Note: As can be seen, plans are in progress to help make PCB layout easier.
After completing the schematic capture, and now on PCP layout, how can I avoid the edit mode changing to "Rat Line" mode?
My schematic is complete and do NOT need any Rat Line additions or deletions, but it seems that the default edit mode is "Add Rat Line", even though all I need is to move parts, add or modify traces to build the PCB layout.
Having the mode switch to "Add Rat Line", when a pad touched is very-VERY irritating. The default mode should default to the last that I set.
If the default edit mode could be fixed, I would be a happy camper!
If you want to move a component, move mouse pointer over the component and left click to select it. It is important, that component will be highlighted in green color. If you see red highlight, program will switch to "Rat Line" mode. It triggers automatically, but we plan to add separate button for switching in "Rat line" mode.
You can also disable editing net structure (Route/ Lock net structure) to prevent wrong connections.
Thanks for the encouragement, but,. . .
I deal with very small, very high density boards where many components overlap, and multiple via's are often contained within a component outline. Clicking on a component without inadvertently selecting a pad is problematic (especially SMD's). And therefore, in my experience, changing into "Rat Line" mode happens VERY often, which requires YET another attempt to re-set the mode to do the task at hand (with many wasted mouse clicks).
Also, "via's" are the worst offender, trying to move a via is always unnecessarily difficult (there must be a better way that I am missing). Each time I click near a via, the mode switches to the unwanted to "Rat Line" mode. To move a via, I have "learned" to very carefully click on one of the four, very small "magic" spots around the via (at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions). Otherwise the mode switches to the unwanted "Rat LIne" mode, again :-(
Note: as per you reply:
>> It is important, that component will be
>> highlighted in green color. If you see red highlight, program will switch
>> to "Rat Line" mode. It triggers automatically
Maybe if that logic was reversed all would be well.
Anything new, developments, quick fixes, updates, or training tips, to address this problem will be greatly appreciated by myself (and maybe others).