Hmmm. To both Rene and BlackCoffee.
Either i am missing something fundamental, or you are, or i have not communicated the problem.
- I can copy and paste a schematic into another schematic.
- I understand how to select footprints to associate with each schematic element. I do this all the time.
but the goal is to avoid re-doing the layout of a board i have already completed, and is quite complex. To do that I must copy BOTH a schematic segment and a PCB segment. The question is "how does the schematic know that those specific footprint instances are associated with the schematic elements? If the answer is “re-associate each”; that is likely more work than just laying it out again, and therefore not useful. So i’m still pretty flummoxed by the answers.
I’ll point out that i also amat a stand-still with the “append schematic segment” command. It was explained to me that when i did that it would be grouped and floating so that i coudl position it and then later connect it in either manually or with references. Neither is true in my case:
1 it is not grouped
2 it is not floating
It is just dropped into the same position in the new schematic as it was in the old one. It is not grouped so i cannot move it without selecting each component individually. Something is not working as it ought to (maybe me, but still…)
(see mess that results from append below)