Coordinate

Parent page: PCB Dialogs


The Coordinate Dialog.

Summary

This dialog allows you to modify the attributes of a Coordinate object. A coordinate is a group design object, used to mark the X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) distance of a point in the design workspace relative to the current origin.

Access

The dialog can be accessed during placement by pressing the Tab key.

After placement, the dialog can be accessed in the following ways:

  • Double-click on the placed object.
  • Place the cursor over the object, right-click and choose Properties from the context menu.

Options/Controls

  • Line Width - Specify the width of the 2 line segments used to mark the coordinate location.
  • Size - Specify the length of the 2 line segments used to mark the coordinate location.
  • Text Width - Specify the line width of the display text.
  • Text Height - Specify the height of the display text.
  • Location X - Specify the X location of the coordinate marker.
  • Location Y - Specify the Y location of the coordinate marker.

Properties

  • Layer - Specify the layer on which the object is placed. Coordinates can be placed on any available layer.
  • Unit Style - Select how the Units should be displayed. Available options include:
    • None: No units are displayed, only the coordinates [eg. 1220, 3400].
    • Normal: Units are displayed after each value [eg. 1220mil, 3400mil].
    • Brackets: Units are displayed in brackets at the end of the coordinate [eg. 1220, 3400 (mil)].
  • Font - Choose the Font type to be used for the display text. There are two Font types available: True Type or Stroke, these are described below.
  • LockedCheck this box to lock the object. If you attempt to graphically modify an object that has its Locked property enabled, a dialog will appear asking for confirmation to proceed with the edit.

Select Stroke / TrueType Font

Depending on whether TrueType or Stroke fonts have been selected, a number of different options will be available.

  • Font Name: Stroke 

Stroke Fonts are a simple, built-in font family of 3 styles: DefaultSans Serif, and Serif. The Default style is a simple vector font designed for pen plotting and vector photo plotting. The Sans Serif and Serif fonts are more complex in their shape. Stroke-based fonts are built into the software and cannot be changed. All three Stroke fonts have the full IBM extended ASCII character set that supports English and other European languages.

  • Font Name: TrueType

If TrueType Fonts are selected, the Font Name drop down list will be populated with the names of the TrueType fonts available on this PC (in the \Windows\Fonts folder). TrueType fonts offer full Unicode support. 

By default, the software links to a used TrueType font, which means the same font must be present on each PC that the design is moved to.

To toggle the units of measurement used in the open dialog between metric (mm) and imperial (mil), press the Ctrl+Q shortcut. This affects the dialog only and does not change the actual measurement unit currently employed for the board, as determined by the Home | Grids and Units | Metric or Imperial setting chosen on the Ribbon.

 

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