Altium Designer Documentation

Configuring Draftsman Transmission Line Table Object Properties in Altium Designer

Created: July 15, 2020 | Updated: April 10, 2021

Parent page: Transmission Line Table

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 Transmission Line Table 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 Transmission Line Table object properties are available for editing in the Properties panel when a placed Transmission Line Table is selected in the design space.

The Transmission Line Table default settings in the Preferences dialog and the Transmission Line Table mode of the Properties panel

General Tab

Title

  • Title – the title name string that will be displayed (if enabled) with the Transmission Line Table. Use the associated button to toggle its visibility. Enter the title name and any desired system/custom parameters to create a meaningful name for the placed view. See the Parameters section in the panel's Document Options mode for a list of the currently available 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 table'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 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

  • Table Line Style – the thickness, color and pattern style of the lines used to render the Transmission Line Table. Use the line weight drop-down menu to choose from a range of line thickness presets and the line pattern menu to choose from a range of line styles. The associated color button () opens the line color selector, as outlined for the Font property above.
  • Even Row Color – select the contrasting color for even rows in the table.
  • Non-Even Row Color – select the contrasting color for odd rows in the table.
  • Caption Font – sets the text font used for the table column headings.
    • Use Document Font checkbox selected – the font used is that defined by the document options. See the Document Font entry in 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 enable text attributes. The associated color button () opens the color selector, as outlined above.
  • Rows Font – sets the font used for the body of the table (the text in the table rows).
    • Use Document Font checkbox selected – the font used is that defined by the document options. See the Document Font entry in 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 enable text attributes. The associated color button () opens the color selector, as outlined above.

Units

Specifies the unit type and numerical precision (number of significant digits to the right of the decimal point with the last digit rounded) for the table data. Additional numerical data can be enabled in the form of secondary (Dual) entries in a specified unit type.

  • Primary Units & Precision – use the Units and Precision drop-down menus to choose from a range of standard unit/rounding options, and the  button to toggle the visibility of the primary unit text.
  • Dual Units & Precision – use the Units and Precision drop-down menus to choose from a range of standard unit/rounding options, and the  button to toggle the visibility of the dual (secondary) unit text.

Columns Tab

A configurable tabular list of the Rows and Columns available in the Transmission Line Table mode of the Properties panel.

Columns

This is a list of columns included in the table, with the following options:

  • Each column entry may be edited by toggling its visibility (), renaming its heading (Caption), stepping through its text justification options (Align), or by setting a specific or automatic column width measurement (Width).
  • The order of the list entries, and therefore, the column order in the placed table, may be edited by moving the position of a selected column entry using the associated  and buttons.

Rows

The list of row data in the table ordered by the Impedance Id column, which relates to the named board layers in the source Layer Stack. Use the button associated with each row entry to toggle its visibility in the table.

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