Applied Parameters: Action=Explode | Object=OLEObject
This command is used to convert a chosen OLE object to its constituent region and/or text primitives. Support for Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technology in the PCB Editor allows data supplied by Windows OLE applications to be embedded in a PCB design while actively linked back to the source application. In many cases, this allows the embedded PCB data to be edited from within the application that created it. Typical objects that might be placed in a PCB document include common Excel documents, Word documents or graphics objects from a suitable OLE image application.
This command is accessed from the PCB Editor by choosing the Tools » Convert » Explode OLE Object To Free Primitives command, from the main menus.
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will be prompted to select an OLE object. Position the cursor over the required OLE object to explode and click, or press Enter. The object will be reverted back to its individual region and/or text string primitives.
Continue to explode further OLE objects, or right-click, or press Esc, to exit.
- If an OLEobject is already selected when the command is launched, it will be converted, but you will not remain in conversion mode.
- A convert to free primitives option is also offered if the matching OLE application cannot be found when attempting to edit an OLE Object.
- Although there is no actual command to regroup an exploded OLE object, you can use the Undo command to achieve this.