This walk-through demonstrates how to create a PDF and Smart PDF of your schematic design that you can view from a PDF reader using OrCAD Capture version 22.1 (2022). The Smart PDF includes a hierarchy that you can navigate through without losing your design IP. After you complete the topic, you will be able to:
To follow along, continue with the design from the last topic or use the provided design files. If the design files were not downloaded in the beginning of the Capture Walk-Through, the design files for this lesson can be found under the Materials tab.Open in New Window
Step 1: Select the capture_tutorial.dsn file in the Project Hierarchy.
Step 2: Select File > Print from the menu.
Step 3: The Print window opens. Select Setup to change the active printer.
Step 4: Select Microsoft Print to PDF from the Name dropdown under Printer.
Step 5: Select Landscape for the orientation. Click OK.
Step 6: Click OK to start the print.
Step 7: Browse for a location to save the PDF. Enter a name and click Save.
Step 8: Open File Explorer and browse to the location. Open the file in a PDF viewer of your choice. View the saved document.
Step 9: Select the capture_tutorial.dsn file in the Project Hierarchy.
Step 10: Select File > Export > PDF from the menu.
Step 11: If this is your first time generating a Smart PDF, red text will be visible. Click the link to open the download window.
Note: If the green text gswin64c.exe is available is visible, skip to Exporting the Smart PDF.
Step 12: Select the appropriate link to download GhostScript.
Step 13: The file browser opens. Browse to a location to save the installer.
Step 14: Run the installer and follow the on-screen prompts to install GhostScript.
Step 15: Open File Explorer and browse to C:\Program Files\gs\[gs_version]\bin.
Step 16: Select the file path and press CTRL-C on the keyboard to copy.
Step 17: Back in Capture, paste the file path into Converter Path.
Step 18: Enter \gswin64c.exe at the end to define the executable path. GhostScript has been configured and the Smart PDF can be generated.
Step 19: Under Output Properties, select the ellipses for Output Directory.
Step 20: The File Browser opens. Browse to a location to save the file and click Select Folder.
Step 21: Enter a name for the file into the Output PDF File field.
Step 22: Click OK to generate the Smart PDF. The PDF opens automatically in the default PDF viewer.
Note: By default, the schematic canvas will print in light mode regardless of your canvas settings. The PDF can be changed to print in dark mode or legacy mode by selecting Options > Extended Preferences from the menu. Select Schematic and change the schematic print theme to the desired settings.
Step 23: Select a part to view its information, such as PCB footprint, reference designator, and the vendor added in Walkthrough 10.
Step 24: Open the Bookmarks panel.
Step 25: Select a reference designator bookmark. The PDF will zoom into that part.
Note: The same can be done for pins and nets.