Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Schematic Parameter Set Object Properties in Altium Designer

Created: April 19, 2018 | Updated: April 26, 2018
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Parent page: Parameter Set

Schematic Editor object properties are definable options that specify the visual style, content and behavior of the placed object.

The property settings for each type of object are defined in two different ways:

  • Pre-placement settings – most Parameter Set object properties, or those that can logically be pre-defined, are available as editable default settings on the Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog (accessed from the  button at the top-right of the workspace). Select the object in the Primitive List to reveal its options on the right.
  • Post-placement settings – all Parameter Set object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a Parameter Set is selected in the workspace.

The Parameter Set default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Parameter Set and Differential Pair modes of the Properties panel  The Parameter Set default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Parameter Set and Differential Pair modes of the Properties panel      The Parameter Set default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Parameter Set and Differential Pair modes of the Properties panel

In the below properties listing, options that are not available as default settings in the Preferences dialog are noted as "Properties panel only".

Location

  • (X/Y) 
    • X (first field) - the current X (horizontal) coordinate of the reference point of the object, relative to the current workspace origin. Edit to change the X position of the object. The value can be entered in either metric or imperial; include the units when entering a value whose units are not the current default. 
    • Y (second field) - The current Y (vertical) coordinate of the reference point of the object, relative to the current origin. Edit to change the Y position of the object. The value can be entered in either metric or imperial; include the units when entering a value whose units are not the current default. 
  • Rotation - use the drop-down to select the rotation. Choices are: 0 Degrees90 Degrees180 Degrees, and 270 Degrees.

Properties

  • Label - the parameter set label. Edit if desired.
  • Style - use the drop-down to select the style: Large or Tiny. Click on the color box to access a drop-down from which you can select the default color.

Rules

  • Grid - displays the Name and Value of the rules of the associated parameter set. Click  or  to show/hide the rule.
  • Add - click to open the Choose Design Rule Type dialog in which you can choose a new rule. After choosing a new rule then clicking OK, the Edit PCB Rule (From Schematic) dialog opens so that you can edit the new rule, if desired. After clicking OK, the new rule is added to the grid. Click  to open the Edit PCB Rule (From Schematic) dialog to edit the selected rule. Click the  to delete the selected rule.

Classes

  • Grid - displays the Class Name of the associated parameter set. Use the lock icon to lock/unlock the selected class name.
  • Font Settings - click to open a menu to define the font. Use the controls to select the desired font, font size, color, and attributes to bold, italicize, etc., if desired.
  • Other - click to open a drop-down to change additional options of the selected class:
    • Show Parameter Name - enable to show the parameter name.
    • Allow Synchronization with Database - enable to synchronize with the database.
    • X/Y - enter the X and Y coordinates.
    • Rotation - use the drop-down to select the rotation. Choices are: 90°180°, and 270°.
    • Autoposition - check to enable auto-positioning.
  • Add - click to add a new class. Click  to delete the selected class.
  • Add (drop-down for Differential Pair Properties)
    • Net Class - select to add a new Net Class type. 
    • Diff. Pair Net Class - select to add a new Diff. Pair Net Class type.
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