Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Visual Settings for the MBA Document using the View Configuration Panel in Altium Designer

Created: April 30, 2019 | Updated: February 2, 2021
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Parent page: Multi-board Panels

The Multi-board Assembly editor's View Configuration panel.
The Multi-board Assembly editor's View Configuration panel.

Summary

The View Configuration panel is used to configure the color and workspace visibility options in the Multi-board Assembly editor. It is also used to control the display of the section view, and the section panels.

To learn more about Multi-board assemblies, refer to Creating the Physical Multi-board Assembly.

Panel Access

When a Multi-board assembly document is active, the panel can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Click View » Panels » View Configuration.
  • Click the button at the bottom-right of the workspace and select the View Configuration option.
  • Use the L shortcut key.

Content and Use

The panel content is divided into three sections:

  • Display Options - options to enable and configure the projection of the Multi-board assembly. 
  • Section View - options to enable and configure the section view feature, and control the display of the section panels.
  • System Colors - options to configure the visibility and color of layers.

In the Multi-board Assembly editor, each workspace axis, and its corresponding plane, is assigned a color:

  • Red - X axis, viewing into the Y-Z plane. You can think of this as the front or rear view.
  • Green - Y axis, viewing into the X-Z plane. You can think of this as the left or right view.
  • Blue - Z axis, viewing into the X-Y plane. You can think of this as the top or bottom view.

Projection – determine the projection of the view. Choose from:

  • Orthographic - choose this option to see the exact position of objects and text on the Multi-board Assembly without being obscured by surrounding objects.
  • Perspective - choose this option for a more realistic view of the Multi-board Assembly.

A Section View is a view that can be used to reveal detail within an assembly, that might normally not be visible. This is achieved by defining a plane where a section of the assembly is cut. The Multi-board Assembly editor supports defining a section plane along each of the 3 axes, allowing the section definition to be in 1, 2, or 3 directions.

  • Section View has three display modes: 
    • Edit - enable to have sectioning applied and to make planes visible and editable.
    • On -  enable to have sectioning applied and planes hidden. 
    • Off - enable to hide panels and to give a clearer view of the Multi-board Assembly. 
  • Invert Cutout -  enable to define the section location of the cut in each plane. Each plane includes a small arrow control, click, hold, and drag on the area to change the location of that section plane. Alternatively, click and hold anywhere on the panel and move it. 
    • Section Plane Controls - these controls are used to enable sectioning in each plane, and to toggle on which side of that plane the assembly's content is to be removed.
Plane Enable Plane Change Plane Direction

 

X Plane

View » Toggle Section Plane X

1 shortcut key

View » Flip Section Plane X

Ctrl+1 shortcut

 

Y Plane

View » Toggle Section Plane Y

2 shortcut key

View » Flip Section Plane Y

Ctrl+2 shortcut

 

Z Plane

View » Toggle Section Plane Z

3 shortcut key

View » Flip Section Plane Z

Ctrl+3 shortcut

The color of each section plane is configured in the System Colors section of this panel.

Setting the Color

Each layer includes a small color button, click this to display the color selector, as shown below.

The panel includes:

  • A history row, showing (up to) the last 10 color choices that were made.
  • A grid of 10 x 8 predefined color buttons, click a button to select that color.
  • A Custom Color row of up to 10 custom colors.

Custom colors can be defined, to do this:

  • Click Define Custom Colors to expand the color palette to also display the Custom Color Palette.
  • Use the horizontal slider in the center of the Custom Color Palette to select a base color, then click anywhere on the palette to brighten or darken that color.
  • Alternatively, enter the Hex or RGB values into the appropriate fields in the Custom Color Palette.
  • Click the Apply button to add the new color to the Custom Color row, and apply that color to the layer being edited.

Displaying or Hiding a Workspace Feature

Certain workspace features (such as Selection), can be displayed or hidden. Click the eye icon ( ) to toggle the visibility off and on.

 

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