AR# 4038: SYNPLIFY: How to change the colors used in HDL Analyst?
SYNPLIFY: How to change the colors used in HDL Analyst?
Keywords: rgb, synplify
General Description: How to change the colors used in HDL Analyst?
You may customize the colors used in HDL Analyst RTL View and Technology View schematics with a few simple edits of the "synplify.ini". On Windows95, the synplify.ini and win.ini files are located in the WINDOWS directory. In WindowsNT, the synplify.ini and win.ini files are located in the WINNT directory. On Unix, in the users home directory, a sub-directory called 'windows' is created. It contains the setup files for Synplify called synplify.ini and win.ini. You can change color of elements inside the Synplify application such as highlighted text. You can change colors exterior to the Synplify application (such as window banner) in the win.ini file. The colors are all RGB coded: 0 0 0 is black, 255 255 255 is white.
Look under the "[Schematics]" section and adjust the RGB values.
1) When you change schematic colors they won't take effect until you open a new schematic.
2) You won't always see changes because Synplify only uses about 16 colors. So there are large ranges of RGB values that appear to be the same color in Synplify.
3) For a colorblind person, it is often more helpful to change the nonselected_color to a grey value (around 200 200 200) and keep the default_line_color set to black (0 0 0) and have the highlight_color set to something dark (black, red, navy blue). The main impact being the difference between the nonselected_color and the default_line_color. With these settings, when you select something, it receives the highlight_color, and everything that is not selected gets the soft grey of the nonselected_color.