Generating and exporting reports

Generating reports

Most reports can be generated inside a drawing and exported as tab separated values (.tsv). To generate a report inside a drawing, simply drag and drop a report symbol from the Report stencil, then right click and select Generate.

The Reports stencil in Electra
The Reports stencil in Electra

Report symbols can be resized by dragging on their handles and when a report is generated, Electra automatically create additional report symbols if the content overflows a single symbol. Columns in report symbols can be resized by clicking on the report symbol, then on any column, and dragging on the handles. Some columns may contain options to hide a column, simply right click on a column when it is selected, and choose Hide Column.

You can resize columns for a report by dragging the handles
You can resize columns for a report by dragging the handles

Cross reference report

The cross reference report list all references, descriptions, symbol master and their locations.

Cross reference report lists all references and symbol information on a drawing
Cross reference report lists all references and symbol information on a drawing

Material reference report

The material reference report list all references, grouping, component information and descriptions.

Material reference report lists all references and component information on a drawing
Material reference report lists all references and component information on a drawing

When exporting Material Reference, the Reference tab will be shown. By default, all references will be exported. Users can click on the references selectively, to export a smaller set of references. Export a smaller set of references for editing in a .tsv file.

Importing material reference

To import a material reference report into a drawing:

  • First, export a material reference report.
  • The report MUST be exported with ALL fields for it to be successfully used as an import file.
  • After report generation, add in rows of components by following the format in the report, delete or modify component information as required, then save the report.
  • Then click on menu Import Reports | Material reference report and select the file to be imported (.tsv, .csv, .json)* Then click the import button.

The ability to import material reference report allows users to edit component information in batches, where these information can be easily copied from manufacturer's website and pasted into the exported report. Once editing is complete, all these component information including dimensions can be easily imported back into a drawing.

Bill of materials report

The Bill of Materials report list all components used in a schematic, including component information, subtotals and totals.

BOM report lists all components used in a schematic
BOM report lists all components used in a schematic

Cable reference report

The cable reference report list all cables used on a drawing, including cable information, core name, wire name and their locations.

Cable reference report lists all the cable information on a drawing
Cable reference report lists all the cable information on a drawing

Connections (From/To) report

The connections report list all wires in your schematics, their location, cable information and their connections, including exactly which symbol the wire is connected to, their references, location and pin names.

Connections report provides connection information on a drawing
Connections report provides connection information on a drawing

Cable bill of materials report

The Cable Bill of Materials report list all cables used in a schematic, including cable information, subtotals and totals.

Cable BOM report lists all cables used in a schematic
Cable BOM report lists all cables used in a schematic

Exporting reports

To export reports:

  • Click on menu Export Report, then select the report to be exported.

Exporting component database

In Electra, users can click on Manage Database then select Component database and be able to add, edit and delete component information from the database.

To edit component information in batches, click Export to export data for editing, before importing back into Electra.

You can export component database here
You can export component database here

To export the component database:

  • Click on Manage Databases and select Component Database then click Export

Importing component database

After editing exported component database information, these information can then be imported back into Electra.

To import component database:

  • Click on Manage Databases and select Component Database then click Import
  • Choose the source file to import from (.tsv, .csv, .json)

Exporting cable database

In Electra, users can click on Manage Databases then select Cable database and be able to add, edit and delete cable information from the database.

To edit cable information in batches, use Export to export data for editing, before importing back into Electra.

Click on the Export button to export cable database
Click on the Export button to export cable database

To export the cable database:

  • Click on Manage Databases | Cable database then click Export

Importing cable database

After editing exported cable database information, these information can then be imported back into Electra.

To import cable database:

  • Click on Manage Database | Cable database then click Import
  • Select the source file to import from (.tsv, .csv, .json).

Exporting symbols on drawing

Schematic symbols on drawings can be exported so that their references, descriptions and pin names can be edited in batches before being imported back into drawings.

To export symbols on drawing:

  • Click on Export Reports and select Symbols on drawing.
Select Symbols on drawing to export symbols report
Select Symbols on drawing to export symbols report

Importing symbols on drawing

After editing the information details for symbols on drawings, these information can be then imported back into a drawing.

To import symbols on drawing:

  • Click on Import Reports then select Symbols on drawing.
Select Symbols on drawing to import symbols report
Select Symbols on drawing to import symbols report
  • Choose a source file then click Import
Select symbols report to import
Select symbols report to import

Export wires on drawing

Wire names on drawings can be exported so that their names can be edited in batches before being imported back into drawings.

To export wires on drawing:

  • Click on Export Reports and select Wires on drawing.

Import wires on drawing

After editing wire names on drawings in a spreadsheet, these information can then be imported back into a drawing.

To import wires on drawing:

  • Click on Import Reports select Wires on drawing.
  • Choose a source file then click Import
Select your wires report to import
Select your wires report to import

Generating Table of Contents

To use Table of Contents:

  • Users must use the "Title" Automatic Text block from the Title Block stencil.
  • Insert the "Title" Automatic text into your Title Block and create your own title block, or use a title block supplied by Electra.
  • Drag and drop title blocks on all pages in your drawing.
  • Drop Table of Contents (TOC) report from the Reports stencil onto your drawings.
  • Right click and select "Generate Report" and Electra will automatically scan every page to create a Table of Contents.
Table of Contents lists all page title on a drawing
Table of Contents lists all page title on a drawing
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