Creating A Layout From Scratch
To start with a fresh, empty layout, choose "New" from the "File" menu.
A form is opened that requires you to specify some basic parameters.
- Top cell: this is the name of the first (and only) cell that will be present in the layout.
- Database unit: this is the database unit (the conversion factor between integer coordinates
and micron units. This is basically the "resolution" of the layout.
- Initial window size: this is the size of the initial window shown, when the top cell is
opened the first time. Since the initial view is empty, there is no geometrical guidance. By specifying
an initial size, at least the "canvas" dimensions are known.
If a default layer properties file is specified in the setup dialog ("Application" tab),
this is loaded into the layer view list automatically. Without such a file, the layer list is
empty at the beginning and layers must be created with "Layer/New" from the "Edit" menu, before any
shapes can be drawn.