Using latest Altium 21.2.2 and been creating schematic symbols using the Single Component Editor. I used Snap EDA add-in v3.0.5 to find a symbol and placed the new part in my schematic. I then wanted to edit a previous symbol but the editor is now unusable!
1) the background colour has changed to a light shade of grey so you can't see the grid
2) can't zoom in/out using the middle mouse button.
3) can't select anything on the symbol. Its almost if the snap to grid has been set to a huge number
Therefore making the editor totally useless. I've rebooted Altium and its still the same! I've gone though Altium Settings and reloaded defaults but it has not helped.
What have you done! It seems importing a Snap EDA part has messed with my tools settings and I can't revert it back.
Added 2 weeks, 6 days ago.
Thanks for letting us know about this. Can you please share your OS version? Our team will replicate these contidions, and we'll get back to you soon.
Using Windows 10. I've got a work colleague also seeing if the same thing happens. I think it only happens when you select the part to be placed on your schematic live. In other words, if opening the generated schlib on its own it is fine.
I'm currently uninstalling Altium and reinstalling to see if it puts back my editor settings back.
Please uninstall the Altium Plugin first, Go to the installation path as depicted on our installation tutorial: https://support.snapeda.com/en/articles/2702414-how-to-install-altium-plugin, and double-click on the uninst000.exe file. Let us know if it fixes the issue on your Altium version.
The team will attempt to replicate the issue, and we will let you know about next steps.
Too late, I've uninstalled Altium 21.2.2. I've installed an older version 21.0.7 and when installing I ported across all previous settings part from the 'schematic' items - ie it should be defaults as per AD 21.0.7.
I've opened up a schematic symbol and its all back to normal!
The background is now white, I can use the middle mouse button to zoom in/out and I can select parts and edit the part like normal.
So it must have been something in the 'schematic' settings Snap-EDA plug-in played with. Note: installing AD 21.0.7 has also removed Snap-EDA plugin too.
We have replicated the conditions you stated on 21.2.2, but the changes on background colour and middle mouse button settings couldn't be noticed. These defaults could have been previously modified or could have been affected by an incomplete Altium Install.
Now we're investigating on the issues you found after placing a SnapEDA file on an existing .SchLib with a symbol. We'll get back to you once we have an update on this.
Thanks for the update.
"These defaults could have been previously modified or could have been affected by an incomplete Altium Install."
No, Altium 21.2.2 and hence the schematic component editor was working fine as I was creating schematic symbols all that day. I wanted to see if the Rohm PMIC BD7185MWV-E2 existed anywhere instead of me drawing one from scratch and that's when I was pleased to see it was available through the Snap-EDA plug-in tool. I then chose to 'place' the part into my design rather than download it as a schlib/pcblib file. The BD7185MWV-E2 symbol was in my schematic fine. I only noticed the problem a few minutes later when I wanted to add this to my Altium 365 Library, so I created a new 'component' and then wanted to paste in the BD7185MWV-E2 symbol but that's when I discovered that the Schematic editor was all messed up (grey background, can't use middle mouse button to zoom in/out and couldn't select anything on the new blank part screen). I tried resetting settings back to default under the 'schematic' section but that did not help. I could only fix it if I total uninstalled AD along with my preferences and start from scratch with a new install of AD.
update: I tried to replicate the problem with AD v21.1.1 and Snap-EDA plugin v3.0.5. I checked schematic part editor worked fine, which it did. I then got Snap-EDA to find and place BD71850MWV-E2 into a new empty schematic, which it did fine. I then went back to an old part to edit the schematic symbol and this time everything is fine! So I can't replicate the problem that I first reported. All I can try is upgrade AD to 21.2.2 and try it again.