Altium NEXUS Documentation

Setup Paste Array (PCB)

Modified by Phil Loughhead on Jun 7, 2021


The Setup Paste Array dialog

Summary

The Setup Paste Array dialog provides options for pasting a linear or circular array of the current clipboard contents. For example, you can use the Paste Array feature to paste an alpha-numerically designated array of pads for a BGA.

Access

The dialog can be accessed by clicking the Paste Array button in the Paste Special dialog (Edit » Paste Special).

Options/Controls

Placement Variables

  • Item Count - the number of repeat placements to be performed. For example, typing 4 will place 4 copies of the current clipboard contents.
  • Text Increment - enter the automatic increment for the display text (e.g., component or pad designator). Both alpha and numeric increments other than 1 are supported. For example, by setting the designator of a pad prior to copying it to the clipboard and setting the Text Increment field, the following types of pad designator sequences can be placed:
    • Numeric (1, 3, 5)
    • Alphabetic (A, B, C)
    • Combination of alpha and numeric (A1, A2, or 1A, 1B, or A1, B1 or 1A, 2A, etc)
  • To increment numerically, set the Text Increment field to the amount you wish to increment by.
  • To increment alphabetically, set the Text Increment field to the letter in the alphabet that represents the number of letters you wish to skip. For example, if the initial pad had a designator of 1A and the Text Increment field was set to C (the third letter of the alphabet), the pads would have the designators 1A, 1D (three letters after A), 1G (three letters after D), and so on.
  • Note that the last-used incremental value is remembered after pasting an array, the next value in that sequence will be used as the base value of the next array that you paste, unless you perform a new Copy action.

Array Type

  • Circular- enable this option to paste a circular array, using the current Circular Array settings.
  • Linear - enable this option to paste the array in a straight line, using the current Linear Array settings.

Circular Array

  • Rotate Item to Match - if enabled, array items will be rotated by the same angular amount as their Spacing.
  • Spacing (degrees) - the angular space between two adjacent pasted items.

Linear Array

  • X-Spacing - enter the desired X space between two adjacent items.
  • Y- Spacing - enter the desired Y space between two adjacent items.

When you paste the array, it will be held by the same reference location that was used when the Copy action was performed.

Found an issue with this document? Highlight the area, then use Ctrl+Enter to report it.

Contact Us

Contact our corporate or local offices directly.

We're sorry to hear the article wasn't helpful to you.
Could you take a moment to tell us why?
200 characters remaining
You are reporting an issue with the following selected text
and/or image within the active document:
ALTIUM DESIGNER FREE TRIAL
Altium Designer Free Trial
Let’s get started. First off, are you or your organization already using Altium Designer?

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

In that case, why do you need an evaluation license?

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

Got it. You actually don’t need an evaluation license for that.

Click the button below to download the latest Altium Designer installer.

Download Altium Designer Installer

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

Please fill out the form below to get a quote for a new seat of Altium Designer.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

If you are on Altium Subscription, you don’t need an evaluation license.

If you are not an active Altium Subscription member, please fill out the form below to get your free trial.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

Why are you looking to evaluate Altium Designer?

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

You came to the right place! Please fill out the form below to get your free trial started.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

Great News!

Valid students can get their very own 6-month Altium Designer Student License for FREE! Just fill out the form below to request your Student License today.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

Got it. You can download a free Altium Designer Viewer license which is valid for a 6 months.

Please fill out the form below to request one.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

That’s great! Making things is awesome. We have the perfect program for you.

Upverter is a free community-driven platform designed specifically to meet the needs of makers like you.

Click here to give it a try!

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

Got it. You can download a free Altium Designer Viewer license which is valid for a 6 months.

Please fill out the form below to request one.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.