Applied Parameters: Action=ToggleDeltaOrigin
This command is used to toggle the display of the Delta coordinates within the Heads Up Display. The delta coordinates display the distance, horizontally (dx) and vertically (dy), from the Delta Origin - a point that can be user-defined within the workspace. Use these coordinates to accurately gauge distance relative to a position on your board.
The Heads Up Display (HUD) gives you real-time feedback about objects currently under the cursor in the PCB workspace. The HUD is configurable and can include cursor location, delta information (distance from the last mouse click), current layer, and current-snap grid. As well as the information content, the display font and colors can also be configured.
This command can be accessed from the PCB Editor and the PCB Library Editor by:
- Choosing the View » Board Insight » Toggle Heads Up Delta Origin command from the main menus.
- Using the Shift+D keyboard shortcut.
Use the F2 keyboard shortcut to quickly access a pop-up menu of commands relating to the PCB's Board Insight feature set.
First, set the location of the delta origin within the workspace by positioning the cursor at the required point then either click or press the Insert key.
After launching the command, display of the Delta coordinates will either be switched off or turned on depending on whether they were previously displayed or not. With the coordinates displayed and as you move the cursor, the dx and dy values will reflect the position of the cursor in relation to the defined Delta Origin point.
- The ability and controls that are used to set the Delta Origin point follow the Insert Key Resets Heads Up Delta Origin and Mouse Click Resets Heads Up Delta Origin options on the PCB Editor - Board Insight Modes page of the Preferences dialog. If both of these options are disabled, the Delta Origin feature is effectively disabled and the delta coordinates will remain at 0,0 as you move the mouse. The information displayed in the HUD is also configured from this page.
- Changes made to the Board Insight system affect the PCB domain workspace, and therefore affect all PCB and PCB LIbrary documents on which you work.