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Offline madires

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Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« on: July 07, 2012, 08:30:10 am »
Hi!

Eagle 6.2.0 supports "external devices", e.g. devices without package you can connect to wires in the schematics (like a normal device). That's what the release notes say. Haven't found any clue how to create such an external device in the library editor. Any ideas?

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Re: Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 02:49:20 am »
Found out how to define an external device. In the library editor I had to define a device without any package and add the attribute "_EXTERNAL_" with some random value.
 

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Re: Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 11:23:32 pm »
Hi,

This sounds like what I want to do, but does it mean if you find something that is defined with a footprint (in this case I'm talking switches and connectors) that in order to use them panel-mounted rather than on the PCB I need to copy & make a custom component out of each of those that's external?

Hoping there's a better way, thanks
Geoff
 

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Re: Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2013, 12:18:52 am »
I just think of it in context. If it is going to be a couple of small wires surely you can just use a header. That way you have the point to solder to...
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Re: Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2013, 12:25:14 am »
I just think of it in context. If it is going to be a couple of small wires surely you can just use a header. That way you have the point to solder to...
That's what I'd like - but how do you maintain a switch or panel-mounted switched TRS etc in the schematic so that's correctly documenting the circuit while keeping just the 0.1 spaced pads on the PCB? 

Thanks
Geoff
 

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Re: Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 01:04:27 am »
This sounds like what I want to do, but does it mean if you find something that is defined with a footprint (in this case I'm talking switches and connectors) that in order to use them panel-mounted rather than on the PCB I need to copy & make a custom component out of each of those that's external?

Unfortunately yes. It would be much more convenient if they simply had a toggle box "package / no package" for the device.
 

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Re: Q: v6.2.0 external devices
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2013, 10:48:29 am »
I just think of it in context. If it is going to be a couple of small wires surely you can just use a header. That way you have the point to solder to...
That's what I'd like - but how do you maintain a switch or panel-mounted switched TRS etc in the schematic so that's correctly documenting the circuit while keeping just the 0.1 spaced pads on the PCB? 

Thanks
Geoff

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