PCB Printout Properties

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The PCB Printout Properties dialog.

Summary

This dialog allows the designer to define and manage the printout(s) required for the specific print-based documentation that is to be generated from the board.

Access

The dialog is accessed in the following ways:

  • By clicking the Advanced button, in a <PrintoutType> Properties dialog.
A <PrintoutType> Properties dialog is accessed by using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Page Setup command, from the main menus (or by right-clicking on the entry for the PCB document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Page Setup command from the context menu). The PrintoutType in this case will be whatever has been set as the default print set, on the Default Prints tab of the Project Options dialog ((Project | Content | )).
  • Right-clicking in the Print Preview dialog, and choosing the Configuration command from the context menu.
The Print Preview dialog can be accessed using the Outputs | Documentation |  » Print Preview command. Alternatively, access can be made by right-clicking on the entry for the PCB document, in the Projects panel, and choosing the Print Preview command from the context menu.
Access to the Print Preview dialog can also be made directly by clicking the Outputs | Assembly |  button, or by using any command on the menu associated to the Outputs | Fabrication | button.
  • With the entry for a PCB-supported printout type selected, on the Default Prints tab of the Project Options dialog, click the Configure button.

Options/Controls

Main Grid

This, the main region of the dialog presents the configured printouts in a grid. The grid is comprised of three columns:

  • Printouts & Layers - this column lists the currently defined printouts and their constituent layers. The following printout-based entities are supported:
    • Printout - a standard printout, manually configured with requisite layers.
    • Printout Set - comprising a set of printouts generated for each layer of a nominated class. Each printout will comprise of one layer within that class.
    • Drill Printout Set - comprising a set of printouts generated for each existing drill-pair, with drill layers determined by the Layer Stack. Each printout will comprise of the drill layer (Drill Drawing or Drill Guide) as nominated for the set.
A standard printout comprises standard layers and/or layer classes. A printout set or drill printout set are comprised of iterated layers.
The name of a standard printout can be changed directly in the grid. Simply click once on the printout's name to access in-place editing, then type the new name as required.
  • Include Components - this column enables you to control which components are included in an associated printout/printout set; either those on the top, those on the bottom, or components on both sides.
  • Printout Options - this column enables you to control additional options with respect to an associated printout/printout set; whether or not to show holes, mirror layers, and enable font substitution.
Multiple entries within a printout/printout set, or multiple printouts/printout sets within the overall print set, can be selected using standard multi-select techniques (Ctrl+click and Shift+click).

The following list of commands are available from the right-click menu, accessed from anywhere within the dialog:

  • Create Final - use this command to quickly create a complete, predefined final artwork print-set for the source PCB document.
  • Create Composite - use this command to quickly create a predefined multi-layer composite print for the source PCB document.
  • Create Power-Plane Set - use this command to quickly create predefined power-plane drawings for the source PCB document.
  • Create Mask Set - use this command to quickly create predefined solder/paste mask drawings for the source PCB document.
  • Create Drill Drawings - use this command to quickly create a predefined set of drill drawings and guides for the source PCB document.
  • Create Assembly Drawings - use this command to quickly create predefined assembly drawings for the source PCB document.
  • Create Composite Drill Guide - use this command to quickly create a predefined composite drill drawing for the source PCB document.
  • Insert Printout - use this command to insert a new standard printout for the print-based output currently being configured. The printout will be added immediately above the currently focused printout/printout set.
The focused printout is the printout associated with a selected entry in the grid that has a dotted outline.
  • Insert Printout Set - use this command to insert a new printout set for the print-based output currently being configured. The printout set will be added immediately above the currently focused printout/printout set.
  • Insert Drill Printout Set - use this command to insert a new drill printout set for the print-based output currently being configured. The drill printout set will be added immediately above the currently focused printout/printout set.
  • Insert Layer - use this command to insert a new layer into the focused printout/printout set. The Layer Properties dialog will appear, from where you can choose from a list of all used layers for the board. The layer will be added immediately above the focused entry within that printout/printout set.
The focused layer is the currently selected layer that has a dotted outline. When adding the layer
  • Insert Layer Class - use this command to insert an entire class of layers into the focused printout/printout set. The Layer Class Properties dialog will appear, from where you can choose from a list of all existing layer classes defined for the board (as reflected in the Object Class Explorer dialog). The layer class will be added immediately above the focused entry within that printout/printout set.
  • Move Up - use this command to move the focused entry upward within a printout/printout set. Or move the focused printout/printout set upward within the overall print set.
  • Move Down - use this command to move the focused entry downward within a printout/printout set. Or move the focused printout/printout set downward within the overall print set.
  • Delete - use this command to remove the selected entry(ies) from the associated parent printout/printout set, or the selected printout(s)/printout set(s) from the overall print-set currently being configured. You will be prompted for confirmation of the deletion.
You will be prevented from deleting all entries from a printout/printout set, and all printouts/printout sets from the overall print set.
  • Properties - use this command to access either the Layer Properties dialog, the Iterated Layer Properties dialog, the Layer Class Properties dialog, the Printout Properties dialog, the Printout Set Properties dialog, or the Drill Printout Properties dialog, depending on whether the focused entry is a layer, an iterated layer, a layer class, a printout, a printout set, or a drill printout set, respectively.
Access to the respective dialog can also be made by double-clicking on the layer, iterated layer, layer class, printout, printout set, or drill printout set entry.
  • Preferences - use this command to access the PCB Print Preferences dialog, from where you can define global options that apply to all print sets.
Access to the PCB Print Preferences dialog can also be made by clicking the Preferences button at the bottom-left of the dialog.

Designator Print Settings

Use the control in this region of the dialog to specify the type of designator information to be included on the printouts. Opt to either Print Phyiscal Designators, or Print Logical Designators.

Area to Print

Use the controls in this region of the dialog to determine the area of the board to be printed. Choose from:

  • Entire Sheet - print the whole board.
  • Specific Area - only print the defined area. With this option enabled, the following controls become available:
    • Lower Left Corner X/Y - use these fields to define the X and Y coordinates for the bottom-left corner of the required print area.
    • Upper Right Corner X/Y - use these fields to define the X and Y coordinates for the top-right corner of the required print area.
    • Define - click this button to define the required print area directly in the workspace. You will be taken into the workspace, from where you simply click to define the two diagonally-opposite corners of the area. The coordinates of your chosen locations will be filled into the respective fields, back in the PCB Printout Properties dialog.

Addiitional Buttons

  • Preferences - click this button to access the PCB Print Preferences dialog. Use this dialog to define printout-related preferences including the coloring for each layer that can be printed, whether any mechanical layers are included in a printout automatically, and font substitution.

 

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