Working with Draftsman Graphical Tools in Altium NEXUS

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Parent page: Streamlining Board Design Documentation with Draftsman

Draftsman provides a range of graphical element tools that can be used to place basic, free-form drawing elements in a document. The tools are accessed from the main Place menu, from the Graphical Tools drop-down menu () on the Drawing Annotations toolbar or the graphic tools drop down on the Active Bar.

Place a graphic element by clicking to position its first node/point and then again to place following nodes, therefore determining its size – such as the length for a line, the radius for a circle, the distance between opposite vertices for a rectangle or text box, or the dimensions of a placed image graphic. The nodes will snap to the nodes or guidelines of other objects, and optionally, the document snap grid if enabled.

► See the snapping options in the General section of the Document Options for graphical primitives snap settings.

Placed graphical elements can be moved by selecting and dragging, or when multiple elements are selected (Ctrl+Shift+Click, or by lassoing). Individual nodes can also be selected and moved. For more options, select a placed graphical element to enable its associated mode in the Draftsman Properties panel.

For more information on Draftsman graphical objects, and their associated settings in the Properties panel, refer to the collapsible sections below: