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How to Efficiently Review PCB Designs with OrCAD

Today’s complex designs often require groups of design engineers to work on a board, making efficient communication and seamless team collaboration more important than ever. Manual methods, like taking a screenshot of an issue on a board and sending an email, can be confusing and doesn’t guarantee the issue is fixed correctly. OrCAD PCB Designer now supports the ability to add comments directly to the board to efficiently review PCB designs with markup.

This quick how-to will provide step-by-step instructions on how to use markup to efficiently review PBC designs in OrCAD PCB Editor.

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Review PCB Designs

Step 1: Open a design in OrCAD PCB Designer Professional.

Step 2: Select Tools > Markup from the menu. A new Comments panel opens. This panel can be docked or undocked, like any other panel in OrCAD.

Step 3: Select New Comment.

Step 4: Zoom into the desired portion of the PCB to comment.

Activating the Markup Tool

Step 5: Select Draw Rectangle.

Drawing a Rectangle

Step 6: Click and drag to draw a rectangle over the desired area.

Step 7: Enter the desired comment into the text field.

Note: This text can be bolded, italicized, or underlined.

Step 8: Select Submit to finalize the comment.

Step 9: Zoom into another section of the board to add another comment.

Step 10: Select Draw Rectangle. Click and drag to draw a rectangle over the area.

Step 11: Enter the desired comment into the text field.

Step 12: Click Submit. When finished commenting, right-click and select Done.

Viewing Comments

Step 13: Zoom out to view the entire board. Numbers are visible on the board where each comment was placed.

Review PCB Designs Efficiently in OrCAD 23.1

Step 14: Select the PCB symbol next to one of the comments. A snapshot of the commented area opens.

Resolving a Comment

Step 15: To reply to a comment, enter the desired reply into the text field under the comment itself and click Submit.

Resolving Comments in OrCAD

Step 16: Select the ellipsis in the upper-right corner of the comment and select Resolve from the menu.

Note: Additional options are available to Edit or Delete a comment from this menu.

Wrap Up & Next Steps

Quickly and easily communicate potential issues and effectively review PCB designs with markup in OrCAD PCB Designer. Upgrade to 23.1 to test out this and other new features in OrCAD.

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