Altium Designer Documentation

InsertCallout

Created: June 27, 2017 | Updated: June 27, 2017

Parent page: PcbDrawing Commands

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


Applied Parameters: None

Summary

This command is used to place a Callout object into the active Draftsman document (*.PCBDwf). Callouts can be placed anywhere to provide further information about specific points of interest. On a Board Assembly-related view, they can provide an automated reference to a BOM item, or a specific component parameter. In addition, they can also provide a link to a specified Note entry.

For a high-level look at how the Altium Draftsman Drawing System provides an interactive approach to the creation of production documentation for your PCBs, see Draftsman. For detailed information about this object type, see Callout.

Access

This command can be accessed from the PcbDrawing Editor by:

  • Choosing the Place » Annotations » Callout command from the main menus.
  • Locating and using the Callout command () on the Active Bar.
If the command has been recently used from the Active Bar, it will become the active/visible button. Where other commands are available, this is indicated by a triangle at the bottom-right corner of the button. Click and hold on the active button to access a menu of all associated commands for that grouping.
  • Clicking the  button on the Drawing Annotations toolbar.
  • Right-clicking in the workspace and choosing the Place » Annotations » Callout command from the context menu.

Use

After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair, and you will enter callout placement mode. Placement of a callout depends on the type of callout being created.

To place a Custom Text callout:

  1. Position the cursor at the required point within the document. For a Board Assembly View (including associated Board Section Views and Board Detail Views) ensure this is a point where the drawing element is not highlighted. With the cursor in position, click to lock the arrow end of the callout.
  2. Move the cursor to size the callout and click to anchor its end.
  3. The default text for a newly placed custom text callout is ?. Change the text to that required, through the Properties panel. Multi-line text is supported.

To place an automated BOM Item link:

  1. Position the cursor at the required point within a Board Assembly View (including associated Board Section Views and Board Detail Views), ensuring this is a point where the drawing element is highlighted (component edge, or a point on a component). With the cursor in position, click to lock the arrow end of the callout.
  2. Move the cursor to size the callout and click to anchor its end.
  3. The callout link will show the corresponding BOM entry number for that component, as entered in the Item column of a placed Bill of Materials Table.

To place a Component Parameter link:

  1. Position the cursor at the required point within a Board Assembly View (including associated Board Section Views and Board Detail Views), ensuring this is a point where the drawing element is highlighted (component edge, or a point on a component). With the cursor in position, click to lock the arrow end of the callout.
  2. Move the cursor to size the callout and click to anchor its end.
  3. In the Properties panel, change the Source Text entry for the callout (in the Properties section of the panel) to Component Parameter.
  4. Select a parameter from the Parameter drop-down list.

To create a reference to a Note Item:

  1. Position the cursor at the required point within the document. For a Board Assembly View (including associated Board Section Views and Board Detail Views) ensure this is a point where the drawing element is not highlighted. With the cursor in position, click to lock the arrow end of the callout.
  2. Move the cursor to size the callout and click to anchor its end.
  3. In the Properties panel, change the Source Text entry for the callout (in the Properties section of the panel) to Note Item.
  4. Select a note number from the Note Item drop-down list - a Note object must already exist within the Draftsman document for this menu to be populated.

Tips

  1. A Callout can be graphically modified after placement. Click on it to select it - an editing handle will appear at its end point. Click and drag this handle to move the end point as required.
  2. Most aspects of a placed Callout are available for editing through the Properties panel. If the panel is already open, simply select a placed Callout to populate the panel with its associated properties. If the panel is not open, double-click on the Callout to access it.
  3. An existing Callout may be changed to a different type by selecting that option from the Source Text list, in the Properties section of the Properties panel.
  4. If changes have been made to the PCB document, using the Tools » Update Board command will ensure that a placed BOM-related Callout is kept in-sync.
  5. Defaults for this primitive type can be defined on the Draftsman - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog.

 

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