Altium NEXUS Documentation

Configuring Draftsman Note Object Properties in Altium NEXUS

Created: October 18, 2019 | Updated: April 10, 2021

Parent page: Note

Select a Note object in the Draftsman design space to view or edit its property fields in the Properties panel.

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

The Note object default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Note mode of the Properties panel The Note object default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Note mode of the Properties panel The Note object default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Note mode 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'.

Title

  • Title – the title name string that will be displayed (if enabled) with the Note object. Use the associated button to toggle its visibility. Enter the title name and any desired system/custom parameters to create a meaningful name. See the Parameters section in the Properties panel's Document Options mode for a list of the currently available Document Parameters.
  • Location – select the drop-down to choose from a range of relative locations for the title. The Manual option is automatically selected if the title is manually moved (dragged and dropped to a new location).
  • Font – sets the displayed font used for the object's title string.
    • Use Document Font checkbox selected – the title font used is that defined by the document options. See the Document Font entry in the General section of the Properties panel when in Document Options mode.
    • Use Document Font not selected – use the drop-down menus to choose the desired font type and size and select the lower buttons to enable text attributes. The associated color button () opens the color selector where the font color can be specified by RGB or HEX value, by freeform selection, or from a range of presets. Note that the slider control sets the color Opacity level, where 0% represents full transparency.

Properties

  • Width – the boundary width of the selected Note object. The text entries will automatically wrap to remain constrained within the object width.
  • Horizontal Spacing – the distance between the list entry numbering and their associated text entries.
  • Vertical Spacing – the distance, or line spacing, between the list entry elements.
  • Font – sets the font used for the Note text entries.
    • Use Document Font checkbox selected – the font used is that defined by the document options. See the Document Font entry in the General section of the Properties panel when in Document Options mode.
    • Use Document Font not selected – use the drop-down menus to choose the desired font type and size, and select the lower buttons to enable text attributes. The associated color button () opens the color selector, as described above.

Selected Element (Properties panel only)

The below property items refer to the currently selected element (list entry) in the Note object. 

  • Note Item Number – indicates the entry number of the currently selected list element.
  • Border – the graphic outline style applied to the number of the selected list element. Use the drop-down menu to select from a range of predefined geometric shapes.
  • Note Description – the text entry field for the currently selected Note list element. Select the associated  button to open Draftsman's Document Parameters dialog where any of the available parameters may be selected for inclusion in the Note entry.
  • Add – click to add a new entry (element) to the end of the Note list.
  • Up / Down – use to move the selected entry up or down one row. The list entries are automatically renumbered to accommodate the change.
  •  - click to remove the selected entry.
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