A Link filter is a list of filename substrings and layer names. If an image file name contains a substring from a filter, then the file will be linked to the corresponding layer.
Choose Autolink|Link filters to open the Link filter manager. There are a few built-in filters which can serve as examples when creating filters. Use the check boxes to enable filters.
To create a new Link filter:
- Click on the New button to start a new filter.
- Click in the first row of the Filename substring column, so that an edit cursor appears.
- Type in the desired substring (they are not case sensitive).
- Press Enter to complete the substring. Pressing enter again opens the next row for editing.
- For each substring, click on the text in the Stackup layer column and choose the desired layer from the menu.
- Save the filter by clicking on the Save as button and giving the filter a name.
An existing filter may be modified in the same manner and then saved with the same name (using the Save button) or as a copy with a new name (using the Save as button). Any link filters you create will be available to all users within your company.
When making a Link filter, care should be taken to use filename substrings which are unique among the image files generated by your CAD system. Check the user documentation for your CAD system, and take advantage of any output options or scripts when making a link filter.
A link filter may also be created by manually linking all of the files in a product and then executing the Autolink|Create filter from current mapping command. If drill files have been scaled, rotated and/or mirrored, these values will also be saved as a part of a filter created with this command.