Quick Tutorial: Free Real-Time OrCAD Capture CIS Apps

September 11, 2019 Team EMA

Manually tracking part information and status throughout your design and keeping your database in sync with your design can be an exercise in futility. Luckily, there are two FREE apps available for download from OrCAD Capture Marketplace to help: CIS Row Color and Status Display. Both apps provide real-time visual indicators throughout your schematic design, making part selection simple and ensuring components are up to date. The CIS Row Color App allows users to highlight rows in CIS Explorer based on user defined conditions. The Status Display App allows users to highlight parts on their schematic based on the Company Part Status. This tutorial will provide step by step instructions for the download, set-up and use of these apps in OrCAD Capture CIS making color-coded real-time part information available throughout your design.
 

Note: Due to specific configurations of the OrCAD Capture CIS database based on individual company requirements, there are no design files to follow along with this tutorial.

 

Part 1: CIS Row Color App
 


 

The CIS Row Color App highlights rows in CIS Explorer. The user defines a specific row color and/or row text color for user-defined categories in OrCAD Capture CIS. Component selection is made easy with color-coded real-time indicators for any CIS field. This tutorial will show the setup for Company Part Status, to ensure only approved parts are selected for your design.
 

Step 1: “Purchase” and download the CIS Row Color App here . Click “Add to Cart”.
 


 

Click “Checkout”. Follow the download instructions and complete the installation.
 


 

Step 2: Open your design in OrCAD Capture CIS. Select Accessoriesà EMA Appsà CIS Row Color from the menu.
 

Note: This will bring up the CIS Row Color Window.
 


 

Step 3: Create a rule in the CIS Row Color App. Set the following information:
 

  • Field: Company Part Status
  • Operator: =
  • Value: Temporary
  • Fill: Yellow
     
Note: Row color or text color can be assigned for any available field in CIS Explorer. When implementing this for your designs, the “Value” field should be changed to the terms used by your company in the “Company Part Status” field of your part database.
 


Step 4: Save the newly created rule. Check “Add to Saved Rules” and Click “Add”.
 


 

Note: You can view or delete the saved rules at any time by selecting “View” or “Delete” from the Saved Rules Section in the CIS Row Color Window.
 

Step 5: In the schematic, select Placeà Database Part from the menu.
 

Note: This will bring up CIS Explorer.
 


 

Search for a part. Any parts with a Company Part Status listed as Temporary will be highlighted in Yellow.
 

 

Part 2: Status Display App
 


 

With the Status Display App, OrCAD Capture CIS users will be able to quickly identify the status of parts in the schematic by highlighting parts in a user-defined color. Ensure unapproved or obsolete parts are noticed and not used in the final design in real-time without leaving the schematic. 
 

Step 1: “Purchase” the Status Display App here. Click “Add to Cart”.
 



 

Click “Checkout”. Follow the download instructions and complete the installation.
 



 

Step 2: Open your design in OrCAD Capture CIS. Select Accessoriesà EMA Appsà Highlight Parts by Status from the menu.
 

Note: This will bring up Highlight Parts by Status Window. If Highlight Parts by Status is not available, make sure you are in the project view, not the schematic.
 


 

Step 3: Configure the Highlight Parts by Status App. Set the following information:
 

  • Property Name: Company Part Status
  • Value1: Released
  • Color1: Green
  • Value2: Temporary
  • Color2: Yellow
  • Value3: Obsolete
  • Color3: Red
     
Note: This is fully configurable. When implementing this in your design, your company’s terms for active, temporary and obsolete parts should be used in the “Value” field.
 


 

Click “Start” to run the Highlight Parts by Status App.
 

Step 4: View the schematic. Parts are color-coded based on the company part status.
 



 

By implementing these FREE apps from OrCAD Capture Marketplace you can easily manage part status and information throughout your entire design. Track company part status while selecting components in CIS Explorer AND once components have been placed in your schematic, with real-time color-coded visual indicators. Eliminate the need for manual checking of hundreds of parts in your design and ensure the components used are active and up to date with Free Real-Time OrCAD Capture CIS Apps.

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