Orcad really consists of two tools. Capture is used for design entry in schematic form. Layout is a tool for designing the physical layout of components and circuits on a PCB. During thedesign process, you will move back and forth between these two tools.
: Save your work frequently while working on this tutorial.
NOTE : It is recommended that you read this tutorial in 1024x768 display resolution.
2. Before You Begin
It is helpful to be very organized when you are designing. First thing is to have a separate folder for every project. If you have a folder called Projects on your drive, don’t put all yourprojects directly in that folder or you will create a mess that will waste your time in locating a particular file of a particular project. Instead you must have a new subfolder in it for your everyproject. Also Orcad will create many types of files for a single project and if you keep all of them in the same directory, it can quickly become very confusing. I like to make a directoryhierarchy and put associated files into subdirectories. As you will progress working in Orcad you will realize the importance of this strategy.So ready for some action and create a folder called
on a convenient location on your drive because you are going to browse it several times during this whole tutorial. Thencreate inside the
folder three new folders.
– for your schematic files.
– for symbol and footprint libraries.
– for your board files.
Your directory structure should look like the figure below.
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