Cell Tools

Set Cell Origin

Selecting all elements of a cell and moving it will have the effect of moving the cell origin, but it will change as well the location where this cell is referred. With this feature, you can move the origin without changing the resulting design. All references to this adjust will be adjusted correspondingly.

Relink Cell References

The referred cell of all selected references is changed to a new cell. So the effect will be identical to changing the referred cell with the Properties tool for any select cell reference.

Copy Current Cell

A new cell containing a copy of the current cell is added to the library. The new cell is named with the old cell name with the extension _copy. If a copy already exists, a number is added to the cell name.

Extract Current Cell

All hierarchy is removed from the current design. So by calling this feature, the current cell is flattened and all other cells are removed. So the design will contain afterward a single cell with shapes and no more cell references.

Strip Unneeded

A design file may contain more than one top-level design. With this feature, all cells not needed for the current cell are deleted. So after calling this feature, the current visible cell will be the only top-level cell in the design.

Strip Empty Cells

Any cell not at least containing a single shape is removed. Also, all references to this cell are deleted. This feature will not influence the resulting design.

Compare Cells

Two cells of the current design are compared. Any differences between the two cells are marked. There are two methods to mark the differences:

  • method select non-identical shapes: all shapes not existing in both cells are selected in both cells, all other elements will be deselected
  • method Boolean XOR: a Boolean XOR will be performed between all layers of both cells. The resulting polygons will be added to a new cell. So an empty result cell means that there are no differences between the cell.