Parent page: Schematic Objects
A text frame is a non-electrical drawing primitive. It is used to define an area on a schematic to contain textual information. The frame is a resizable rectangular area that can contain multiple lines of text and can automatically wrap and clip text to keep it within the bounds of the frame.
Text frames are available for placement in both Schematic and Schematic Library Editors, by:
After launching the command, the cursor will change to a cross-hair and you will enter text frame placement mode. Placement is made by performing the following sequence of actions:
Additional actions that can be performed during placement – while the text frame is still floating on the cursor, and before its first corner is anchored – are:
This method of editing allows you to select a placed text frame object directly in the workspace and change its size, shape or location, graphically.
When a text frame object is selected, the following editing handles are available:
The textual content of a text frame can be edited in-place by:
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Dialog page: Text Frame
This method of editing uses the Text Frame dialog to modify the properties of a text frame object.
The Text Frame 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 text frame object to be changed, which will be applied when placing subsequent text frames.
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:
Clicking the Change button associated to the Text field will give access to the TextFrame Text dialog, from where you can enter the text for the frame as required.
In addition to providing a Word Wrap option, the main Text Frame dialog provides a Clip to Area option. This option comes into play if word wrapping is disabled. With this option enabled, text will be kept within the bounds of the frame. When disabled, text will spill out of the frame onto the schematic sheet.
Specify a single value to apply equally to Left, Top, Right and Bottom margins for the current frame, using the Text margin property in the Text Frame dialog.
When editing text in-situ, directly within the text frame (as opposed to using the TextFrame Text dialog), the defined margins are not present. They will be reapplied after editing is complete and the text changes applied.
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.