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2.4. Organizing a Design

You can logically organize designs in the AWR Design Environment platform.

2.4.1. Window-in-Window

The AWR Design Environment software allows you to embed a view of a document into another document. For example, in a schematic window you can insert different graphs showing the schematic simulation results. Documents, including Global Definitions windows, can contain other live schematics, system diagrams, graphs, Output Equations, layouts and 3D layout views. This capability allows you to build design reports containing various views.

2.4.1.1. Inserting a Window-in-window

To add multiple Window-in-windows:

  1. Make the host document (for example, the schematic or output equation document) the active window.

  2. Choose Draw > Insert Windows or click the corresponding button on the toolbar.

  3. The Insert Windows dialog box displays with a list of supported views you can insert as a Window-in-window in the host document. You can sort the views by Name or View Type by clicking on the column header. You can filter on the Name or View Type by typing in the first row under the header. Select a view for insertion as a Window-in-window by clicking on it. The selected view is highlighted as shown in the following figure. Hold Shift or Ctrl to multi-select views for insertion. Click OK to close the dialog box.

  4. If only one view is selected for insertion, it is instantly placed into the host document. If multiple views are selected the Align Shapes to Array dialog box opens with options for controlling windows placement, as described in “Aligning Window-in-windows”.

  5. After placement, you can rearrange Window-in-window objects with other objects that support the Draw menu Align Shapes and Make Same Size commands.

2.4.1.2. Adding Window-in-window from the Project Browser

You can also add a Window-in-window by dragging it from the Project Browser:

  1. Make the target document (for example, the schematic or graph) the active window.

  2. In the Project Browser, click and drag the item you want to add to the target document to the target document window in the workspace.

  3. When adding a schematic window to another window, right-click to perform this operation and display a menu on the target window that allows you to add the schematic as a schematic, a subcircuit, or as the layout (or 3D layout) view of the schematic.

  4. Release the mouse button to display a special cursor with a rectangle, then click and drag to define the rectangular area into which you want the added object to display. Grid snapping is active to assist with window sizing.

  5. Release the mouse button to view your window within a window. You can select the window to move it by dragging, drag its selection handles to resize it, or press Delete to delete it.

2.4.1.3. Editing Window-in-Window

To activate the window contents for editing, double-click a window or right-click it and choose Activate View. An active window displays a border. To deactivate a window right-click the window and choose Deactivate View or just click outside the embedded view.

2.4.1.4. Aligning Window-in-windows

To array a group of windows Shift-click the windows to multi-select them, then choose Draw > Align Shapes > Space and Size as Array or the corresponding toolbar button. In the Align Shapes to Array dialog box, set the array order and spacing parameters. The first window in the selection list is the anchor element of the array, and all other windows are resized to the same height and width of the anchor window. See “Align Shapes to Array Dialog Box ” for details. The following figure shows the results of the array operation.

You can align and resize windows by choosing commands in the Draw > Align Shapes and Draw > Make Same Size menus. Window-in-window objects can also be aligned or resized with other objects that support the align or resize commands. In general the first object you select serves as the anchor object, and other objects are aligned to it, or resized to match it.

2.4.2. Rich Text Boxes

A rich text box is a graphical object for adding information to schematics, system diagrams, graphs, and equation pages. It does not function in Layout Views. It allows formatting of text fonts, colors, sizes, bullets, and boundaries. The text box shape itself can point to or "call out" specific areas of a document.

2.4.2.1. Adding Rich Text Boxes

To add a rich text box, choose Draw > Rich Text or click the Text Box button on the Graph toolbar.

In the document you want to annotate, click and drag to create a text box, releasing the mouse button when it reaches the desired size. The cursor flashes to indicate that you can type to enter the text.

A control box displays for setting the text characteristics and position, and the box shape, color, and translucency. After typing, the height of the box auto-sizes to the text you add. Press Enter to add a new paragraph, and click outside the text box to exit editing mode.

2.4.2.2. Editing Rich Text Boxes

There are several editing modes for rich text boxes:

  • Click on the box to view controls for editing the box size.

  • Click and drag the mouse to move the text box.

  • Double-click inside the text box to edit and format the text. The editing controls display above the box, and tool tips display when you hover the cursor over each control.

When you click on the text box to edit the size, edit controls display on the corners and mid-point of its vertical edges as shown in the following figure. Click and drag one of these controls to adjust the text box size.

Depending on your shape selection, your text box may or may not have a "callout tail" (the arrow outside of the text box). The edit point on the end of the tail displays with a yellow dot and the cursor displays as a circle when over this control point. Click and drag the end of the tail to adjust its size, position, and angle outside the box.

The following commands apply to selected text only and also to the cursor location in the text box:

  • Font name

  • Font size

  • Text color

  • Bold

  • Italics

  • Underscore

  • Strikeout

The following commands apply to the text in the paragraph where the cursor is located:

  • Justification (left, right, center)

  • Indent

  • Outdent

  • Bullets

The following commands apply to the drawing of the entire rich text box object:

  • Border color

  • Fill color

  • Translucency

  • Shape

2.4.2.3. Saving Text Box Configurations

You can save the text characteristics and position and box style as a default for subsequent text boxes by right-clicking the text box and choosing Make Default.

The AWR Design Environment software saves your last eight configurations as defaults. When you add a text box from the toolbar, click the down arrow next to the button to view a drop-down menu of saved custom configurations.

2.4.3. User Folders

The User Folders node in the Project Browser allows you to create a customized folder structure and then place any project item (for example, a schematic or graph) into those folders.

2.4.3.1. Adding User Folders

You can add a user folder by right-clicking the User Folders node in the Project Browser and choosing Add New > Folder. You can add subfolders beneath existing user folders with the same command.

When you add a new folder you can edit its default name.

Grouping Collections Networks as a Document Set

You can use User folders to define a Document Set by using a <name> convention. To create a network group folder, add a User folder and rename it using angle brackets, or right-click and choose Add New > Data Source Group. The following figure shows two collections of networks that represent different design alternatives for NETA and NETB.

A measurement on the data source group automatically generates a measurement on each document in the folder. See “Working with Data Source Groups” for details on using a data source group.

2.4.3.2. Renaming User Folders

You can rename a user folder by right-clicking the folder in the Project Browser and choosing Rename, or by pressing the F2 hotkey.

2.4.3.3. Adding Items to User Folders

You can add single items from the Project Browser by selecting an item and dragging it onto a user folder. The following figure shows a schematic being added (copied) to the "Test" folder.

After you release the mouse button the copied item displays in the folder.

You can add multiple items to a user folder at one time. Select the destination folder, right-click and choose Add Existing Item.

In the Add Existing Item dialog box, Ctrl-click to add/remove multiple items. You can also Shift-click to add/remove a range of items. To filter the list of items, type into the text box at the bottom of the dialog box. All of the selected items are added to the selected destination folder.

You can also add new items to a user folder. Right-click the desired folder and choose Add New > <item>, where <item> is the item you want to add.

The item is added to the selected folder as well as to the corresponding category folder in the Project Browser.

2.4.3.4. Removing Items from User Folders

You can remove items from folders by selecting the item and pressing the Del key, or by right-clicking and choosing Delete. A dialog box displays to confirm the removal.

If you press Shift + Del the item is deleted from both the folder and project without prompting. If you press Ctrl + Del the item is deleted from ONLY the folder without prompting.

2.4.3.5. Moving Items in User Folders

You can move an item to a different folder by selecting the item and dragging it from the source folder to the destination folder. To copy the item, press the Ctrl key during this operation.

2.4.3.6. Organizing Items in User Folders

By default, the items in user folders are sorted by object type (for example by schematic or graph) and then alphabetically within the type. The following figure shows several items in a user folder.

You can sort all items alphabetically (regardless of type) by right-clicking the folder and choosing Group by Type to toggle this option off.

After this command, the example displays as follows.

You can organize the folders by object type by right-clicking the folder and choosing Show Grouping Folders.

After this command, the example displays as follows.

You can also manually change the order of items in a folder by selecting an item and pressing the Alt key and the Up or Down arrow keys to move the item up or down in the order. If you move items and want to reset the order, you can right-click the folder and choose Sort Items.

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