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To create an output job file, select File » New » Output Job File. The new Output Job File will appear as a new file in the Output Job Editor window.
When you're ready to print documentation from your Outjob, open the PCB Printout Properties dialog which enables designers to define and manage the printout(s) required for the specific print-based documentation you wish to generate.
The main area of the dialog is essentially divided into three columns:
A new printout can be added to the current configuration by choosing the Insert Printout command from the PCB Printout Properties dialog's right-click menu.
The printout will be added beneath existing printouts and will be given a default name
New PrintOut 1. By default, all options in the Include Components column will be enabled.
Double-Click on a printout to open the Printout Properties dialog, from which user to configure the properties of a printout/printout set .
A newly added printout can be configured, or the configuration of an existing printout edited, by accessing the associated Printout Properties dialog. This dialog can be accessed either by double-clicking on the name field for the printout (in the Printouts & Layers column), or by right-clicking on the name field and choosing Properties from the pop-up menu that appears.
A new layer can be added to a printout in one of two ways:
A newly added layer can be configured, or the configuration of an existing layer edited, by accessing the associated Layer Properties dialog. This dialog appears directly when adding a new layer. To access the dialog for an existing layer, either:
If you are adding a new layer to a printout, first select the layer you would like to add from the Print Layer Type drop-down list. The list contains all currently defined layers for the source PCB document, allowing you to include any PCB layer on a printout. The central three regions of the dialog provide controls to determine how the primitives on that layer are displayed on the printout - either in Full, in Draft (outline) mode or Off (hidden). This gives you complete control over what appears on the printed page.
Consider, as an example, an assembly drawing, which includes the following layers:
The top layer would be configured to display the component primitives, so the surface mount pads are visible, and hide the free primitives, so the routing is not visible. The multilayer would also be configured to display the component primitives, so the thruhole component pads are visible, and hide the free primitives so that the vias are not visible.
Clicking the Preferences button at the bottom left of the PCB Printout Properties dialog will open the PCB Print Preferences dialog. All options defined in this dialog apply to each print-based output that can be generated.
This region allows you to control the coloring that is used for each possible layer than can be printed. For each layer, you can define the color used when printing in grayscale or color. Click on the left-hand color swatch to access the range of grayscale shades.
Click on the right-hand color swatch to access the Choose Color dialog, from where you can choose from a range of predefined colors or create your own, custom color.
Press the Retrieve Layer Colors From PCB button if you wish to print using the same colors configured for the PCB design in the PCB Editor.
As well as adding mechanical layers individually to a printout, you can also automatically include them in all printouts when the print job(s) for the parent document type is sent to the nominated printing device. Use this region of the dialog to enable/disable each of the 16 possible mechanical layers for printing, as required.
Each of the three standard fonts used in the PCB Editor (Default, Serif and Sans Serif) can be substituted for a different Windows font when the printout is generated. Use the options in this region of the dialog to specify and enable substitution fonts.
Click on the button next to the required font field, to access the standard Windows Font dialog, from where you can choose the substitution font required.
When you click OK , the name of the font will be inserted into the font field.
This region of the dialog provides a single option, Print Keepout Objects, which gives you full control over whether keepout-designated design objects are included on the printed document or not.
The following list of commands are available from the right-click menu, accessed from anywhere within the PCB Printout Properties dialog:
The PCB 3D Print Settings dialog enables you to select or create 3D printouts of your PCB for inclusion in the job output file. Remember, you can have multiple instances of any printout (use the Add New Documentation Output control in the job output file for this), which is particularly useful for 3D, as you can print out views of the board from differing perspectives if you wish.
The dialog is divided into four regions:
A custom view of your board can entail it being rotated to an angle, zoomed, have various settings for surface colors, visibility and opacity and board thickness. You can use these options to generate views that provide high levels of detail to highlight areas of your design or even create effects.
To create a custom 3D view of your board as a printout, do the following:
Go to the PCB Editor window and enter 3D mode [shortcut: 3 ]. Use the 3D view controls to achieve the desired perspective. Return to the job output file and double-click anywhere on the PCB 3D Prints row (or right-click on it and select Configure from the shortcut menu) to open the PCB 3D Print Settings dialog. Click the Custom option then press the Take Current Camera Position button. The Preview pane will update with the new perspective. Click OK to apply the custom setting to the current PCB 3D printout.
If you would like to apply custom surface colors and the like, do the following:
Go to the PCB Editor window and open the View Configurations dialog [shortcut L ]. From this dialog, set the view configuration options as you would like and apply it. Note, you do not have to save the view configuration to apply it to a PCB 3D printout. Return to the job output file, open the PCB 3D Print Settings dialog and press the Take Current View Configuration button. The Preview pane will update with the new view configuration settings. Once you apply the view configuration, it will apply to all of the View to Print options. Click OK to apply the view configuration to the current PCB 3D printout.
Save the Output Job Configuration file to keep any new 3D printouts.
Print-based output can be generated in one of two ways:
Configuration options defined here are distinct and separate to those defined for the same output type in an Output Job file. In the case of the former, the settings are stored in the project file, whereas for the latter they are stored in the Output Job file.
Setup options accessed from the PCB Editor's File menu with respect to page and printer, are also separate to those defined when accessed from within an Output Job file. Again, the former will be stored with the project file, the latter with the Output Job file.
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