Configuring Draftsman Board Isometric View Object Properties in Altium Designer

This document is no longer available beyond version 21. Information can now be found here: Board Isometric View Properties for version 24

Parent page: Board Isometric View

Draftsman object properties are definable options that specify the visual style, content and behavior of the placed object. The property settings for each type of object are defined in two different ways:

  • Pre-placement settings – most Board Isometric View object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Draftsman - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog (access from the  button at the top-right of the design space). Select the object in the Primitive List to reveal its options on the right.
  • Post-placement settings – all Board Isometric View object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a placed Isometric View is selected in the design space.


In the below properties listing, options that are not available as default settings in the Preferences dialog are noted as 'Properties panel only'.


  • Scale – use the drop-down to choose from a range of preset scale ratios to set the visible size of the object. This option is not available if the Use Custom Scale option is checked.
  • Use Custom Scale – select this option to enter a specific scale in its associated field. The scaling of the drawing object is relative to 1, where 0.9 would represent a scale of 90%.


  • Title – the title name string that will be displayed (if enabled) with the Isometric View object – use the associated button to toggle its visibility. Enter the title name and any desired system/custom parameters to create a meaningful name for the placed view. See the Parameters section in the panel's Document Options mode for a list of the currently available parameters.
  • Location – use the drop-down to choose from a range of relative locations for the title. The Manual option is automatically selected if the title is manually moved (dragged and dropped to a new location).
  • Font – sets the displayed font used for the view's title string.
    • Use Document Font checkbox selected – the title font used is that defined by the document options. See the Document Font entry in General section of the Properties panel when in Document Options mode.
    • Use Document Font not selected – use the drop-down menus to choose the desired font type (Font) and size and select the lower buttons to enable text attributes. The associated color button ( ) opens the color selector where the font color can be specified by RGB or HEX value, by freeform selection, or from a range of presets. Note that the slider control sets the color Opacity level where 0% represents full transparency.


  • Line Style – the thickness and style used to render the board outline and component geometry in the Isometric View. Use the line weight drop-down menu to choose from a range of line thickness presets and the line pattern menu to choose from a range of line styles. The associated color button ( ) opens the line color selector dialog as outlined above.


  • Face Side – the direction of the Isometric projection view used to render the board drawing. Use the drop-down menu to select from a range of preset view directions.
  • Variation (Properties panel only) – select a project PCB Variant (if available) as the data source for the Isometric View. Omitted variant components (specified as Not Fitted in the board design) are not shown in the placed Isometric View – see Design Variants for an overview on managing board design variations.
  • Display Holes (Properties panel only)  - use the drop-down to select the desired holes display option: NoneAll, or Pads only.  
  • Show No BOM - enable to show component even if it is not in the BOM.
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