Working with printed circuit boards means dealing with a lot of information, e.g. in the form of component properties. In the following, two important information dialogs are introduced:
The difference between components and non-components is that components are strictly defined by the ODB++ format while non-components is our term for the collective category of the remaining objects that are no components. To invoke both dialogs you have to select one or more objects in the visualisation first, then you can right click and select "Properties" to get to the dialog containing a large variaty of information like the part name, position, height, pin count (with an own pin overview tab), etc.
The difference between components and non-components is hardly visible and only is due to the fact that with non-components you have additional tabs based on categories (lines, pads, arcs, surfaces, texts) to help you find the object you are looking for more easily. To invoke the Attribute Histogram dialog you have to right click on the concerning layer in the layer panel and select "Show Attribute Histogram" to get a list of all component attributes and their respective values.
If you have more than one layer activated for visualisation and you use the mouse gesture to get to the Attribute Histogram dialog, it will always show you the data for the most activated layer of your layer stack up.
To increase comprehension when to best use these previously introduced dialogs, here is a case example: Let's assume you want to do a test or let someone do a test and thus need to select certain test points and export the list to e.g. MS Excel.
There are two ways to select something:
The next step is the same for both methods. Once you have selected the needed properties by using one of the methods above, you have to call the "Selection Buffer via "Start » List". It lists all the attributes of your selected components your test adapter supplier would need to do his work. The list shows the layer, object, type, position x/y, and the net you can test with the individual test point and can easily be copied by right-clicking and selecting "Copy data to Clipboard" and be pasted anywhere you like.