Altium Designer Documentation

Defining Draftsman Object Default Preferences for Altium Designer

Created: April 24, 2019 | Updated: December 15, 2020
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The Draftsman – Defaults page of the Preferences dialog displaying the Angular primitive as an example.

Summary

The Draftsman – 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 Draftsman - Defaults page is accessed by clicking Defaults under the Draftsman folder in the main Preferences dialog (accessed by clicking  in the top right corner of the workspace).

Options/Controls

  • Primitives - use this field to filter the presented listing of primitives. Choose from: All, Board Views, DimensionsDrawing ToolsTableSpecial Signs, and Other.
  • Primitive List - a list of primitives that can be used in Draftsman (filtered in accordance with the chosen entry for the Primitives field above). Click on the below listed Primitives to change the available default values as described.

All primitive default values are saved in the ADVPCB.DFT file. This file is located in the \Users\<ProfileName>\AppData\Roaming\Altium\Altium Designer <GUID> folder of the installation.

To view and edit the settings and options for each primitive, click on the desired entry in the Primitive List. Information for each primitive can be found at the following links: 

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