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Layout is tested using Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers.

All actions only use left mouse clicks or touches.

The green ESC button terminates the current state or operation returing to "idle state". The keyboard ESC key does the same thing. Selected items are de-selected.

With no items selected (ESC), use the pink CE button to restore the original zoom/view

Use the + and - buttons in the left column to zoom

With no items selected (ESC), use the top arrows to pan your view

Clicking or touching unused diagram area will close any open menus and de-select any object.

Selecting what you want can be tricky. Use the Pref menu to enable selection of only those items of interest. e.g. Enable Pins but don't Enable All

Component select windows can be different sizes. Use Pref menu -> Show Select Areas to display all select areas.

Dimensions can be expressed in differen ways. An integer expresses 1/100 of a mil or 1/100000 inch. A stand-alone real number such as 2.5 expresses inches. A real number with "mil" appended expresses mils or 1/1000 of an inch such as "10.50mil". A real number with "mm" appended expresses millimeters such as "2.54mm". Putting it all together: 1000 == 0.010 == 10.00mil == 0.254mm

When using fine pitch surface mount parts, select Perf menu -> Grid 0.001 inches

Adding a "stub" to a pin which may be "off-grid" connects a short net away from the pin to a location "on-the-grid"

To load examples from the eightlives site:

File > Open Project - select the Server service then select a project
Design > Open Project File - select the hardware model ".js" file to import the design and click "Open". You can then proceed to place the design, or
Design > Open Project File - select a placement or route file ".pcb" to load a pre-established placement or route.
Design > Update - this links the hardware model design to the placement.

To save your data to Local Project (your browser's cache):

Design > Open Project - select the LOCAL service (which only supports Local Project)
Design > Save Project - this saves your pcb file to local cache storage.

To save your data to your computer's file system (if available on your platform):

Design > Save (FS)

To save your data to an External Service such as an eightolves Microserver operating on your local network:

Design > Open Project - select External Service
Configure External Service by specifying its URL or use Discovery Start to search for active local servers. If a server is found, click on the displayed item which enters its URL and then click OK. You may be prompted for login information.
Design > Open Project - select the desired project
Design > Save Project - this saves your data to the project

To save your data to Google Drive:

Design > Open Project - select Drive
You may be asked to log in to Google Drive. If so the Google login window will appear.
When you are successfully logged in, "Google Drive" and top level directories will appear as project names. Select one.
Design > Save Project - this saves your data to the project

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