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Finding the diode

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#1 Finding the diode

Hello 

Just spent too much time creating a diode because I couldn't find one in the Library, when I got to the 'saving' stage it said that one already existed, so I backed out.

I thought my colleage had already created one, the problem is that I don't know where, and I don't see how to search for it.  In the end I created it again and saved it as 'single diode' so I could at least carry on.

Needless to say I still don't understand how the catalogue and library relate to each other, after having several explanations, nor how to find things in the library.

Hope you can help

Ian Poskitt

We hope this helps

Thanks for posting on the forum.

when I got to the 'saving' stage it said that one already existed, so I backed out.
At this stage, you could have use Add existing graphical object to add their symbol to a symbol library folder of your choice. 
Then, use the symbol they made.

Having a means to easily search the symbol library has been frequently requested by other users, and we intend to implement that.

I still don't understand how the catalogue and library relate to each other
This is the best explanation we can give:

The symbol library is a collection of graphical symbols/blocks. They have no part number, no manufacturer, no layout image, etc. They are merely graphical symbols to represent a component. When you insert a symbol onto a sheet, a blank component is automatically created in the background and linked to the symbol on the sheet.
Information about the symbol is saved in the symbol file.

The catalogue is a collection of fully-fledged components. They have part numbers, manufacturers, specific pin numbers, layout images, etc. Each of these components belong to a component class (circuit breaker, relay, PLC, etc.). 
Information about the component is saved in the component file.

The online parts catalogue is a collection of components, not symbols.

Symbols/blocks created using the block generator are a slight exception to the exception to the explanation above. 
When such a block is inserted onto a sheet, indeed a blank component is added in the background and linked to the block on the sheet.
However, immediately after that, the relevant component from the catalogue is automatically assigned to that component.

Please let us know if this helps or not.