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Helpful
Hints
for using the
HP Advanced Design System
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HINTS
CONTENTS
Learning to Drive Using the Keyboard..............................................................................3
Using Templates or Copying Examples for More Efcient Simulation Set-up and
Data Display ........................................................................................................................... 4
Saving Mouse Clicks when Opening Projects .................................................................... 5
Renaming Ports on Schematics before Generating Subcircuits .......................................6
Enabling Easy Display of Data ..............................................................................................7
Efciently Calculate Circuit Envelope Simulation Data ......................................................8
Using Short Cuts when Generating Schematics ................................................................9
Replacing MDS Wire Labels and Series IV Test Points with Node Names......................10
Using New and Improved Data Display Capabilities .........................................................11
Managing Projects................................................................................................................12
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Learning to Drive Using the Keyboard
HINT
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When you rst l earn to dri ve
a software program, i t i s usu-
al l y easi est to use the mouse.
As you become more of an
expert user, however, i t can
often be faster to use the key-
board to execute commands.
Al so, heavy software users who
rel y too much on mouse opera-
ti ons run the ri sk of devel opi ng
repeti ti ve strai n i njuri es.
The HP Advanced Desi gn Sys-
tem has many bui l t-i n hot keys
(Alt+f, for exampl e, opens the
Fi l e menu), and you can cus-
tomi ze hot keys to perform
operati ons that you use fre-
quentl y.
I n the Options menu of the
Mai n wi ndow or of a desi gn
wi ndow, the command
Menu/Toolbar Conguration
opens the Customi zati on di a-
l og box where you can custom-
i ze both hot keys and the tool
bar congurati on. I n the Mai n
wi ndow, you can customi ze
Mai n wi ndow operati ons; i n a
desi gn wi ndow, you can cus-
tomi ze hot keys for that type of
desi gn (schemati c and l ayout
are set i ndependentl y).
Hot key suggesti ons for edi ti ng
schemati cs:
f for Vi ew Al l
d for Redraw Vi ew
z for Zoom Area
2 for Zoom Out x2
e for Edi t Component Param.
t for Draw (i nsert) Text
w for Component Wi re (draw-
i ng wi res between components)
m for Move & Di sconnect (i n
most cases, thi s i s preferabl e to
the Move command, whi ch
causes wi res to remai n con-
nected)
ctrl+o for Vi ew/Push I nto Hi er-
archy
Use F7 to l aunch si mul ati ons,
and the escape key to termi -
nate commands.
F5 moves component text.
After movi ng a component, i t
remai ns sel ected. To desel ect
i t, just cl i ck on a bl ank spot i n
the schemati c.
Figure 1. Setting Schematic Hot Keys
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al l of the *.dds l es i n the
exampl e project are di s-
pl ayed.
8. Sel ect the exampl e.dds l e
you want to di spl ay, and
open i t.
9. Copy and paste desi red
pl ots, equati ons, etc., from
the exampl e.dds l e i nto
your data di spl ay wi ndow.
Opening
an Example Schematic
from within a Project
1. I n a schemati c wi ndow,
choose Window > Schematic.
2. I n the new Schemati c wi n-
dow, choose File > Open.
3. I n the Open Desi gn di al og
box, cl i ck Browse.
4. Traverse the di rectory tree
to nd the desi red project
and desi gn.
3. I f you know the exampl e
project path, you can type
i t i n and ski p the remai n-
i ng steps. I f you do not, go
to the Mai n wi ndow and
choose File > Copy Project.
4. On the From Project: l i ne,
cl i ck on the Examples but-
ton and then the Browse
button.
5. Traverse the exampl es
di rectory tree unti l the
project that contai ns the
data di spl ay that you want
i s entered i n the Selection
el d of the Copy From File
Browse di al og box.
6. Cl ear the Filter el d of the
Open data di spl ay di al og
box.
7. Hi ghl i ght the exampl e
sel ecti on i n the Copy From
File Browse di al og box, and
paste i t i nto the Filter el d
of the Open data display
di al og box. Append the suf-
x *.dds i n thi s el d, and
When you set up a si mul ati on, never
start from scratch i f you can avoi d i t.
Often the fastest way to set up a si mu-
l ati on i s to copy a schemati c from an
exampl e or from another project.
You can use any saved schemati c or
data di spl ay wi ndow as a templ ate,
i ncl udi ng those i n the programs
examples di rectory.
You can al so open a separate schemati c
wi ndow and di spl ay a schemati c from
an exampl e or a di fferent project.
Viewing a Data Display
Use the fol l owi ng steps to vi ew a data
di spl ay from an exampl e l e when you
al ready have a data di spl ay open:
1. I n a Data Di spl ay wi ndow, choose
File > New and open a new data di s-
pl ay wi ndow.
2. I n the new data di spl ay wi ndow,
choose File > Open.
3. Dene the directory, then click Filter to
display the projects in
4. Select a project, File > Copy Project
7. Keep hierarchy
in copy. 8. Copy the project.
6. Enter a name, 5. To have the copy placed in a different
directory than the original, click the desired
directory type and Browse.
Unl ess you speci fy a di fferent di rectory, the copy i s pl aced
i n the same di rectory as the project that was copi ed.
2. Click Browse.
1. Click the desired directory type.
Figure 1. The Basics of Copying Files
HINT
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Using Templates or Copying
Examples for More Efcient
Simulation Set-up and Data Display