The Quick Overview panel can be found in the left bottom corner of PCB-Investigator right below the Layer Stack Up panel. The Components (CMPs) tab shows an overview over all components of a board. Each component can be toggled open with a double click to get a list with all the pin and net names it is connected to. A double click on a pin-/net name highlights the selected pin/net in the visualisation. In addition to that you have the usual context menu (right click on concerning component/pin-/net name) options like directly jumping to a certain pin or net as well as assigning them specific colours.
You can get to the Component Manager through developer » Component Manager. It displays a list of all components that are part of your design and shows you the exact number seperated by their occurance on the top and bottom side right below the closing option in the top right corner of the dialog. The checkboxes allow you to customise which columns should be shown in the list on the right. You can even save your list structure as a local profile to use in the future or export it as an XML file, for example, to give it to a colleague. This way, for instance, you can make sure that you only have those columns for further automatic processing a machine expects. Of course it is also possible to directly print the whole list by clicking the printer icon or save it as a CSV file somewhere on your computer.
Use case - Search & sort:
Like every other list in PCB-Investigator this one too is search- and sortable via the input fields and sorting buttons below the individual column name above the list on the right. A common use case would be wanting to know all components whose height exceed e.g. 6mm (you can change the used unit in the dropdown to switch between mm and mils). To achieve this you first have to check the show checkbox for height in the left component list to add the component height column to the list on the right. Then you click into the input field right below the "Height" column and write ">6" (please note that for this to work there mustn\'t be a space between the greater than sign and your number) into it. The algorithm gets to work immediately and hides all components smaller than 6 of the set unit. The result can of course be selected, printed, as well as exported.
Use case - Sum up:
The Sum Up option lets you group your result list according to one specific column e.g. the part name. A common use case would be getting the Bill of Material. To achieve this select the Sum Up radio button beside the part name entry in your left list. You get one entry per summed up part name in the right list that tells you how many components have the respective part number in common. Now you know, e.g. for placing your next order, how many components of each type you need to assemble one board.
Component View Setup which can be reached through developer » Component View Setup offers you a whole set of options to customise how component information is displayed.
You can get to Colour Group via Developer » Color Group.
In both cases the colour scheme can of course be customised to fit your preferences.
Component height is an important component property that is deeply attached to it. In earlier versions of ODB++ this property was just a number without unit. Since PCB-Investigator needs a unit for certain features like the 3D visualisation it assumes the unit "mils" by default. The Change Component Heights dialog which can be reached by Developer » Component Heights is a fail-safe that allows you to change the unit if it is falsely assumed by the program. Please note that this option only affects the component height property.
The Package Group Manager is a Developer tool for setting or change your package types.
The following picture shows a few of informations(red box), where you can search or select the name of your Component e.g Package(red circle).
Important Options are shown in the following picture.
1. Add as Type added the component you selected as the type you selected in the menu next to this column.
2. Change Type allows you to change the Type of your Component. You can find the selection "Update type" in the right corner of your window.
Whether you want to change a C_CHP into an R_CHP or the other way around, you only have to click on the Update button.