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The Symbol Creator settings control how your generated symbol will look. The settings control the layout and size of the symbol graphics and text, graphic annotations that are applied to pins which help describe the electrical characteristics of that pin, and more.


The unit applies to all measurements on the symbol. Select from inches, centimeters, and millimeters.

Property Texts

Configure these settings to control your visible properties' text position and size. REFDES is available by default, but you can add other properties (DEVICE, Tolerance, etc.) by clicking the plus sign, entering the property name, and pressing Enter (to delete a tab, double-click it and remove its name).  After adding a property, select a position relative to the symbol body and specify the size of the property. Specifying the text size “Automatic” will scale the size of the text relative to the size of the pin spacing you choose. 

The property settings will only apply if the property is present on the symbol.  Note that the properties come from the supplier and can mapped to property names that you prefer using Property Mapping, which can be configured on the profile page.

Pin Display

Configure these settings to control pin spacing, pin length, and other graphic annotations for pins on your symbols.

Pin Spacing

Pin Spacing defines the spacing between pins and is also the determining factor for the general size of your symbol; the pin names, pin numbers, and other graphical characteristics will all be sized relative to the pin spacing. You should always choose a pin spacing that is equal to or a multiple of the schematic grid you are using.

Graphic Annotations

Some of the electrical properties you set on your pin can have graphic annotations as defined by the IEEE ANSI drafting standards. You can optionally enable the usage of these graphic annotations in your generated symbol. Setting the corresponding property to “Yes” in the “Show graphic for:” section will enable the generation of that graphic for any pin that has that property defined.

Pin Display Attribute Name

The Symbol Creator will allow you to use duplicate pin names, and these names will be displayed on the resulting symbol as duplicates; however, each duplicate entry will use a hidden label with a suffix of __x where ‘x’ is a number starting at 0 and incrementing by 1 for each duplicate pin name on the same symbol. The displayed name will be added as a property of the pin. By default, the name of this property is “PinLabel.” For example, you may have 3 pins, which are all GND, and you want to see GND. You can specify these as GND, and PartQuest will use “PinLabel,” or whatever property you provide, to label each pin with GND for display on the symbol. The actual pin names will be GND__0, GND__1, GND__2. Use the “Pin Display Property Name” setting to change the name of the pin property used to display the pin name.

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