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Creating custom components or circuit symbols
Circuit Wizard and PCB Wizard allow you to create your own custom components and add them to the library.
You can find an overview to the process of creating custom components in the two links below.
Creating your own components with Circuit Wizard
Creating your own components with PCB Wizard
Please note that these two documents are in Adobe Acrobat® (PDF) format.
Hints and tips
The following hints and tips answer many of the common questions or problems that arise when users create their own components.
You cannot edit the built-in component symbols.
Symbols (for both circuit diagram and PCB layout) are primarily created by using the Line, Rectangle, Ellipse, Arc, Chord, Freeform and Scribble drawing tools.
PCB component symbols can include copper pad or track objects.
You should not draw symbols using graphics imported from other applications, such as via the From File... or Paste commands.
To add text labels to symbols you should use the Label tool not the Text Box tool (which is designed instead for word processor-style documentation). For circuit diagram symbols the label's layer should be set to 'Circuit Diagram'; for PCB symbols you will most likely want to set it to 'Silk Screen'.
Shapes for a circuit symbol should be placed on the Circuit Diagram layer whilst a PCB symbol can be drawn on the copper and silk layers (layers are controlled via the Edit | Layers menu).
When drawing real-looking components pictures (for the Real World style view), ensure the drawing objects are placed on the Real Components layer.
Each symbol also needs pins to indicate the connection points on the symbol. Each pin is numbered and normally reflects the physical PCB pin number.
For circuit symbol components, the pins should be aligned on a 0.1" grid so that they work with the existing, built-in component symbols (which are also aligned to the same grid). In addition, they should also be placed on the outer edge of the symbol and not be blocked or covered by other shapes within the symbol.
The pins determine how the connections are converted when a circuit symbol is converted into a PCB symbol (the software will simply match up the pin numbers).
Once drawn, the shapes and pins can be turned into a symbol by using the Make Symbol command.
Each custom circuit or PCB symbol should be given its own unique identifier. This is the Key field of the Make Symbol window.
The key to linking the circuit diagram symbol with a PCB component symbol is the Convert To field in the Make Symbol window for the circuit symbol. This should be identical to the value held in the Key field of the PCB component's symbol. Note that the PCB component will need to have been added to the PCB part of the library before any conversion takes place.
A custom custom circuit symbol can only link (and hence convert) to a custom PCB symbol.
Custom components can only be added to custom libraries. You will need to create at least one custom library via the New Library command.
With a library created, you can add your custom symbol to it by first ensuring that it is selected and then choosing Add to Library.
Libraries are stored in the Library application folder (this is a sub folder of the folder in which the software was installed).
You can create a back-up of your custom symbols and libraries by copying the contents of this Library folder to another location.
To remove an entire library, delete the file in the Library folder and then restart the software. For Windows Vista or later you may also need to check the following folder (ensuring that hidden files are visible in the Windows file explorer):
  C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\New Wave Concepts\<product name>\Library


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