Altium Designer Documentation

Pad-Via Layer Editor

Modified by Susan Riege on May 11, 2019

   The Pad-Via Layer Editor dialog

Summary

The Pad-Via Layer Editor dialog provides controls related to pad or via settings for each layer including shape, size, and X/Y location. The dialog caption and the available controls will change to reflect whether you are updating a pad or via layer.

Access

  • When updating a via: In the Add Shielding to Net dialog, enable the Full Stack option (located in the Via Style region) then click Edit Full Stack Via Sizes
For a via, only the Diameter and Layer Stack Reference Index options can be edited.
  • When updating a pad: In the Pad properties dialog, enable the Full Stack option (in the Size and Shape region of the dialog) then click the Edit Full Pad Layer Definition button. 
The same dialog is used for both pads and vias. The dialog caption and options change to reflect which object you are updating.

Options/Controls

Via Layer Editor

  • Attributes on Layer
    • ​Diameter - the diameter of the via. 
  • Layer Stack Reference
    • Name - the layer referenced by the via layer. This field is not editable.
    • Index - the relative index of the layer.
  • Absolute Layer
    • Name - name of the layer, which is defined by default. This field is not editable.
    • Index - absolute index of the via among all layers (including hidden layers). This field is not editable.
  • Only show layers in layerstack - enable this option to display only the layers (derived from the Layer Stack Manager) in the Layer Stack. Check the Layer Stack Manager (Design » Layer Stack Manager) to see which layers are used. If this option is disabled, all the available PCB layers are displayed.

Pad Layer Editor

  • Main Grid -  A pad stack is a collection of pad information about the pad shape and size relative to a layer of this stack. Click on one of the attributes on this grid to edit the values for the current layer of the stack. The layers of a pad stack are derived from the Layer Stack Manager (Design » Layer Stack Manager).
  • Attributes on Layer
    • Shape - choose a pad shape from drop down list: Round, Rectangular, Octagonal, or Rounded Rectangle.
    • X Size - click to specify the X size of the pad.
    • Y Size - click to specify the Y size of the pad.
    • Corner Radius (%) - click to specify the corner radius of the pad; this field is editable only for Rounded Rectangle
  • Layer Stack Reference
    • Name - the layer referenced by the pad layer.
    • Index - the relative index of the layer.
  • Absolute Layer
    • Name - name of the layer, which is defined by default.
    • Index - absolute index of the pad among all layers (including hidden layers). 
  • Only show layers in layerstack - enable this option to display only the layers (derived from the Layer Stack Manager) in the Layer Stack. Check the Layer Stack Manager (Design » Layer Stack Manager) to see which layers are used. If this option is disabled, all the available PCB layers are displayed.
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