Altium Designer Documentation

Draftsman - Primitive Defaults

Modified by Susan Riege on Jul 7, 2017

Parent page: Draftsman Preferences


The Draftsman – Primitive Defaults page of the Preferences dialog

Summary

The Draftsman – Primitive Defaults page of the Preferences dialog allows the default values and settings to be configured for drawing and objects placed in a Draftsman document. These default settings can be overridden in the Draftsman Properties panel once an object or view has been placed in a document.

Access

The dialog is accessed by clicking Primitive Defaults under the Draftsman folder in the main Preferences dialog (DXP » Preferences).

Options/Controls

Primitives

Select a Primitive in the list to present the list of Defaults for the selected primitive.

Defaults

This region dynamically changes depending on the selected Primitive. Find the desired Primitive in the list below for the Defaults controls of that primitive.

Board Views

  • Assembly Viewshows the board outline with cutouts, holes, and component graphics with additional notation. The component graphics are automatically generated and take data on a priority basis from the following sources:
    • The projection of a board component's three-dimensional model (3D model) – used by default.
    • A component's silk screen graphic taken from Top/Bottom Overlay layer – used when a 3D model is not available.
    • A graphic of the component's dimensions derived from its contact pads (its Bounding Box) – used when both a 3D models and screen overlay are not available.


The Assembly View page

  • Position – sets the object's rotational orientation to choices of 90º increments.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for the title.
  • Styles – sets the color and line weight/style for the board and component outlines.
    • Component Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to choose the line style for components.
    • Board Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to choose the line style for the board.
  • Font – the font settings for component designators, which also defines the minimum and maximum size for the automatic scaling to fit into component graphics.
The font style for individual components can be overridden in the Component Display Properties dialog.
  • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font.
    • Minimum size, pt – enter the minimum point size of the font.
    • Maximum size, pt – enter the maximum point size of the font.
  • View – use the following options to configure the view settings:
    • View – use the drop-down to select the direction of view: Top, Bottom, Left, Right, Front, or Back.
    • Display holes – use the drop-down to select how to display holes:
      • None – show no holes.
      • All – show all holes.
      • Pads only – show only construction holes.
      • Minimum diameter only – show only large holes.
    • Minimum Diameter – if Minimum diameter only was selected for Display holes, enter the size threshold setting.
    • Component Caption – select the parameter source for the text captions associated with components (Designator or BOM Item reference) from the drop-down.
    • Show SMD Pads – check to display surface mount component pads in the drawing. Use the associated drop-down menu to select the rendering color.
    • Show Through-Hole Pads – check to display any Through-Hole type pads that exist in the drawing. Use the associated drop-down menu to select the rendering color.
    • Show Silkscreen – check to show the board design's Silk Screen overlay on the drawing view, where the correct overlay (Top or Bottom) will be shown for the currently selected View setting.
  • Component Display Settings – use the following options to configure how components are displayed.
The Component Display Properties dialog also can be used to configure how components are displayed in an Assembly view.
  • Geometry Source – use the drop-down to select the data source used for rendering the component's graphics. Choices include:
    • Default – the component graphics will be taken, in order of priority, from three of the options below (3D Body projection, Silk screen or Bounding box).
    • 3D Body projection – the component's 3D model, if available.
    • 3D Body Projection(Simple) – the component's simple 3D model, if available.
    • Silk screen – the silk screen printing layer.
    • Bounding box – dimensions derived from the component's contact pads.
    • Assembly drawing – the component graphic data contained on a Mechanical Layer, as nominated in the Draftsman Document Options dialog.
  • Color – use the drop-down to select the color of component graphics.
  • Reference Marker Display – enable/disable a component's visual reference marker (typically a dot indicating Pin 1 on a component). Use the drop-down to select either Off or Inside contour.
  • Show Designator – toggle the visibility of a component's designator notation.
  • Designator Location – if Show Designator is enabled, use the drop-down to select the the position settings for a component designator:
    • Center/Fit (default) – the designator is placed in the center of the component graphic and automatically scaled to fit.
    • Center, Top Left, Left, Bottom Left, Bottom, etc., – the designator is placed close to the component outline, in the position described.
    • Assembly Drawing – the designator, its position, and size is defined by the properties of the component designator (generally derived from a Designator special string on a specified Mechanical Layer – see Draftsman Document Options dialog for the Top/Bottom Assembly Layer settings.
  • Hatching Pattern – the visual pattern and color used to render the component's profile, such as when it is displayed in a board Section View. Use to open the Fill Style dialog and choose the pattern.
  • Isometric View

The Isometric View page

  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for the title.
  • View – use the following options to configure the view settings:
    • Face Side – use the drop-down to select the view: Top , Bottom, Front, or Back.
  • Styles – sets the line weight/style for the board and component outlines.
    • Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to choose the line style.
  • Fabrication View


The Fabrication View page

  • Position – sets the object's rotational orientation to choices of 90º increments.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for the title.
  • View – use the following options to configure the view settings:
    • View Side – use the drop-down to select the view, either Top or Bottom.
    • Drawing Mode – how board conductors are displayed. Use the drop-down to select the drawing mode, either Full (solid and fully rendered) or Simplified (as lines).
    • Polygon Fill Mode – how polygons are displayed. Use the drop-down to select: Filled (solid) , Hatched (hatching fill) or Outline.
    • Board Line Style – the type, color and weight options for the line that defines the board perimeter. Use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style.
    • Show Out of Board Copper – check to allow the Fabrication View to render any copper areas (tracks, fills, ploygons, etc.) that lie beyond the board outline perimeter.
  • Drill Drawing View – offers the standard drawing view settings, such as position, title, and view.


The Drill Drawing View page

  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for the title.
  • View – use the following options to configure the view settings:
    • View – use the drop-down to select the view, either Top or Bottom.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
    • Board Line Style – the type, color and weight options for the line that defines the board perimeter. Use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style.
  • Detail View – allows a defined area of a drawing to be brought out to a floating, magnified view of its detail.
Detail Views may be added to all graphical board views, including the Assembly View, Fabrication View, Section View, and Drill Drawing View.
The magnification factor (scale), labeling and line attributes of the detailed view can be configured in the Board Detail View mode of the Properties panel.


The Detail View page

  • Position – sets the object's rotational orientation to choices of 90º increments.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for the title.
  • View – use the following options to configure the view settings:
    • Label – enter the desired label for the view.
    • Display Mode – use the drop-down to select the display mode: Connected, With Leader, or No Leader.
  • Styles – sets the color and line weight/style for the board.
    • Connection Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for connections.
    • Source Border Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for the source border.
    • Detail Border Line Style - use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for the detail border.
  • Section View – provides a profile slice, or sectional, drawing taken from a nominated 'cut' point through a placed PCB Assembly View. The Section View generator takes the available 3D data from the current PCB to create a standalone section drawing that is aligned to the nominated cut point.
Any number of Section Views can be created from an Assembly View, and the section parameters may be modified after they are placed.


The Section View page

  • Position – sets the object's rotational orientation to choices of 90º increments.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for the title.
  • View – use the following options to configure the view settings:
    • Positioning Mode – changes the cut orientation. Use the drop-down to select the positioning mode, either Horizontal or Vertical.
    • Flip View Direction – changes the directional view of the selected section cut (the direction from which you are 'looking'). The cut line direction arrows will change accordingly.
    • Slice Section – enables/disables the visibility of the objects behind the cut line – it removes the 'background' objects from the section view.
    • Label – enter the desired label for the view.
    • Board Cut Fill Style – sets the properties of the graphical pattern superimposed on cut objects, and therefore the appearance of the sliced object faces. Use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the style.
    • Display Mode – sets the cut line end arrow style. Use the drop-down to select the display mode, either Standard or Alternative.
    • Show Connector Line – toggles the line drawn between the cut arrows.
  • Styles – use to determine the visual style of the cut line placed on the Assembly View.
    • Cutting Line Style - use to define the line's weight, style and color. Use to open the Line Style dialog to select the style.
    • Connector Line Style – sets the properties of the line drawn between the cut arrows. Use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for connectors.
    • Arrow Style – use to set the shape and weight of the cut arrow heads. Use to open the Arrow Style dialog to select the line style for arrows.

Dimensions

  • Angular


The Angular page

  • Units
    • Show Unit Names – enable to show unit names.
  • Tolerance
    • Tolerance Type – use the drop-down to select the tolerance type: None, Symmetric, Bilateral, Limit.
    • Positive Tolerance – enter the desired positive tolerance. This is not available if None is selected for the Tolerance Type.
    • Negative Tolerance – enter the desired negative tolerance. This is not available if None or Symmetric is selected for the Tolerance Type.
  • View
    • Elbow Position – use the drop-down to select the position of elbows: Automatic, Left, or Right.
    • Arrow Position – use the drop-down to select the position of arrow: Automatic, Outside, or Inside.
  • Precision
    • Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list.
  • Appearance – use the following options to change the line width size, style and color, and arrow graphic style.
    • Dimension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the dimension line style.
    • Extension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the extension line style.
    • Extension Lines Gap – enter the value desired for extension lines gaps.
    • Extension Lines Offset – enter the value for extension lines offsets.
    • Arrow Style – use to open the Arrow Style dialog to select the style for arrows.
  • Text
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Text Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Prefix – use to add prefix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired prefix, if necessary.
    • Suffix – use to add suffix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired suffix, if necessary.
  • Linear


The Linear page

  • Units
    The units system (Millimeters/Mils/Inches) that applies to a Draftsman document is defined by the Measurement Unit setting in the Draftsman Document Options dialog (Tools » Document Options). However, for individual objects such as Linear/Radial Dimensions, Drill/BOM Tables and the Layer Stack Legend, their default units may be preset here. These settings will override the document's base Units setting when a new object of that type is placed. In turn, the Units used by the placed object can be locally changed through the Units option in the Draftsman Properties panel.
    • Show Units – enable to show unit names, for example, 10.1mm rather than just 10.1.
    • Primary Units – use the drop-down to select the desired units.
    • Dual Units – check to enable two measurements for each dimension, with one set to show the Primary Units type setting and the other showing the Dual Units type setting (Millimeters/Mils/Inches).
  • Tolerance
    • Tolerance Type – use the drop-down to select the tolerance type: None, Symmetric, Bilateral, or Limit.
    • Positive Tolerance – enter the desired positive tolerance. This is not available if None is selected for the Tolerance Type.
    • Negative Tolerance – enter the desired negative tolerance. This is not available if None or Symmetric is selected for the Tolerance Type.
  • View
    • Text Position – use the drop-down to select the position of elbows: Outside, Inside, Inside Aligned, or Outside Aligned.
    • Arrow Position – use the drop-down to select the position of arrow: Outside or Inside.
    • Show Additional Text – enable to show any additional text. Enter the text in the textbox.
  • Precision
    • Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Dual Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units set for the alternative value. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list.
    • Dual Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list, for the alternative unit measurement.
  • Appearance – use the following options to change the line width size, style and color, and arrow graphic style.
    • Dimension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the dimension line style.
    • Extension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the extension line style.
    • Extension Lines Gap – enter the value desired for extension lines gaps.
    • Extension Lines Offset – enter the value for extension lines offsets.
    • Arrow Style – use to open the Arrow Style dialog to select the style for arrows.
  • Text
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Text Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Prefix – use to add prefix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired prefix, if necessary.
    • Suffix – use to add suffix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired suffix, if necessary.
  • Radial


The Radial page

  • Units
    The units system (Millimeters/Mils/Inches) that applies to a Draftsman document is defined by the Measurement Unit setting in the Draftsman Document Options dialog (Tools » Document Options). However, for individual objects such as Linear/Radial Dimensions, Drill/BOM Tables and the Layer Stack Legend, their default units may be preset here. These settings will override the document's base Units setting when a new object of that type is placed. In turn, the Units used by the placed object can be locally changed through the Units option in the Draftsman Properties panel.
    • Show Units – enable to show unit names, for example, 10.1mm rather than just 10.1.
    • Primary Units – use the drop-down to select the desired units.
    • Dual Units – check to enable two measurements for each dimension, with one set to show the Primary Units type setting and the other showing the Dual Units type setting (Millimeters/Mils/Inches).
  • Tolerance
    • Tolerance Type – use the drop-down to select the tolerance type: None, Symmetric, Bilateral, or Limit.
    • Positive Tolerance – enter the desired positive tolerance. This is not available if None is selected for the Tolerance Type.
    • Negative Tolerance – enter the desired negative tolerance. This is not available if None or Symmetric is selected for the Tolerance Type.
  • View
    • Text Position – use the drop-down to select the position of elbows: Aligned With Leader, Next to Leader, On Top of Elbow, or Next to Elbow.
    • Arrow Position – use the drop-down to select the position of arrow: Outside or Inside.
    • Show Additional Text – enable to show any additional text. Enter the text in the textbox.
  • Precision
    • Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Dual Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units set for the alternative value. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list.
    • Dual Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list, for the alternative unit measurement.
  • Appearance – use the following options to change the line width size, style, color, and arrow graphic style.
    • Dimension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the dimension line style.
    • Extension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the extension line style.
    • Extension Lines Gap – enter the value desired for extension lines gaps.
    • Extension Lines Offset – enter the value for extension lines offsets.
    • Arrow Style – use to open the Arrow Style dialog to select the style for arrows.
  • Text
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Text Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Prefix – use to add prefix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired prefix, if necessary.
    • Suffix – use to add suffix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired suffix, if necessary.
  • Ordinate


The Ordinate page

  • Ordinate Dimensions – a table arrangement showing the Value and Tolerance settings for the individual dimensions that make up a set of Ordinate Dimensions – drag and drop the heading names to reorder the list columns. This table is populated in the Properties panel when Ordinate Dimensions are placed on a drawing view.
  • Units
    The units system (Millimeters/Mils/Inches) that applies to a Draftsman document is defined by the Measurement Unit setting in the Draftsman Document Options dialog (Tools » Document Options). However, for individual objects such as Linear/Radial Dimensions, Drill/BOM Tables and the Layer Stack Legend, their default units may be preset here. These settings will override the document's base Units setting when a new object of that type is placed. In turn, the Units used by the placed object can be locally changed through the Units option in the Draftsman Properties panel.
    • Show Unit Names – enable to show unit names, for example, 10.1mm rather than just 10.1.
    • Primary Units – use the drop-down to select the desired units.
    • Dual Units – check to enable two measurements for each dimension, with one set to show the Primary Units type setting and the other showing the Dual Units type setting (Millimeters/Mils/Inches).
  • Precision
    • Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Dual Value Precision – the measured dimension in the base document units set for the alternative value. Use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list.
    • Dual Tolerance Precision – use the drop-down to select the tolerance precision value from the list, for the alternative unit measurement.
  • Appearance – use the following options to change the line width size, style and color, and arrow graphic style.
    • Dimension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the dimension line style.
    • Extension Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the extension line style.
    • Extension Lines Gap – enter the value desired for extension lines gaps.
    • Extension Lines Offset – enter the value for extension lines offsets.
    • Arrow Style – use to open the Arrow Style dialog to select the style for arrows.
  • Text
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Text Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Prefix – use to add prefix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired prefix, if necessary.
    • Suffix – use to add suffix text to the dimension text. Enter the desired suffix, if necessary.

Drawing Tools

  • Circle


The Circle page

  • Geometry
    • Center Point X – enter the center point for the X axis.
    • Center Point Y – enter the center point for the Y axis.
    • Radius – enter the radius.
  • Styles – sets the line weight/style.
    • Line - use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style.
    • Background – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the background.
  • Graphic


The Graphic page

  • Geometry
    • Start Point X – enter the X axis starting point for the graphic image.
    • Start Point Y – enter the Y axis starting point for the graphic image.
    • Width – enter the image width.
    • Height – enter the image height.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the image graphic rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
  • Image
    • Maintain Aspect Ratio – enable to maintain the image width/height ratio.
  • Line


The Line page

  • Geometry
    • Start Point X – enter the line start point for the X axis.
    • Start Point Y – enter the line start point for the Y axis.
    • End Point X – enter the line end point for the X axis.
    • End Point Y – enter the line end point for the Y axis.
  • Line Style
    • Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style.
  • Rectangle


The Rectangle page

  • Geometry
    • Start Point X – enter the rectangle start point for the X axis.
    • Start Point Y – enter the reactange start point for the Y axis.
    • Width – enter the rectangle width.
    • Height – enter the rectangle height.
  • Style – sets the line weight/style.
    • Line use to open the Line Style dialog to select the style.
    • Background – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the background.
  • Text


The Text page

  • Geometry
    • Start Point X – enter the text box start point for the X axis.
    • Start Point Y – enter the text box start point for the Y axis.
    • Width – enter the text box width.
    • Height – enter the box height.
    • Rotation – use the drop-down to select the text rotation: 0º, 90º, 180º, or 270º.
  • Text
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Background – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the background.
    • Text – enter the default new text in the text box. Use to open the Document Parameters dialog in which you can manage the available parameters, and by inference, the availability of Special Strings.
    • Clip Text To Bounds – enable to constrain the text within the text box bounds (enable word wrap).
  • Align
    • Horizontal – use the drop-down to align the text horizontally: Left, Center, or Right.
    • Vertical - use the drop-down to align the text vertically: Top, Center, or Bottom.

Table

  • Drill Table


The Drill Table page

  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title of the drill table.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
  • Styles – sets the color and line weight/styles.
    • Table Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for the table.
    • Even Row Color – use the drop-down to select the color for even rows.
    • Non-Even Row Color – use the drop-down to select the color odd rows.
    • Use Document Font – enable to use the document font.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Show Footer – enable to show the footer, which displays totals in the bottom table row.
  • Columns – use the following options to manage the table data sort order, and column visibility and position order.
    • Visible – enable the checkboxes of the column captions you want to appear.
    • Order – click to toggle the sort order of the column: off, ascending, or descending.
    • Up – click to move the selected caption up one position in the list.
    • Down – click to move the selected caption down one position in the list.
  • Units
    The units system (Millimeters/Mils/Inches) that applies to a Draftsman document is defined by the Measurement Unit setting in the Draftsman Document Options dialog (Tools » Document Options). However, for individual objects such as Linear/Radial Dimensions, Drill/BOM Tables and the Layer Stack Legend, their default units may be preset here. These settings will override the document's base Units setting when a new object of that type is placed. In turn, the Units used by the placed object can be locally changed through the Units option in the Draftsman Properties panel.
    • Show Unit Names – enable to show unit names, for example, 10.1mm rather than just 10.1.
    • Units – use the drop-down to select the units.
    • Show Dual Units - enable to show dual units.
    • Dual Units – check to enable two measurements for each dimension, with one set to show the Units type setting and the other showing the Dual Units type setting.
    • Primary Precision – use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Dual Precision – use the drop-down to select the dual precision value from the list.
  • Data Filtering
    • Pads / Vias – use the drop-down to select the desired items to filter: Pads, Vias, or All.
    • Plated / Non-Plated – use the drop-down to select the desired items to filter: Plated, Non-Plated, or All.
  • Table

The Table page

  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title of the drill table.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
  • Border
    • Outer Line – use the first drop-down to select the line type of the outer line border; use the second drop-down to select the color.
    • Inner Line - use the first drop-down to select the line type of the inner line border; use the second drop-down to select the color.
  • Cell Properties - use to set the prooperties of the cells within a table.
    • Column Width – enter the desired column width.
    • Cell Background Color – use the drop-down to select the desired background color.
    • Cell Padding Vertical – enter the desired vertical cell padding.
    • Cell Padding Horizontal - enter the desired horizontal cell padding.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font - use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color - use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Horizontal Alignment – select the desired alignment for text.
  • Bill Of Materials


The Bill Of Materials page

  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title of the drill table.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
  • Styles – sets the color and line weight/styles.
    • Table Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for the table.
    • Even Row Color – use the drop-down to select the color for even rows.
    • Non-Even Row Color – use the drop-down to select the color odd rows.
    • Use Document Font – enable to use the document font.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Table Header Bottom – set to force the table header entries (Item, Designator, etc.) to the bottom row of the table.
  • Columns
    • Add – click to add a column. The new column will be added with generic data that can be changed by clicking in the region and entering the new data.
    • Up – click to move the selected caption up one position on the list.
    • Down – click to move the selected caption down one position on the list.
    • Delete – click to delete the selected column.
You can edit any column's information by clicking in the region and entering new information.
  • BOM Info
    • Data Source – defines which PCB project data files are used to derive the BOM item list. Choices include:
      • Board – this is the current board design.
      • Project – this option will extract BOM data from all design files in the nominated PCB project.
    • Grouping Key – this option defines which component attribute is used to group BOM items together (in a single row). This is typically set to Comment (and perhaps also Footprint) so that components of the same type are together. Use the drop-down to select the grouping key. Use (Select All) to select all attributes in the list.

Special Signs

  • Surface Finish Sign – a Surface Finish object is graphical symbols and their associated parameters that comply with the ISO 1302:2002 International Standard for surface texture in technical product documentation. The standard specifies the rules for the indication of surface texture in drawings, based on special symbols and attributes that describe the permitted surface material for the product – in this case, a printed circuit board, composed of a set of linear dimension measurements that are relative to a single reference (origin) point.

The Surface Finish Sign page

  • View
    • Symbol - indicates the allowed processing of the surface material. Use the drop-down to choose from: Any Manufacturing Process Permitted (default), Material Shall Be Removed, and Material Shall Not Be Removed.
    • Symbol Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to choose the style for the symbol line.
    • Extension Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to choose the style for the extension line.
    • Extension Lines Gap – enter the desired gap measurement.
    • Extension Lines Offset - enter the desired offset measurement.
    • Arrow Style - click to open the Arrow Style dialog to choose the style for arrows.
    • With leader – check to enable leader.
  • Value
    • First Requirement – enter the desired value.
    • Second Requirement - enter the desired value.
    • Manufacturing Method - enter the desired value.
    • Machining Allowance - enter the desired value.
    • Surface Lay And Orientation - use the drop-down to select from the pre-defined options.
  • Font
    • Use Document Font - enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Text Font - use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color - use the drop-down to select the color for text.
  • Datum Feature Sign

The Datum Feature Sign page

  • View
    • Label – enter the desired label.
    • With leader – check to enable leader.
  • Styles
    • Symbol Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to choose the style for the symbol line.
    • Extension Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to choose the style for the extension line.
    • Arrow Style - click to open the Arrow Style dialog to choose the style for arrows.
    • Use Document Font - enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font - click to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color - use the drop-down to select the color for text.
  • Feature Control Frame

The Feature Control Frame page

  • View
    • Symbol - use the drop-down to select the desired symbol.
    • Additional Symbol - use the drop-down to select the desired additional symbol.
    • Composite Feature Control Frame – click to enable.
  • Styles
    • Symbol Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to choose the style for the symbol line.
    • Extension Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to choose the style for the extension line.
    • Arrow Style - click to open the Arrow Style dialog to choose the style for arrows.
    • Use Document Font - enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font - click to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color - use the drop-down to select the color for text.

Layer Stack Legend

The Layer Stack Legend provides a representation of the board's internal structure as an enlarged sectional view. It includes detailed descriptions and information for each layer in the stack, including the Gerber files associated with each layer.

By default, the information for each layer is derived from the corresponding attributes in the Board Layer Stack, as defined in the Layer Stack Manager dialog (Design » Layer Stack Manager in the PCB board editor), however the layer description attributes may be edited and expanded through the Layer Stack Legend mode of the Properties panel.


The Layer Stack Legend page

  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title of the drill table.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
  • Table Styles
    • Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style for the table.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the color for text.
    • Show Header – enable to show the header.
    • Show Footer – enable to show the footer.
    • Usual Layer Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font.
    • Usual Layer Color – use the drop-down to select the color.
    • Signal Layer Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font.
    • Signal Layer Color – use the drop-down to select the color.
    • Dielectric Layer Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font.
    • Dielectric Layer Color – use the drop-down to select the color.
  • Units
    The units system (Millimeters/Mils/Inches) that applies to a Draftsman document is defined by the Measurement Unit setting in the Draftsman Document Options dialog (Tools » Document Options). However, for individual objects such as Linear/Radial Dimensions, Drill/BOM Tables and the Layer Stack Legend, their default units may be preset here. These settings will override the document's base Units setting when a new object of that type is placed. In turn, the Units used by the placed object can be locally changed through the Units option in the Draftsman Properties panel.
    • Show Unit Names – enable to show unit names, for example, 10.1mm rather than just 10.1.
    • Units – use the drop-down to select the units.
    • Show Dual Units - check to enable two measurements for each dimension, with one set to show the Units type setting and the other showing the Dual Units type setting.
    • Dual Units – use the drop-down to select the units.
    • Primary Precision – use the drop-down to select the precision value from the list.
    • Dual Precision – use the drop-down to select the dual precision value from the list.
  • View Styles
    • View Width - use to determine the width of the Layer Stack graphic. Enter the desired view width.
    • Layer Heights – use to determine the layer heights of the Layer Stack graphic. Use the drop-down to select the layer heights:
      • Default – a standard uni-dimensional view.
      • Real Width in Heights – layer depth (height) is proportional to the real layer thickness.
      • Align Table Rows – a fixed layer height that aligns to the table row contents.
    • Show Drill Pairs – enables a graphic representation of drill holes between the board's assigned Drill Layer Pairs (as defined by the PCB design's Layer Stack.
    • Scale – sets the scale of the stack layers relative to their actual thickness. Use the drop-down to select the scale.
    • Minimum Layer Height – determines the dimensional range of the layer height scaling. Enter the minimum layer height. The Layer Heights option must be set to Real Width in Heights to access this option.
    • Maximum Layer Height – determines the dimensional range of the layer height scaling. Enter the maximum layer height. The Layer Heights option must be set to Real Width in Heights to access this option.
    • View Line Style – use to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style.
  • Relation Styles
    • Relation Width – enter the relation width.
  • Default Layer Colors
    • Paste Layers – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.
    • Overlay Layers – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.
    • Solder Layers – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.
    • Signal Layers – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.
    • Plane Layers – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.
    • Cores – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.
    • Prepregs – use to open the Fill Style dialog to select the desired style.

Note


The Note page

  • Size
    • Width – enter the desired Note width.
  • Title – sets a view's title name, its font/color and visibility settings. System or custom Parameters can be used in the title.
    • Show Title – enable to show the title of the drill table.
    • Title – enter the title name.
    • Location – use the drop-down to select the location of the title.
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Text Color – use the drop-down to select the title color.
  • Elements
    • Use Document Font – enable to force the placed view to adopt the font style defined in the global Draftsman Document Options dialog.
    • Element Font – use to open the Font dialog to select the desired font. This option is available only when Use Document Font is not checked.
    • Element Color – use the drop-down to select the element color.
    • Horizontal Spacing – enter the desired value for horizontal spacing.
    • Vertical Spacing – enter the desired value for vertical spacing.

Callout

Callouts can be placed on drawing views to provide further information on components and general objects, or on Assembly Drawing views, synchronized indicators for BOM entries and Note items. As such, the source text for a Callout can be a custom entry, a link to a specified Note entry, or an automated reference to a BOM item.


The Callout page

  • Appearance
    • Elbow Style – use the drop-down to select the elbow style: No Elbow, Elbow Before Tag, or Elbow Before Tag.
    • Elbow Length – enter the elbow length.
    • Elbow Position – use the drop-down to select the elbow style: Right or Left.
    • Arrow Style – click to open the Arrow Style dialog to select the line style.
    • Line Style – click to open the Line Style dialog to select the line style.
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