Altium NEXUS Documentation


Created: June 10, 2016 | Updated: April 11, 2017
Applies to Altium NEXUS Client versions: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 4 and 5
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Parent page: CAMtastic Commands

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

Applied Parameters: CommandMode=CAM


This command is used to place vertical dimension objects on the current document. A vertical dimension reflects the vertical distance between two specified points.


This command is accessed from the CAMtastic Editor by choosing the Place » Dimension » Vertical command from the main menus.


After launching the command, you will enter dimension placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:

  1. Position the cursor at the required point that you wish the first extension line to extend from, and click.
  2. Position the cursor at the required point that you wish the second extension line to extend from, and click.
  3. Move the cursor to the position at which you wish to place the dimension text - preferably somewhere between the two defined extension lines - and click to complete dimension placement.
  4. Continue placing further vertical dimensions or right-click, or press Esc, to exit dimension placement mode.


  1. Dimension properties including text style, height, and accuracy, can be defined on the CAM Editor - Draw Dimension page of the Preferences dialog. Changing these settings will only apply to dimensions that you are going to place, and not those that have already been placed.
  2. All dimension values will be displayed in the current measurement units, as displayed in the CAMtastic panel (default is inches). If the current measurement units are changed (inches/mm), only subsequently placed dimension objects will be displayed in the new current units, and not those already placed.
  3. Dimensions will be drawn using the current DCode. Set the required DCode in the DCode field on the CAMtastic panel.
  4. Dimensions will be drawn on the current layer. The current layer is displayed on the CAMtastic panel at the top of the layers list. Double-clicking on any layer in the layers list will cause it to become the current layer.


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