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How to Update Design Variants
BluePrint can import Variant data through a delimited file (CSV) or with a PADS ASCII database. After the Variant data is imported you can view and manage the variant data in BluePrint's Variant Manager. You can also create a Variant in BluePrint using BluePrint’s Variant manager.
If you ECO your design and import the variant data (again through a delimited file or with a PADS ASCII database) BluePrint will apply changes to the variant data in the following way:
New Variant. BluePrint will import the new variant data and it will be added to the existing variant data that was previously imported. For instance, if you already had V1 and V2 defined in BluePrint and you imported V3 you would now have V1, V2 and V3 available to you in BluePrint.
ECO of Existing Variant. BluePrint will not update a change to an existing variant when new PADS ASCII data is imported or variant data is imported through a CSV file. That is because BluePrint does not want to overwrite a change that you may have made to an existing variant using the Variant Manager. If you want to force a change to an existing variant you can do this by deleting the variant in BluePrint's Variant Manager and then by importing the new variant data.