down list, select PCB Design. The other option allows you to use Ultiboards mechanical CAD capabilities (for front panels, enclosures, etc.). For more on these capabilities, see Using Mechanical CAD on page 10-1. 4. Indicate the folder where the file is to be kept. Either accept the default shown in the Location field, or click the browse button to select a different location. 5. Click OK . The New Project dialog box disappears, and a blank design is opened, with the same name as that of the project file. The file you just created is also shown in the Projects tab of the Design Toolbox , along with its corresponding design. Note To give a new name to a design, right-click on it and choose Rename . Type a name for the project file Select PCB Design Accept the default location for the project Or Click the Browse button to select a location Creating a Design National Instruments Corporation 2-3 Ultiboard User Guide 2.3 Creating a Design A design is created automatically when you create a project file. You can also create a design and assign it to an existing project file. Remember that a design myst always be associated with a project. To create a design file: 1. Choose File/Open and open the project to which the design is to be added, if it is not already open. 2. Choose File/New Design . The New Design dialog box appears. 3. Type the design name in the Design Name field. 4. From the Design Type drop-down list, select PCB Design. (For more information on the Mechanical CAD Design file type, see Using Mechanical CAD on page 10-1.) 5. Choose which of the open projects is to contain the design. The Add to project drop-down list shows only the open projects. 6. Click OK . The New Design dialog box disappears, and a blank design with the name that you specified is opened. The Projects tab shows that the new design is a part of the project file that you specified. 2.4 Creating a Design from a Netlist File You can create a design based on a netlist file. A netlist contains information about a given board's nets (the electrical connections between pins) and components. Multisim generates a .EWNET file which has all the details required to import the schematic into Ultiboard....
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