Applied Parameters: ContextSensitive=True|ObjectKind=SignalHarness
This command is used to place a Predefined Harness Connector object onto the current document, whose Harness Type is that defined for a port or sheet entry connected to the signal harness object currently under the cusor. A Harness Connector object is an electrical drawing primitive. It is essentially a container to group various signals together to form a Signal Harness including buses and wires. A harness connector is defined by the Harness Type. A predefined harness connector is simply a harness type that has been declared, along with its required harness entries, within a harness definition file (*.Harness).
This command is accessed from the Schematic Editor by right-clicking over the required signal harness object, and choosing the Signal Harness Actions » Place Harness Connector of Type <ConnectedPortorSheetEntryHarnessType> command, from the context menu.
The command will only become available when the Harness Type property, for the port or sheet entry connected to the signal harness, has been defined. This requires a valid harness type to be selected - one that has been defined within the project's harness definition files.
First, ensure that the cursor is positioned over the required signal harness object in the main design workspace (a signal harness that connects to a port or sheet entry).
After launching the command, the harness connector will appear floating on the cursor. Simply position the connector at the required location and click, or press Enter, to effect placement.
Additional actions that can be performed during placement – while the connector is still floating on the cursor – are:
- Press the Tab key to access the Harness Connector dialog, from where you can change properties for the connector on-the-fly.
- Press the Alt key to constrain the direction of movement to the horizontal or vertical axis, depending on the initial direction of movement.
- Press the Spacebar to rotate the connector anti-clockwise or Shift+Spacebar for clockwise rotation. Rotation is in steps of 90°.
- Press the X or Y keys to mirror the connector along the X-axis or Y-axis respectively.
- The Harness Type option in the Harness Connector dialog defines the type of the Harness Connector. When a Harness Type is used within your project, the corresponding Harness Definition for this Harness Type is referenced.
- Harness Definitions are automatically generated when a Harness Connector (not predefined) is graphically constructed with Harness Entries. When the Harness Connector is modified, the corresponding Harness Definition is updated to reflect the modifications.