Parent page: Draftsman Objects
A Draftsman Callout is a graphic pointer that can be placed in a document to provide information about a specific drawing location or object. The information associated with a Callout may be custom text or data sourced from a BOM entry, a Note item or a component Parameter. Its drawing style and information source are configurable in the Properties panel.
Callouts are available for placement in the Draftsman Editor as follows:
When the command is launched, the cursor will change to a crosshair indicating Callout placement mode. Position the cursor in the drawing space to choose between the two Callout placement types as indicated by the cursor highlighting.
Click to place the Callout pointer at the desired location, as determined above then move the cursor to a suitable Callout end position and click to confirm the placement. Right click to cancel Callout placement mode.
By default, the pointer of placed object type Callout is a dot (positioned on an object outline), while the general type of Callout is indicated by an arrowed pointer. The 'head style' of these pointer ends can be changed in the Properties panel.
The information text that is shown at the end of the Callout (the Callout 'tag') is determined by the Source Text property options in the Properties panel. By default, an object type Callout will display its BOM entry; a general type Callout will show a custom text string, initially set to '
The end position of a placed Callout may be graphically modified. Select a Callout to enable its end position editing handle, which can be dragged to a new location.
Properties page: Callout Properties
The non-graphical method of editing a Callout is available in the Draftsman Properties panel, which provides a range of editable properties that determine the Callout's visual style and the data source for its displayed text. The data source options include Custom Text, BOM item (number), a Note list item, or an available Component Parameter. See the Callout Properties panel for more information.
To open the Properties panel and access the properties of a placed Callout:
If the Properties panel is already active: