Good day all! . Here's some recent improvements and new features on Electra. .
1. Plugin that generates list of connections for a reference
Previously, if you need to check the wiring of only one component, a whole connection report needs to be generated to check the wiring one by one. This is quite problematic as the connection report will be two or three pages long, and is flooded with information. This causes difficulty to focus on the wiring connections that you want to check. To combat this issue, we made a plugin that enables you to only generate the connections of a chosen component by selecting its reference. A list of connections will be generated on the top left of the page, and you can move it to anywhere you like. Now, you can read or check the connections clearly and do the wiring for one component at a time. .
2. Tooltip to show drawing names in full on search results
We are aware that you might have drawings with long names that are similar at the beginning but different. Therefore, it can be troublesome to identify the drawings you need from the search result. Don't worry, we got you. The search results are now improved so that when you hover over the names of your drawings, you can see their names in full.
3. The Fitting Manifold symbol
First up, we’ve got a new symbol for hydraulic and pneumatic drawings that is utilized in pipe fittings: the Fitting Manifold symbol. You may find it in the pneumatic or hydraulic stencils under the ‘Miscellaneous’ tab. To customize the symbol and its port numbers, simply right click and choose ‘Set Manifold’, then key in the values you need, as below: Learn more about how it works . .
That's all for now. Reach out to us if you need any help.
This week we're back to reveal some awesome updates and improvements in Electra Cloud/E9. .
1. Microsoft Authentication in Electra Cloud and Electra Education
First, we have something special for Microsoft users. You can now use your Microsoft accounts to login to Electra Cloud. Moreover, Azure and Teams users are also able to sign in by clicking the Microsoft option, as long as your emails are registered with Microsoft.
2. Arrangement of component database categories
To ensure that you can easily find the categories of components you need, we made some changes to the arrangement of the component database category. Previously, all the categories were arranged according to alphabetical order including the custom category that you have created. Now, your custom category will be on top of the list, followed by the default categories. .
3. Even smarter auto-wiring
Was there ever a time where the symbols were auto-wired wrongly, then you had to delete the wires and reconnect them? Fret not, as we have made the auto-wiring feature even smarter. Now, the feature detects if all pins on one side of a symbol are aligned with the other side of a symbol, and wire them only if all pins are connectable. This makes sure that you don’t wire the symbols wrongly, hence, saving your time for correcting the mistake.
Here's some recent feature updates that could speed up your productivity in Electra Cloud/E9. .
1. Plugin categorization
Furthermore, we’ve grouped and categorized our long list of plugins, hence it’s much simpler for you to locate, manage and run the plugins. Now, you don’t have to find them one by one when you need to run multiple plugins, especially when they are located far from each other. .
2. Printing PDFs in Electra E9
Electra E9 users, this is for you. Before this update, you could only print a page of your PDF document at one time. Now, you will be able to print multiple pages or selective pages of PDFs in Electra E9 with high accuracy. In fact, you can also print them directly without having to export the PDFs.
3. Icons and descriptions in plugins search results
Another major improvement to the plugins section are the icons and descriptions shown when you search for plugins. Previously, only the name of the plugin was shown, which can be harder to differentiate if it is quite similar. It is now easier to identify the plugins you need when there is an icon and description shown for each plugin. . Hope the above updates could be of good use to you. Keep an eye out for more from us!
We're back with some recent updates made for Electra. Check them out below.
1. Colour fill and rounded corners for text block
We made some awesome changes to the text block. Previously, when you position a text block on top of an object, the text overlaps with the object, and makes it difficult to be read. With the new colour fill feature, you can fill colours in the text blocks so that the text can be read easily. In addition to that, you may now apply rounded corners to your text blocks aside from the default sharp corners.
2. Customize stencil view
That’s not all, you can now adjust the view of the stencils according to your preferences. Select the hamburger menu on the stencil panel, select ‘Stencil view’ and change the amount of columns you want in the panel. This function allows you to have control on your stencil bar’s interface.
3. Search box for plugins
When there are many plugins, it can be tedious to scroll through the panel and find what you need. Now, you can simply search for the plugins you need at the newly added plugins search box. The function will automatically show the selected plugin.
What do you think of the updates? Let us know down below!
Here are some of our recent feature updates in Electra: .
1. Distribute shapes horizontally and vertically
We added a feature that distributes the space between shapes evenly, horizontally and vertically. Just click on the ‘Aligned selected shapes’ icon on your toolbar, then choose ‘Distribute horizontally’ or 'Distribute vertically’ and it will divide the space accurately for you.
2. Sub panel
Next, another brand new feature is the ability to add and generate sub panels. You may have specific sub panels in your wiring diagram to differentiate from the main panel. Hence, this feature allows you to generate the layout you need for that specific sub panel.
To divide your circuits into sub panels, just drag and drop the sub panel symbol onto your drawing and drag the handles to encapsulate your circuits. .
3. Component Database UI changes
Apart from that, we have also further improved our component database’s interface. Now, the left side is the components’ categories while the right side is where you can view and edit them. When you hover over the component categories, there’s a kebab menu for you to directly choose whether you need to add, edit or delete a category.
That's all from us for now. Do look out for more updates very soon!
When I create a circuit in my drawing and then want to copy it multiple times the wires all inherit their numbering from the previous circuit. This causes it to totally ignore the auto numbering from the ladder grid. That makes either copying a useless feature or the automatic Ladder Zone almost useless. I understand that we do sometimes want inherited numbering. I think I should be able to use the renumber feature using the Ladder Zone as the reference. Am I missing something? I am creating a drawing using the trial. We are considering switching from Autocad to E9.
I am learning to use the Connection Report in the Reports tab, and I seem to be running into some issues. I've included some screenshots that should clarify the issue.
As you can see, I am trying to model some multiconductor cables in a schematic. I accomplish this by using different wire segments and connecting them together and changing their colors and thicknesses at certain points. I then hide the wire numbers of the smaller connectors and only show the wire name of the main cable. I am not sure if this is the best way to do this in Electra, but I've found it somewhat sufficient so far.
My problem is with the Connection Report item in the Reports tab. When I generate a report, it works very inconsistently. As you can see, cable 1 shows all 3 conductors on one side but not the other, cable 2 shows 1 conductor, cable 3, 4, 5, and 6 are completely absent, and cable 7 shows all conductors on both sides, but does not generate any information. I am really not sure why this is so inconsistent.
Hi, I've been using Electra Cloud for about a month now. We mostly use it as a sort of stand in for MS Visio. We create symbols and place connection points where necessary on the symbols, and I usually use connectors to piece them together. I've attached this picture to show what I'm trying to say:
This has lead me to an interesting problem. Take the scenario like I made below (I made this up just for an example, obviously there are better ways to orient the shape to prevent this in this specific case)
In order to do this, I need to use several different connectors, both straight and elbowed, to make this connection. I've considered using Operations->Join, however, that just makes them into a shape which does not react well to stretching (see below).
My question is, is there a better way to accomplish this? Elbow connectors only seem capable of having at most 2 bends, which makes a connection in this shape impossible, and the join function obviously does not work in a scenario like this if I want to dynamically move my symbols around. Is there some way to "merge" connectors to make more complicated pathways, that still have the maneuverability of the elbow connectors? If not, might I suggest this as an addition?
In my wiring diagram, there is no component called CON11.
However, when I generate reports, CON11 shows up in the Cross References report. This component also shows up in the BOM report.
I see CON11 in the Manage Components popup, which says it's located in /2.C9. When I look in that location, there is blank space. I've tried deleting the nearby components to see if CON11 was hidden under them. It's not.
I can't find CON11 anywhere! Why is it in the reports? Please advise
It would be nice to be able to increase (or decrease) a component's line size. I was able to do this in previous versions of Electra (E7) with one of the built in MS Visio options. I like to increase the components' line size so that the components on the print appear "bold" compared to the wires. This makes it easy to differentiate components from the wires when one looks at the print.
It would be very helpful to have the ability to create my own Database Category or a Favorites Category where it defaults ALWAYS to the top of the list!
This way I can specific part numbers that we use and have them easily organized. Some times I have specific parts that I can easily find without having to search through every single one to find that I accidently put it in the wrong Category.
If a 80 mm x 80 mm square is differenced by a 15mm x 15 mm the overall size is decreased to 79.2mm. Realistically, the size does not matter...its whenever the difference is function is used the final size is always affected. It is very bazar because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
If I select the items with the click and drag square box.
Do Difference. It doesn't work.
With the same objects still selected, I use UNDO (Control + Z).
I click and drag the square box again over those objects.
Issue: When Managing Databases is selected and a custom component is drawn and selected; the user created stencil will never resolve while getting the layout shapes size with the message "Generating layout shape's dimensions..."
The issue is reputable with no matter how complex or simple the drawing is. Possibly, I am doing something incorrect.
Work Around: There is a work around, and this involves manually entering in the shapes NAME and DIMENSIONS into the Manage Components section. Once it is created there then it allows me to go back and reuse it. However, if there are chances to be made the Manage Databases area will reproduce the same error. Therefore, any changes made you will have to redo that stencil object over the entire drawing that use that particular layout. It is very time consuming to go back and have to redo it.
I currently have a drawing which has a fuse terminal, however I have an issue where as the wire number before the fuse terminal is the same as after the fuse terminal. If I change the wire number before or after the terminal, the other changes with it. I need these numbers to be unique, if a modification were made to a panel, there is no distinguishable difference between an unfused supply and a fused supply.. Any suggestions?
Can I request a feature ( If not already available? )
Would it be possible to add a connector sub-menu with a set of accessories (i.e. pin part number, wire seal part number, seal plug part number for each cavity) that can be exported later in the electrical connections report or in a connectors report, please?