Schematic - Graphical Editing

Parent page: Schematic Preferences

The Schematic - Graphical Editing page of the Preferences dialog.

Summary

As its name suggests, the Schematic – Graphical Editing page of the Preferences dialog provides numerous controls related to editing of schematic-based documents directly in the workspace.

Access

The Schematic – Graphical Editing page is part of the main Preferences dialog (File | Preferences) and is accessed by clicking the Graphical Editing entry under the Schematic folder, in the left hand pane of the dialog.

Access can also be made using the Options » Graphical Editing command, from the workspace's right-click context menu.

Options/Controls

Color Options

  • Selections – this field shows the current color used as the highlight color for selected items. When an object on a schematic sheet is selected, it will be highlighted using this color. Click the field to access a standard Choose Color dialog, from where you can change the selection color as required.

Auto Pan Options

  • Style – auto-panning comes into effect when the cross-hair action cursor is active and you move the cursor to the edge of the view area. If auto-panning is on, the sheet will automatically pan in that direction. Set this field to control cursor movement during auto-panning. The options are: Auto Pan Off; Auto Pan Fixed Jump (pans the sheet by a fixed step, set in the Step Size field. The cursor remains at the edge of the view area); Auto Pan ReCenter (pans the sheet by a fixed step, set in the Step Size field. The cursor is re-centered in the view area after the pan).
  • Speed – drag this bar to set the auto-panning speed. The further to the left the bar is, the slower or finer the auto-panning movement.
  • Step Size – enter a value in this field to set the size of each auto-panning step. The smaller the value, the slower or finer the auto-panning movement.
  • Shift Step Size – enter a value in this field to set the size of each step when the Shift key is held during auto-panning. The smaller the value, the slower or finer the auto-panning movement.

Cursor

  • Cursor Type – select an option from the dropdown list to set the style of the "crosshair" editing cursor. This cursor is displayed when you are performing any editing action in a schematic document. The following options are available: Large Cursor 90 (cursor takes the form of a horizontal and vertical line extending from the edge of the document area); Small Cursor 90 (cursor takes the form of a small cross made with a horizontal and vertical line); Small Cursor 45 (cursor takes the form of a small cross made with 45 degree lines); Tiny Cursor 45 (cursor takes the form of a tiny cross made with 45 degree lines).

Break Wire Cutting Length

The following options are available for controlling the length of wire that gets cut by the cutting tool, when using the Break Wire feature:

  • Snap To Segment - choose this option to have the cutter snap to an entire wire segment.
  • Snap Grid Size Multiple - choose this option to have the cutter sized to a defined multiple of the current snap grid. Enter a value for the multiplier in the field to the right, between 2 and 10 (inclusive).
  • Fixed Length - choose this option to create a fixed-length cutter, the length of which is specified by entering a value in the field to the right.
Values are entered in terms of DXP Default units (1 DXP Default = 10mil).
Regardless of the size of cutter with options other than Snap To Segment, the cutter will shrink to accommodate smaller-sized wire segments in their entirety, as it passes over them - as though Snap To Segment were selected.

Notes

  1. Cutting Length options for the Break Wire tool can also be defined through the Break Wire Properties dialog, accessed by pressing Tab while in Break Wire mode. Values modified for length options at this local document level will be instantly reflected back at the preferences level.

 

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