Electra® Help:

Concepts and What's New

Concepts

Users create a new project by opening the New Electra Drawing template. Visio drawings can contain multiple pages and each page can contain one or more wires and symbols. Symbols represent real world components and always has a reference name (R1), pin names (13 & 14) and description (NO Contact). Double click or right click on a symbol for more operations, including setting pin names and editing references.

In Electra, all symbols with the same reference are initially organized into a single group, where they can be assigned to one or more components. Users can then divide the same symbols into further groupings, and each group can then to be assigned to one or more components.

Component information are stored in the drawing file for portability. Files that are shared or sent, retain all their data inside the drawing. Users manage component information in a drawing by clicking on menu Electra | Manage Components. The component database stores all component specifications for easy access, without the need to type and re-type specifications. Users select components from the database to be used on the drawing and can add, edit or delete additional components into the database.

Wires represents real world cables and always has a wire name. Wires can use wire links to extend to another location or to another page. Each wire can be assigned to a cable, or to a specific core of a multicore cable. Numerous wires on a drawing can be assigned to a multicore cable. Cable information are stored in the drawing file for portability and can be easily shared or sent without losing their data. Users manage cable information in a drawing by clicking on menu Electra | Manage Cables. The cable database stores all cable specifications for easy access, without the need to type and re-type specifications. Users select cables from the database to be used on the drawing and can add, edit or delete additional cables into the database.

What's New in Electra E7

  1. Improved start up scanning that uses 2 loops for a 100% speed improvement.
  2. New ability to place layout symbols on rails, and have them automatically arranged and glued.
  3. New pneumatic and hydraulic symbols, including cylinders, valves and other miscellaneous items.
  4. New title blocks for A4, A3, Letter and Ledger sizes, including landscape and portrait title blocks.
  5. Improved symbol creation where connection points from sub shapes will be automatically floated to the main shape, and the ability to add new graphics to existing symbols.
  6. Improved all reports with more user customizable options to show and hide columns.
  7. New Prefab circuits including Star-Delta and Auto Transformer starter.
  8. Updated Layout 3D symbols for more realism, including new rectangle push buttons and pilot lights.
  9. New Layout symbols that includes Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) modules.
  10. Improved connections report that offers far greater legibility.
  11. Improved exporting to excel, with speed gain of about 50 times faster.
  12. New connector symbol that can generate any number of pins.
  13. Faster generation of terminal listing, including the ability to use stackable terminals in any orientation.
  14. Improved terminal list generation, generated list will now be sorted for easier arrangement and preserving terminal numbering when possible.
  15. Ability to export component and cable database, including the ability to import them back into the database.
  16. Additional export formats, including exporting to Excel and tab separated values (.tsv).
  17. Improved wire link operation during double click, where unpaired links will be asked to be paired, and paired links will automatically jump to their intended targets.
  18. Updated wire link operations to be far faster without the need for scanning when dealing with large numbers of wire links.
  19. New ability to export multiple pages from a drawing directly to DWG and DXF.
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