Altium NEXUS Documentation

Working with a Module Entry Object on a Multi-board Schematic Document in Altium NEXUS

Created: June 15, 2017 | Updated: July 14, 2021
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Parent page: Multi-board Schematic Objects

A Module Entry on a placed Module.

Summary

A Module Entry is a graphical object that is automatically or manually placed on Module in a multi-board Design document to represent a connection point (such as a header or plug/socket) of a child PCB project design. Module Entries are connected to entries on other Modules using virtual connections, such as Wires.

Availability

Module Entries are available for placement in the multi-board schematic editor as follows:

  • Choose the Place » Entry command from the main menu.
  • Click the  button on the Active Bar located at the top of the design space.
  • Right-click in the drawing design space then select Place » Entry from the context menu.
The most common way that an Entry is added to a Module is when its associated child project data is imported (Import From Child Project). The addition is an automated process, where the multi-board editor detects valid system connectors in the Module's child project then adds Entries to the Module that represent those connectors. See Multi-board Schematic design for more information.

Placement

After launching the command, the Module Entry graphic will be attached to the cursor, ready for placement. Then:

  1. Hover the cursor over the target Module to locate a suitable position and click to complete placement.
  2. Continue placing further Entries or right-click or press Esc to exit the placement mode.
The default settings for the Module Entry object are available in the Multi-board Schematic - Defaults page of the Preferences dialog.

Graphical Editing

This method of editing allows a placed Module Entry object to be selected in the design space and graphically edit its location.

Select a Module by clicking on its graphic then drag the Entry around the Module's perimeter to a suitable location. Note that the Entry name can be independently dragged to a different position.

A selected Module Entry

Non-Graphical Editing

Properties page: Module Entry Properties

The non-graphical method of editing a Module Entry is available in the Multi-board Properties panel, which provides editable property fields for the item that is currently selected in the design space.

The Properties panel when a Module Entry object is selected.

To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Module:

  • Double-click on the Module Entry object.
  • Right-click on the Module Entry then select Item Properties from the context menu.

If the Properties panel is already active:

  • Click on the Module Entry to access its properties in the panel.
To manually open the Properties panel, select View » Panels » Properties from the main menu or click the button at the bottom right of the design space then select Properties from the pop-up menu.
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