CircuitStudio includes the ability to generate a pick and place data file for a PCB, typically used by an assembly house to help automate the population of a board. You can configure the units (metric or imperial) and the file format (text or CSV) from the Outputs | Pick and Place menu option. The data columns in the output file are documented below, the files are plain text and so can be viewed with a simple text editor like Notepad or loaded into Excel or other spreadsheet.
|Designator||U91||Component reference designator.|
|Footprint||DIP14||The name of the footprint, as seen when viewing a list of library components or viewing the property dialog of the component (Footprint : Name field)|
|Mid X||1050mil||Center point of component, automatically calculated by CircuitStudio.|
|Ref X||900mil||Location of reference point set in the library editor for the component (set using Home | References menu). This is also the point that the cursor snaps to when moving a component on the PCB*.|
|Pad X||900mil||Location of pin 1 of the component, automatically calculated by CircuitStudio.|
|TB||T||Flag to indicate if component is located on Top or Bottom of the board.|
|Rotation||0.00||Rotation angle set for this component. A library component added to a PCB starts at 0.00 (regardless of if the footprint looks to be horizontal, vertical or some other angle).|
|Comment||Text extracted from the Comment field of the component (Comment : Text field within the component property dialog).|
*It is a good idea to make sure the reference point is set to coincide with a pin to help keep components on grid when re-positioning them on the PCB.