This walk-through demonstrates how you can annotate your design in OrCAD Capture 22.1 (2022). 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
Note: The design was automatically annotated when parts were placed. The order in which parts are numbered was determined by the order in which they were placed. For educational purposes, this walk-through will discuss additional options for annotating a design.
Step 1: Select Tools > Annotate from the menu.
Step 2: Under Action, select Unconditional Reference Update.
Note: There are multiple options to annotate a selection or your entire design:
Step 3: Under Mode, select Update Instances.
Note: Update Occurrences is recommended for hierarchical designs. Updating instances will update all parts in the design, even parts on unused pages. In other words, unused parts will factor into the annotations.
Step 4: Click OK to run the annotation.
Step 5: You may be prompted that running annotation will clear the undo/redo cache. Click Yes to proceed.
Step 6: You will be prompted that the tool will annotate then save the design. Click OK to proceed.
Step 7: View the schematic. All part references have been updated from left to right.
Step 8: Select Tools > Annotate from the menu.
Step 9: Under Action, select Reset Part References to “?”.
Note: This will reset all reference designators to question marks.
Step 10: Click OK to run the annotation. Click Yes and OK when prompted.
Step 11: View the schematic. The part references have been changed to question marks.
Step 12: Double-click reference designator D1 associated with the LED.
Step 13: Enter MAIN_PWR for the value and click OK.
Note: The reference designator is now underlined, indicating that it has been changed by the user.
Step 14: Select Tools > Annotate from the menu.
Step 15: Under Action, select Incremental Reference Update.
Step 16: Click OK to run the annotation. Click Yes and OK when prompted.
Step 17: View the schematic. The MAIN_PWR annotation remains the same, but all other components have been re-annotated.