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PCB Design View
Contents

Placing a Design View
Defining the View Area
Setting the Location and Scale of the Design View
Defining the Title
Interactively adjusting the Scale, Size and Focus of the Design View
Placing a View of the Bottom Side of the Board
Placing a Design View of a Different PCB Document
Including a Design View in Printed or PDF Output
Displaying/Hiding a Design View

A modern PCB can be compact, dense and small in size, making it difficult to present important design information
in the documentation. To help in this process the PCB Editor supports placing a specific view of a PCB design within
the workspace, which can then be included in documentation output. This view is called a Design View, allowing the
designer to place a snapshot of any rectangular shaped region of the current board, or another board. The Design
View can be placed anywhere in the workspace and scaled to any size.

Place a Design View to show a specific area of the board, this one is double the size.

Placing a Design View
Select Place » Design View from the PCB Editor menus to place a Design View in the current PCB workspace. The
Design View dialog will open, as shown below.

Configure the Design view manually or click the Define area button to specify the area, then click OK to place the View in the
workspace.

Configure the settings (as described below) and click OK to place the Design View. Once the View has been placed
you will return to the Design View dialog, ready to place another. Click Cancel to stop placing more Design Views.

Defining the View Area
The Design View dialog supports 2 modes of area definition, either by:
Manually entering in the Width, Height and lower-left X and Y coordinates in the fields located in the image

area of the dialog,
Clicking the Define area button, which returns you to the workspace with a crosshair cursor, and then
defining the rectangular region of the view.
Once the area has been defined, click OK to place the Design View in the workspace.

Setting the Location and Scale of the Design View
The initial location of the Design View is defined interactively when it is placed. The Location settings in the dialog
can be used to accurately position the Design View once it has been placed.
The Scale can defined in the dialog, or interactively configured once the View has been placed in the workspace.

Defining the Title
The Design View can have its own Title, in a user-defined Font, Color and Height. Configure these as required in
the Design View dialog.

Interactively adjusting the Scale, Size and Focus of the Design View
Once a Design View has been placed in the workspace, you can interactively adjust the scale, size and focus of the
View.
Adjusting the Scale - click once to select the Design View, then Click and Drag on a corner handle to scale the
Design View up (drag out) or down (drag in).
Adjusting the View Size - click once to select the Design View, then Ctrl+Click and Drag on a corner handle to
resize the Design View without changing the scale.
Changing the Focus - Ctrl+Click and Drag anywhere within the Design View to slide the currently viewed area
around within the Design View window.

Ctrl+Click and Drag to slide and adjust the area currently being viewed in the Design View.

Placing a View of the Bottom Side of the Board
Design Views support mirroring, that is showing a flipped image of the board. Use this feature when you need to
show a view of the bottom side of the board. On approach to this is to have the board displayed looking from the top,
then:
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Select Place » Design View, the Design View dialog will open,
Cclick the Define Area button, interactively define the rectangular region to be displayed,
The Design View dialog will re-appear, enable the Mirror checkbox
Select the Layers tab and enable the required layers
Click OK to close the dialog,
Place the Design View in the workspace.

Use a Design View to display an area on the bottom side of the board.

Placing a Design View of a Different PCB Document
The default behavior when placing a Design View is to place a view of the current PCB. To place a View of a
different PCB:
1. Select the Specify Document option,
2.
3.
4.
5.

Then click the
button to open the Choose PCB Design File dialog,
Locate and select the target .PcbDoc file,
Click the Open button to complete the selection, and return to the Design View dialog,
Configure the Width, Height and lower-left X and Y coordinates in the fields located in the image area of the
Design View dialog,
6. Click OK in the Design View dialog to place the view of the other board in the current workspace.

Note that the Design View references the user-definable Origin of the chosen board. You can
also interactively adjust the scale, size and focus of a view into a different PCB.

Including a Design View in Printed or PDF Output
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 the designer requires 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.

Design Views are included in printed or PDF type output.

Note that Design Views are not included in Gerber or ODB++ output.

Displaying/Hiding a Design View
Design Views that have been placed in the workspace can be hidden if required, toggle the Show Design Views

option in the Show/Hide Tab of the View Configurations dialog. Note that a Design View that is hidden is still
included in a printout or PDF.

Disable the Show Design Views option to hide all Design Views currently placed in the workspace.


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