Altium NEXUS Documentation

Configuring Multi-board Schematic Picture Object Properties in Altium NEXUS

Created: October 18, 2019 | Updated: April 10, 2021

Parent page: Picture

Multi-board 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 Picture object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Multi-board Schematic - 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 Picture object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a placed Picture object is selected in the design space.

The Picture object default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Picture mode of the Properties panel

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

Location (Properties panel only)

  • (X/Y) – the X-axis and Y-axis values of the Picture container's reference location (bottom-left corner position).
  • Width – the (X-axis) width of the selected Picture object.
  • Height – the (Y-axis) height of the selected Picture object. This is determined by the aspect ratio of the contained image file when the Maintain aspect ratio option is enabled (see below).
  • Rotation – the horizontal/vertical orientation of the Picture box. Use the drop-down to select from: 0 degrees, 90 degrees, 180 degrees, 270 degrees.


  • Maintain aspect ratio – when checked, the X/Y dimensions of the Picture container will scale in proportion to the aspect ratio of the source image. The source image will always fill the Picture container.
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