Does anyone know if its possible to download symbols and footprints for a wide(or almost all) the devices from, say, TI and/or ADI to integrate with orcad? Its a real bitch to manually add them; specially when it doesn't seem to want to add simple information like price.
Further to that - I never use the symbols and parts that ship with Orcad for a lot of reasons, not least among them that the default is to hide the power pins, and for parts that have multiple internal devices the power is on each and every one of them.
The issue with hiding the power pins is that it's ok in a single supply world, but I haven't done a non-trivial design with a single power rail in at least 10 years. The effort to get the part and tweak it is more than it takes for me to create my own part. I am not above borrowing the symbol outlines, of course.
The added value of all the parts that ship with OrCad is merely as an aid to how to make my own.
Some components from various manufacturers have orcad symbols available. If you want to add price to the part, just make a new attribute and give it a value - you can get that to come out with the BOM by adding the attribute in the output attribute list. No problem there at all.
FWIW, I have added a lot of Orcad symbols in my time and never really found any to be particularly bitchy; in fact I preferred to add my own so I could have a consistent format for my parts and symbols.