How to locate/highlight a cell in a frame?

edited August 2010 in General
Hi Matthias,

Is there a good way to find a cell in a huge frame and highlight it, so we could know the coordinate and real position in the frame?

I tried the "Select Cell" function in "Display" menu, however it could only help to "Change Current Cell" and shows it as new top.

Thanks for your kindly support.

Best Regards,
--
chhung

Comments

  • edited 11:53PM
    Hi chhung,
    instead of marking the cell, you could hide it, just double-click it
    in the tree at the left;
    the content of the cell will no longer be displayed, it will be replaced by a frame
    and the cellname. If the contrast is ok (or if you hide all layers),
    it should be easy now to find your cell.

    regards
    Stefan
  • edited 11:53PM
    Hi Stefan,

    It's a good solution for a human hierarchical designed database, however
    it didn't fit our case. Due to there are many other cells overlap
    each other, we still can't find the location of the cell when we hide it.

    I tried to hide all the cells in the cell list at the left and show the cell
    we want to find only, but it's really difficult because more than thousands
    cells in the tree, only "Show All" function could be used, no "Hide All"

    BTW, really thanks for your suggestion and kindly help~

    Best Regards,
    --
    chhung
  • edited September 2010

    Hi chhung,

    There is the cell instance browser which you could use.

    Goto "Tools"->"Browse Instances". In the dialog that appears press "Choose Cell". In the cell selection dialog choose the cell whose instances you want to find. After selecting "Ok", the instance browser will present a list of all appearances of this cell: the parent cell in the left list and the particular instances in the right.

    You can configure the way the cell is highlighted with the "Configure" button.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Best regards,

    Matthias

    P.S. I was offline for a week

  • edited 11:53PM
    Hi Matthias,

    I just tried this function you described, and it really fits our request,
    now we can find out the cell that we are looking for easily, very thanks
    for your kindly help~ Amazing functions always hide in toolbox...

    Another small issue, could we change the highlight line color from white
    to other colors or let it blink? I tested some options in setup window
    but didn't work.

    Best Regards,
    --
    chhung
  • edited 11:53PM

    Hi Chhung,

    Right now, the browser uses the selection style for highlighting. You can edit the selection style on the "Application/Selection" page in the setup dialog. There you can specify a particular color, line width and other settings.

    Animated styles are currently not supported by the browser. I personally prefer a setting with a line width of 2 or larger and a contrasting color which makes the selection clearly visible.

    Best regards,

    Matthias

  • edited 11:53PM
    Hi Matthias,

    It's good enough for us that be able to change the line width and fill style,
    really thanks for your kindly help, thank you~

    Best Regards,
    --
    chhung
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