Altium Designer Documentation

ApertureWizard

Created: June 10, 2016 | Updated: June 13, 2020

Parent page: CAMtastic Commands

The following pre-packaged resource, derived from this base command, is available:


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to access the Aperture Wizard dialog, from where you can create a new aperture wizard template, or edit an existing one. An aperture template is used by the CAMtastic Editor to recognize the apertures used in imported files and therefore build an accurate DCode list.

Access

This command is accessed from the CAMtastic Editor by choosing the Tables » Aperture List Wizard command from the main menus.

Use

After launching the command, the Aperture Wizard dialog will appear. The dialog is divided over the following three tabs:

Settings tab

Use this tab to define a name and associated extension for the required template. Further options on this tab allow you to specify where to look for aperture definitions in a particular file, the units to be used, and whether to search for more than one aperture definition on each line of an imported file.

Line Formats tab

Use this tab to define all shapes and data sequences that the template will be able to recognize. In the Shape field, select the applicable shape from the drop-down list. In the Line Format field, enter the data sequence for the shape selected. For each shape specified, the Line Format must include the following:

  • An aperture position typecast (e.g. <A> or <D>).
  • A shape description (e.g. "ROUND", "RECTANGULAR", "OCTAGONAL", etc).
  • At least one size typecast (e.g. <W>idth, <H>eight, etc).

The simplest way to create the Line Format for a particular shape is to paste the line of information for that shape from the aperture file into the Line Format field and then work through the line, replacing actual data with the appropriate typecast, selected from the typecast drop-down list (to the right of the Shape button).

Use the Shape button to enter a shape template entry - "MyShape" - into the Line Format field. Simply change this to the name of the shape you require.

Parse Errors tab

This tab is used to list any errors that are found in the information entered on the Settings or Line Formats tabs, when you attempt to save the template.

After defining the wizard template as required, click the Save button. If all information entered is free of errors, the template file will be created (<WizardName>.awr) and stored in the System\aptwiz folder of your software installation. If errors do exist, they will be listed on the Parse Errors tab of the dialog. Use the error information listed thereon to aid in resolving the errors, and then click the Save button again.

 

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