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Method for efficiently navigating multi-layered files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235600D
Publication Date: 2014-Mar-11
Document File: 1 page(s) / 19K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that enables a user to build customizable layer groups for easier navigation through multi-layer files in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program.

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Method for efficiently navigating multi -layered files

When navigating multi-layered files in Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs, it is slow and cumbersome for the user to enable view and disable views of individual layers when trying to locate and/or identify a specific component, part, or connection on unknown layers.

A method is needed that allows a user to smoothly transition between layers and control which layers are displayed while moving through the file.

The novel contribution is a method that enables a user to build customizable layer groups for easier navigation through multi-layer files. This makes the process of moving through the board faster and more efficient. The addition of a scrolling view bar allows
a user fluid movement through a multi-layer file without forcing the view enabled or view disabled of each individual layer. This increases the speed with which a user can locate any component or connection through the entire project. The scrolling bar is also customizable to be larger than one layer, allowing the simultaneous display of multiple stacked layers; it removes one layer from one side while adding the next layer on the side that is being progressed as the user scrolls through the project.

In a preferred embodiment, different board layers are assigned to groups. Toggling a check box turns all the board layers in that group on and off. A slider bar indicates which layers (e.g., "Sig3" to "Gnd6") are activated. As the user slides down, t...