Capture Walk-through 1: Getting Started


This OrCAD Capture tutorial introduces you to OrCAD Capture 17.4 and demonstrates how to create a new schematic project. After you complete this tutorial, you will be able to:

  • Open Capture 17.4 and create a new project
  • Edit design, template, and titleblock preferences
  • Add a new library file to your project 

If you would like to follow along with this tutorial, you can visit our walk-through page to view video tutorials and download design files.

  1. Open OrCAD Capture.

Note: You can locate your OrCAD software by going to the Start Menu > Cadence PCB 17.4-2019 > Capture CIS 17.4.

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2. Select File > New > Project from the menu or click on New Project in the Start page.

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3. Add a Name (Capture Tutorial) for your project.

4. Click the Ellipsis button to browse for the location to save. Click OK.

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5. Select Options > Preferences from the menu.

Note: In the preference dialog window, you can modify settings for colors, grid, pan and zoom, text, and other miscellaneous settings.

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New in 17.4 is the ability to configure a light or dark color scheme for the application and canvas. Changes to the application theme will be applied after restarting Capture.

6. Close the Preferences Window.

7. Select Options > Design Template from the menu.

Note: The Design Template window, you can select page size, grid reference, and enter title block information.

8. Select the Title Block tab.

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9. Add the required information and set TitleBlock as the Title Block Name.

Note: Adding this information here will automatically populate the title blocks on any new pages.

10. Click OK to close the Design Template Window.

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11. Select File > New > Library from the menu.

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12. Right click on the library and select Save As.

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13. Browse to the standard path for symbol libraries (C:CadenceSPB_17.4toolscapturelibrary) and save the library as CaptureTutorial.OLB.

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