Parent page: Draftsman Objects
A Draftsman Callout is a graphic pointer that can be placed in a document to provide information about a specific drawing location or object. The information associated with a Callout may be custom text or data sourced from a BOM entry, a Note item, a component Parameter or board Region. Its drawing style and information source are configurable in the Properties panel. Callouts can have one or more pointers to source points.
Callouts are available for placement in the Draftsman Editor as follows:
Run the command.
By default, the pointer of placed object type Callout is a dot (positioned on an object outline), while the general type of Callout is indicated by an arrowed pointer. The 'head style' of these pointer ends can be changed in the Properties panel. Note that the Callout pointer line can include a
GOST compliant mechanical attachment Symbol.
The information text that is shown at the end of the Callout (the Callout 'tag') is determined by the Source Text property options in the Properties panel. By default, an object type Callout will display its BOM entry; a general type Callout will show a custom text string, initially set to '
The end position of a placed Callout may be graphically modified. Select a Callout to enable its end position editing handle, which can be dragged to a new location.
The starting/target point for a placed Callout can be moved to a new location through a drag and drop action. When moved, the starting node binds to the new object and causes the Callout data to update accordingly, as shown in this animated demonstration.
An existing Callout can have additional sources added and removed. Click to select the Callout, then right-click on it to display the context menu, as shown below.
The context menu will include an Add Source command, and if it already has multiple sources defined and an individual source was selected when the right-click was performed, the menu will also include a Delete Source command. Note the shortcuts, use these to quickly add and delete Sources to/from a Callout.
Properties page: Callout Properties
The non-graphical method of editing a Callout is available in the Draftsman Properties panel, which provides a range of editable properties that determine the Callout's visual style and the data source for its displayed text. The data source options include Custom Text, BOM item (number), a Note list item, an available Component Parameter, or the underlying Board Region name. See the Callout Properties panel for more information.
To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Callout:
If the Properties panel is already active, click on the Callout object to access its properties in the panel.
The Properties panel supports multiple object editing, where the property settings that are identical in all currently selected objects can be modified.