Parent page: PCB Objects
The PCB Design View object is a graphic snapshot of any rectangular shaped region of the current board or another board. It can be placed anywhere in the workspace and scaled to any size.
A Design View can be placed in the PCB Editor in one of the following ways:
After launching the command, a design view will appear attached to the cursor. Position the design view in a suitable location then click or press Enter to place it.
Additional actions that can be performed during placement while the design view is still floating on the cursor and before the design view is anchored are:
After placement of the design view, you can define the display of desired layers by performing the following steps:
Design Views are included in printed and PDF output. The Design View retains its own layer visibility settings in the output allowing it to present as required in the printed/PDF output. Note that the primitives on layers used in the Design View continue to obey the display settings defined in the Layer Properties dialog for that layer in the PCB Printout Properties settings defined for that output. For example, if the Top Overlay is displayed in the Design View and the Top Overlay is configured to display tracks in Draft mode for that output in the Output Job, then the Top Overlay tracks in the Design View will also present in Draft mode.
Once a Design View has been placed in the workspace, you can interactively adjust the position, scale, size and focus of the View.
The following methods of non-graphical editing are available:
Properties page: Design View Properties
This method of editing uses the associated Properties panel mode to modify the properties of a design view object.
During placement, the panel can be accessed by pressing the Tab key.
To access the properties of a placed design view:
A List panel allows you 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 PCB 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 you to target and edit multiple design objects with greater accuracy and efficiency.