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I'm designing a board which I'll solder it by hand.

In order to do soldering much easier I believe that many components need to be connected through relief connect to their adjacent polygon pour.

But, some components are connected to high power circuits, like dc to dc step-down regulator, output capacitor, input capacitor, high side switches, low side switches, etc.

And I think those component it's better to be connected with direct connect.

The question is: I'm trying to find a smarter way to distinguish the connection of the parts instead of putting one by one in the rule builder.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "I think it's better to be connected with direct connect" - Why? Do you have any proof that this tiny bit of additional resistance/inductance due to it being a thinner track will have an impact? (I'm not saying it wont, just that you should avoid worrying about problems you might not have to begin with) \$\endgroup\$
    – Joren Vaes
    Mar 24 '18 at 15:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ You've got a point. That was my first thought but like you said, it was the track width that worried me. \$\endgroup\$
    – MrBit
    Mar 24 '18 at 15:41
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You might want to use a blanket directive to do that. If you want a certain set of components to share the same rules without having to write a rule for each of them this is the way to go.

  1. From Place menu, place a blanket and PCB layout rule From Place menu, place a blanket and PCB layout rule

  2. Put it around the selected components you want to have a special rule Put it around the selected components you want to have a special rule

  3. Finally enter the rules you want them to have Finally enter the rules you want them to have

I hope this helps you

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