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  • Brad Levy

    Regarding Manufacturability reports, Output > Reports > Design Status Report will give you a summary of useful information (including a count of how many of each size of hole) as a text file. If you keep that report open, then open Design Technology and click on the Pad Styles tab, then click on the Hole Size heading, it will show you the list of pad styles in order by size of hole. You can then modify the drill sizes right in that Pad Style table.

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  • DesignSpark PCB

    @Stephen, thank you for your feedback, all suggestions are reviewed and considered by the team and our developers.

    Please all keep posting and voting on each suggestion.
     

     

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  • Brad Levy

    I especially like the suggestion of being able to assign an isolation distance per net type. In addition to being used when doing pours, it could also be taken into account during design rule checking (DRC) and autorouting.

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  • Brad Levy

    @DesignSpark PCB, this might be an English vs US-English sort of thing, but "voting against each suggestion" is more commonly interpreted here as meaning voting negative on each suggestion, rather than voting with respect to each suggestion, which is (I think) your intended interpretation. "Voting on each suggestion" would be closer to your intent here in the US.

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  • DesignSpark PCB

    @BradLevy you are quite correct. Your suggestion has been adopted!
    Simply poor grammar on my part! The intent was to imply using the voting buttons next to (against) each suggestion.

    It is also hoped that the down arrow is not used! The votes are purely to provide an idea of the popularity of each suggestion.

    Just to clarify, this is not the only source of feedback we take into account, we also get feedback via the support desk when answering user questions and resolving any design issues and the RS University which has a substantial user base across the world.

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  • Stephen Hughes

    It's not a US thing, Brad, voting against something here in the UK means basically opposing it.

    If votes on suggestions are being taken in to account, would it be better / more useful to split my original post so each suggestion can be voted on individually?

    I'd also suggest you make it more widely known that (a) we can vote on suggestions and (b) this will be taken in to account. I rarely read this board unless I have a suggestion to make so I haven't been voting and I suspect many other regular users are in the same position.

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  • malcolm churn

     

    Stephen beat me to the punch, The improvement listed below would be a huge help.  

    "Option to choose which file extensions to use when outputting manufacturing plots and an option to merge all drill files in to a single file. Would be great if you could set up output 'rules' so you can tailor the output to a particular PCB house by choosing an output type. For example, DirtyPCBs insists on specific gerber extensions and I've ended up writing a VB program to rename the output from DSPCB. Being able to output as a zip would be great as well."

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