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Component Definition Properties

Get an overview of all the properties of component definitions and categories.

Most properties can be edited according to preference and will affect all existing instances of the component definition (e.g. design changes). Some properties will be restricted if instances already exist.

Category Properties

The category properties consist of the following fields:

  • Name: Name of the category.

  • Description: Description of the category.

  • Icon: Add an icon to the category.

  • Background color: Set the default background color.

  • Text color: Set the default text color.

  • Caption position: Set the default position of captions in category.

  • Transparency: Set the default level of transparency.

  • Padding: Set level of padding.

Component Definition Properties

A selection of important component definition properties:

  • Name German: The name of the component definition in German.

  • Name English: The name of the component definition in English.

  • Default instance name German: The default German name for new instances if no naming rule is applied.

  • Default instance name English: The default English name for new instances if no naming rule is applied.

  • Manufacturer: Information about the vendor.

  • Description: Description of the component.

  • Product number: The component product number.

  • Number of ports: The number of ports on this component definition.

  • Number of instances: The number of instances of the selected component definition currently placed in the active network. Double click this field to access a list of all those instances.

  • ClassName: An unique class name given to the component based on the component type used to define the characteristics and functionalities of the component.

  • Usage Threshold in [%]: The maximum percentage of ports that may be occupied at the same time.

It also describes the physical properties and specification of the component definitions, the front view color of the component in Pathfinder, front and back view pictures of the physical component and supporting documents like user manual and warranty.

All the fields can be edited but information regarding all component definitions, preloaded and available in the online catalog, have been provided based on the original component specifications and standards. Changes made to an existing component can cause unpredictable behavior. Changes made here also affect all component instances.

For more information about creating and editing component definitions, go to: Component Designer.

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