Parent page: Schematic Objects
A line is a non-electrical polyline drawing primitive. Lines are used for adding reference information to a document, such as building graphical symbols, custom sheet borders and title blocks, and annotating the schematic.
Lines are available for placement in both Schematic and Schematic Library Editors:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter line placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
When placing a line there are 5 placement modes. The mode specifies how corners are created when placing lines and the angles at which lines can be placed. During placement:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed line object directly in the workspace and change its size and/or shape, graphically.
When a line object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
nthvertex selected ready for editing.
With the line selected, click on a segment to individually select that segment. This line 'sub-selection' is distinguished by the associated editing handles becoming red in color.
The associated vertices for the segment can then be edited directly using the Inspector or List panel, with any changes appearing immediately on the schematic.
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Dialog page: PolyLine
This method of editing uses the PolyLine dialog to modify the properties of a line object.
The PolyLine dialog can be accessed prior to entering placement mode, from the Schematic – Default Primitives page of the Preferences dialog. This allows the default properties for the line object to be changed, which will be applied when placing subsequent lines.
During placement, the dialog can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
After placement, the dialog can be accessed in one of the following ways:
The PolyLine dialog provides several options which can be used to change the style of a line. Using the Start Line Shape, End Line Shape, Line Shape Size, Line Width and Line Style options, a large variety of arrow and marker designs can be achieved.
An Inspector panel enables the designer to interrogate and edit the properties of one or more design objects in the active document. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering - by using the applicable Filter panel, or the Find Similar Objects dialog - the panel can be used to make changes to multiple objects of the same kind, from one convenient location.
A List panel allows the designer to display design objects from one or more documents in tabular format, enabling quick inspection and modification of object attributes. Used in conjunction with appropriate filtering - by using the applicable Filter panel, or the Find Similar Objects dialog - it enables the display of just those objects falling under the scope of the active filter – allowing the designer to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.