Altium Designer Documentation

ToolsDraw2FlashSel

Created: June 11, 2016 | Updated: April 11, 2017

Parent page: CAMtastic Commands

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


Applied Parameters: CommandMode=CAM

Summary

This command is used to search and replace all matching instances of a selected drawn pad, with a user-defined flashed aperture.

Access

This command is accessed from the CAMtastic Editor by choosing the Edit » Groups » Selective command from the main menus.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a small square and you will enter conversion mode. The procedure involves the following sequence of actions:

  1. Click on the drawn pad that you wish to use in the conversion, making it selected.
  2. With the template drawn pad selected, right-click. The Draw Flash (Selective) dialog will appear. The dialog offers the following:
    • In the Shape/Dcode for New Flashes region of the dialog, you can choose to assign an existing Dcode to be used, or create a new one. If you choose the Create New Dcode option, you will be able to specify both a shape and a size for the new aperture. The CAMtastic Editor will automatically assign this new aperture to the next available (empty) Dcode.
    • You can choose to have the resulting flashes drawn on the same layer, a new layer, or any one of the existing layers in the current document.
    • Various other conversion options are available from the dialog, including the ability to set a flash tolerance - when searching pads for a match with the initial selected pad - and whether to keep old pads, or delete them completely.
  3. After defining the options as required, clicking OK will return you to the main design window, and you will be prompted to select the entire area to be flashed. Simply drag a selection box around the whole design and then right-click once the area has become selected. The selected objects will be compared against the initial selected pad, and all matches found will be converted to the defined aperture.
  4. Continue selectively converting other drawn pads to flashed apertures, or right-click, or press Esc, to exit.

 

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