Altium Designer Documentation

Pad-Via Layer Editor

Created: 22.02.2018 | Updated: 22.02.2018

   The Pad-Via Layer Editor dialog

Summary

The Pad-Via Layer Editor dialog provides controls related to pad or via settings for each layer including shape, size, and X/Y location. The dialog caption and the available controls will change to reflect whether you are updating a pad or via layer.

Access

The same dialog is used for both pads and vias. The dialog caption and options change to reflect which object you are updating.

  • When updating a via: In the Add Shielding to Net dialog, enable the Full Stack option (located in the Via Style region) then click Edit Full Stack Via Sizes
For a via, only the Diameter and Layer Stack Reference Index options can be edited.
  • When updating a pad: In the Pad properties dialog, enable the Full Stack option (in the Size and Shape region of the dialog) then click the Edit Full Pad Layer Definition button. 

Options/Controls

Via Layer Editor

  • Attributes on Layer
    • ​Diameter - the diameter of the via. 
  • Layer Stack Reference
    • Name - the layer referenced by the via layer. This field is not editable.
    • Index - the relative index of the layer.
  • Absolute Layer
    • Name - name of the layer, which is defined by default. This field is not editable.
    • Index - absolute index of the via among all layers (including hidden layers). This field is not editable.
  • Only show layers in layerstack - enable this option to display only the layers (derived from the Layer Stack Manager dialog) in the Layer Stack. Check the Layer Stack Manager dialog (Design » Layer Stack Manager) to see which layers are used. If this option is disabled, all the available PCB layers are displayed.

Pad Layer Editor

  • Main Grid -  A pad stack is a collection of pad information about the pad shape and size relative to a layer of this stack. Click on one of the attributes on this grid to edit the values for the current layer of the stack. The layers of a pad stack are derived from the Layer Stack Manager dialog (Design » Layer Stack Manager).
  • Attributes on Layer
    • Shape - choose a pad shape from drop down list: Round, Rectangular, Octagonal, or Rounded Rectangle.
    • X Size - click to specify the X size of the pad.
    • Y Size - click to specify the Y size of the pad.
    • Corner Radius (%) - click to specify the corner radius of the pad; this field is editable only for Rounded Rectangle
  • Layer Stack Reference
    • Name - the layer referenced by the pad layer.
    • Index - the relative index of the layer.
  • Absolute Layer
    • Name - name of the layer, which is defined by default.
    • Index - absolute index of the pad among all layers (including hidden layers). 
  • Only show layers in layerstack - enable this option to display only the layers (derived from the Layer Stack Manager dialog) in the Layer Stack. Check the Layer Stack Manager dialog (Design » Layer Stack Manager) to see which layers are used. If this option is disabled, all the available PCB layers are displayed.
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