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I/O Studio

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The I/O Studio is where you can edit the Inputs and Outputs for multiple Products at a time in your Catalog or within a Project. Inputs/Outputs added to a Product will display in the Schematic shapes/blocks in our Visio and AutoCAD interfaces.


To open the I/O Studio interface for multiple Products, select the Products in the Product Explorer or Project Editor interfaces and click the I/Os button on the ribbon:




When multiple products are opened in the I/O Studio they will list on the left side and will display on their own tabs when opened. If you are within the Project Editor interface, the Component IDs for the Products will display next to them:


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An I/O consists of three parts: Terminal, Signal, and Label. You can add new I/Os to your list by typing directly in the fields (they automatically append to your I/Os list) or you can use the I/O's interface under Control Panel to manage your lists.


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There are buttons along the top of the interface for adding/editing/deleting the I/Os for a product:



Adding I/Os


There are multiple ways you can add I/Os to a Product within this interface. One method is to use the dropdown menus in each cell to select from your existing lists of Terminals/Signals/Labels. You can also type directly in this field and any new Terminals/Signals/Labels will be appended to your global lists.




You can also use the New button that will open a dialog for you to add multiple I/Os at a time:


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The "Auto increment label if quantity is greater than 1" option is useful when adding multiple of the same I/O to a Product:


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You can also select one or multiple existing I/Os for a Product and click the Clone button. This will clone the selected I/Os to the bottom of the list.




There are also cut/copy/paste functions. I/Os can by cut/copied from one Product to another.


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There is also a function to insert a blank port if you want some separation between the I/Os:


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There are Move Up and Move Down buttons that allow you to position the I/Os to your preference. This is often useful on a per Project basis when doing Schematic drawings to avoid wires crossing over each other.


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There is a Mass Update feature that allows you update the Terminals or Signals for multiple I/Os at one time:


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You can select common I/Os on a Product and choose to save them as a Configuration:


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The Configurations tab at the bottom left of the I/O Studio interface lists all of your saved I/O configurations.




You can drag and drop Configurations over to either the Inputs or Outputs columns. To select multiple Products hold down Shift (to select a series) or Ctrl (to select outside of a series).


The Add Ports To button will add the quantity of the selected Saved Configuration to Inputs, Outputs, or both.


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