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Can I create a Schematic from an existing PCB Layout I did with DesignSpark PCB or can I do that with the PRO version.

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February 14, 2020 09:00

I don't think it easy in DSPCB or many other programs, but it's not something I have really needed. DSPCB does not have a back annotation that will support nets, so that is going to be difficult, also no program will know where you want the schematic symbols so I would expect a lot of manual work even if you can do it.
I did a quick test, just two library components on the PCB and three tracks.
There was no way of getting the schematic populated.
I manually added the two components to the schematic, but how to get the nets?
The best I found is you can generate a netlist in from the PCB or if you run a sch to pcb check you get a report of all the pads not connected so that may help to manually produce the schematic.
I only had two components and can see it could be a big job... Also when adding the components used on the PCB to the schematic, I guess you also need to be sure you add to match the part reference on the PCB such a TR1, TR2, R1,2,3 etc., or you will end up in a mess. Sorry not to have a solution. Possibly the best way is to carefully draw on paper the schematic, nets and components as required and recreate in DSPCB?
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