A Compile Mask is a design directive that is used to effectively hide the area of the design it contains from the Compiler when performing validation using the Project » Validate Project command. It provides a way to manually prevent error checking for circuitry that may not yet be complete and will generate validation errors. The Compile Mask is useful in circumstances where the current project needs to be validated to check the integrity of the design in other specific areas, but the clutter of compiler-generated messages associated with unfinished portions of the design is not desired.
Compile Masks are available for placement in the Schematic Editor only. To place a Compile Mask:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair indicating Compile Mask placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed compile mask object directly in the design space and change its size, shape or location graphically.
A compile mask can be displayed in either active (full frame) or collapsed (boxed triangle) modes, which correspond to the mask being enabled and disabled, respectively. Toggle the display mode by clicking on the ▲ or ▼ icon in the top-left corner of a placed compile mask.
When an active (expanded) compile mask object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Panel page: Compile Mask Properties
This method of editing uses the associated Compile Mask dialog and the Properties panel mode to modify the properties of a Compile Mask object.
After placement, the Compile Mask dialog can be accessed by:
During placement, the Compile Mask mode of the Properties panel can be accessed by pressing the Tab key. Once the compile mask is placed, all options appear.
After placement, the Compile Mask mode of the Properties panel can be accessed in one of the following ways:
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects may be modified. When multiples of the same object type are selected manually, via the Find Similar Objects dialog or through a Filter or List panel, a Properties panel field entry that is not shown as an asterisk (
*) may be edited for all selected objects.
A List panel displays design object types from one or more documents in tabular format, enabling quick inspection and modification of object attributes.
Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering – by selecting object types (using the panel's Include options), or by using the applicable Filter panel or the Find Similar Objects dialog – it enables the display of just those objects falling under the scope of the active filter. The properties for the listed objects may then be edited directly in the List panel.