PCB API Design Objects Interfaces

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PCB API: Design Objects Reference

The PCB API Design Objects reference includes the following sections and content:

PCB Design Objects Interfaces PCB Rule Objects Interfaces PCB Object Iterators
IPCB_Primitive Interface
IPCB_Arc Interface
IPCB_BoardOutline
IPCB_Component Interface
IPCB_ComponentBody Interface
IPCB_Coordinate
IPCB_Connection Interface
IPCB_ DifferentialPair Interface
IPCB_Embedded Interface
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard Interface
IPCB_Fill
IPCB_FromTo Interface
IPCB_Group
IPCB_LettersCache Interface
IPCB_LibComponent Interface
IPCB_Net Interface
IPCB_ObjectClass Interface
IPCB_Pad Interface
IPCB_Pad2 Interface
IPCB_Polygon Interface
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive Interface
IPCB_Region Interface
IPCB_Text Interface
IPCB_Track Interface
IPCB_TTFontsCache Interface
IPCB_TTFontData Interface
IPCB_Via Interface
IPCB_Violation Interface
IPCB_ContourPoint Interface
IPCB_Contour Interface
IPCB_ContourMaker Interface
Dimension Object Interfaces
IPCB_Rule
IPCB_AcuteAngle rule
IPCB_BrokenNetRule rule
IPCB_ComponentClearanceConstraint rule
IPCB_ComponentRotationsRule rule
IPCB_ConfinementConstraint rule
IPCB_ClearanceConstraint Rule
IPCB_DaisyChainStubLengthConstraint rule
IPCB_ DifferentialPairsRoutingRule Interface
IPCB_FanoutControlRule rule
IPCB_LayerPairsRule rule
IPCB_MatchedNetLengthsConstraint rule
IPCB_MaxMinHeightConstraint rule
IPCB_MaxMinHoleSizeConstraint rule
IPCB_MaxMinWidthConstraint rule
IPCB_MaxMinLengthConstraint rule
IPCB_MinimumAnnularRing rule
IPCB_MaximumViaCountRule rule
IPCB_NetsToIgnoreRule rule
IPCB_ParallelSegmentConstraint rule
IPCB_PasteMaskExpansionRule rule
IPCB_PermittedLayersRule rule
IPCB_PowerPlaneClearanceRule rule
IPCB_PowerPlaneConnectStyleRule rule
IPCB_PolygonConnectStyleRule rule
IPCB_RoutingCornerStyleRule
IPCB_RoutingLayersRule rule
IPCB_RoutingPriorityRule rule
IPCB_RoutingTopologyRule rule
IPCB_RoutingViaStyleRule rule
IPCB_RuleSupplyNets rule
IPCB_ShortCircuitConstraint rule
IPCB_SMDNeckDownConstraint rule
IPCB_SMDToCornerConstraint rule
IPCB_SMDToPlaneConstraint rule
IPCB_SolderMaskExpansionRule rule
IPCB_TestPointStyleRule rule
IPCB_TestPointUsage rule
IPCB_UnConnectedPinRule rule
IPCB_ViasUnderSMDConstraint rule
Signal Integrity Design Rules
IPCB_AbstractIterator
IPCB_BoardIterator
IPCB_LibraryIterator
IPCB_SpatialIterator
IPCB_GroupIterator

 

PCB Design Objects Interfaces

A PCB design object on a PCB document is represented by its interface. An interface represents an existing object in memory and its properties and methods can be invoked.

A PCB design object is basically a primitive or a group object. A primitive can be a track or an arc object. A group object is an object that is composed of child objects. For example a board outline or a component is a group object.
Since many design objects are descended from ancestor interfaces and thus the ancestor methods and properties are also available to use.

For example the IPCB_Text interface is inherited from an immediate IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface and in turn inherited from the IPCB_Primitive interface. If you check the IPCB_Text entry in this document you will see the following information:
The IPCB_Text Interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive
IPCB_Text
and so on.

This PCB Design Objects section is broken up into several categories — Primitives, Dimensions, Group Objects and Rectangular Objects:

  • Primitives include arcs, embedded objects, fills, fromtos, pads, nets, tracks, vias, violations, object classes and connections.
  • Dimensions include Linear, Angular, Radial, Leader, Datum, Baseline, Center, Linear Diameter and Radial Diameter objects
  • Group objects include board outlines, coordinates, components, polygons, library components (footprints) and nets.
  • Rectangular objects include text objects.

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_Arc
IPCB_ObjectClass
IPCB_Pad
IPCB_Via
IPCB_Track
IPCB_Embedded
IPCB_Violation
IPCB_Text
IPCB_Fill
IPCB_Coordinate
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_Component
IPCB_Polygon
IPCB_Net
IPCB_LibComponent

IPCB_Primitive Interface

Overview
The IPCB_Primitive interface is the ancestor interface object for all other PCB interface objects and therefore the methods and properties declared in the IPCB_Primitive interface are also declared in the descendant interfaces.

Notes
Every PCB object has an unique object address stored in a PCB design database for that document this object resides on. Each PCB object address has the TPCBObjectHandle type.
Every existing PCB design object on a PCB document has the Board owner which represents the specific board document.
Each existing PCB design object on a PCB document has Query Rule Properties which can be queried.
A primitive has a bounding rectangle which encapsulates the region of the primitive. There are two other bounding rectangles which are for selection and for painting (refreshing and updating).

IPCB_Primitive methods
GetState_Board
GetState_ObjectId
GetState_Layer
GetState_Selected
SetState_Selected
GetState_IsPreRoute
SetState_IsPreRoute
GetState_InSelectionMemory
SetState_InSelectionMemory
GetState_PadCacheRobotFlag
SetState_PadCacheRobotFlag
GetState_Enabled
SetState_Enabled
GetState_Enabled_Direct
SetState_Enabled_Direct
GetState_Enabled_vNet
SetState_Enabled_vNet
GetState_Enabled_vPolygon
SetState_Enabled_vPolygon
GetState_Enabled_vComponent
SetState_Enabled_vComponent
GetState_Enabled_vCoordinate
SetState_Enabled_vCoordinate
GetState_Enabled_vDimension
SetState_Enabled_vDimension
GetState_Used
SetState_Used
GetState_DRCError
SetState_DRCError
GetState_MiscFlag1
SetState_MiscFlag1
GetState_MiscFlag2
SetState_MiscFlag2
GetState_MiscFlag3
SetState_MiscFlag3
GetState_EnableDraw
SetState_EnableDraw
GetState_Moveable
SetState_Moveable
GetState_UserRouted
SetState_UserRouted
GetState_TearDrop
SetState_TearDrop
GetState_IsTenting
SetState_IsTenting
GetState_IsTenting_Top
SetState_IsTenting_Top
GetState_IsTenting_Bottom
SetState_IsTenting_Bottom
GetState_IsTestPoint_Top
SetState_IsTestPoint_Top
GetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom
SetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom
GetState_IsKeepout
SetState_IsKeepout
GetState_AllowGlobalEdit
SetState_AllowGlobalEdit
GetState_PolygonOutline
SetState_PolygonOutline
GetState_InBoard
SetState_InBoard
GetState_InPolygon
SetState_InPolygon
GetState_InComponent
SetState_InComponent
GetState_InNet
SetState_InNet
GetState_InCoordinate
SetState_InCoordinate
GetState_InDimension
SetState_InDimension
GetState_IsElectricalPrim
SetState_Board
SetState_Layer
GetState_ObjectIDString
GetState_Identifier
GetState_DescriptorString
GetState_DetailString
GetState_Index
SetState_Index
 
GetState_UnionIndex
SetState_UnionIndex
 
GetState_PowerPlaneConnectStyle
GetState_ReliefConductorWidth
GetState_ReliefEntries
GetState_ReliefAirGap
GetState_PasteMaskExpansion
GetState_SolderMaskExpansion
GetState_PowerPlaneClearance
GetState_PowerPlaneReliefExpansion
GetState_Net
GetState_Component
GetState_Polygon
GetState_Coordinate
GetState_Dimension
GetState_ViewableObjectID
SetState_Net
SetState_Component
SetState_Polygon
SetState_Coordinate
SetState_Dimension
 
I_ObjectAddress
BoundingRectangle
BoundingRectangleForSelection
BoundingRectangleForPainting
IsHidden
IsFreePrimitive
IsSaveable
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
 
MoveByXY
MoveToXY
RotateBy
FlipXY
Mirror
SwapLayerPairs
GraphicallyInvalidate
 
BeginModify
EndModify
CancelModify
 
Export_ToParameters
RequiredParamterSpace
IPCB_Primitive properties
Board
ObjectId
Layer
Index
Selected
IsPreRoute
InSelectionMemory
PadCacheRobotFlag
Enabled
Enabled_Direct
Enabled_vNet
Enabled_vPolygon
Enabled_vComponent
Enabled_vCoordinate
Enabled_vDimension
Used
DRCError
MiscFlag1
MiscFlag2
MiscFlag3
EnableDraw
Moveable
UserRouted
TearDrop
IsTenting
IsTenting_Top
IsTenting_Bottom
IsTestpoint_Top
IsTestpoint_Bottom
IsKeepout
AllowGlobalEdit
PolygonOutline
InBoard
InPolygon
InComponent
InNet
InCoordinate
InDimension
IsElectricalPrim
ObjectIDString
Identifier
Descriptor
Detail
PowerPlaneConnectStyle
ReliefConductorWidth
ReliefEntries
ReliefAirGap
PasteMaskExpansion
SolderMaskExpansion
PowerPlaneClearance
PowerPlaneReliefExpansion
Net
Component
Polygon
Coordinate
Dimension
ViewableObjectID
UnionIndex

See also
PCB Design Objects

Methods

BeginModify method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure BeginModify;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

BoundingRectangle method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function BoundingRectangle : TCoordRect;
Description
This function returns the coordinates of the bounding rectangle that encapsulates the design object on a PCB document. There are other two bounding rectangle methods.
Example

Var
    R : TCoordRect;
Begin
    // check for comment / name objects
    If P.ObjectId <> eTextObject Then
    Begin
        R := P.BoundingRectangle;
        If R.left   < MinX Then MinX := R.left;
        If R.bottom < MinY Then MinY := R.bottom;
        If R.right  > MaxX Then MaxX := R.right;
        If R.top    > MaxY Then MaxY := R.top;
    End;
End;

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TCoordRect type
BoundingRectangle script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\ folder.

BoundingRectangleForSelection method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function BoundingRectangleForSelection : TCoordRect;
Description
The bounding rectangle of a design object used for selection is a bit bigger than the bounding rectangle of a design object itself.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

BoundingRectangleForPainting method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function BoundingRectangleForPainting : TCoordRect;
Description
The bounding rectangle of a design object for painting is potentially the largest of all bounding rectangles because for example a component can have comment and designator objects as well.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

CancelModify method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure CancelModify;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

EndModify method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure EndModify;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

FlipXY method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure FlipXY (Axis : TCoord;MirrOp : TMirrorOperation);
Description
This procedure flips the object about the axis depending on Axis and MirrOp parameters.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TMirrorOperation type

GraphicallyInvalidate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure GraphicallyInvalidate;
Description
This procedure renders the object graphically invalidate which forces a system graphical update /refresh on the PCB document.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

I_ObjectAddress method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function I_ObjectAddress : TPCBObjectHandle;
Description
This function returns the true pointer value of the object interface of a design object.
Note
The IPCB_ServerInterface.SendMessageToRobots method needs the I_ObjectAddress parameter which is the handle of a design object.
Example

//Notify PCB that the fill object is going to be changed.
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(
        Fill.I_ObjectAddress, 
        c_Broadcast, 
        PCBM_BeginModify , 
        c_NoEventData);

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsFreePrimitive method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function IsFreePrimitive : Boolean;
Description
This function determines whether the object is a free primitive (not connected to a net) or just a standalone object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsHidden method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function IsHidden : Boolean;
Description
This function determines whether this object is hidden from view or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsSaveable method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function IsSaveable (AVer : TAdvPCBFileFormatVersion) : Boolean;
Description
This function determines whether this particular object can be saved in a specified file format version according to the TAdvPCBFileFormatVersion type.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TAdvPCBFileFormatVersion type

Mirror method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure Mirror (Axis : TCoord;MirrOp : TMirrorOperation);
Description
This procedure mirrors the design object across the axis depending on the mirror operation.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TMirrorOperation type

MoveByXY method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure MoveByXY (AX, AY : TCoord);
Description
This procedure moves the design object by an offset in horizontal and vertical directions specified by the AX and AY parameters.
Example

//Move the object by a specified offset
XStep := DistanceStep * Cos(AngleStep);
YStep := DistanceStep * Sin(AngleStep);
PcbObject.MoveByXY(XStep,YStep);

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

MoveToXY method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure MoveToXY (AX, AY : TCoord);
Description
This procedure moves the design object to a new location specified by the AX and AY parameters.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

RotateBy method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateBy (Angle : TAngle);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SwapLayerPairs method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SwapLayerPairs;
Description
This procedure swaps the current layer pair that the PCB design object (vias and pads only) has.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_AllowGlobalEdit method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_AllowGlobalEdit : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Board method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Board : IPCB_Board;
Description
The Board property determines the PCB document that the object itself is associated with. This method is used by the Board property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Component method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Component : IPCB_Component;
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the component or not. This method retrieves the Component and is used in the Component property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Coordinate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Coordinate : IPCB_Coordinate;
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the coordinate object or not. This method retrieves the coordinate object and is used in the Coordinate property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_DescriptorString method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DescriptorString : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_DetailString method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DetailString : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Dimension method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Dimension : IPCB_Dimension;
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the dimension object or not. This method retrieves the Dimension and is used in the Dimension property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_EnableDraw method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_EnableDraw : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Identifier method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Identifier : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InBoard method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InBoard : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InComponent method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InComponent : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InCoordinate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InCoordinate : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Index method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Index : Word;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InDimension method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InDimension : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled_vDimension method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled_vDimension : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InNet method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InNet : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled_vPolygon method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled_vPolygon : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled_vNet method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled_vNet : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_DRCError method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DRCError : Boolean;
Description
The DRCError property determines whether the object is affected by the Design Rule Checker and thus if the object breaks one of the design rules, the DRCError is true.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled_Direct method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled_Direct : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled_vComponent method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled_vComponent : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Enabled_vCoordinate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Enabled_vCoordinate : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InPolygon method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InPolygon : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_InSelectionMemory method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InSelectionMemory (Index : Integer) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsElectricalPrim method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsElectricalPrim : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsTenting method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsTenting : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsKeepout method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsKeepout : Boolean;
Description
The keepout layer generally defines areas on the PCB document that you don't want automatically or manually routed, and this can include clearance areas around mounting hole pads or high voltage components for example.
This function determines whether the object itself is used for the keep out boundary.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Moveable method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Moveable : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether this design object can be moved or not (by the autorouter for example).
This method is used by the Moveable property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsTenting_Bottom method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsTenting_Bottom : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsTenting_Top method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsTenting_Top : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsTestPoint_Top method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsTestPoint_Top : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Layer method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Layer : TLayer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_MiscFlag1 method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MiscFlag1 : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_MiscFlag3 method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MiscFlag3 : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Net method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Net : IPCB_Net;
Description
The net property of an object denotes it has an electrical property, meaning it is connected from one node to another. The method fetches the net of an object (if it has one).
This method is used for the Net property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_MiscFlag2 method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MiscFlag2 : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_IsPreRoute method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsPreRoute : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_ReliefEntries method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ReliefEntries : Integer;
Description
This method retrieves the number of relief entries for a pad/via object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_PasteMaskExpansion method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PasteMaskExpansion : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Polygon method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Polygon : IPCB_Polygon;
Description
This function retrieves the IPCB_Polygon interface that the design object primitive is associated with. For example, a polygon may contain arcs and tracks, and when you only have the arc, you can retreive the polygon the arc is associated with.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_PolygonOutline method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PolygonOutline : Boolean;
Description
This function determines whether the design object primitive is part of the polygon outline or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_PowerPlaneClearance method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PowerPlaneClearance : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_PowerPlaneConnectStyle method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PowerPlaneConnectStyle : TPlaneConnectStyle;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_PowerPlaneReliefExpansion method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PowerPlaneReliefExpansion : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_ObjectIDString method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ObjectIDString : TPCBString;
Description
This ObjectIDString property returns the Object Id string. For example eTrackObject type will yield a Track string.
The method returns a object id string for the associated object and is used in the ObjectIDString property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_ReliefConductorWidth method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ReliefConductorWidth : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the relief conductor width of a pad or via object as a TCoord value.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_ObjectId method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ObjectId : TObjectId;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Selected method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Selected : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether this object is selected or not on the PCB document. This method is used by the Selected property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_SolderMaskExpansion method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SolderMaskExpansion : TCoord;
Description
The solder mask expansion property determines the shape that is created on the solder mask layer at each pad and via site. This shape is expanded or contracted radially by the amount specified by this rule. This property over-rides the solder mask expansion design rule.
This method is used for the SolderMaskExpansion property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_TearDrop method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_TearDrop : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether the PCB object (an arc or track object) is used for as a tear drop.
This TearDrop property is supported by the GetState_TearDrop and SetState_TearDrop methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_Used method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Used : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_ReliefAirGap method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ReliefAirGap : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_PadCacheRobotFlag method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PadCacheRobotFlag : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_UserRouted method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_UserRouted : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState_ViewableObjectID method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ViewableObjectID : TViewableObjectID;
Description
The property determines the ViewableObjectID of the design object. The TViewableObjectID type is a more descriptive ID of a design object  than the TObjectID type.
For example any type of dimension object is a eDimension type according to the TObjectID but could be one of the eViewableObject_LinearDimension...eViewableObject_RadialDiameterDimension value.
This function returns the TViewableObjectID and is used in the ViewableObjectID property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InComponent method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InComponent (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled_Direct method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled_Direct (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled_vComponent method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled_vComponent (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled_vCoordinate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled_vCoordinate(Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled_vDimension method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled_vDimension (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled_vNet method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled_vNet (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled_vPolygon method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled_vPolygon (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_DRCError method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DRCError (Value : Boolean);
Description
The DRCError property determines whether the object is affected by the Design Rule Checker and thus if the object breaks one of the design rules, the DRCError property is true. This method is used in the DRCError property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InBoard method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InBoard (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Dimension method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Dimension (Value : IPCB_Dimension);
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the dimension object or not. This method sets the dimension object and is used in the Dimension property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_EnableDraw method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_EnableDraw (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Enabled method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Enabled (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_AllowGlobalEdit method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_AllowGlobalEdit (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Board method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Board (ABoard : IPCB_Board);
Description
The Board property determines the PCB document that the object itself is associated with. This method sets the PCB document that the object is associated with and is used in the Board property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Component method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Component (Value : IPCB_Component);
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the component or not. This method sets the Component and is used in the Component property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Coordinate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Coordinate (Value : IPCB_Coordinate);
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the coordinate object or not. This method retrieves the Coordinate object and is used in the Coordinate property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InDimension method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InDimension (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InCoordinate method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InCoordinate (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InNet method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InNet (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Index method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Index (AIndex : Word);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Layer method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Layer (ALayer : TLayer);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InPolygon method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InPolygon (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_InSelectionMemory method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_InSelectionMemory (Index : Integer;Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsKeepout method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsKeepout (Value : Boolean);
Description
The keepout layer generally defines areas on the PCB document that you don't want automatically or manually routed, and this can include clearance areas around mounting hole pads or high voltage components for example.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsPreRoute method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsPreRoute (B : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsTenting method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsTenting (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsTenting_Bottom method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsTenting_Bottom (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsTenting_Top method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsTenting_Top (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsTestPoint_Top method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsTestPoint_Top (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_MiscFlag1 method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MiscFlag1 (Value : Boolean);
Description
This method sets a boolean value to the MiscFlag1 field and can be used for custom purposes.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_MiscFlag2 method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MiscFlag2 (Value : Boolean);
Description
This method sets a boolean value to the MiscFlag2 field and can be used for custom purposes.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_UserRouted method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_UserRouted (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_MiscFlag3 method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MiscFlag3 (Value : Boolean);
Description
This method sets a boolean value to the MiscFlag3 field and can be used for custom purposes.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Moveable method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Moveable (Value : Boolean);
Description
This method sets whether this design object can be moved or not (by the autorouter for example).
This method is used by the Moveable property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Net method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Net (Value : IPCB_Net);
Description
The net property of an object denotes it has an electrical property, meaning it is connected from one node to another. The method sets the valid net to an object.
This method is used for the Net property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_PadCacheRobotFlag method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_PadCacheRobotFlag (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Polygon method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Polygon (Value : IPCB_Polygon);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_PolygonOutline method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_PolygonOutline (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Selected method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Selected (B : Boolean);
Description
This method determines whether this object is selected or not on the PCB document by passing in a boolean parameter.
This method  is used by the Selected property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_Used method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Used (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

SetState_TearDrop method

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_TearDrop (Value : Boolean);
Description
This method determines whether the PCB object (an arc or track object) is used for as a tear drop.
This TearDrop property is supported by the GetState_TearDrop and SetState_TearDrop methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Properties

AllowGlobalEdit property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property AllowGlobalEdit : Boolean Read GetState_AllowGlobalEdit Write SetState_AllowGlobalEdit;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_AllowGlobalEdit and SetState_AllowGlobalEdit methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Board property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Board : IPCB_Board Read GetState_Board Write SetState_Board;
Description
The Board property determines the PCB document that the object itself is associated with. This property is supported by the GetState_Board and SetState_Board methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Component property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Component : IPCB_Component Read GetState_Component Write SetState_Component;
Description
This property determines whether the object itself is associated with the component or not. This property is supported by the GetState_Component and SetState_Component methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Coordinate property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Coordinate : IPCB_Coordinate Read GetState_Coordinate Write SetState_Coordinate;
Description
The Coordinate property returns the IPCB_Coordinate only if this object itself is part of the IPCB_Coordinate type. A coordinate object is a group object and is composed of design object primitives such as tracks, arcs and text objects.
This property is supported by the GetState_Coordinate and SetState_Coordinate methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Detail property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Detail : TPCBString Read GetState_DetailString;
Description
This property retrieves the Detail text string for this design object. This property is supported by the GetState_Detail method.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Dimension property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Dimension : IPCB_Dimension Read GetState_Dimension Write SetState_Dimension;
Description
The Coordinate property returns the IPCB_Dimension only if this object itself is part of the IPCB_Dimension type. A dimension object is a group object and is composed of design object primitives such as tracks, arcs and text objects.
This property is supported by the GetState_Dimension and SetState_Dimension methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

DRCError property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property DRCError : Boolean Read GetState_DRCError Write SetState_DRCError;
Description
The DRCError property determines whether the object is affected by the Design Rule Checker and thus if the object breaks one of the design rules, the DRCError is true.
This property is supported by the GetState_DRCError and SetState_DRCError methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Descriptor property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Descriptor : TPCBString Read GetState_DescriptorString;
Description
The Descriptor read only property fetches the Descriptor string.
This property is supported by the GetState_Descriptor methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled_Direct property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled_Direct : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled_Direct Write SetState_Enabled_Direct;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_Direct and SetState_Direct methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled Write SetState_Enabled;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_Enabled and SetState_Enabled methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled_vComponent property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled_vComponent : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled_vComponent Write SetState_Enabled_vComponent;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_vComponent and SetState_vComponent methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled_vCoordinate property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled_vCoordinate : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled_vCoordinate Write SetState_Enabled_vCoordinate;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_vCoordinate and SetState_vCoordinate methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled_vDimension property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled_vDimension : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled_vDimension Write SetState_Enabled_vDimension;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_vDimension and SetState_vDimension methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled_vNet property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled_vNet : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled_vNet Write SetState_Enabled_vNet;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_vNet and SetState_vNet methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Enabled_vPolygon property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Enabled_vPolygon : Boolean Read GetState_Enabled_vPolygon Write SetState_Enabled_vPolygon;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_vPolygon and SetState_vPolygon methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

EnableDraw property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property EnableDraw : Boolean Read GetState_EnableDraw Write SetState_EnableDraw;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_EnableDraw and SetState_EnableDraw methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

InDimension property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InDimension : Boolean Read GetState_InDimension Write SetState_InDimension;
Description
This InDimension property determines whether the obejct itself is part of the dimension object or not.
This property is supported by the GetState_InDimension and SetState_InDimension methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Identifier property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Identifier : TPCBString Read GetState_Identifier;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_Identifier  method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

InBoard property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InBoard : Boolean Read GetState_InBoard Write SetState_InBoard;
Description
This InBoard property determines whether the object itself is part of the board object or not.
This property is supported by the GetState_InBoard and SetState_InBoard methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

InComponent property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InComponent : Boolean Read GetState_InComponent Write SetState_InComponent;
Description
This InComponent property determines whether the object itself is part of the component object or not.
This property is supported by the GetState_InComponent and SetState_InComponent methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Index property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Index : Word Read GetState_Index Write SetState_Index;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_Index and SetState_Index methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

InNet property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InNet : Boolean Read GetState_InNet Write SetState_InNet;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_InNet and SetState_InNet methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

InPolygon property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InPolygon : Boolean Read GetState_InPolygon Write SetState_InPolygon;
Description
This InPolygon property determines whether the object itself is part of the polygon object or not.
This property is supported by the GetState_InPolygon and SetState_InPolygon methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

InSelectionMemory property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InSelectionMemory [I : Integer] : Boolean Read GetState_InSelectionMemory Write SetState_InSelectionMemory;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_InSelectionMemory and SetState_InSelectionMemory methods.
Example
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IPCB_Primitive interface

IsElectricalPrim property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsElectricalPrim : Boolean Read GetState_IsElectricalPrim;
Description
This property determines whether this PCB object possesses an electrical property- tracks, fills, polygons, arcs, vias all have electrical properties - basically those objects that have a Net property will possess an electrical property.
Embedded boards and Embedded objects etc don't have an electrical property for example.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsElectricalPrim and SetState_IsElectricalPrim methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

InCoordinate property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property InCoordinate : Boolean Read GetState_InCoordinate Write SetState_InCoordinate;
Description
This InCoordinate property determines whether the object itself is part of the coordinate object or not.
This property is supported by the GetState_InCoordinate and SetState_InCoordinate methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsKeepout property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsKeepout : Boolean Read GetState_IsKeepout Write SetState_IsKeepout;
Description
This property determines whether a PCB object is used as a keep-out object. Currently arc, track and fill objects are used as keep out objects. The keepout layer generally defines areas on the PCB document that you don't want automatically or manually routed, and this can include clearance areas around mounting hole pads or high voltage components for example.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsKeepOut and SetState_IsKeepOut methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsPreRoute property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsPreRoute : Boolean Read GetState_IsPreRoute Write SetState_IsPreRoute;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_IsPreRoute and SetState_IsPreRoute methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsTestpoint_Bottom property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsTestpoint_Bottom : Boolean Read GetState_IsTestpoint_Bottom Write SetState_IsTestpoint_Bottom;
Description
This property determines whether a pad or via is used as a test point on the bottom layer.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsTestpoint_Bottom and SetState_IsTestPoint_Bottom methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsTenting property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsTenting : Boolean Read GetState_IsTenting Write SetState_IsTenting;
Description
This property determines whether the solder mask of pad and via objects are tented on top and bottom layers.  A tenting closes an opening in the mask of pad or via objects.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsTenting and SetState_IsTenting methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsTenting_Top property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsTenting_Top : Boolean Read GetState_IsTenting_Top Write SetState_IsTenting_Top;
Description
This property determines whether the solder mask of pad and via objects are tented or not on the top layer.  A tenting closes an opening in the mask of pad or via objects.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsTenting_Top and SetState_IsTenting_Top methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsTestpoint_Top property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsTestpoint_Top : Boolean Read GetState_IsTestpoint_Top Write SetState_IsTestpoint_Top;
Description
This property determines whether a pad or via is used as a test point on the top layer.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsTestpoint_Top and SetState_IsTestpoint_Top methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Layer property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Layer : TLayer Read GetState_Layer Write SetState_Layer;
Description
This layer denotes which layer the object is on.
This property is supported by the GetState_Layer and SetState_layer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TLayer type

MiscFlag1 property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property MiscFlag1 : Boolean Read GetState_MiscFlag1 Write SetState_MiscFlag1;
Description
This property determines the boolean value from the MiscFlag1 property and can be used for custom purposes.
This property is supported by the GetState_MiscFlag1 and SetState_MiscFlag1 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

MiscFlag2 property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property MiscFlag2 : Boolean Read GetState_MiscFlag2 Write SetState_MiscFlag2;
Description
This property determines the boolean value from the MiscFlag2 property and can be used for custom purposes.
This property is supported by the GetState_MiscFlag2 and SetState_MiscFlag2 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

MiscFlag3 property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property MiscFlag3 : Boolean Read GetState_MiscFlag3 Write SetState_MiscFlag3;
Description
This property determines the boolean value from the MiscFlag3 property and can be used for custom purposes.
This property is supported by the GetState_MiscFlag3 and SetState_MiscFlag3 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

IsTenting_Bottom property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property IsTenting_Bottom : Boolean Read GetState_IsTenting_Bottom Write SetState_IsTenting_Bottom;
Description
This property determines whether the solder mask of pad and via objects are tented or not on the bottom layer.  A tenting closes an opening in the mask of pad or via objects.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsTenting_Bottom and SetState_IsTenting_Bottom methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Moveable property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Moveable : Boolean Read GetState_Moveable Write SetState_Moveable;
Description
This property determines whether this design object can be moved or not (by the autorouter for example).
This property is supported by the GetState_Moveable and SetState_Moveable methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Net property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Net : IPCB_Net Read GetState_Net Write SetState_Net;
Description
The Net property of an object denotes it has an electrical property, meaning it is connected from one node to another.
This property is supported by the GetState_Net and SetState_Net methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
NetObjectAssign script from the \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\

ObjectId property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property ObjectId : TObjectId Read GetState_ObjectId;
Description
This ObjectId property determines what Object Id this object is. Please note that this ObjectId type is a limited set and to have a wider range of Object IDs, check the TViewableObjectId type.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_ObjectId method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
ViewableObjectId property

ObjectIDString property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property ObjectIDString : TPCBString Read GetState_ObjectIDString;
Description
This ObjectIDString property returns the Object Id string. For example eTrackObject type will yield a Track string.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_ObjectIDString method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

PadCacheRobotFlag property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property PadCacheRobotFlag : Boolean Read GetState_PadCacheRobotFlag Write SetState_PadCacheRobotFlag;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_PadCacheRobotFlag and SetState_PadCacheRobotFlag methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

PasteMaskExpansion property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property PasteMaskExpansion : TCoord Read GetState_PasteMaskExpansion;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_PasteMaskExpansion and SetState_PasteMaskExpansion methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Polygon property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Polygon : IPCB_Polygon Read GetState_Polygon Write SetState_Polygon;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_Polygon and SetState_Polygon methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

PolygonOutline property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property PolygonOutline : Boolean Read GetState_PolygonOutline Write SetState_PolygonOutline;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_PolygonOutline and SetState_PolygonOutline methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

PowerPlaneReliefExpansion property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property PowerPlaneReliefExpansion : TCoord Read GetState_PowerPlaneReliefExpansion;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_PowerPlaneReliefExpansion method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

PowerPlaneClearance property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property PowerPlaneClearance : TCoord Read GetState_PowerPlaneClearance;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_PowerPlaneClearance method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

PowerPlaneConnectStyle property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property PowerPlaneConnectStyle : TPlaneConnectStyle Read GetState_PowerPlaneConnectStyle;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_PowerPlaneConnectStyle method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TPlaneConnectStyle type

ReliefAirGap property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property ReliefAirGap : TCoord Read GetState_ReliefAirGap;
Description
The ReliefAirGap property retrieves the relief air gap value for this pad/via object.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_ReliefAirGap method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

ReliefConductorWidth property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property ReliefConductorWidth : TCoord Read GetState_ReliefConductorWidth;
Description
The ReliefConductorWidth property retrieves the relief conductor width value for a this pad/via object.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_ReliefConductorWidth method
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

ReliefEntries property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property ReliefEntries : Integer Read GetState_ReliefEntries;
Description
This property retrieves the number of relief entries for a pad/via object.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_ReliefEntries method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Selected property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Selected : Boolean Read GetState_Selected Write SetState_Selected;
Description
This property determines whether this object is selected or not on the PCB document.
This property is supported by the GetState_Selected and SetState_Selected methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

SolderMaskExpansion property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property SolderMaskExpansion : TCoord Read GetState_SolderMaskExpansion;
Description
The solder mask expansion property determines the shape that is created on the solder mask layer at each pad and via site. This shape is expanded or contracted radially by the amount specified by this rule. This property over-rides the solder mask expansion design rule.
This read-only property is supported by the GetState_SolderMaskExpansion method.
Notes
A Solder Mask expansion property for a pad object is currently relevant just for pads on top and bottom copper layers. 
Paste mask layers are used to design stencils which will selectively place solder paste on a blank PCB.  Vias do not have a paste mask layer.
Solder paste is only placed on pads where component leads are to be soldered to them. Vias normally don't have anything soldered onto them.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

TearDrop property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property TearDrop : Boolean Read GetState_TearDrop Write SetState_TearDrop;
Description
This property determines whether the PCB object (an arc or track object) is used for as a tear drop.
This property is supported by the GetState_TearDrop and SetState_TearDrop methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

Used property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property Used : Boolean Read GetState_Used Write SetState_Used;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_Used and SetState_Used methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

UserRouted property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property UserRouted : Boolean Read GetState_UserRouted Write SetState_UserRouted;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_UserRouted and SetState_UserRouted methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

ViewableObjectID property

(IPCB_Primitive interface)
Syntax
Property ViewableObjectID : TViewableObjectID Read GetState_ViewableObjectID;
Description
The read only property determines the ViewableObjectID of the design object. The TViewableObjectID type is a more descriptive ID of a design object  than the TObjectID type.
For example any type of dimension object is a eDimension type according to the TObjectID but could be one of the eViewableObject_LinearDimension...eViewableObject_RadialDiameterDimension value.
This property is supported by the GetState_ViewableObjectID and SetState_ViewableObjectId methods.
Notes
This TViewableObjectID type is mainly used by the Inspector and List views in Altium Designer and is an extension of TObjectID type.
Example
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TViewableObjectID type
TObjectID type

IPCB_Arc Interface

Overview
Arcs are circular track segments with a definable width and can be placed on any layer.  Arcs can have resizeable angles. You can set the angles to 0 and 360 respectively to obtain a circle object. Arcs have a variety of uses in the PCB design layout. 

For example, arcs can be used to outline component shapes. Arcs can also be placed on a signal layer and be electrically connected to tracks.

Note
You can use IPCB_Primitive methods and properties that are relevant to the IPCB_Arc interface.
The IPCB_Arc interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Arc

IPCB_Arc methods
GetState_CenterX
GetState_CenterY
GetState_Radius
GetState_LineWidth
GetState_StartAngle
GetState_EndAngle
GetState_StartX
GetState_StartY
GetState_EndX
GetState_EndY
SetState_CenterX
SetState_CenterY
SetState_Radius
SetState_LineWidth
SetState_StartAngle
SetState_EndAngle
RotateAroundXY
GetState_StrictHitTest
IPCB_Arc properties
XCenter
YCenter
Radius
LineWidth
StartAngle
EndAngle
StartX
StartY
EndX
EndY

Example

Var
    Board     : IPCB_Board;
    WorkSpace : IWorkSpace;
    Arc       : IPCB_Arc;
Begin
    // Create a new PCB documen
    WorkSpace := GetWorkSpace;
    If WorkSpace = Nil Then Exit;
    Workspace.DM_CreateNewDocument('PCB');
 
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil then exit;
 
    Arc := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eArcObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    // need the board origin marker to appear on the PCB document
    // in order to obtain the Board.Xorigin and YOrigin values.
    Arc.XCenter    := MilsToCoord(Board.XOrigin + 1800);
    Arc.YCenter    := MilsToCoord(Board.YOrigin + 1800);
    Arc.Radius     := MilsToCoord(200);
    Arc.LineWidth  := MilsToCoord(50);
    Arc.StartAngle := 0;
    Arc.EndAngle   := 270;
    Arc.Layer      := eBottomLayer;
 
    // Add the new arc object to the PCB database.
    Board.AddPCBObject(Arc);
 
    // Repaint the PCB Worksheet
    ResetParameters;
    AddStringParameter('Action', 'All');
    RunProcess('PCB:Zoom');
End;

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
PCB Design Objects

Methods

RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX,AY : TCoord; Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method rotates an arc on the PCB document about the AX, AY coordinates with an angle in degrees. To ensure the arc rotates without moving about, pass in its XCenter and YCenter attributes for the AX,AY parameters.
Example

//rotate the arc about its original center
Arc.RotateAroundXY(Arc.XCenter,Arc.YCenter,45);

See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_CenterX method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CenterX : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the CenterX property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_CenterY method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CenterY : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the CenterY property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_EndAngle method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_EndAngle : TAngle;
Description
This method is used for the EndAngle property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_EndX method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_EndX : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the EndX property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_EndY method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_EndY : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the EndY property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_LineWidth method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_LineWidth : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the LineWidth property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_Radius method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Radius : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the Radius property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_StartAngle method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StartAngle : TAngle;
Description
This method is used for the StartAngle property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_StartX method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StartX : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the StartX property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_StartY method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StartY : TCoord;
Description
This method is used for the StartY property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

GetState_StrictHitTest method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StrictHitTest (HitX,HitY : TCoord) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

SetState_CenterX method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CenterX (AX : TCoord);
Description
This method is used for the CenterX property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

SetState_CenterY method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CenterY (AY : TCoord);
Description
This method is used for the CenterY property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

SetState_EndAngle method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_EndAngle (Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method is used for the EndAngle property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

SetState_LineWidth method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_LineWidth (Width : TCoord);
Description
This method is used for the Linewidth property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

SetState_Radius method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Radius (Radius : TCoord);
Description
This method is used for the Radius property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

SetState_StartAngle method

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_StartAngle (Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method is used for the StartAngle property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

Properties

EndAngle property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property EndAngle : TAngle Read GetState_EndAngle Write SetState_EndAngle;
Description
The EndAngle property denotes the end angle of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_EndAngle / SetState_EndAngle and complemented by the GetState_StartAngle/SetState_StartAngle methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

EndX property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property EndX : TCoord Read GetState_EndX;
Description
The EndX property denotes the end X coordinate of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_EndX method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

EndY property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property EndY : TCoord Read GetState_EndY;
Description
The EndY property denotes the end Y coordinate of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_EndY method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

LineWidth property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property LineWidth : TCoord Read GetState_LineWidth Write SetState_LineWidth;
Description
The LineWidth property denotes the line thickness or width of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_LineWidth and SetState_LineWidth methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

Radius property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property Radius : TCoord Read GetState_Radius Write SetState_Radius;
Description
The Radius property denotes the radius of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_Radius and SetState_Radius methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

StartY property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property StartY : TCoord Read GetState_StartY;
Description
The StartY property denotes the end Y coordinate of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_StartY method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

StartX property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property StartX : TCoord Read GetState_StartX;
Description
The StartX property denotes the starting X coordinate of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_StartX method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

StartAngle property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property StartAngle : TAngle Read GetState_StartAngle Write SetState_StartAngle;
Description
The StartAngle property denotes the initial angle of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_StartAngle / SetState_StartAngle and complemented by the GetState_EndAngle/SetState_EndAngle methods.
Example

    Arc := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eArcObject,eNoDimension,eCreate_Default);
    Arc.XCenter    := MilsToCoord(Board.XOrigin + 1800);
    Arc.YCenter    := MilsToCoord(Board.YOrigin + 1800);
    Arc.Radius     := MilsToCoord(200);
    Arc.LineWidth  := MilsToCoord(50);
    Arc.StartAngle := 0;
    Arc.EndAngle   := 270;
    Arc.Layer      := eBottomLayer;

See also
IPCB_Arc interface

XCenter property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property XCenter : TCoord Read GetState_CenterX Write SetState_CenterX;
Description
The XCenter property denotes the X coordinate of the center of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_CenterX and SetState_CenterX methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

YCenter property

(IPCB_Arc interface)
Syntax
Property YCenter : TCoord Read GetState_CenterY Write SetState_CenterY;
Description
The YCenter property denotes the X coordinate of the center of the arc. It is supported by the GetState_CenterY and SetState_CenterY methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Arc interface

IPCB_BoardOutline

Overview
The board outline object represents the board shape which defines the extents or boundary of the board in the PCB Editor. A board outline object is essentially a closed polygon and is inherited from the IPCB_Polygon interface.
The PCB Editor uses the board outline shape to determine the extents of the power planes for plane edge pull back, used when splitting power planes and for calculating the board edge when design data is exported to other tools such as the 3D viewer tool.

A board outline is a group object therefore it is composed of pull back primitives namely tracks and arcs as the vertices for the closed polygon of the board outline. Although the board outline object interface is inherited from the IPCB_Polygon interface, you cannot use layer, net assignment and repour polygon behaviours for a board outline.

The IPCB_BoardOutline interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_BoardOutline

Notes
The IPCB_BoardOutline interface is inherited from IPCB_Polygon interface and in turn from IPCB_Group interface.
To iterate the board outline for the pullback primitives, you create and use a group iterator because the board outline is a group object which in turn is composed of child objects.
The IPCB_BoardOutline interface is used by the BoardOutline property from the IPCB_Board interface.
Each new PCB document in Altium Designer is created with a board outline, so if you wish to update a board outline of a PCB document, you modify the existing board outline by massaging the board outline's vertices and then update the board outline.

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed
IPCB_BoardOutline methods
GetState_HitPrimitive
Rebuild
Validate
Invalidate
InvalidatePlane
IPCB_BoardOutline properties

Example

Procedure Query_Board_Outline;
Var
    PCB_Board : IPCB_Board;
    BR        : TCoordRect;
    NewUnit   : TUnit;
Begin
 
    PCB_Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If PCB_Board = Nil Then Exit;
    If PCB_Board.IsLibrary Then Exit;
 
    PCB_Board.BoardOutline.Invalidate;
    PCB_Board.BoardOutline.Rebuild;
    PCB_Board.BoardOutline.Validate;
 
    // The BoundingRectangle method is defined in IPCB_Primitive interface
    BR := PCB_Board.BoardOutline.BoundingRectangle;
    If PCB_Board.DisplayUnit = eImperial Then NewUnit := eMetric
                                         Else NewUnit := eImperial;
    ShowMessage(
        'Board Outline Width  : ' +
        CoordUnitToString(BR.right - BR.left,
                          PCB_Board.DisplayUnit) + #13 +
        'Board Outline Height : ' +
        CoordUnitToString(BR.top - BR.bottom,
                          PCB_Board.DisplayUnit));
End;

See also
PCB Design Objects
PCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_Polygon interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
PCB_Outline script in \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript\PCB folder.
BoardOutlineDetails script in \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript\PCB folder.

Methods

GetState_HitPrimitive method

(IPCB_BoardOutline interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_HitPrimitive (APrimitive : IPCB_Primitive)  : Boolean;
Description
This function checks if a primitive that is not part of the board outline is touching or overlapping on the edge of the outline (whether being touched or enclosed by the outline).
This primitive could be placed by the user or created and placed programmatically. If the result is false, it means the primitive is definitely outside the outline.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_BoardOutline interface

Invalidate method

(IPCB_BoardOutline interface)
Syntax
Procedure Invalidate;
Description
This procedure renders the board outline in an invalidated state. This state needs to be rebuilt and validated by the system.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_BoardOutline interface
Validate method

InvalidatePlane method

(IPCB_BoardOutline interface)
Syntax
Procedure InvalidatePlane(Layer : TLayer);
Description
This procedure invalidates the specified layer the board outline is connected to, because the outline has been modified and this particular layer needs to be rebuilt.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_BoardOutline interface

Rebuild method

(IPCB_BoardOutline interface)
Syntax
Procedure Rebuild;
Description
This Rebuild procedure is called by the Validate method. This method rebuilds the board outline after it has been graphically altered which potentially could affect the internal/split planes that are connected to this outline.
Example
See also
IPCB_BoardOutline interface

Validate method

(IPCB_BoardOutline interface)
Syntax
Procedure Validate;
Description
The Validate method refreshes and updates  the board outline object and its connections to the internal/split planes after it has been altered programmatically (layers or the coordinates of the outline).
The Rebuild method is called implicitly by the Validate method, so executing the Invalidate then the Valid methods are sufficient when the coordinates of a board outline has been modified programmatically.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_BoardOutline interface

IPCB_Component Interface

Overview
Components are defined by footprints, which are stored in a PCB library (or part of an integrated library). Note, a footprint can be linked to a schematic component.

When a footprint is placed in the workspace, it is assigned a designator (and optional comment).  It is then referred to as a component. A component is composed of primitives (normally tracks, arcs, and pads).

Components are defined by footprints, which are stored in a PCB library. When a footprint is placed in the workspace, it is assigned a designator (and optional comment). It is then referred to as a component with the defined reference. The origin in the library editor defines the reference point of a footprint.

The IPCB_Component interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Component

Notes
The reference point of a component is set by the X,Y fields inherited from IPCB_Group interface. You can obtain the bounding rectangle of the component and calculate the mid point X and Y values to enable rotation about the center of the component if desired.
The rotation property of a component is set according to the reference point of a component, therefore the Rotation property and the RotateAroundXY method are equivalent only if you use the X,Y parameters for the RotateAroundXY method that are the same as the reference point of the component.
A component is a group object and therefore composes of child objects such as arcs and tracks. You use a group iterator to fetch the child objects for that component.
The IPCB_Component interface hierarchy is as follows:

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed
IPCB_Component methods
GetState_ChannelOffset
GetState_ComponentKind
GetState_Name
GetState_Comment
GetState_Pattern
GetState_NameOn
GetState_CommentOn
GetState_LockStrings
GetState_GroupNum
GetState_UnionIndex
GetState_Rotation
GetState_Height
GetState_NameAutoPos
GetState_CommentAutoPos
GetState_SourceDesignator
GetState_SourceUniqueId
GetState_SourceHierarchicalPath
GetState_SourceFootprintLibrary
GetState_SourceComponentLibrary
GetState_SourceLibReference
GetState_SourceDescription
GetState_FootprintDescription
GetState_DefaultPCB3DModel
GetState_IsBGA
BoundingRectangleNoNameComment
BoundingRectangleNoNameCommentForSignals
SetState_ChannelOffset
SetState_ComponentKind
SetState_Pattern
SetState_NameOn
SetState_CommentOn
SetState_LockStrings
SetState_GroupNum
SetState_UnionIndex
SetState_Rotation
SetState_Height
SetState_NameAutoPos
SetState_CommentAutoPos
SetState_SourceDesignator
SetState_SourceUniqueId
SetState_SourceHierarchicalPath
SetState_SourceFootprintLibrary
SetState_SourceComponentLibrary
SetState_SourceLibReference
SetState_SourceDescription
SetState_FootprintDescription
SetState_DefaultPCB3DModel
ChangeNameAutoposition
ChangeCommentAutoposition
SetState_xSizeySize
RotateAroundXY
FlipComponent
Rebuild
Getstate_PadByName
LoadCompFromLibrary
LoadFromLibrary
AutoPosition_NameComment
SetState_EnablePinSwapping
SetState_EnablePartSwapping
GetState_EnablePinSwapping
GetState_EnablePartSwapping
IPCB_Component properties
ChannelOffset
ComponentKind
Name
Comment
Pattern
NameOn
CommentOn
LockStrings
GroupNum
UnionIndex
Rotation
Height
NameAutoPosition
CommentAutoPosition
SourceDesignator
SourceUniqueId
SourceHierarchicalPath
SourceFootprintLibrary
SourceComponentLibrary
SourceLibReference
SourceDescription
FootprintDescription
DefaultPCB3DModel
IsBGA
EnablePinSwapping
EnablePartSwapping

See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
IPCB_Text interface
TComponentKind enumerated values
TTextAutoposition enumerated values

Methods

AutoPosition_NameComment method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure AutoPosition_NameComment;
Description
This procedure invokes the auto positioning of the name and comment objects associated with the component after the Name and Comment objects' positions have been updated.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

ChangeCommentAutoposition method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function ChangeCommentAutoposition (Value : TTextAutoposition) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

ChangeNameAutoposition method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function ChangeNameAutoposition (Value : TTextAutoposition) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

FlipComponent method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure FlipComponent;
Description
This method flips the component from one layer to the other, for example top layer to the bottom layer.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Getstate_PadByName method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function Getstate_PadByName (S : TPCBString) : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
This method retrieves the pad object interface only if the pad's name is found which is associated with this component.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

LoadFromLibrary method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function LoadFromLibrary : Boolean;
Description
This function refreshes the specified component from the library. If it is successful a true value is returned otherwise false.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

LoadCompFromLibrary method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function LoadCompFromLibrary : Boolean;
Description
This function refreshes the component from the library. If it is successful a true value is returned otherwise false.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Rebuild method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure Rebuild;
Description
This procedure forces a rebuild of the whole component graphically.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX,AY : TCoord;Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method rotates a component object on the PCB document about the AX, AY coordinates with an angle in degrees. To ensure the component rotates without moving about, pass in its midpoint (between X1,X2 and Y1, Y2) attributes for the AX,AY parameters or use the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
Rotation property

SetState_xSizeySize method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function SetState_xSizeySize : Boolean;
Description
After a component has been rebuilt programmatically for example the name and comment positions have changed, do a SetState_xSizeySize method to update the bounding rectangle of the whole component.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_ChannelOffset method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ChannelOffset : TChannelOffset;
Description
The ChannelOffset represents the Channel Offset parameter for the component. A channel offset denotes where the component is in a room especially when a room is being copied and a copy is created on the same document. The copies of rooms containing components are created based on their offsets.
This method is used for the ChannelOffset property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_Comment method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Comment : IPCB_Text;
Description
This property denotes the comment object associated with the IPCB_Component component object on the PCB document.
This method is used for the Comment property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_CommentAutoPos method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CommentAutoPos : TTextAutoposition;
Description
This property denotes that the Comment text object is to be positioned relative to the component object depending on what the TTextAutoposition parameter is.
This method is used by the CommentAutoPos property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_CommentOn method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CommentOn : Boolean;
Description
The CommentOn property denotes the visibility of the Name object associated with the component.
This method is used for the CommentOn property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_ComponentKind method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ComponentKind : TComponentKind;
Description
A component kind can be one of the following:
eComponentKind_Standard: These components possess standard electrical properties, are always synchronized and are the type most commonly used on a board.
eComponentKind_Mechanical: These components do not have electrical properties and will appear in the BOM. They are synchronized if the same components exist on both the Schematic and PCB documents. An example is a heatsink.
eComponentKind_Graphical: These components are not used during synchronization or checked for electrical errors. These components are used, for example, when adding company logos to documents.
eComponentKind_NetTie_BOM: These components short two or more different nets for routing and these components will appear in the BOM and are maintained during synchronization.
eComponentKind_NetTie_NoBOM: These components short two or more different nets for routing and these components will NOT appear in the BOM and are maintained during synchronization. Note
Note, the TComponentKind type is defined from RT_Workspace unit.
This method is used by the ComponentKind property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_DefaultPCB3DModel method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DefaultPCB3DModel : TPCBString;
Description
The DefaultPCB3DModel method denotes the default PCB 3D Model name as the default to be linked to this PCB component.
This method is used for the DeafultPCB3DModel property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_FootprintDescription method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_FootprintDescription : TPCBString;
Description
This property denotes the descriptive account of the footprint. This method is used for the FootprintDescription property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_GroupNum method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_GroupNum : Integer;
Description
This GroupNum is not used internally. Can use for specific purposes such as a tag or an index.
This GroupNum method is used for the GroupNum property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_Height method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Height : TCoord;
Description
The height of the component denotes the height of the component. It is used for the 3D viewer which works out the heights of components before displaying components in a 3D view.
This method is used for the Height property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_LockStrings method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_LockStrings : Boolean;
Description
The LockStrings property of the component denotes whether the strings of a component can be locked or not. This method is used for the LockStrings property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : IPCB_Text;
Description
This property denotes the name object associated with the IPCB_Component component object on the PCB document.
This method is used for the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_NameAutoPos method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_NameAutoPos : TTextAutoposition;
Description
The CommentAutoPos denotes that the Comment text object is to be positioned relative to the component object depending on what the TTextAutoposition parameter is.
This method is used for the CommentAutoPos property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_NameOn method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_NameOn : Boolean;
Description
The NameOn property denotes the visibility of the Name object associated with the component.
This method is used for the NameOn property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_Pattern method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Pattern : TPCBString;
Description
The Pattern denotes the footprint name of this component which is a widestring. This method is used for the Pattern property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Rotation : TAngle;
Description
The Rotation of the component denotes the angle of the component with respect to the horizontal axis. The rotation parameter of TAngle type is between 0 and 360 degrees inclusive.
This method is used for the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceComponentLibrary method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceComponentLibrary : TPCBString;
Description
This source library field denotes the integrated library where the PCB component comes from. Note: When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library path names.
This method is used for the SourceComponentLibrary property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceDescription method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceDescription : TPCBString;
Description
This method can include a descriptive account of the reference link to a source component or a device name.
This method is used for the SourceDescription property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceDesignator method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceDesignator : TPCBString;
Description
This method represents the current designator of the source component from the corresponding schematic.
This method is used for the SourceDesignator property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceFootprintLibrary method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceFootprintLibrary : TPCBString;
Description
This method denotes the descriptive account of the footprint. This method is used for the SourceFootprintLibrary property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceHierarchicalPath method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceHierarchicalPath : TPCBString;
Description
This uniquely identifies the source reference path to the PCB component. The path can be multi-level depending on whether it is a multi channel (sheet symbols) or a normal design (schematic sheets).
Note: When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library path names.
This method is used for the SourceHierarchicalPath property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceLibReference method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceLibReference : TPCBString;
Description
The source library reference property  is the name of the component from the library. This method is used for the SourceLibReference property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_SourceUniqueId method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SourceUniqueId : TPCBString;
Description
Unique IDs (UIDs) are used to match each schematic component to the corresponding PCB component. When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library pathnames.
The Unique Identifier (UID) is a system generated value that uniquely identifies the source component.
This method is used for the SourceUniqueID property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GetState_UnionIndex method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_UnionIndex : Integer;
Description
The UnionIndex property denotes the union index. Unions are sets of components that will be manipulated as a block for the PCB placement. Components in a union maintain their relative positions within the union as they are moved for example.
This method is used for the UnionIndex property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_ChannelOffset method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ChannelOffset (Value : TChannelOffset);
Description
The ChannelOffset represents the Channel Offset parameter for the component. A channel offset denotes where the component is in a room especially when a room is being copied and a copy is created on the same document. The copies of rooms containing components are created based on their offsets.
This method is used for the ChannelOffset property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_CommentAutoPos method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CommentAutoPos (Value : TTextAutoposition);
Description
This property denotes that the Comment text object is to be positioned relative to the component object depending on what the TTextAutoposition parameter is.
This method is used by the CommentAutoPos property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_CommentOn method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CommentOn (Value : Boolean);
Description
The CommentOn property denotes the visibility of the Comment object associated with the component. This method is used for the CommentOn property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_ComponentKind method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ComponentKind (Value : TComponentKind);
Description
A component kind can be one of the following:

  • eComponentKind_Standard: These components possess standard electrical properties, are always synchronized and are the type most commonly used on a board.
  • eComponentKind_Mechanical: These components do not have electrical properties and will appear in the BOM. They are synchronized if the same components exist on both the Schematic and PCB documents. An example is a heatsink.
  • eComponentKind_Graphical: These components are not used during synchronization or checked for electrical errors. These components are used, for example, when adding company logos to documents.
  • eComponentKind_NetTie_BOM: These components short two or more different nets for routing and these components will appear in the BOM and are maintained during synchronization.
  • eComponentKind_NetTie_NoBOM: These components short two or more different nets for routing and these components will NOT appear in the BOM and are maintained during synchronization.

This method is used by the ComponentKind property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_DefaultPCB3DModel method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DefaultPCB3DModel (Value : TPCBString);
Description
The DefaultPCB3DModel method denotes the default PCB 3D Model name as the default to be linked to this PCB component.
This method is used for the DeafultPCB3DModel property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_FootprintDescription method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_FootprintDescription (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This property denotes the descriptive account of the footprint. This method is used for the FootprintDescription property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_GroupNum method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_GroupNum (Value : Integer);
Description
This GroupNum is not used internally. Can use for specific purposes such as a tag or an index.
This GroupNum method is used for the GroupNum property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_Height method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Height (Value : TCoord);
Description
The height of the component denotes the height of the component. It is used for the 3D viewer which works out the heights of components before displaying components in a 3D view.
This method is used for the Height property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_LockStrings method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_LockStrings (Value : Boolean);
Description
The LockStrings property of the component denotes whether the strings of a component can be locked or not. This method is used for the LockStrings property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_NameAutoPos method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_NameAutoPos (Value : TTextAutoposition);
Description
The NameAutoPos denotes that the Name text object is to be positioned relative to the component object depending on what the TTextAutoposition parameter is.
This method is used for the NameAutoPos property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_NameOn method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_NameOn (Value : Boolean);
Description
The NameOn property denotes the visibility of the Name object associated with the component.
This method is used for the NameOn property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_Pattern method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Pattern (Value : TPCBString);
Description
The Pattern denotes the footprint name of this component which is a widestring. This method is used for the Pattern property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Rotation (Value : TAngle);
Description
The Rotation of the component denotes the angle of the component with respect to the horizontal axis. The rotation parameter of TAngle type is between 0 and 360 degrees inclusive.
This method is used for the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceComponentLibrary method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceComponentLibrary(Value : TPCBString);
Description
This source library field denotes the integrated library where the PCB component comes from. Note: When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library path names.
This method is used for the SourceComponentLibrary property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceDescription method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceDescription (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method can include a descriptive account of the reference link to a source component or a device name.
This method is used for the SourceDescription property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceDesignator method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceDesignator (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method represents the current designator of the source component from the corresponding schematic.
This method is used for the SourceDesignator property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceFootprintLibrary method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceFootprintLibrary(Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method denotes the descriptive account of the footprint. This method is used for the SourceFootprintLibrary property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceHierarchicalPath method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceHierarchicalPath(Value : TPCBString);
Description
This uniquely identifies the source reference path to the PCB component. The path can be multi-level depending on whether it is a multi channel (sheet symbols) or a normal design (schematic sheets).
Note: When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library path names.
This method is used for the SourceHierarchicalPath property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceLibReference method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceLibReference (Value : TPCBString);
Description
The source library reference property is the name of the component from the library. This method is used for the SourceLibReference property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_SourceUniqueId method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SourceUniqueId (Value : TPCBString);
Description
Unique IDs (UIDs) are used to match each schematic component to the corresponding PCB component. When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library pathnames.
The Unique Identifier (UID) is a system generated value that uniquely identifies the source component.
This method is used for the SourceUniqueId property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SetState_UnionIndex method

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_UnionIndex (Value : Integer);
Description
The UnionIndex property denotes the union index. Unions are sets of components that will be manipulated as a block for the PCB placement. Components in a union maintain their relative positions within the union as they are moved for example.
This method is used for the UnionIndex property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Properties

ChannelOffset property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property ChannelOffset : TChannelOffset Read GetState_ChannelOffset Write SetState_ChannelOffset;
Description
The ChannelOffset represents the Channel Offset parameter for the component. A channel offset denotes where the component is in a room especially when a room is being copied and a copy is created on the same document. The copies of rooms containing components are created based on their offsets.
This property is supported by the GetState_ChannelOffset and SetState_ChannelOffset methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Comment property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property Comment : IPCB_Text Read GetState_Comment;
Description
This property denotes the comment object associated with the IPCB_Component component object on the PCB document.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_Comment method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
IPCB_Text interface

CommentAutoPosition property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property CommentAutoPosition : TTextAutoposition Read GetState_CommentAutoPos Write SetState_CommentAutoPos;
Description
This property denotes that the Comment text object is to be positioned relative to the component object depending on what the TTextAutoposition parameter is.
This property is supported by the GetState_CommentAutoPosition and SetState_CommentAutoPosition methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
TTextAutoposition type

CommentOn property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property CommentOn : Boolean Read GetState_CommentOn Write SetState_CommentOn;
Description
The CommentOn property denotes the visibility of the Comment object associated with the component.
This property is supported by the GetState_CommentOn and SetState_CommentOn methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

ComponentKind property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property ComponentKind : TComponentKind Read GetState_ComponentKind Write SetState_ComponentKind;
Description
A component kind can be one of the following:

  • eComponentKind_Standard: These components possess standard electrical properties, are always synchronized and are the type most commonly used on a board.
  • eComponentKind_Mechanical: These components do not have electrical properties and will appear in the BOM. They are synchronized if the same components exist on both the Schematic and PCB documents. An example is a heatsink.
  • eComponentKind_Graphical: These components are not used during synchronization or checked for electrical errors. These components are used, for example, when adding company logos to documents.
  • eComponentKind_NetTie_BOM: These components short two or more different nets for routing and these components will appear in the BOM and are maintained during synchronization.
  • eComponentKind_NetTie_NoBOM: These components short two or more different nets for routing and these components will NOT appear in the BOM and are maintained during synchronization.

This property is supported by the GetState_ComponentKind and SetState_ComponentKind methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
TComponentKind type in the RT_Workspace unit.

DefaultPCB3DModel property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property DefaultPCB3DModel : TPCBString Read GetState_DefaultPCB3DModel Write SetState_DefaultPCB3DModel;
Description
The property denotes the default PCB 3D Model name as the default to be linked to this PCB component.
This property is supported by the GetState_DefaultPCB3DModel and SetState_DefaultPCB3DModel methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

FootprintDescription property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property FootprintDescription : TPCBString Read GetState_FootprintDescription Write SetState_FootprintDescription;
Description
This property denotes the descriptive account of the footprint.
This property is supported by the GetState_FootprintDescription and SetState_FootprintDescription methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

GroupNum property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property GroupNum : Integer Read GetState_GroupNum Write SetState_GroupNum;
Description
This property is not used internally. Can use for specific purposes such as a tag or an index.
This property is supported by the GetState_GroupNum and SetState_GroupNum methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Height property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property Height : TCoord Read GetState_Height Write SetState_Height;
Description
The height property denotes the height of the component. It is used for the 3D viewer which works out the heights of components before displaying components in a 3D view.
This property is supported by the GetState_Height and SetState_Height methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

LockStrings property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property LockStrings : Boolean Read GetState_LockStrings Write SetState_LockStrings;
Description
The LockStrings property denotes whether the strings of a component can be locked or not.
This property is supported by the GetState_LockStrings and SetState_LockStrings methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Name property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property Name : IPCB_Text Read GetState_Name;
Description
This property denotes the name object associated with the IPCB_Component object on the PCB document and represents the pattern string.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_Name method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
IPCB_Text interface

NameAutoPosition property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property NameAutoPosition : TTextAutoposition Read GetState_NameAutoPos Write SetState_NameAutoPos;
Description
This property denotes that the Name text object is to be positioned relative to the component object depending on what the TTextAutoposition parameter is.
This property is supported by the GetState_NameAutoPos and SetState_NameAutoPos methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
TTextAutoposition type

NameOn property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property NameOn : Boolean Read GetState_NameOn Write SetState_NameOn;
Description
The NameOn property denotes the visibility of the Name object associated with the component.
This property is supported by the GetState_NameOn and SetState_NameOn methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Pattern property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property Pattern : TPCBString Read GetState_Pattern Write SetState_Pattern;
Description
The property denotes the footprint name of this component which is a widestring.
This property is supported by the GetState_Pattern and SetState_Pattern methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

Rotation property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property Rotation : TAngle Read GetState_Rotation Write SetState_Rotation;
Description
This property denotes the angle of the component with respect to the horizontal axis. The rotation parameter of TAngle type is between 0 and 360 degrees inclusive.
This property is supported by the GetState_Rotation and SetState_Rotation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface
TAngle type

SourceComponentLibrary property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceComponentLibrary : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceComponentLibrary Write SetState_SourceComponentLibrary;
Description
This source library field denotes the integrated library where the PCB component comes from. Note: When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library path names.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceComponentLibrary and SetState_SourceComponentLibrary methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SourceDescription property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceDescription : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceDescription Write SetState_SourceDescription;
Description
This property can include a descriptive account of the reference link to a source component or a device name.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceDescription and SetState_SourceDescription methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SourceDesignator property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceDesignator : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceDesignator Write SetState_SourceDesignator;
Description
This property represents the current designator of the source component from the corresponding schematic.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceDesignator and SetState_SourceDesignator methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SourceFootprintLibrary property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceFootprintLibrary : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceFootprintLibrary Write SetState_SourceFootprintLibrary;
Description
This field shows the name of the footprint. The footprint is the graphical representation of a PCB component and is used to display it on the PCB, and usually contains component outline and connection pads along with an unique designator.
Footprints are stored in PCB library files or Integrated libraries, which can be edited using the PCB Library Editor to create new footprints or edit existing ones.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceFootprintLibrary and SetState_SourceFootprintLibrary methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SourceHierarchicalPath property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceHierarchicalPath : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceHierarchicalPath Write SetState_SourceHierarchicalPath;
Description
This property uniquely identifies the source reference path to the PCB component. The path can be multi-level depending on whether it is a multi channel (sheet symbols) or a normal design (schematic sheets).
Note: When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library path names.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceHierarchicalPath and SetState_SourceHierarchicalPath methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SourceLibReference property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceLibReference : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceLibReference Write SetState_SourceLibReference;
Description
The source library reference property  is the name of the component from the library.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceLibReference and SetState_SourceLibReference methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

SourceUniqueId property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property SourceUniqueId : TPCBString Read GetState_SourceUniqueId Write SetState_SourceUniqueId;
Description
Unique IDs (UIDs) are used to match each schematic component to the corresponding PCB component. When a schematic is transferred to a blank PCB using the Update command, the source reference links for each PCB footprint is populated with source library pathnames.
The Unique Identifier (UID) is a system generated value that uniquely identifies the source component.
This property is supported by the GetState_SourceUniqueId and SetState_SourceUniqueId methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

UnionIndex property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property UnionIndex : Integer Read GetState_UnionIndex Write SetState_UnionIndex;
Description
The property denotes the union index. Unions are sets of components that will be manipulated as a block for the PCB placement. Components in a union maintain their relative positions within the union as they are moved for example.
The UnionIndex property is supported by the GetState_UnionIndex and SetState_UnionIndex methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

EnablePinSwapping property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property  EnablePinSwapping                 : Boolean             Read GetState_EnablePinSwapping      Write SetState_EnablePinSwapping ;
Description
The property denotes the pin swapping for the pins of this component. In this case, these pins can be swapped if the EnablePinSwapping is set to true.
The EnablePinSwapping property is supported by the GetState_EnablePinSwapping and SetState_EnablePinSwapping methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

EnablePartSwapping property

(IPCB_Component interface)
Syntax
Property  EnablePartSwapping : Boolean Read GetState_EnablePartSwapping Write SetState_EnablePartSwapping;
Description
The property denotes the part swapping. Components can have multi-parts and in this case, these multi parts can be swapped if the EnablePartSwapping is set to True.
The UnionIndex property is supported by the GetState_EnablePartSwapping and SetState_EnablePartSwapping methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Component interface

IPCB_ComponentBody Interface

Overview
A component body is a body that encapsulates a component in 3 dimensions on a PCB document. Component bodies are handled in the same way as other primitives, and they are contained in the component itself, whether in a library or on a board. 

A component body object is a group object that contain child objects, thus in order to retrieve component bodies from within a component, use an iterator on this component.

The IPCB_ComponentBody interface hierarchy is as follows:

IPCB_ComponentBody methods
GetStandoffHeight
GetOverallHeight
GetBodyProjection
SetStandoffHeight
SetOverallHeight
SetBodyProjection
IPCB_ComponentBody properties
StandoffHeight
OverallHeight
BodyProjection

See also
IPCB_Component interface

Methods

SetStandoffHeight method

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetStandoffHeight(Value : TCoord );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

SetOverallHeight method

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetOverallHeight (Value : TCoord );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

SetBodyProjection method

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetBodyProjection (Value : TBoardSide);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

GetStandoffHeight method

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Function GetStandoffHeight : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

GetOverallHeight method

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Function GetOverallHeight : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

GetBodyProjection method

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Function GetBodyProjection : TBoardSide;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

Properties

OverallHeight property

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Property OverallHeight : TCoord Read GetOverallHeight Write SetOverallHeight;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

BodyProjection property

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Property BodyProjection : TBoardSide Read GetBodyProjection Write SetBodyProjection;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

StandoffHeight property

(IPCB_ComponentBody interface)
Syntax
Property StandoffHeight : TCoord Read GetStandoffHeight Write SetStandoffHeight;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ComponentBody interface

IPCB_Coordinate

Overview
Coordinate markers are used to indicate the coordinates of specific points in a PCB workspace.  A coordinate marker consists of a point marker and the X and Y coordinates of the position.

The IPCB_Coordinate interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Coordinate

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed

 

IPCB_Coordinate methods
GetState_Size       
GetState_LineWidth  
GetState_TextHeight 
GetState_TextWidth  
GetState_TextFont   
GetState_Style      
GetState_Rotation   
GetState_UseTTFonts 
GetState_Bold       
GetState_Italic     
GetState_FontName   
 
SetState_Size       
SetState_LineWidth  
SetState_TextHeight 
SetState_TextWidth  
SetState_TextFont   
SetState_Style      
SetState_Rotation   
SetState_UseTTFonts 
SetState_Bold       
SetState_Italic     
SetState_FontName   
 
SetState_xSizeySize
RotateAroundXY
Text
Track1
Track2
 
GetState_StrictHitTest
 
IPCB_Coordinate properties
Size
LineWidth
TextHeight
TextWidth
TextFont
Style
Rotation
 
UseTTFonts
Bold
Italic
FontName

 
Methods

SetState_xSizeySize
RotateAroundXY
Text
Track1
Track2
GetState_StrictHitTest

Properties

Size property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  Size : TCoord Read GetState_Size Write SetState_Size;
Description
The Size property determines the size of the coordinate object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface

LineWidth property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  LineWidth                         : TCoord              Read GetState_LineWidth            Write SetState_LineWidth;
Description
The LineWidth property determines the line width or the outline of the coordinate object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface

TextHeight property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  TextHeight : TCoord Read GetState_TextHeight Write SetState_TextHeight;
Description
The TextHeight property determines the text height of the coordinate object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface
 

TextWidth property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  TextWidth : TCoord Read GetState_TextWidth Write SetState_TextWidth;
Description
The TextHeight property determines the text width of the coordinate object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface

TextFont property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  TextFont : TFontID Read GetState_TextFont Write SetState_TextFont;
Description
The TextFont property determines the font id of TFontID type used for the coordinate object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface
TFontID

Style property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  Style : TUnitStyle Read GetState_Style Write SetState_Style;
Description
The Style property determines the style used for the measurement units of the coordinate object. Display no units, show units as Mils or MM or show Units with parenthesises.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface
TUnitStyle type

Rotation property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  Rotation : TAngle Read GetState_Rotation Write SetState_Rotation;
Description
The Rotation property determines the coordinate object’s orientation of TAngle type.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface
TAngle type

UseTTFonts property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  UseTTFonts : Boolean Read GetState_UseTTFonts Write SetState_UseTTFonts;
Description
The UseTTFonts property determines whether the text of the coordinate object is of True Type Font type.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface
TAngle type

Bold property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property  Bold : Boolean Read GetState_Bold Write SetState_Bold;
Description
This property sets or gets the bold property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface

Italic property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property Italic : Boolean Read GetState_Italic Write SetState_Italic;
Description
The Italic property sets or gets the italic property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Italic and SetState_Italic methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface

FontName property

(IPCB_Coordinate interface)
Syntax
Property FontName : TPCBString Read GetState_FontName Write SetState_FontName;
Description
This property sets or gets the FontName property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. For example one of the True Type font strings could be 'Arial', 'Arial Narrow', 'Courier New' and 'Verdana'. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.

Delphiscript Script Example

TextObj := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eTextObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
 
// notify that the pcb object is going to be modified
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(TextObj.I_ObjectAddress, c_Broadcast, PCBM_BeginModify, c_NoEventData);
TextObj.XLocation := Sheet.SheetX + MilsToCoord(1000);
TextObj.YLocation := Sheet.SheetY + MilsToCoord(1000);
TextObj.Layer     := eBottomOverlay;
TextObj.UseTTFonts := True;
TextObj.Italic := True;
TextObj.Bold := False;
TextObj.FontName := 'ARIAL';
// inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text
// The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations
// if text is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region.
// the color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself
// is black.
TextObj.Inverted := True;
// The InvertedTTextBorder property determines the distance between the boundary of the
// the text object itself to the inverted text border boundary.
TextObj.InvertedTTTextBorder := MilsToCoord(100);
TextObj.Text      := 'Text with True Type Property enabled.';
TextObj.Size       := MilsToCoord(200);    // sets the height of the text.

See also
IPCB_Coordinate interface
See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface

IPCB_Connection Interface

Overview
The IPCB_Connection interface represents a connection between two nodes on a PCB document. The two nodes can be on two different layers and the connection style can be a connected line or a broken specially marked connection.

The IPCB_Connection hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Connection

IPCB_Connection methods
GetState_X1
GetState_Y1
GetState_X2
GetState_Y2
GetState_Layer1
GetState_Layer2
GetState_Mode
SetState_X1
SetState_Y1
SetState_X2
SetState_Y2
SetState_Layer1
SetState_Layer2
SetState_Mode
IsRedundant
RotateAroundXY
IPCB_Connection properties
X1
Y1
X2
Y2
Layer1
Layer2
Mode

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TLayer enumerated values
TConnectionMode enumerated values
PCB Design Objects

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_Layer2 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Layer2 : TLayer;
Description
This method retrieves the Layer 2 attribute which represents a connection from the first layer to the second layer on a PCB document. This function is used for the Layer2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

GetState_Mode method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Mode : TConnectionMode;
Description
This method retrieves the connection mode for the connection object. This method is used for the Mode property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface
TConnectionMode type

GetState_X1 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X1 : TCoord;
Description
This function represents the X1 (initial X) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the X1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

GetState_X2 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X2 : TCoord;
Description
This function represents the X2 (final X) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the X2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

GetState_Y1 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y1 : TCoord;
Description
This function represents the Y1 (initial Y) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the Y1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

GetState_Y2 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y2 : TCoord;
Description
This function represents the Y2 (final Y) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the Y2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

SetState_Mode method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Mode (Value : TConnectionMode);
Description
This function represents the Connection Mode for the connection object. This method is used by the Mode property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface
TConnectionMode type

SetState_X1 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X1 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method represents the X1 (initial X) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the X1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

SetState_X2 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X2 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method represents the X2 (finall X) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the X2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

SetState_Y1 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y1 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method represents the Y1 (initial Y) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the Y1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

SetState_Y2 method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y2 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method represents the Y2 (final Y) coordinate of the connection object. This method is used by the Y2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

Methods

RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX, AY : TCoord;Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method rotates a connection object on the PCB document about the AX, AY coordinates with an angle in degrees. To ensure the connection rotates without moving about, pass in its midpoint (between X1,X2 and Y1, Y2) attributes for the AX,AY parameters.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

IsRedundant method

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Function IsRedundant : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether the object is redundant (unused object) on the PCB document or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

Properties

X1 property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property X1 : TCoord Read GetState_X1 Write SetState_X1;
Description
This property represents the X1 (initial X) coordinate of the connection object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

Y1 property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property Y1 : TCoord Read GetState_Y1 Write SetState_Y1;
Description
This property represents the Y1 (initial Y) coordinate of the connection object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

X2 property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property X2 : TCoord Read GetState_X2 Write SetState_X2;
Description
This property represents the X2 (finall X) coordinate of the connection object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

Y2 property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property Y2 : TCoord Read GetState_Y2 Write SetState_Y2;
Description
This property represents the Y2 (final Y) coordinate of the connection object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

Mode property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property Mode : TConnectionMode Read GetState_Mode Write SetState_Mode;
Description
The Mode property represents the connection mode type of the connection; whether it is part of the rats nest, or as a broken net marker.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface
TConnectionMode type

Layer2 property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property Layer2 : TLayer Read GetState_Layer2;
Description
This property retrieves the Layer 2 attribute which represents a connection from the first layer to the second layer on a PCB document.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

Layer1 property

(IPCB_Connection interface)
Syntax
Property Layer1 : TLayer Read GetState_Layer1;
Description
This property retrieves the Layer 1 attribute which represents a connection from the first layer to the second layer on a PCB document.
Example
See also
IPCB_Connection interface

IPCB_ DifferentialPair Interface

Overview
A differential signaling system is one where a signal is transmitted down a pair of tightly coupled carriers, one of these carrying the signal, the other carrying an equal but opposite image of the signal. Differential signaling was developed to cater for situations where the logic reference ground of the signal source could not be well connected to the logic reference ground of the load. Differential signaling is inherently immune to common mode electrical noise, the most common interference artifact present in an electronic product. Another major advantage of differential signaling is that it minimizes electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated from the signal pair.

Differential pair routing is a design technique employed to create a balanced transmission system able to carry differential (equal and opposite) signals across a printed circuit board. Typically this differential routing will interface to an external differential transmission system, such as a connector and cable.

It is important to note that while the coupling ratio achieved in a twisted pair differential cable may be better than 99%, the coupling achieved in differential pair routing will typically be less than 50%. Current expert opinion is that the PCB routing task is not to try to ensure a specific differential impedance is achieved, rather the objective is to maintain the properties required to ensure the differential signal arrives in good condition at the target component as it travels from the external cabling.

Notes
The IPCB_DifferentialPair Interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_DifferentialPair

IPCB_DifferentialPair methods
GetState_Name        
GetState_PositiveNet 
GetState_NegativeNet 
GetState_GatherControl
 
SetState_Name        
SetState_PositiveNet 
SetState_NegativeNet 
SetState_GatherControl
IPCB_DifferentialPair properties
Name        
PositiveNet 
NegativeNet 
GatherControl

 
Example
 
See also
PCB Design Objects

Methods

Properties

IPCB_Embedded Interface

Overview
An IPCB_Embedded interface represents an embedded object in a PCB document. An embedded object is not a visible object and cannot be manipulated by normal means in Altium Designer. An embedded object can be used to store information which gets saved in the PCB document file when this file is saved. Each embedded object is identified by its Name property and the Description property can be used to store information.
The IPCB_Embedded hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Embedded

IPCB_Embedded methods
GetState_Name
GetState_Description
SetState_Name
SetState_Description
IPCB_Embedded properties
Name
Description

Example

Var
    Board      : IPCB_Board;
    EmbdObject : IPCB_Embedded;
Begin
    // Check if PCB board exists
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then
    Begin
        ShowWarning('This document is not a PCB document!');
        Exit;
    End;
 
    // Embedded object created.
    EmbdObject := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eEmbeddedObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    EmbdObject.Name        := 'Embedded Object Name';
    EmbdObject.Description := 'Embedded object  can store many chars.';
    Board.AddPCBObject(EmbdObject);

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
PCB Design Objects
The EmbeddedObjects script in the Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\ folder

Methods

SetState_Name method

(IPCB_Embedded interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Name (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method sets the name for the embedded object. This method represents the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Embedded interface

SetState_Description method

(IPCB_Embedded interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Description (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method sets the description for the embedded object. This method represents the Description property. The Description field can be used to store data.
Example
See also
IPCB_Embedded interface

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_Embedded interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : TPCBString;
Description
This method gets the name for the embedded object. This method represents the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Embedded interface

GetState_Description method

(IPCB_Embedded interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Description : TPCBString;
Description
This method gets the description for the embedded object. This method represents the Description property. The Description field can be used to store data.
Example
See also
IPCB_Embedded interface

Properties

Name property

(IPCB_Embedded interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TPCBString Read GetState_Name Write SetState_Name;
Description
The Name property represents the name identifier of the embedded object. This property is supported by its GetState_Name and SetState_Name methods.
Example

Var
    Board    : IPCB_Board;
    Iterator : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    Embd     : IPCB_Embedded;
Begin
    Iterator := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eEmbeddedObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet (AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method   (eProcessAll);
 
    Embd   := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While Embd <> Nil Do
    Begin
        ShowInfo('Name : '        + Embd.Name + #13#10 +
                 'Description : ' + Embd.Description);
        Embd := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
End;

See also
IPCB_Embedded interface
TPCBString type

Description property

(IPCB_Embedded interface)
Syntax
Property Description : TPCBString Read GetState_Description Write SetState_Description;
Description
The Description property represents the Description field of the embedded object. This property is supported by its GetState_Description and SetState_Description methods.
The Description field can be used to store data that represents this embedded object.
Example

Var
    Board    : IPCB_Board;
    Iterator : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    Embd     : IPCB_Embedded;
Begin
    Iterator := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eEmbeddedObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet (AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method   (eProcessAll);
 
    Embd   := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While Embd <> Nil Do
    Begin
        ShowInfo('Name : '        + Embd.Name + #13#10 +
                 'Description : ' + Embd.Description);
        Embd := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
End;

See also
IPCB_Embedded interface
TPCBString type

IPCB_EmbeddedBoard Interface

Overview
The IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface represents an embedded board object consisting of multiple child PCBs in a matrix of rows and columns which is an embedded board array feature. Each board array can reference a different pcb file.

Notes

  • The IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface is inherited from the IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface.
  • The RowSpacing and ColSpacing values determine the gap between items in the matrix of rows and columns.
  • The DocumentPath string refers to the referenced PCB file. The corresponding ChildBoard interface represents the child referenced PCB.
  • The OriginMode property denotes how the array is referenced from the origin of the embedded board or let the PCB editor build the array based on the bottom left of the objects in the referenced board’s workspace.
  • The MirrorFlag denotes whether the embedded board is to be flipped over or not.

The IPCB_EmbeddedBoard hierarchy;
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard

IPCB_RectangularPrimitive methods
RotateAroundXY
IsRedundant
SetState_XSizeYSize
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive properties
XLocation
YLocation
X1Location
Y1Location
X2Location
Y2Location
Rotation
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard methods
GetState_RowCount
GetState_ColCount
GetState_RowSpacing
GetState_ColSpacing
GetState_DocumentPath
GetState_ChildBoard
GetState_Mirror
GetState_OriginMode
SetState_RowCount
SetState_ColCount
SetState_RowSpacing
SetState_ColSpacing
SetState_DocumentPath
SetState_Mirror
SetState_OriginMode
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard properties
RowCount
ColCount
RowSpacing
ColSpacing
DocumentPath
ChildBoard
MirrorFlag
OriginMode

See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface
PCB Design Objects

Methods

GetState_ChildBoard method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ChildBoard : IPCB_Board;
Description
This method retrieves  the reference PCB document to be used for the embedded board panellization. This method is used for the ChildBoard property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_ColCount method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ColCount : Integer;
Description
This method retrieves the number of columns that the board array will have. You can also obtain the RowCount  as well to determine the size of the matrix for the board array.
This method is used for the ColCount property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_ColSpacing method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ColSpacing : TCoord;
Description
This method sets the height of the first board and the gap between two boards. This row spacing and the column spacing values are used to generate an embedded board array.
This method is used by the ColSpacing property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_DocumentPath method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DocumentPath : TPCBString;
Description
This method obtains the path to the referenced PCB for the board panellization. This method is used by the DocumentPath property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_Mirror method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Mirror : Boolean;
Description
The MirrorFlag property obtains the mirrored state of the embedded board panel of PCBs. Set true to mirror it, or False to leave the embedded board panel as is.
This method is used by the MirrorFlag property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_OriginMode method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_OriginMode : TEmbeddedBoardOriginMode;
Description
This method obtains the board array from the origin of the embedded board or from the bottom left of the referenced board's workspace.
From the bottom left is the default value which has the software build the array based on the bottom left of the objects in the referenced board's workspace (which is the child PCB document).
This method is used by the OriginMode property.
Note that the reference point (as a red cross) of the board array is defined by the child PCB document that is used as the base for the board array to place on a PCB document. To change the reference point (origin) of the child board object, click Edit » Origin » Reset / Set menu items to set the origin marker from the PCB menu.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_RowCount method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RowCount : Integer;
Description
This method retrieves the number of rows that the board array will have. You can also obtain the RowCount  as well to determine the size of the matrix for the board array.
This method is used for the RowCount property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

GetState_RowSpacing method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RowSpacing : TCoord;
Description
This method obtains the width of the first board and the gap between two boards. This row spacing and the column spacing values are used to generate an embedded board array.
This method is used by the RowSpacing property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_ColCount method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ColCount (Value : Integer);
Description
This method sets the number of columns that the board array will have. You can also set the RowCount  as well to determine the size of the matrix for the board array.
This method is used for the ColCount property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_ColSpacing method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ColSpacing (Value : TCoord );
Description
This method sets the width of the first board and the gap between two boards. This row spacing and the column spacing values are used to generate an embedded board array.
This method is used by the ColSpacing property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_DocumentPath method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DocumentPath (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method sets the path to the referenced PCB for the board panellization. This method is used by the DocumentPath property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_Mirror method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Mirror (Value : Boolean);
Description
The MirrorFlag property sets the mirrored state of the embedded board panel of PCBs. Set true to mirror it, or False to leave the embedded board panel as is.
This method is used by the MirrorFlag property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_OriginMode method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_OriginMode (Value : TEmbeddedBoardOriginMode);
Description
This method sets the board array from the origin of the embedded board or from the bottom left of the referenced board's workspace.
From the bottom left is the default value which has the software build the array based on the bottom left of the objects in the referenced board's workspace (which is the child PCB document).
This method is used by the OriginMode property..
Note that the reference point (as a red cross) of the board array is defined by the child PCB document that is used as the base for the board array to place on a PCB document. To change the reference point (origin) of the child board object, click Edit » Origin » Reset / Set menu items to set the origin marker from the PCB menu.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_RowCount method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_RowCount (Value : Integer);
Description
This method sets the number of rows that the board array will have. You can also set the ColCount  as well to determine the size of the matrix for the board array.
This method is used for the RowCount property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

SetState_RowSpacing method

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_RowSpacing (Value : TCoord );
Description
This method sets the width of the first board and the gap between two boards. This row spacing and the column spacing values are used to generate an embedded board array.
This method is used by the RowSpacing property.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

Properties

ChildBoard property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property ChildBoard : IPCB_Board Read GetState_ChildBoard;
Description
This ChildBoard property represents the reference PCB document to be used for the embedded board panellization.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_ChildBoard method.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

ColCount property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property ColCount : Integer Read GetState_ColCount Write SetState_ColCount;
Description
This ColCount property represents the number of columns that the board array will have. You can also define the RowCount property as well to define the size of the matrix for the board array.
This property is represented by the GetState_ColCount and SetState_ColCount methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

ColSpacing property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property ColSpacing : TCoord Read GetState_ColSpacing Write SetState_ColSpacing;
Description
The ColSpacing property determines the height of the first board and the gap between two boards. This column spacing and the row spacing values are used to generate an embedded board array.
This property is supported by the GetState_ColSpacing and SetState_ColSpacing methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

DocumentPath property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property DocumentPath : TPCBString Read GetState_DocumentPath Write SetState_DocumentPath;
Description
This DocumentPath property represents the path to the referenced PCB for the board panellization. This property is supported by the GetState_DocumentPath and SetState_DocumentPath methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

MirrorFlag property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property MirrorFlag : Boolean Read GetState_Mirror Write SetState_Mirror;
Description
The MirrorFlag property represents the mirrored state of the embedded board panel of PCBs. Set true to mirror it, or False to leave the embedded board panel as is.
This property is supported by the GetState_MirrorFlag and SetState_MirrorFlag methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

OriginMode property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property OriginMode : TEmbeddedBoardOriginMode Read GetState_OriginMode Write SetState_OriginMode;
Description
This OriginMode property references the board array from the origin of the embedded board or from the bottom left of the referenced board's workspace.
From the bottom left is the default value which has the software build the array based on the bottom left of the objects in the referenced board's workspace (which is the child PCB document).
This OriginMode property is supported by the GetState_OriginMode and SetState_OriginMode methods.
Note that the reference point (as a red cross) of the board array is defined by the child PCB document that is used as the base for the board array to place on a PCB document. To change the reference point (origin) of the child board object, click Edit » Origin » Reset / Set menu items to set the origin marker from the PCB menu.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface
TEmbeddedBoardOriginMode type

RowCount property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property RowCount : Integer Read GetState_RowCount Write SetState_RowCount;
Description
This RowCount property represents the number of rows that the board array will have. You can also define the ColCount property as well to define the size of the matrix for the board array.
This property is represented by the GetState_RowCount and SetState_RowCount methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

RowSpacing property

(IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface)
Syntax
Property RowSpacing : TCoord Read GetState_RowSpacing Write SetState_RowSpacing;
Description
The RowSpacing property determines the width of the first board and the gap between two boards. This row spacing and the column spacing values are used to generate an embedded board array.
This property is supported by the GetState_RowSpacing and SetState_RowSpacing methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_EmbeddedBoard interface

IPCB_Fill

Overview
The IPCB_Fill interface represents a PCB fill object on a PCB document. A fill object is a rectangular object and thus is inherited from the IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface.

Notes
The IPCB_Fill interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive
IPCB_Fill

IPCB_RectangularPrimitive methods
RotateAroundXY
IsRedundant
SetState_XSizeYSize
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive properties
XLocation
YLocation
X1Location
Y1Location
X2Location
Y2Location
Rotation
IPCB_Fill methods IPCB_Fill properties

Example

Var
    WorkSpace : IWorkSpace;
    Board     : IPCB_Board;
    Fill      : IPCB_Fill;
Begin
    //Create a new PCB document
    WorkSpace := GetWorkSpace;
    If WorkSpace = Nil Then Exit;
    Workspace.DM_CreateNewDocument('PCB');
 
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil then exit;
 
    // Create a Fill object
    Fill             := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eFillObject, eNoDimension,eCreate_Default);
 
    Fill.X1Location  := MilsToCoord(2000);
    Fill.Y1Location  := MilsToCoord(2000);
    Fill.X2Location  := MilsToCoord(2500);
    Fill.Y2Location  := MilsToCoord(2500);
    Fill.Layer       := eBottomLayer;
    Fill.Rotation    := 45;
 
    // Add a new Fill into the PCB design database.
    Board.AddPCBObject(Fill);
 
    // Refresh the PCB document
    ResetParameters;
    AddStringParameter('Action', 'All');
    RunProcess('PCB:Zoom');
End;

See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface
Undo script in \Examples\Scripts\PCB folder.

IPCB_FromTo Interface

Overview
The IPCB_FromTo interface represents a FromTo object on a PCB document, as a node to a node (a pad of a component to a pad of another component for example) and has a NetName property.

The IPCB_FromTo hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_FromTo

IPCB_FromTo methods
GetState_FromPad
GetState_ToPad
GetState_NetName
SetState_FromPad
SetState_ToPad
SetState_NetName
GetNet
GetFromPad
GetToPad
GetState_RoutedLength
IPCB_FromTo properties
FromPad
ToPad
NetName

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Pad interface
IPCB_Net interface
PCB Design Objects

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_FromPad method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_FromPad : TPCBString;
Description
A FromTo object has a node to a node (a pin to a pin for example) represented FromPad and ToPad properties.
This method is used for the FromPad property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface
TPCBString

GetState_NetName method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_NetName : TPCBString;
Description
The FromTo object has two nodes, FromPad and ToPad. These Notes have their Net Name properties.
This method gets the net name for the FromTo object and is for the NetName property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

GetState_ToPad method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ToPad : TPCBString;
Description
A FromTo object has a node to a node (a pin to a pin for example) represented FromPad and ToPad properties.
This method is used for the ToPad property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

SetState_FromPad method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_FromPad (Value : TPCBString);
Description
A FromTo object has a node to a node (a pin to a pin for example) represented FromPad and ToPad properties.
This method sets the FromPad and is for the FromPad property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

SetState_NetName method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_NetName (Value : TPCBString);
Description
The FromTo object has two nodes, FromPad and ToPad. These Notes have their Net Name properties.
This method sets the net name for the FromTo object and is for the NetName property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

SetState_ToPad method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ToPad (Value : TPCBString);
Description
A FromTo object has a node to a node (a pin to a pin for example) represented FromPad and ToPad properties.
This method sets the ToPad and is for the ToPad property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

Methods

GetFromPad method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetFromPad : IPCB_Pad;
Description
This function returns the pad  interface associated with the FromPad of the FromTo object.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

GetNet method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetNet : IPCB_Net;
Description
This function returns the net interface associated with the net of the FromTo object.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

GetToPad method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetToPad : IPCB_Pad;
Description
This function returns the pad  interface associated with the ToPad of the FromTo object.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

GetState_RoutedLength method

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RoutedLength : TCoord;
Description
This function returns the routed length of the FromTo object in TCoord units.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

Properties

FromPad property

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Property FromPad : TPCBString Read GetState_FromPad Write SetState_FromPad;
Description
The FromTo object has two nodes, FromPad and ToPad. These Nodes have their Net Name properties.
This property represents the FromPad node and returns the name of the FromPad property.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

NetName property

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Property NetName : TPCBString Read GetState_NetName Write SetState_NetName;
Description
The FromTo object has two nodes, FromPad and ToPad. These Nodes have their Net Name properties.
This property represents the net name of the FromTo object.
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

ToPad property

(IPCB_FromTo interface)
Syntax
Property ToPad : TPCBString Read GetState_ToPad Write SetState_ToPad;
Description
The FromTo object has two nodes, FromPad and ToPad. These Nodes have their Net Name properties.
This property represents the ToPad node and returns the name of the ToPad property..
Example
See also
IPCB_FromTo interface

IPCB_Group

Overview
The IPCB_Group interface is an immediate ancestor for IPCB_Net, IPCB_LibComponent, IPCB_Polygon, IPCB_Coordinate, IPCB_Dimension and its descendant interfaces.

The IPCB_Group interface is a composite object interface which means it can store objects. Thus a group object is an object composed of primitives such as arcs, tracks and fills.  For example a polygon consists of child tracks and arcs. A footprint in a PCB library consists of child objects such as arcs, pads and tracks.

The IPCB_Group interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group

Notes
To fetch objects of a group object, you employ the Group Iterator with the GroupIterator_Create and GroupIterator_Destroy methods.
To add or remove child objects from a group object, you employ the AddPCBObject or the RemovePCBObject methods.
To fetch the reference coordinates of a group object, the X,Y properties define the reference point.

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Net interface
IPCB_LibComponent interface
IPCB_Polygon interface
IPCB_Coordinate interface
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
PCB Design Objects

Methods

AddPCBObject method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddPCBObject(PCBObject : IPCB_Primitive);
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

FastSetState_XSizeYSize method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Function FastSetState_XSizeYSize : Boolean;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

FreePrimitives method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Procedure FreePrimitives;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group

GetPrimitiveAt method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Function  GetPrimitiveAt(I        : Integer;
                         ObjectId : TObjectId) : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

GetPrimitiveCount method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Function GetPrimitiveAt(I        : Integer;
                        ObjectId : TObjectId): IPCB_Primitive;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group

GroupIterator_Create

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Function GroupIterator_Create : IPCB_GroupIterator;
Description
The GroupIterator_Create method creates a group iterator for the group object, so that the child objects can be searched from within the group object. This group iterator searches for child objects of a group object, such as a component, footprint, polygon, dimension, board layout and so on.
Example

Var
    Track                   : IPCB_Primitive;
    TrackIteratorHandle     : IPCB_GroupIterator;
    Component               : IPCB_Component;
    ComponentIteratorHandle : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    TrackCount              : Integer;
    ComponentCount          : Integer;
Begin
    TrackCount     := 0;
    ComponentCount := 0;
    If PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard = Nil Then Exit;
 
    ComponentIteratorHandle := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Create;
    ComponentIteratorHandle.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eComponentObject));
    ComponentIteratorHandle.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
    ComponentIteratorHandle.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
    Component := ComponentIteratorHandle.FirstPCBObject;
 
    While (Component <> Nil) Do
    Begin
        TrackIteratorHandle := Component.GroupIterator_Create;
        TrackIteratorHandle.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject));
        TrackIteratorHandle.AddFilter_LayerSet(MkSet(eTopOverlay));
        Track := TrackIteratorHandle.FirstPCBObject;
        While (Track <> Nil) Do
        Begin
            Inc(TrackCount);
            Track := TrackIteratorHandle.NextPCBObject;
        End;
        ShowInfo('This component ' + Component.SourceDesignator  + ' has ' +  IntToStr(TrackCount)  + ' tracks.');
        TrackCount := 0;
        Component.GroupIterator_Destroy(TrackIteratorHandle);
        Component := ComponentIteratorHandle.NextPCBObject;
        Inc(ComponentCount);
        If (ComponentCount > 5) Then Break;
    End;
    PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Destroy(ComponentIteratorHandle);
End;

See also
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface

GroupIterator_Destroy

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Procedure GroupIterator_Destroy(Var AIterator : IPCB_GroupIterator);
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface

RemovePCBObject method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Procedure RemovePCBObject(PCBObject : IPCB_Primitive);
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

SetState_LayersUsedArray method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_LayersUsedArray;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

SetState_XSizeYSize method

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Function  SetState_XSizeYSize : Boolean;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

Properties

LayerIsUsed property

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Property  LayerUsed [L : TLayer] : Boolean Read GetState_LayerUsed Write SetState_LayerUsed;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group

PrimitiveLock property

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Property PrimitiveLock : Boolean Read GetState_PrimitiveLock Write SetState_PrimitiveLock;
Description
The PrimitiveLock property denotes whether the primitives of the group object can be edited individually or not. Normally all the child objects or primitives of a group can only be accessed as a group object.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group

X property

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Property X : TCoord Read GetState_XLocation Write SetState_XLocation;
Description
The X property defines the reference point of the group object.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

Y property

(IPCB_Group interface)
Syntax
Property Y : TCoord Read GetState_YLocation Write SetState_YLocation;
Description
The Y property defines the reference point of the group object.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Group interface

IPCB_LettersCache Interface

Overview

IPCB_LettersCache methods
I_ObjectAddress
PlotText
IPCB_LettersCache properties

 
Example
Var
See also
PCB Design Objects

Methods

I_ObjectAddress method

(IPCB_LettersCache interface)
Syntax
Function  I_ObjectAddress : TPCBObjectHandle;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_LettersCache interface

PlotText method

(IPCB_LettersCache interface)
Syntax
Procedure PlotText(ATextHandle  : TPCBObjectHandle;
                   PlotProc     : TPlotPolygonProc;
             Const ADisplayText : TPCBString);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_LettersCache interface

IPCB_LibComponent Interface

Overview
The IPCB_LibComponent object represents the current footprint in a PCB library document. The footprints of a PCB library is equivalent to "pages" of a library.

The library document is represented by two interfaces - the current footprint and the IPCB_Library document.

The IPCB_LibraryIterator object interface iterates through a loaded PCB library in Altium Designer to fetch PCB footprints which are represented by the IPCB_LibComponent interfaces. The IPCB_LibraryIterator interface is used in the IPCB_Library interface - LibraryIterator_Create and LibraryIterator_Destory methods.

Notes
A library is represented by the IPCB_Library interface.
A PCB footprint (as a page of the library) is represented by its IPCB_LibComponent interface which is inherited from the IPCB_Group object interface.
A PCB footprint is composed of child objects such as pads and tracks. Therefore the footprint has its own IPCB_GroupIterator to fetch its own child objects.
DelphiScript doesnt support sets, therefore to pass in a set of layers or a set of objects, you need to use the MkSet function to create a pseudo set of objects or layers for the AddFilter_ObjectSet or AddFilterLayerSet methods. For example LibraryIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject,eFillObject));

The IPCB_LibComponent interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_LibComponent

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
 
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
 
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed
IPCB_LibComponent methods
GetState_Pattern
GetState_Height
GetState_Description
SetState_Pattern
SetState_Height
SetState_Description
IPCB_LibComponent properties
Name
Height
Description

DelphiScript Example

Procedure ReportFootprintInfo;
Var
    CurrentLib        : IPCB_Library;
    FootprintIterator : IPCB_LibraryIterator;
    Footprint         : IPCB_LibComponent;
    FootprintList     : TStringList;
    ReportDocument    : IServerDocument;
    Filename          : TString;
    S                 : TString;
    I                 : Integer;
Begin
    CurrentLib := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBLibrary;
    If CurrentLib = Nil Then Exit;
 
    Filename := ExtractFilePath(CurrentLib.Board.FileName) + 'PCBLib_Report.csv';
    S := '';
    FootprintList := TStringList.Create;
 
    FootprintIterator := CurrentLib.LibraryIterator_Create;
    FootprintIterator.SetState_FilterAll;
    Try
        Footprint := FootprintIterator.FirstPCBObject;
        While Footprint <> Nil Do
        Begin
            // Determine which units are in use. at the mo it is the other way around!!!
            If CurrentLib.Board.DisplayUnit = eMetric Then
                S := footprint.name + ',' + FloatToStr(CoordToMils(Footprint.Height)) + ',' + Footprint.Description
            Else
                S := footprint.name + ',' + FloatToStr(CoordToMMs(Footprint.Height)) + ',' + Footprint.Description;
 
            FootprintList.Add(S);
            Footprint := FootprintIterator.NextPCBObject;
        End;
     Finally
        CurrentLib.LibraryIterator_Destroy(FootprintIterator);
        FootprintList.SaveToFile(FileName);
        FootprintList.Free;
    End;
 
    //Display and save report.
    ReportDocument := Client.OpenDocument('Text', FileName);
    If ReportDocument <> Nil Then
        Client.ShowDocument(ReportDocument);
End;

See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
LibraryIterator example from \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder.

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_Description method

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Description : TPCBString;
Description
The Description property denotes the footprint's description. This method is used for the Description property.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

GetState_Height method

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Height : TCoord;
Description
The Height property denotes the footprint's height. This method is used by the Height property.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

GetState_Pattern method

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Pattern : TPCBString;
Description
The Name property denotes the pattern name of the footprint. This pattern method is used by the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

SetState_Description method

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Description (Value : TPCBString);
Description
The Description property denotes the footprint's description. This method is used for the Description property.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

SetState_Height method

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Height (Value : TCoord);
Description
The Height property denotes the footprint's height. This method is used by the Height property.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

SetState_Pattern method

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Pattern (Value : TPCBString);
Description
The Name property denotes the pattern name of the footprint. This pattern method is used by the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

Properties

Description property

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Property Description : TPCBString Read getState_Description Write SetState_Description;
Description
The Description property denotes the footprint's description. This Description property is supported by the GetState_Description and SetState_Description methods.
Note, the IPCB_LibComponent interface represents the current footprint in the PCB Library editor workspace.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

Height property

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Property Height : TCoord Read GetState_Height Write SetState_Height;
Description
The Height property denotes the footprint's height. This Height property is supported by the GetState_Height and SetState_Height methods.
Note, the IPCB_LibComponent interface represents the current footprint in the PCB Library editor workspace.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

Name property

(IPCB_LibComponent interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TPCBString Read GetState_Pattern Write SetState_Pattern;
Description
The Name property denotes the pattern name of the footprint. This Name property is supported by the GetState_Pattern and SetState_Pattern methods.
Note, the IPCB_LibComponent interface represents the current footprint in the PCB Library editor workspace.
Example
See also
IPCB_LibComponent interface

IPCB_Net Interface

Overview
A net object can store net information from a PCB document.  The net object contains information about the components used in the design, and the connectivity created in the design, stored in the form of nets.  A net object is a list of pin to pin connections that are electrically connected in the design.  The arrangement of the pin to pin connections is called the net topology.

The net objects are system generated objects, which means, you can retrieve the net names of PCB objects that have a net property on a PCB document.

By default the PCB editor arranges the pin to pin connections of each net to give the shortest overall connection length.  To have control of the arrangement of the pin to pin connections in a net, the PCB editor allows the user to define a set of From-Tos.

The IPCB_Net interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Net

Notes
The ConnectsVisible property denotes the visibility of a net. If True, connections are visible.
IPCB_Group table

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed

IPCB_Net table

IPCB_Net methods
GetState_Color
GetState_Name
GetState_ConnectsVisible
GetState_ConnectivelyInvalid
GetState_RoutedLength
GetState_ViaCount
GetState_PinCount
Getstate_PadByName
Getstate_PadByPinDescription
GetState_IsHighlighted
GetState_LoopRemoval
GetState_DifferentialPair
GetState_InDifferentialPair
GetState_LiveHighlightMode
SetState_Color
SetState_Name
SetState_ConnectsVisible
SetState_IsHighlighted
SetState LoopRemoval
SetState_DifferentialPair
SetState_LiveHighlightMode
Rebuild
HideNetConnects
ShowNetConnects
ConnectivelyInValidate;Procedure CancelGroupWarehouseRegistration
CancelGroupWarehouseRegistration
RegisterWithGroupWarehouse
GetLogicalNet
SubnetIndices_Set
SubnetIndices_Reset
IPCB_Net properties
Color
Name
ConnectsVisible
ConnectivelyInvalid
RoutedLength
ViaCount
PinCount
PadByName
PadByPinDescription
IsHighlighted
LoopRemoval
DifferentialPair
InDifferentialPair
LiveHighlightMode

Example

Procedure IterateNetObjects;
Var
    Board       : IPCB_Board;
    Net         : IPCB_Net;
    Iterator    : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    LS          : TPCBString;
Begin
    // Retrieve the current board
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
    // Create the iterator that will look for Net objects only
    Iterator        := Board.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eNetObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
    // Search for Net objects and get their Net Name values
    LS := '';
    Net := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While (Net <> Nil) Do
    Begin
        LS := LS + Net.Name + ', ';
        Net := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    Board.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
    // Display the Net Names on a dialog.
    ShowInfo('Nets = ' + LS);
 End;

See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
IterateNets example from the \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder.
NetObjectAssign example from the \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder.

GetState and SetState methods

GetState_Color method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Color : TColor;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_ConnectivelyInvalid method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ConnectivelyInvalid : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_ConnectsVisible method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ConnectsVisible : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_IsHighlighted method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsHighlighted : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

Getstate_PadByName method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function Getstate_PadByName (PadName : TPCBString) : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

Getstate_PadByPinDescription method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function Getstate_PadByPinDescription (PinDes : TPCBString) : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_PinCount method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PinCount : Integer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_RoutedLength method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RoutedLength : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetState_ViaCount method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ViaCount : Integer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

SetState_Color method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Color (Color : TColor);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

SetState_ConnectsVisible method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ConnectsVisible (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

SetState_IsHighlighted method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsHighlighted (Dummy : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

SetState_Name method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Name (Name : TPCBString);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

Methods

CancelGroupWarehouseRegistration method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure CancelGroupWarehouseRegistration (iPad : IPCB_Pad);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

ConnectivelyInValidate method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure ConnectivelyInValidate;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

GetLogicalNet method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Function GetLogicalNet : IPCB_Group;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

HideNetConnects method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure HideNetConnects;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

Rebuild method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure Rebuild;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

ShowNetConnects method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure ShowNetConnects;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

RegisterWithGroupWarehouse method

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Procedure RegisterWithGroupWarehouse (iPad : IPCB_Pad);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

Properties

Color property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property Color : TColor Read GetState_Color Write SetState_Color;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

ConnectivelyInvalid property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property ConnectivelyInvalid : Boolean Read GetState_ConnectivelyInvalid;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

ConnectsVisible property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property ConnectsVisible : Boolean Read GetState_ConnectsVisible Write SetState_ConnectsVisible;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

IsHighlighted property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property IsHighlighted : Boolean Read GetState_IsHighlighted Write SetState_IsHighlighted;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

Name property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TPCBString Read GetState_Name Write SetState_Name;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

PadByName [N property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property PadByName [N : TPCBString ] : IPCB_Primitive Read Getstate_PadByName;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

PadByPinDescription [N property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property PadByPinDescription [N : TPCBString ] : IPCB_Primitive Read Getstate_PadByPinDescription;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

PinCount property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property PinCount : Integer Read GetState_PinCount;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

RoutedLength property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property RoutedLength : TCoord Read GetState_RoutedLength;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

ViaCount property

(IPCB_Net interface)
Syntax
Property ViaCount : Integer Read GetState_ViaCount;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Net interface

IPCB_ObjectClass Interface

Overview
A class is defined as a group or set of objects, identified by its unique class name. The PCB editor in the Altium Designer supports Net Classes, Component Classes and From-To Classes.

An object can belong to more than one class. You can create classes (or groups) of objects. Classes of Components, Nets and From-Tos can be created, and multiple membership is permitted.  Classes are used to quickly identify a group of objects. For example, you could create a class of components called Surface Mount.

When you set up a paste mask expansion rule for the surface mount components, you simply set the rule scope to Component Class and select the Surface Mount class. Or you may have a set of nets, such as the power nets, which have different clearance requirements from the signal nets. You can create a Net Class which includes all these nets, and then use the Net Class scope when you define the clearance design rule for these nets.

Notes
An ObjectClass object can be created from the PCBClassFactoryByClassMember or PCBObjectFactory methods from the IPCB_ServerInterface interface.

The IPCB_ObjectClass hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_ObjectClass

IPCB_ObjectClass methods
GetState_MemberKind
GetState_Name
GetState_SuperClass
GetState_MemberName
SetState_MemberKind
SetState_Name
SetState_SuperClass
AddMemberByName
AddMember
RemoveMember
RemoveAllMembers
IsMember
IsLayerMember
AddLayerMember
RemoveLayerMember
IsValidObjectKind
IPCB_ObjectClass properties
MemberKind
Name
SuperClass
MemberName [I

Example

Var
    Board    : IPCB_Board;
    NetClass : IPCB_ObjectClass;
Begin
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
    PCBServer.PreProcess;
    NetClass := PCBServer.PCBClassFactoryByClassMember(eClassMemberKind_Net);
    NetClass.SuperClass := False;
    NetClass.Name := 'NetGndClass';
    NetClass.AddMemberByName('GND');
    Board.AddPCBObject(NetClass);
    PCBServer.PostProcess;
End;

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_ServerInterface interface
TClassMemberKind enumerated values
PCB Design Objects
Object Class Reporter script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\Object Class Report
UnrouteNetClass script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\UnRoute Net Class\ folder.
CreateNetClass script from  \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\ folder.
ComponentClassInfo script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\

GetState and SetState Methods

SetState_SuperClass method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SuperClass (Value : Boolean);
Description
The SuperClass property denotes whether or not the interface contains all members of a particular kind. If this field is set to true, the members of the IPCB_ObjectClass object cannot be edited.
This Setter method is used by the SuperClass property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

SetState_Name method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Name (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This property denotes the name of this Object Class object for the PCB document. This setter method is used by the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

SetState_MemberKind method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MemberKind (Value : TClassMemberKind);
Description
This property denotes which particular objects can be stored in the list. This setter method is used by the MemberKind property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

GetState_SuperClass method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SuperClass : Boolean;
Description
The SuperClass property denotes whether or not the interface contains all members of a particular kind. If this field is set to true, the members of the IPCB_ObjectClass object cannot be edited and contains all the names of the objects of the particular kind.
This Getter method is used by the SuperClass property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface
TClassMemberKind enumerated values

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : TPCBString;
Description
This property denotes the name of this Object Class object for the PCB document. This getter method is used by the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

GetState_MemberName method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MemberName (I : Integer) : TPCBString;
Description
This property denotes the member name from the list of members in the IPCB_Object class interface. This getter method is used by the MemberName property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

GetState_MemberKind method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MemberKind : TClassMemberKind;
Description
This method denotes which particular objects can be stored in the list. This getstate_MemberKind method is used by the MemberKind property.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface
TClassMemberKind type

Methods

AddLayerMember method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddLayerMember (L : TLayer);
Description
This AddLayerMember method adds a layer to the object class of eClassMemberKind_Layer type.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

AddMember method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddMember (P : IPCB_Primitive);
Description
The AddMember method adds a primitive that belongs to the same member kind in the Object Class.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

AddMemberByName method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddMemberByName (AName : TPCBString);
Description
This AddMemberByName adds a member by its name of the member kind in the object class.
Example

Var
    Board    : IPCB_Board;
    NetClass : IPCB_ObjectClass;
Begin
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
    PCBServer.PreProcess;
    NetClass := PCBServer.PCBClassFactoryByClassMember(eClassMemberKind_Net);
    NetClass.SuperClass := False;
    NetClass.Name := 'NetGndClass';
    NetClass.AddMemberByName('GND');
    Board.AddPCBObject(NetClass);
    PCBServer.PostProcess;
End;

See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface
TClassMemberKind enumerated values

IsLayerMember method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function IsLayerMember (L : TLayer) : Boolean;
Description
This function checks if this layer is part of the Object Class that is hosting layer classes only (of eClassMemberKind_Layer type).
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface
TClassMemberKind enumerated values

IsMember method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function IsMember (S : TPCBString) : Boolean;
Description
This function checks if the member (by name) is part of the Object Class.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

IsValidObjectKind method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Function IsValidObjectKind (P : IPCB_Primitive) : Boolean;
Description
This function checks if the PCB design object is a valid object kind for this object class.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

RemoveAllMembers method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure RemoveAllMembers;
Description
This method removes all the members for this object class.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

RemoveLayerMember method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure RemoveLayerMember (L : TLayer);
Description
This method removes the specified layer from the Object Class that hosts the layer classes only.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

RemoveMember method

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Procedure RemoveMember (P : IPCB_Primitive);
Description
This method removes the specified PCB design object from the list of members in this Object class.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

Properties

MemberKind property

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Property MemberKind : TClassMemberKind Read GetState_MemberKind Write SetState_MemberKind;
Description
This property denotes which particular objects can be stored in the list.
This property is supported by the GetState_MemberKind and SetState_MemberKind methods.
Example

Var
    Board    : IPCB_Board;
    NetClass : IPCB_ObjectClass;
Begin
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
    PCBServer.PreProcess;
    NetClass := PCBServer.PCBClassFactoryByClassMember(eClassMemberKind_Net);
    NetClass.SuperClass := False;
    NetClass.Name := 'NetGndClass';
    NetClass.AddMemberByName('GND');
    Board.AddPCBObject(NetClass);
    PCBServer.PostProcess;
End;

See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface
TClassMemberKind type

MemberName property

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Property MemberName [I : Integer] : TPCBString Read GetState_MemberName;
Description
This property denotes the member name from the list of members in the IPCB_Object class interface. This read only property is supported by the GetState_MemberName method.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

Name property

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TPCBString Read GetState_Name Write SetState_Name;
Description
This property denotes the name of this Object Class object for the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Name and SetState_Name methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface

SuperClass property

(IPCB_ObjectClass interface)
Syntax
Property SuperClass : Boolean Read GetState_SuperClass Write SetState_SuperClass;
Description
The SuperClass property denotes whether or not the interface contains all members of a particular kind. If this field is set to true, the members of the IPCB_ObjectClass object cannot be edited.
By default, a super class contains all members of the same member kind - for example, if layer kind is selected, then all layers is included for this Object Class.
This property is supported by the GetState_SuperClass and SetState_SuperClass methods.
Code Snippet Example

// AObjectClass is a IPCB_ObjectClass interface type
If AObjectClass.SuperClass Then
Begin
    // is a super class!
    Case AObjectClass.MemberKind Of
            eClassMemberKind_Net       : ARpt.Add('All Nets');
            eClassMemberKind_Component : ARpt.Add('All Components');
            eClassMemberKind_FromTo    : ARpt.Add('All FromTos');
            eClassMemberKind_Pad       : ARpt.Add('All Pads');
            eClassMemberKind_Layer     : ARpt.Add('All Layers');
    End;
End;

See also
IPCB_ObjectClass interface
TClassMemberKind type

IPCB_Pad Interface

Overview
Pad objects are hole connectors for components and for connection to signal tracks.  Pads can be either multilayered or single layered.  Pad shapes include circular, rectangular, rounded rectangular or octagonal with X, Y sizes definable from 1 to 10000mils. 

Hole size can range from 0 (SMD) to 1000mils. 

Pads can be identified with a designator up to four characters long.  On a multilayer pad, the Top layer, Mid layer and Bottom layer pad shape and size can be independently assigned to define a pad stack.  Note that the surface mount components and edge connectors have single layer pads on the Top and/or Bottom layers.

Altium Designer supports a Full Stack Pad mode for ultimate control over the padstack. This allows different sizes and shapes on all signal layers. Also pads and vias can be selectively tented on the top or bottom side. Altium Designer also supports three types of pad definitions: Simple, Top-Mid-Bottom and Full Stack.

Notes
The Corner radius attribute of rounded pads is represented by the IPCB_Pad2 interface.
A Paste Mask expansion property for a pad object is currently relevant just for pads on top and bottom copper layers.
Vias do not have a paste mask layer. Paste mask layers are used to design stencils which will selectively place solder paste on a blank PCB. Solder paste is only placed on pads where component leads are to be soldered to them. Vias normally don't have anything soldered onto them.

The IPCB_Pad interface hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Pad
IPCB_Pad2

IPCB_Pad methods
GetState_XLocation
GetState_YLocation
SetState_XLocation
SetState_YLocation
GetState_PinDescriptorString
GetState_IsConnectedToPlane
SetState_IsConnectedToPlane
GetState_Mode
SetState_Mode
GetState_XSizeOnLayer
GetState_YSizeOnLayer
GetState_ShapeOnLayer
GetState_XStackSizeOnLayer
GetState_YStackSizeOnLayer
GetState_StackShapeOnLayer
GetState_TopXSize
GetState_TopYSize
GetState_TopShape
GetState_BotXSize
GetState_BotYSize
GetState_BotShape
GetState_MidXSize
GetState_MidYSize
GetState_MidShape
GetState_SwapID_Pad
GetState_SwapID_Gate
GetState_SwappedPadName
GetState_GateID
GetState_OwnerPart_ID
SetState_BotShape
SetState_BotXSize
SetState_BotYSize
SetState_MidShape
SetState_MidXSize
SetState_MidYSize
SetState_TopShape
SetState_TopXSize
SetState_TopYSize
SetState_XStackSizeOnLayer
SetState_YStackSizeOnLayer
SetState_StackShapeOnLayer
SetState_SwapID_Pad
SetState_SwapID_Gate
SetState_SwappedPadName
SetState_OwnerPart_ID
GetState_HoleSize
SetState_HoleSize
GetState_Rotation
SetState_Rotation
GetState_Name
SetState_Name
GetState_WidthOnLayer
GetState_Cache
SetState_Cache
GetState_Plated
GetState_DrillType
GetState_HoleType
GetState_HoleWidth
GetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer
GetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer
GetState_HoleRotation
SetState_DrillType
SetState_HoleType
SetState_HoleWidth
SetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer
SetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer
SetState_HoleRotation
BoundingRectangleOnLayer
RotateAroundXY
IsPadStack
IsSurfaceMount
PlaneConnectionStyleForLayer
InvalidateSizeShape
ValidateSizeShape
ReValidateSizeShape
UpdateCache
InvalidateCache
IPCB_Pad properties
X
Y
PinDescriptor
IsConnectedToPlane
Mode
XSizeOnLayer
YSizeOnLayer
ShapeOnLayer
XStackSizeOnLayer
YStackSizeOnLayer
StackShapeOnLayer
TopXSize
TopYSize
MidXSize
MidYSize
BotXSize
BotYSize
TopShape
MidShape
BotShape
HoleSize
Rotation
Name
Width
SwapID_Pad
SwapID_Gate
SwappedPadName
Cache
WidthOnLayer
OwnerPart_ID
Plated
DrillType
HoleType
HoleWidth
XPadOffset
YPadOffset
HoleRotation

Example
This example creates a new pad object and its associated new pad cache and places it on the current PCB document.

Procedure PlaceAPCBPad;
Var
    Board         : IPCB_Board;
    WorkSpace     : IWorkSpace;
 
    Pad           : IPCB_Pad;
    Padcache      : TPadCache;
    TopLayerWidth : TCoord;
Begin
    //Create a new PCB document
    WorkSpace := GetWorkSpace;
    If WorkSpace = Nil Then Exit;
    Workspace.DM_CreateNewDocument('PCB');
 
    If PCBServer = Nil Then Exit;
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil then exit;
 
    // Create a Pad object
    Pad := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(ePadObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    Pad.SetState_XLocation  := MilsToCoord(3000);
    Pad.SetState_YLocation  := MilsToCoord(3000);
 
    // Setup a pad cache which has common values
    Padcache := Pad.GetState_Cache;
    Padcache.ReliefAirGap := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PowerPlaneReliefExpansion := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PowerPlaneClearance       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.ReliefConductorWidth      := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.SolderMaskExpansion       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.SolderMaskExpansionValid  := eCacheManual;
    Padcache.PasteMaskExpansion        := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PasteMaskExpansionValid   := eCacheManual;
 
    // Assign a new pad cache to the pad
    Pad.SetState_Cache := Padcache;
    TopLayerWidth      := Pad.GetState_WidthOnLayer(eBottomLayer);
    Board.AddPCBObject(Pad);
 
    // Refresh PCB document
    ResetParameters;
    AddStringParameter('Action', 'All');
    RunProcess('PCB:Zoom');
End;

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Via interface
TPadName value
TPadCache value
TPadSwapName value
TShape enumerated values
TAngle value
PCB Design Objects
Script examples in \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder

GetState and SetState Methods

 GetState_DrillType method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_DrillType : TExtendedDrillType;
Description
This function obtains the drill type used for this pad’s hole on the PCB.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 GetState_HoleType method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_HoleType : TExtendedHoleType;
Description
This function obtains the hole type of the pad’s hole.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 GetState_HoleWidth method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_HoleWidth : TCoord;
Description
This function obtains the hole width in TCoord units.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 GetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer  (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This function is not implemented.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 GetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer  (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This function is not implemented.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_DrillType method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DrillType (DrillType : TExtendedDrillType);
Description
This procedure sets the drill type used to drill a hole on the PCB. This attribute is used by the manufacturing output file such as the CAM files.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TExtendedDrillType type.

SetState_HoleType method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_HoleType (HoleType  : TExtendedHoleType);
Description
This procedure sets the hole type of the pad’s hole. There are three hole types – Round Hole, Square Hole and Slotted Hole.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TExtendedHoleType type.

SetState_HoleWidth method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_HoleWidth (HoleWidth : TCoord);
Description
This function sets the hole width of a pad’s hole on the PCB.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer(L       : TLayer;
                                     XOffset : TCoord);
Description
This function is not implemented.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer(L       : TLayer;
                                     YOffset : TCoord);
Description
This function is not implemented.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_HoleRotation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_HoleRotation (HRotation : TAngle);
Description
This function sets the rotation property of a pad’s hole.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TAngle type

SetState_YStackSizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_YStackSizeOnLayer (L : TLayer;Value : TCoord);
Description
This YStackSizeOnLayer procedure determines the size of the pad in Y direction on the specified layer only if the pad has an external stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack type).
This method is used for the YStackSizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_YLocation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_YLocation (AY : TCoord);
Description
The SetState_XLocation and SetState_YLocation methods set the location of the pad with respect to the PCB document it is on.
These methods are used for the X and Y properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_XStackSizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_XStackSizeOnLayer (L : TLayer;Value : TCoord);
Description
This XStackSizeOnLayer procedure determines the size of the pad in X direction on the specified layer only if the pad has an external stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack type).
This method is used for the XStackSizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_XLocation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_XLocation (AX : TCoord);
Description
The SetState_XLocation and SetState_YLocation methods set the location of the pad with respect to the PCB document it is on.
These methods are used for the X and Y properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_TopYSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_TopYSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This procedure determines the top size in U direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the TopYSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_TopXSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_TopXSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This procedure determines the top size in X direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the TopXSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_TopShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_TopShape (Value : TShape);
Description
This procedure determines the top shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the TopShape property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

SetState_SwappedPadName method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SwappedPadName (Value : TPCBString);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

SetState_SwapID_Pad method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SwapID_Pad (Value : TPCBString);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

SetState_SwapID_Gate method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_SwapID_Gate (Value : TPCBString);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

SetState_StackShapeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_StackShapeOnLayer (L : TLayer;Value : TShape);
Description
This procedure determines what shape the pad stack is on that layer. This method is used by the StackShapeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Rotation (Value : TAngle);
Description
This method sets the rotation of the pad object in degrees (of TAngle type 0 -360 degrees). This method is used for the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_Name method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Name (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method sets the name which is the designator of this pad object. This method is used for the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

SetState_Mode method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Mode (Mode : TPadMode);
Description
The Mode property determines what type of pad it is - a simple pad, a pad with three Top, Middle and Bottom layer stack up or a pad with a complex stack up.
If Mode is Simple (ePadMode_Simple) then you only deal with X,Y locations and the TopXSize, TopYSize and TopShape properties.
If Mode is Top-Mid-Bottom stack (ePadMode_LocalStack) then you deal with X,Y Locations, Top.., Mid.. and Bot.. properties.
If Mode is Full Stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack) then you deal with XStackSizeOnLayer, YStackSizeOnLayer and StackShapeOnLayer properties.
The method is used by the Mode property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_MidYSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MidYSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This procedure determines the middle size in Y direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the MidYSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_MidXSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MidXSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This procedure determines the middle size in X direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the MidXSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_MidShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MidShape (Value : TShape);
Description
This procedure determines the middle shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the MidShape property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

SetState_IsConnectedToPlane method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsConnectedToPlane (Layer : TLayer;Value : Boolean);
Description
This method sets a boolean value to connect the pad to the specified plane (one of the power internal planes) or not.
This method is used by the IsConnectedToPlane property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_HoleSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_HoleSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method sets  the hole size of a pad object where component pins or wires can be passed through and soldered in place.
This method is used by the HoleSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_GateID method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_GateID (Value : Integer);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_Cache method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Cache (Value : TPadCache);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_BotYSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_BotYSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This procedure determines the bottom size in the Y direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the BotYSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_BotXSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_BotXSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This procedure determines the bottom size in the X direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the BotXSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_BotShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_BotShape (Value : TShape);
Description
This procedure determines the bottom shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the BotShape property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

GetState_YStackSizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_YStackSizeOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This YStackSizeOnLayer function determines the size of the pad in Y direction on the specified layer only if the pad has an external stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack type).
This method is used for the YStackSizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_YSizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_YSizeOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This function determines what size in Y direction the pad is on this specified layer. This method is used for the YSizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_YLocation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_YLocation : TCoord;
Description
The GetState_XLocation and GetState_YLocation methods retrieves  the location of the pad with respect to the PCB document it is on.
These methods are used for the X and Y properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_XStackSizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_XStackSizeOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This XStackSizeOnLayer function determines the size of the pad in X direction on the specified layer only if the pad has an external stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack type).
This method is used for the XStackSizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_XSizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_XSizeOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This function determines what size in X direction the pad is on this specified layer. This method is used for the XSizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_XLocation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_XLocation : TCoord;
Description
The GetState_XLocation and GetState_YLocation methods retrieves  the location of the pad with respect to the PCB document it is on.
These methods are used for the X and Y properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_WidthOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_WidthOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This WidthOnLayer function retrieves the width of the pad on the specified layer. This property is used by the WidthOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_TopYSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_TopYSize : TCoord;
Description
This function determines the top size in Y direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the TopYSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_TopXSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_TopXSize : TCoord;
Description
This function determines the top size in X direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the TopXSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_TopShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_TopShape : TShape;
Description
This function determines the top shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the TopShape property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

GetState_SwappedPadName method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SwappedPadName : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

GetState_SwapID_Pad method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SwapID_Pad : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

GetState_SwapID_Gate method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SwapID_Gate : TPCBString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

GetState_StackShapeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StackShapeOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TShape;
Description
This function determines what shape the pad stack is on that layer. This method is used by the StackShapeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

GetState_ShapeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ShapeOnLayer (L : TLayer) : TShape;
Description
This property determines what shape the pad stack is on that layer. This method is used by the ShapeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

GetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Rotation : TAngle;
Description
This method retrieves the rotation of the pad object in degrees (of TAngle type 0 -360 degrees).
This method is used for the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_PinDescriptorString method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PinDescriptorString : TPCBString;
Description
This function obtains the description of the pin which represents the pad of a component. This method is used by the PinDescriptorString property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : TPCBString;
Description
This method retrieves the name which is the designator of this pad object.
This method is used for the Name property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

GetState_Mode method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Mode : TPadMode;
Description
The Mode function determines what type of pad it is - a simple pad, a pad with three Top, Middle and Bottom layer stack up or a pad with a complex stack up.
If Mode is Simple (ePadMode_Simple) then you only deal with X,Y locations and the TopXSize, TopYSize and TopShape properties.
If Mode is Top-Mid-Bottom stack (ePadMode_LocalStack) then you deal with X,Y Locations, Top.., Mid.. and Bot.. properties.
If Mode is Full Stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack) then you deal with XStackSizeOnLayer, YStackSizeOnLayer and StackShapeOnLayer properties.
The method is used by the Mode property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_MidYSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MidYSize : TCoord;
Description
This function determines the middle size in Y direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used by the MidYSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_MidXSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MidXSize : TCoord;
Description
This function determines the middle size in X direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the MidXSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_MidShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MidShape : TShape;
Description
This function determines the middle shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the MidShape property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

GetState_IsConnectedToPlane method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsConnectedToPlane (Layer : TLayer) : Boolean;
Description
This method retrieves a boolean value  whether the pad is connected to the specified plane (one of the power internal planes) or not.
This method is used by the IsConnectedToPlane property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_HoleSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_HoleSize : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves  the hole size of a pad object where component pins or wires can be passed through and soldered in place.
This method is used by the HoleSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_GateID method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_GateID : Integer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_Cache method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Cache : TPadCache;
Description
This method retrieves the global cache that stores various design rule settings for pad and via objects.
This method is used for the Cache property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_BotYSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_BotYSize : TCoord;
Description
This function determines the bottom size in Y direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the BotYSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_BotXSize method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_BotXSize : TCoord;
Description
This function determines the bottom size in X direction of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the BotXSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

GetState_BotShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_BotShape : TShape;
Description
This function determines the bottom shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This method is used for the BotShape property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

GetState_Plated method

(IPCB_PCB interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_Plated : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether the pad is plated or not. This method is used for the Plated property.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

SetState_Plated method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Plated (Value  : Boolean);
Description
This method determines whether the pad is plated or not. This method is used for the Plated property.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

Methods

BoundingRectangleOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function BoundingRectangleOnLayer (ALayer : TLayer) : TCoordRect;
Description
This function retrieves the bounding rectangle (of TCoordRect type) of the component on the specified layer of the PCB document.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

IsPadStack method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function IsPadStack : Boolean;
Description
This function determines whether the pad is a full stack up pad or not. Use this function before you change the properties of a pad stack. You can also use the Mode property to check what type of stack up the pad is.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPadMode property

IsSurfaceMount method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function IsSurfaceMount : Boolean;
Description
The pad is a surface mount if the holesize is 0 in size and is on top and/or bottom layers only.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

PlaneConnectionStyleForLayer method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Function PlaneConnectionStyleForLayer(ALayer : TLayer) : TPlaneConnectionStyle;
Description
Pads automatically connect to an internal power plane layer that is assigned the same net name. The pad will connect to the plane depending on the applicable Power Plane Connect Style design rule. If you do not want pads to connect to power planes, add another Power Plane Connect Style design rule targeting the specific pads required and with a connection style of No Connect.
The Connect Style defines the style of the connection from a pin of a component, targeted by the scope (Full Query) of the rule, to a power plane.

The following three styles as per the TPlaneConnectionStyle type are available:

  • ePlaneNoConnect - do not connect a component pin to the power plane.
  • ePlaneReliefConnect - connect using solid copper to the pin.
  • ePlaneDirectConnect (default) - connect using a thermal relief connection.

Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPlaneConnectionStyle type

RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX, AY : TCoord;Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method rotates a pad object on the PCB document about the AX, AY coordinates with an angle in degrees.
To ensure the pad rotates without moving about, pass in its midpoint (between X1,X2 and Y1, Y2) attributes for the AX,AY parameters or use the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

Invalidate method

(IPCB_PCB interface)
Syntax
Procedure InvalidateSizeShape;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

ValidateSizeShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure ValidateSizeShape;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

RevalidateSizeShape method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Procedure ReValidateSizeShape;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

Properties

BotShape property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property BotShape : TShape Read GetState_BotShape Write SetState_BotShape;
Description
This property determines the bottom shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This property is supported by the GetState_BotShape and SetState_BotShape methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type
TShape type

BotXSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property BotXSize : TCoord Read GetState_BotXSize Write SetState_BotXSize;
Description
This property determines the bottom X Size of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_BotXSize and SetState_BotXSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

BotYSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property BotYSize : TCoord Read GetState_BotYSize Write SetState_BotYSize;
Description
This property determines the bottom Y Size of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_BotYSize and SetState_BotYSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

Cache property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Cache : TPadCache Read GetState_Cache Write SetState_Cache;
Description
This Cache property represents  the global cache that stores various design rule settings for pad and via objects. This property is supported by the GetState_Cache and SetState_Cache methods.
Example

    (* Create a Pad object*)
    Pad := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(ePadObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    Pad.X  := MilsToCoord(3000);
    Pad.Y  := MilsToCoord(3000);
 
    (* Setup a pad cache *)
    Padcache := Pad.Cache;
    Padcache.ReliefAirGap := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PowerPlaneReliefExpansion := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PowerPlaneClearance       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.ReliefConductorWidth      := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.SolderMaskExpansion       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.SolderMaskExpansionValid  := eCacheManual;
    Padcache.PasteMaskExpansion        := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PasteMaskExpansionValid   := eCacheManual;
 
    (* Assign the new pad cache to the pad*)
    Pad.Cache := Padcache;
    Board.AddPCBObject(Pad);

See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPadCache type
PadViaCacheProperties script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\ folder.
DrawObjects script from  \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript Scripts\PCB\ folder.

GateID property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property GateID : Integer Read GetState_GateID Write SetState_GateID;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

HoleSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property HoleSize : TCoord Read GetState_HoleSize Write SetState_HoleSize;
Description
This property represents the hole size of a pad object where component pins or wires can be passed through and soldered in place.
This property is supported by the GetState_HoleSize and SetState_HoleSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

Name property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TPCBString Read GetState_Name Write SetState_Name;
Description
This Name property represents the designator of a pad object.
This method is supported by the GetState_Name and SetState_Name methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

Rotation property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Rotation : TAngle Read GetState_Rotation Write SetState_Rotation;
Description
This Rotation property deals with the rotation of the pad object in degrees (of TAngle type 0 -360 degrees).
This property is supported by GetState_Rotation and SetState_Rotation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TAngle type

SwapID_Gate property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property SwapID_Gate : TPCBString Read GetState_SwapID_Gate Write SetState_SwapID_Gate;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

SwapID_Pad property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property SwapID_Pad : TPCBString Read GetState_SwapID_Pad Write SetState_SwapID_Pad;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

SwappedPadName property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property SwappedPadName : TPCBString Read GetState_SwappedPadName Write SetState_SwappedPadName;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

Width property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Width [L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_WidthOnLayer;
Description
This read only property is supported by the GetState_WidthOnLayer method and is equivalent to the WidthOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

WidthOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property WidthOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_WidthOnLayer;
Description
This property retrieves the width of the pad on the specified layer. This read only property is supported by the GetState_WidthOnLayer method and is equivalent to the Width property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

IsConnectedToPlane property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property IsConnectedToPlane[L : TLayer] : Boolean Read GetState_IsConnectedToPlane Write SetState_IsConnectedToPlane;
Description
This property determines whether the pad is connected to the specified plane (one of the power internal planes).
This property is supported by GetState_IsConnectedToPlane and SetState_IsConnectedToPlane methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

MidShape property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property MidShape : TShape Read GetState_MidShape Write SetState_MidShape;
Description
This property determines the middle shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up. This property is supported by the GetState_MidShape and SetState_MidShape methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

MidXSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property MidXSize : TCoord Read GetState_MidXSize Write SetState_MidXSize;
Description
This property determines the middle shape of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_MidXSize and SetState_MidXSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

MidYSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property MidYSize : TCoord Read GetState_MidYSize Write SetState_MidYSize;
Description
This property determines the middle Y Size of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_MidYSize and SetState_MidYSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

Mode property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Mode : TPadMode Read GetState_Mode Write SetState_Mode;
Description
The Mode property determines what type of pad it is - a simple pad, a pad with three Top, Middle and Bottom layer stack up or a pad with a complex stack up.

  • If Mode is Simple (ePadMode_Simple) then you only deal with X,Y locations and the TopXSize, TopYSize and TopShape properties.
  • If Mode is Top-Mid-Bottom stack (ePadMode_LocalStack) then you deal with X,Y Locations, Top.., Mid.. and Bot.. properties.
  • If Mode is Full Stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack) then you deal with XStackSizeOnLayer, YStackSizeOnLayer and StackShapeOnLayer properties.

This property is supported by GetState_mode and SetState_mode methods.
Example

PadObject := Board.GetObjectAtCursor(MkSet(ePadObject), 
                                     AllLayers, 
                                    'Choose a pad');
While PadObject <> 0 Do
Begin
    Ls := 'Pad Designator/Name: ' + PadObject.Name + #13#10;
 
    // work out the pad stack style
    If PadObject.Mode = ePadMode_Simple Then 
        ProcessSimplePad   (PadObject,LS)
    Else If PadObject.Mode = ePadMode_LocalStack    Then
        ProcessTopMidBotPad(PadObject,LS)
    Else If PadObject.Mode = ePadMode_ExternalStack Then 
        ProcessFullStackPad(PadObject,LS);
 
    // Display the results
    ShowInfo(LS);
 
    // Continue the loop ie user can click on another pad.
    PadObject := Board.GetObjectAtCursor(MkSet(ePadObject), AllLayers, 'Choose a pad');
End;

See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPadMode type
IsPadStack method
PadStackInfo script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\ folder

Plated method

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Plated : Boolean Read GetState_Plated Write SetState_Plated;
Description
This property denotes whether the pad is plated or not.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

PinDescriptor property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property PinDescriptor : TPCBString Read GetState_PinDescriptorString;
Description
This property obtains the description of the pin which represents the pad of a component. This read only property is supported by the GetState_PinDescriptorString method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPCBString type

ShapeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property ShapeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TShape Read GetState_ShapeOnLayer;
Description
This property determines what shape the pad is on this specified layer. This read only property is supported by the GetState_ShapeOnlayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

StackShapeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property StackShapeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TShape Read GetState_StackShapeOnLayer Write SetState_StackShapeOnLayer;
Description
This property determines what shape the pad stack is on that layer. This property is supported by GetState_StackShapeOnLayer and SetState_StackShapeOnLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

TopShape property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property TopShape : TShape Read GetState_TopShape Write SetState_TopShape;
Description
This property determines the top layer shape  of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_TopShape and SetState_TopShape methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TShape type

TopXSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property TopXSize : TCoord Read GetState_TopXSize Write SetState_TopXSize;
Description
This property determines the Top layer X Size of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_TopXSize and SetState_TopXSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

TopYSize property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property TopYSize : TCoord Read GetState_TopYSize Write SetState_TopYSize;
Description
This property determines the Top layer Y Size of the pad with a top-middle-bottom stack up.
This property is supported by the GetState_TopYSize and SetState_TopYSize methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

X property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property X : TCoord Read GetState_XLocation Write SetState_XLocation;
Description
The Properties X and Y set the location of the pad with respect to the PCB document it is on.
These properties are supported by GetState_XLocation, GetState_YLocation and SetState_XLocation, SetState_YLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

XSizeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property XSizeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_XSizeOnLayer;
Description
This property determines what size in X direction the pad is on this specified layer. This read only property is supported by the GetState_XSizeOnlayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

XStackSizeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property XStackSizeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_XStackSizeOnLayer Write SetState_XStackSizeOnLayer;
Description
This XStackSizeOnLayer property determines the size of the pad in X direction on the specified layer only if the pad has an external stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack type). This property is supported by the GetState_XStackSizeOnLayer and SetState_XStackSizeOnLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TPadMode type

Y property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property Y : TCoord Read GetState_YLocation Write SetState_YLocation;
Description
The Properties X and Y set the location of the pad with respect to the PCB document it is on.
These properties are supported by GetState_XLocation, GetState_YLocation and SetState_XLocation, SetState_YLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

YSizeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property YSizeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_YSizeOnLayer;
Description
This property determines what size in Y direction the pad is on this specified layer. This read only property is supported by the GetState_YSizeOnlayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

YStackSizeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property YStackSizeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_YStackSizeOnLayer Write SetState_YStackSizeOnLayer;
Description
This YStackSizeOnLayer property determines the size of the pad in Y direction on the specified layer only if the pad has an external stack (ePadMode_ExternalStack type). This property is supported by the GetState_YStackSizeOnLayer and SetState_YStackSizeOnLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 DrillType property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property DrillType : TExtendedDrillType Read GetState_DrillType Write SetState_DrillType;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 HoleType property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property  HoleType : TExtendedHoleType  Read GetState_HoleType Write SetState_HoleType;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 HoleWidth property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property  HoleWidth : TCoord Read GetState_HoleWidth Write SetState_HoleWidth;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 XPadOffset property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property  XPadOffset[L : TLayer]          : TCoord             Read GetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer   Write SetState_XPadOffsetOnLayer;
Description
This property is not implemented.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 YPadOffset property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property YPadOffset[L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer Write SetState_YPadOffsetOnLayer;
Description
This property is not implemented.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface

 HoleRotation property

(IPCB_Pad interface)
Syntax
Property  HoleRotation : TAngle Read GetState_HoleRotation Write SetState_HoleRotation;
Description
This property defines the rotation attribute of the hole within a pad object. This applies to square and slotted holes. This property is supported by the GetState_HoleRotation and SetState_HoleRotation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad interface
TAngle type

IPCB_Pad2 Interface

Overview
Pad objects are hole connectors for components and for connection to signal tracks. The IPCB_Pad2 interface represents the extra attributes such as the Corner radius attribute of rounded rectangular pads.

The IPCB_Pad2 interface hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Pad
IPCB_Pad2

IPCB_Pad2 methods
GetState_CornerRadiusOnLayer
GetState_CRPercentageOnLayer
GetState_StackCRPctOnLayer
SetState_StackCRPctOnLayer
IPCB_Pad2 properties
CornerRadius
CRPercentage
StackCRPctOnLayer

Methods

 GetState_CornerRadiusOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_CornerRadiusOnLayer(L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This function returns the corner radius of a rectangular pad on the specified layer in TCoord units. This function is used by the CornerRadiusOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

 GetState_CRPercentageOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_CRPercentageOnLayer(L : TLayer) : Byte;
Description
This function returns the percentage of the corner radius of a rectangular pad on the specified layer as a byte value (0-100).
The corner radius percentage of the rounded corners of a pad on the bottom layer and the radius percentage is per layer and is a percentage of half of the shortest side of a pad object. The value of 0% corresponds to a rectangular pad and 100% to a normal rounded pad shape. This value only applies when the Shape field is set to Rounded Rectangle.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

 GetState_StackCRPctOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StackCRPctOnLayer (L : TLayer) : Byte;
Description
This function returns the percentage of the corner radius of a stack up pad on the specified layer as a byte value (0-100).
The corner radius percentage of the rounded corners of a pad on the bottom layer and the radius percentage is per layer and is a percentage of half of the shortest side of a pad object. The value of 0% corresponds to a rectangular pad and 100% to a normal rounded pad shape. This value only applies when the Shape field is set to Rounded Rectangle.
This function is used by the StackCRPctOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

 SetState_StackCRPctOnLayer method

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_StackCRPctOnLayer (L : TLayer; Value  : Byte);
Description
This function sets the percentage of the corner radius of a rectangular pad on the specified layer as a byte value (0-100).
The corner radius percentage of the rounded corners of a pad on the bottom layer and the radius percentage is per layer and is a percentage of half of the shortest side of a pad object. The value of 0% corresponds to a rectangular pad and 100% to a normal rounded pad shape. This value only applies when the Shape field is set to Rounded Rectangle.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

Properties

CornerRadius property

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Property  CornerRadius     [L : TLayer]   : TCoord       Read GetState_CornerRadiusOnLayer;
Description
This property returns the corner radius of a rectangular pad on the specified layer in TCoord units. This property is implemented by the GetState_CornerRadiusOnLayer function.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

CRPercentage property

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Property  CRPercentage     [L : TLayer] : Byte Read GetState_CRPercentageOnLayer;
Description
This function returns the percentage of the corner radius of a rectangular pad on the specified layer as a byte value (0-100).
The corner radius percentage of the rounded corners of a pad on the bottom layer and the radius percentage is per layer and is a percentage of half of the shortest side of a pad object. The value of 0% corresponds to a rectangular pad and 100% to a normal rounded pad shape. This value only applies when the Shape field is set to Rounded Rectangle.
The Property uses GetState_CRPercentageOnLayer function.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

StackCRPctOnLayer property

(IPCB_Pad2 interface)
Syntax
Property  StackCRPctOnLayer[L : TLayer]   : Byte         Read GetState_StackCRPctOnLayer   Write SetState_StackCRPctOnLayer;
Description
This property returns the percentage of the corner radius of a stack up pad on the specified layer as a byte value (0-100).
The corner radius percentage of the rounded corners of a pad on the bottom layer and the radius percentage is per layer and is a percentage of half of the shortest side of a pad object. The value of 0% corresponds to a rectangular pad and 100% to a normal rounded pad shape. This value only applies when the Shape field is set to Rounded Rectangle.
This property uses GetState_StackCRPctOnLayer and SetState_StackCRPctOnLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Pad2 interface

IPCB_Polygon Interface

Overview
Polygons are similar to area fills, except that they can fill irregular shaped areas of a board and can connect to a specified net as they are poured. By adjusting the grid and track size, a polygon plane can be either solid (copper) areas or a cross hatched lattice. Polygons can be poured on any layer, however if a polygon is placed on a non signal layer, it will not be poured around existing objects.

Polygons are group objects, therefore they have child objects such as tracks and arcs. You can use the IPCB_GroupIterator interface with the GroupIterator_Create and GroupIterator_Destroy methods from the IPCB_Polygon to fetch child objects.

The IPCB_Polygon interface hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Polygon

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed

The IPCB_Polygon interface hierarchy is as follows:

IPCB_Polygon methods
GetState_AreaSize
GetState_PolygonType
GetState_RemoveDead
GetState_UseOctagons
GetState_AvoidObsticles
GetState_PourOver
GetState_Grid
GetState_TrackSize
GetState_MinTrack
GetState_PointCount
GetState_Segments
GetState_PolyHatchStyle
GetState_BorderWidth
GetState_ExpandOutline
GetState_RemoveIslandsByArea
GetState_IslandAreaThreshold
GetState_RemoveNarrowNecks
GetState_NeckWidthThreshold
GetState_ClipAcuteCorners
GetState_MitreCorners
GetState_DrawRemovedNecks
GetState_DrawRemovedIslands
GetState_DrawDeadCopper
GetState_ArcApproximation
SetState_AreaSize
SetState_PolygonType
SetState_RemoveDead
SetState_UseOctagons
SetState_AvoidObsticles
SetState_PourOver
SetState_Grid
SetState_TrackSize
SetState_MinTrack
SetState_PointCount
SetState_Segments
SetState_PolyHatchStyle
SetState_BorderWidth
SetState_ExpandOutline
SetState_RemoveIslandsByArea
SetState_IslandAreaThreshold
SetState_RemoveNarrowNecks
SetState_NeckWidthThreshold
SetState_ClipAcuteCorners
SetState_MitreCorners
SetState_DrawRemovedNecks
SetState_DrawRemovedIslands
SetState_DrawDeadCopper
SetState_ArcApproximation
GetState_HitPrimitive
PrimitiveInsidePoly
Rebuild
SetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_CopperPourInvalid
SetState_CopperPourValid
GetState_CopperPourInvalid
GetState_InRepour
CopperPourValidate
AcceptsLayer
PointInPolygon
xBoundingRectangle
GetState_StrictHitTest
GrowPolyshape
RotateAroundXY
IPCB_Polygon properties
AreaSize
PolygonType
RemoveDead
UseOctagons
AvoidObsticles
PourOver
Grid
TrackSize
MinTrack
PointCount
Segments [I
PolyHatchStyle
BorderWidth
ExpandOutline
RemoveIslandsByArea
IslandAreaThreshold
RemoveNarrowNecks
NeckWidthThreshold
ClipAcuteCorners
MitreCorners
DrawRemovedNecks
DrawRemovedIslands
DrawDeadCopper
ArcApproximation

Notes
Polygons can be on internal planes. For example if there are multi layer pads on a PCB document, then all the internal planes are connected to these multi-layer pads as split planes and are called split plane polygons. Check the PolygonType property.
The grid property denotes the grid which the tracks within a polygon are placed. Ideally this grid is a fraction of the component pin pitch, to allow the most effective placement of the polygon tracks.

The segments property denotes the array of segments used to construct a polygon. Each segment consists of a record consisting of one group of points in X, Y coordinates as a line (ePolySegmentline type) or an arc, a radius and two angles ( ePolySegmentArc type). Each segment record has a Kind field which denotes the type of segment it is.

A segment of a polygon either as an arc or a track is encapsulated as a TPolySegment record as shown below;
  TPolySegment = Record
      Kind      : TPolySegmentType;
 
      {Vertex}
      vx,vy      : TCoord;
 
      {Arc}
      cx,cy      : TCoord;
      Radius     : TCoord;
      Angle1     : TAngle;
      Angle2     : TAngle;
  End;

Example

Procedure IteratePolygons;
Var
    Board      : IPCB_Board;
    Polygon    : IPCB_Polygon;
    Iterator   : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    PolygonRpt : TStringList;
    FileName   : TPCBString;
    Document   : IServerDocument;
    PolyNo     : Integer;
    I          : Integer;
Begin
    // Retrieve the current board
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
 
    // Search for Polygons and for each polygon found
    // get its attributes and put them in a TStringList object
    // to be saved as a text file.
    Iterator        := Board.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(ePolyObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
 
    PolyNo     := 0;
    PolygonRpt := TStringList.Create;
 
    Polygon := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While (Polygon <> Nil) Do
    Begin
        Inc(PolyNo);
        PolygonRpt.Add('Polygon No : '           + IntToStr(PolyNo));
        //Check if Net exists before getting the Name property.
        If Polygon.Net <> Nil Then
            PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon Net : '     + Polygon.Net.Name);
 
        If Polygon.PolygonType = eSignalLayerPolygon Then
            PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon type : '        + 'Polygon on Signal Layer')
        Else
            PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon type : '        + 'Split plane polygon')
 
        PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon BorderWidth : ' + FloatToStr(Polygon.BorderWidth));
        PolygonRpt.Add('  Area size : '          + FloatToStr(Polygon.AreaSize));
 
        // Segments of a polygon
        For I := 0 To Polygon.PointCount - 1 Do
        Begin
            If Polygon.Segments[I].Kind = ePolySegmentLine Then
            Begin
                PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon Segment Line at X: ' + IntToStr(Polygon.Segments[I].vx));
                PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon Segment Line at Y: ' + IntToStr(Polygon.Segments[I].vy));
            End
            Else
            Begin
                PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon Segment Arc 1  : ' + FloatToStr(Polygon.Segments[I].Angle1));
                PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon Segment Arc 2  : ' + FloatToStr(Polygon.Segments[I].Angle2));
                PolygonRpt.Add(' Polygon Segment Radius : ' + FloatToStr(Polygon.Segments[I].Radius));
            End;
        End;
        PolygonRpt.Add('');
        Polygon := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    Board.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
 
    // The TStringList contains Polygon data and is saved as
    // a text file.
    FileName := ChangeFileExt(Board.FileName,'.pol');
    PolygonRpt.SaveToFile(Filename);
    PolygonRpt.Free;
 
    // Display the Polygons report
    Document  := Client.OpenDocument('Text', FileName);
    If Document <> Nil Then
        Client.ShowDocument(Document);
End;

See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Group interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
TPolygonType enumerated values
TPolySegment enumerated values
TPolyHatchStyle enumerated values
IteratePolygons example from the \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder.
OutlinePerimeter example from the \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder.

Methods

AcceptsLayer method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function AcceptsLayer (Layer : TLayer) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

CopperPourValidate method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure CopperPourValidate;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_CopperPourInvalid method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CopperPourInvalid : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_StrictHitTest method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StrictHitTest (HitX,HitY : TCoord) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GrowPolyshape method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure GrowPolyshape (ADist : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

PointInPolygon method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function PointInPolygon (HitX,HitY : TCoord) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

PrimitiveInsidePoly method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function PrimitiveInsidePoly (APrimitive : IPCB_Primitive) : Boolean;
Description
This function determines whether a primitive is indeed part of a polygon or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

Rebuild method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure Rebuild;
Description
This procedure forces a rebuild of the polygon especially after it has been poured.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_CopperPourInvalid method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CopperPourInvalid;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_CopperPourValid method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CopperPourValid;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_XSizeYSize method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function SetState_XSizeYSize : Boolean;
Description
This method sets the X and Y size of the polygon.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

xBoundingRectangle method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function xBoundingRectangle : TCoordRect;
Description
This function obtains the bounding rectangle of the polygon in TCoordRect.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface
TCoordRect

 RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY(AX,
                         AY         : TCoord;
                         Angle      : TAngle);   
Description
This function rotates the polygon about its reference point by an angle.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface
TCoord type
TAngle type

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_ArcApproximation method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ArcApproximation : TCoord ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_AreaSize method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_AreaSize : Extended;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_AvoidObsticles method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_AvoidObsticles : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_BorderWidth method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_BorderWidth : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_ClipAcuteCorners method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ClipAcuteCorners : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_DrawDeadCopper method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DrawDeadCopper : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_DrawRemovedIslands method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DrawRemovedIslands : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_DrawRemovedNecks method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_DrawRemovedNecks : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_ExpandOutline method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ExpandOutline : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_Grid method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Grid : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_HitPrimitive method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_HitPrimitive (APrimitive : IPCB_Primitive) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_InRepour method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_InRepour : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_IslandAreaThreshold method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IslandAreaThreshold : Extended ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_MinTrack method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MinTrack : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_MitreCorners method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_MitreCorners : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_NeckWidthThreshold method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_NeckWidthThreshold : TCoord ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_PointCount method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PointCount : Integer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_PolygonType method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PolygonType : TPolygonType;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_PolyHatchStyle method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PolyHatchStyle : TPolyHatchStyle;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_PourOver method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_PourOver : TPolygonPourOver;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_RemoveDead method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RemoveDead : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_RemoveIslandsByArea method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RemoveIslandsByArea : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_RemoveNarrowNecks method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_RemoveNarrowNecks : Boolean ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_Segments method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Segments (I : Integer) : TPolySegment;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_TrackSize method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_TrackSize : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

GetState_UseOctagons method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_UseOctagons : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_ArcApproximation method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ArcApproximation (Value : TCoord );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_AreaSize method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_AreaSize (Value : Extended);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_AvoidObsticles method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_AvoidObsticles (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_BorderWidth method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_BorderWidth (Value : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_ClipAcuteCorners method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ClipAcuteCorners (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_DrawDeadCopper method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DrawDeadCopper (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_DrawRemovedIslands method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DrawRemovedIslands (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_DrawRemovedNecks method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_DrawRemovedNecks (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_ExpandOutline method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_ExpandOutline (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_Grid method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Grid (Value : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_IslandAreaThreshold method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IslandAreaThreshold (Value : Extended );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_MinTrack method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MinTrack (Value : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_MitreCorners method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_MitreCorners (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_NeckWidthThreshold method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_NeckWidthThreshold (Value : TCoord );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_PointCount method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_PointCount (Value : Integer);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_PolygonType method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_PolygonType (Value : TPolygonType);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_PolyHatchStyle method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_PolyHatchStyle (Value : TPolyHatchStyle);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_PourOver method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_PourOver (Value : TPolygonPourOver);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_RemoveDead method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_RemoveDead (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_RemoveIslandsByArea method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_RemoveIslandsByArea (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_RemoveNarrowNecks method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_RemoveNarrowNecks (Value : Boolean );
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_Segments method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Segments (I : Integer;Value : TPolySegment);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_TrackSize method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_TrackSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

SetState_UseOctagons method

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_UseOctagons (Value : Boolean);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

Properties

ArcApproximation property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property ArcApproximation : TCoord Read GetState_ArcApproximation Write SetState_ArcApproximation ;
Description
The polygon drawn around a pad or via is drawn by line segments. The arc resolution value dictates how accurate the polygon is drawn around a pad for example. The segments are drawn between a system defined outer circle and inner circle with a radial distance between these two circles being equal to the arc resolution.
The default value is 0.5mil. The lower the value the more smooth the arc is and the higher the value, the more coarse the arc is with longer line segments.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

AreaSize property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property AreaSize : Extended Read GetState_AreaSize Write SetState_AreaSize;
Description
The AreaSize property returns the size of the polygon in Extended type. The GetState_AreaSize and SetState_AreaSize are methods for this property.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

AvoidObsticles property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property  AvoidObsticles : Boolean  Read GetState_AvoidObsticles Write SetState_AvoidObsticles;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

BorderWidth property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property BorderWidth : TCoord Read GetState_BorderWidth Write SetState_BorderWidth;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

ClipAcuteCorners property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property ClipAcuteCorners : Boolean Read GetState_ClipAcuteCorners Write SetState_ClipAcuteCorners ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

DrawDeadCopper property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property DrawDeadCopper : Boolean Read GetState_DrawDeadCopper Write SetState_DrawDeadCopper ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

DrawRemovedIslands property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property DrawRemovedIslands : Boolean Read GetState_DrawRemovedIslands Write SetState_DrawRemovedIslands ;
Description
If this property is true, every time a polygon is created on a PCB document, islands are often created and those islands that are less than the quoted area threshold are not created, otherwise if false, islands are left drawn nonetheless.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

DrawRemovedNecks property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property DrawRemovedNecks : Boolean Read GetState_DrawRemovedNecks Write SetState_DrawRemovedNecks ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

ExpandOutline property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property ExpandOutline : Boolean Read GetState_ExpandOutline Write SetState_ExpandOutline ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

Grid property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property Grid : TCoord Read GetState_Grid Write SetState_Grid;
Description
The Grid property denotes the grid which the tracks within a polygon are placed. Ideally this grid is a fraction of the component pin pitch, to allow the most effective placement of the polygon tracks.
This property is supported by GetState_Grid and SetState_Grid methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

IslandAreaThreshold property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property IslandAreaThreshold : Extended Read GetState_IslandAreaThreshold Write SetState_IslandAreaThreshold;
Description
Every time a polygon is created on a PCB document, islands are often created and those islands that are less than the quoted area threshold, these islands are not created.
This property represents a value in mils squared that defines the area of an island and the default value is 2500 mils sq.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

MinTrack property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property MinTrack : TCoord Read GetState_MinTrack Write SetState_MinTrack;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

MitreCorners property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property MitreCorners : Boolean Read GetState_MitreCorners Write SetState_MitreCorners ;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

NeckWidthThreshold property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property NeckWidthThreshold : TCoord Read GetState_NeckWidthThreshold Write SetState_NeckWidthThreshold ;
Description
The minimum width threshold value for the regions of a polygon. Narrow regions that violate this under width value will be removed by the system. The default value is 5 mils.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

PointCount property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property PointCount : Integer Read GetState_PointCount Write SetState_PointCount;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

PolygonType property

(IPCB_Board interface)
Syntax
Property PolygonType : TPolygonType Read GetState_PolygonType Write SetState_PolygonType;
Description
The PolygonType property defines what type the polygon is, whether it is a polygon on a signal layer, or a split plane polygon.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface
TPolygonType type

PolyHatchStyle property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property PolyHatchStyle : TPolyHatchStyle Read GetState_PolyHatchStyle Write SetState_PolyHatchStyle;
Description
The property denotes the style of polygon hatching. If the hatching style (ePolySolid) is solid, then a region object is used instead.
ePolyHatch90, ePolyHatch45, ePolyVHatch, ePolyHHatch,
ePolyNoHatch type : the polygon is not filled at all. Only the boundary tracks will be present. You may wish to use this option if you want to place a polygon during the design phase, but do not want it to slow system performance. The  polygon can be before re-poured with the desired hatching before generating output.
ePolySolid type:  the polygon is filled in solid. You may wish to use this option if you want to place a solid polygon during the design phase. There are further Solid Fill Options to define and control how a solid polygon is drawn on the PCB document.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface
TPolyHatchStyle type
IPCB_Region interface

PourOver property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property PourOver : Boolean Read GetState_PourOver Write SetState_PourOver;
Description
The pourover property if true will indicate that any existing tracks and arcs within the polygon which are part of the net being connected to will be covered by the polygon.
If this property is false, the polygon will pour around existing tracks on the same net.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

RemoveDead property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property RemoveDead : Boolean Read GetState_RemoveDead Write SetState_RemoveDead;
Description
If the RemoveDead property is enabled, any regions of "dead" copper within the polygon will be removed. Dead copper is created when an area of the polygon can not be connected to the selected net. You can view dead copper as unconnected "islands" of copper within the polygon created when existing tracks, pads and vias prevent the plane pouring as one continuous area.
If this property is disabled, any areas of dead copper will not be removed.
Note: The entire polygon is removed if it does not enclose any pads on the selected net, as it is all viewed as dead copper.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

RemoveIslandsByArea property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property RemoveIslandsByArea : Boolean Read GetState_RemoveIslandsByArea Write SetState_RemoveIslandsByArea;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

RemoveNarrowNecks property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property RemoveNarrowNecks : Boolean Read GetState_RemoveNarrowNecks Write SetState_RemoveNarrowNecks ;
Description
If this property is true, thin sections (composing of tracks and arcs for example) are removed from this polygon on the PCB document that violate the minimum width threshold value. If false, narrow necks are left alone.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

Segments [I property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property Segments [I : Integer] : TPolySegment Read GetState_Segments Write SetState_Segments;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

TrackSize property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property TrackSize : TCoord Read GetState_TrackSize Write SetState_TrackSize;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

UseOctagons property

(IPCB_Polygon interface)
Syntax
Property UseOctagons : Boolean Read GetState_UseOctagons Write SetState_UseOctagons;
Description
The UseOctagons property determines that octagons are to surround pads if true. If false, pads are surrounded by arcs. Octagons give smaller Gerber files and faster photoplotting.
This property is supported by GetState_UseOctagons and SetState_UseOctagons methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Polygon interface

IPCB_RectangularPrimitive Interface

Overview
The IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface is the ancestor interface for IPCB_Fill and IPCB_Text interfaces and contains the rectangular coordinates as well as the rotation property.

The IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive

IPCB_RectangularPrimitive methods
GetState_XLocation
GetState_YLocation
GetState_X1Location
GetState_Y1Location
GetState_X2Location
GetState_Y2Location
GetState_Rotation
SetState_XLocation
SetState_YLocation
SetState_X1Location
SetState_Y1Location
SetState_X2Location
SetState_Y2Location
SetState_Rotation
RotateAroundXY
IsRedundant
SetState_XSizeYSize
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive properties
XLocation
YLocation
X1Location
Y1Location
X2Location
Y2Location
Rotation

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface

GetState and SetState Methods

SetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Rotation (Rotation : TAngle);
Description
This SetState_Rotation method deals with the rotation of the rectangular primitive (fill, text, embedded board for example) object in degrees (of TAngle type 0 -360 degrees).
This method is used for the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_X1Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X1Location (AX1 : TCoord);
Description
The SetState_X1Location method sets the initial X1 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the X1Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_X2Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X2Location (AX2 : TCoord);
Description
The SetState_X2Location method sets the final X2 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the X2Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_XLocation method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_XLocation (AX : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the reference X location of the rectangular primitive. The X,Y coordinates define the reference point of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the XLocation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_XSizeYSize method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function SetState_XSizeYSize : Boolean;
Description
This method sets the XSize and YSize of the rectangular primitive.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_Y1Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y1Location (AY1 : TCoord);
Description
The SetState_Y1Location method sets the initial Y1 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the Y1Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_Y2Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y2Location (AY2 : TCoord);
Description
The SetState_Y2Location method sets the initial Y2 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the Y2Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

SetState_YLocation method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_YLocation (AY : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the reference Y location of the rectangular primitive. The X,Y coordinates define the reference point of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the YLocation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Rotation : TAngle;
Description
This GetState_Rotation method deals with the rotation of the rectangular primitive (fill, text, embedded board for example) object in degrees (of TAngle type 0 -360 degrees).
This method is used for the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_X1Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X1Location : TCoord;
Description
The GetState_X1Location method retrieves the initial X1 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the X1Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_X2Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X2Location : TCoord;
Description
The GetState_X1Location method retrieves the final X2 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the X2Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_XLocation method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_XLocation : TCoord;
Description
This method obtains the reference X location of the rectangular primitive. The X,Y coordinates define the reference point of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the XLocation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_Y1Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y1Location : TCoord;
Description
The GetState_Y1Location method retrieves the initial Y1 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the Y1Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_Y2Location method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y2Location : TCoord;
Description
The GetState_Y2Location method retrieves the final Y2 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the Y2Location property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState_YLocation method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_YLocation : TCoord;
Description
This method obtains the reference Y location of the rectangular primitive. The X,Y coordinates define the reference point of the rectangular primitive.
This method is used for the YLocation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

Methods

IsRedundant method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Function IsRedundant : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether the object is redundant (unused object) on the PCB document or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX,AY : TCoord;Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method rotates a rectangular primitive object such as a fill or a text object on the PCB document about the AX, AY coordinates with an angle in degrees.
To ensure the rectangular primitive rotates without moving about, pass in its midpoint (between X1,X2 and Y1, Y2) attributes for the AX,AY parameters or use the Rotation property.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

Rotation property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property Rotation : TAngle Read GetState_Rotation Write SetState_Rotation;
Description
This Rotation property deals with the rotation of the rectangular primitive (fill, text, embedded board for example) object in degrees (of TAngle type 0 -360 degrees).
This property is supported by GetState_Rotation and SetState_Rotation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

Properties

X1Location property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property X1Location : TCoord Read GetState_X1Location Write SetState_X1Location;
Description
The X1Location property determines the initial X1 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
The property is supported by the GetState_X1Location and SetState_X1Location methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

X2Location property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property X2Location : TCoord Read GetState_X2Location Write SetState_X2Location;
Description
The X2Location property determines the final X2 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
The property is supported by the GetState_X2Location and SetState_X2Location methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

XLocation property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property XLocation : TCoord Read GetState_XLocation Write SetState_XLocation;
Description
The XLocation property determines the reference X location of the rectangular primitive. The X,Y coordinates define the reference point of the rectangular primitive.
The property is supported by the GetState_XLocation and SetState_XLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

Y1Location property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property Y1Location : TCoord Read GetState_Y1Location Write SetState_Y1Location;
Description
The Y1Location property determines the initial Y1 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
The property is supported by the GetState_Y1Location and SetState_Y1Location methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

Y2Location property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property Y2Location : TCoord Read GetState_Y2Location Write SetState_Y2Location;
Description
The Y2Location property determines the final Y2 location of the rectangular primitive. The X1,Y1 and X2,Y2 coordinates define the boundary of the rectangular primitive.
The property is supported by the GetState_Y2Location and SetState_Y2Location methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

YLocation property

(IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface)
Syntax
Property YLocation : TCoord Read GetState_YLocation Write SetState_YLocation;
Description
The YLocation property determines the reference Y location of the rectangular primitive. The X,Y coordinates define the reference point of the rectangular primitive.
The property is supported by the GetState_YLocation and SetState_YLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

IPCB_Region Interface

Overview
The IPCB_Region interface represents a solid polygon pour as the region object. This region object allows the creation of multi sided polygon regions on the PCB. The region object can also be used to create polygonal shaped fills in PCB footprints.
Notes
You can use IPCB_Primitive methods and properties that are relevant to the IPCB_Region interface.

The IPCB_Region interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Region

IPCB_Region methods
GetState_Kind
SetState_Kind
GetState_Name
SetState_Name
GetState_Area
GetRegionData
GetMainContour
GetHoleCount
GetHole
SetOutlineContour
SetRegionData
IPCB_Region properties
Kind
Name
RegionData
MainContour
HoleCount
Holes
Area

See also
IPCB_Fill Interface
IPCB_Polygon interface

Methods

PCB method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetOutlineContour (Contour : Pgpc_vertex_list)
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetState and SetState Methods

GetHole method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetHole (I : Integer) : Pgpc_vertex_list;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetHoleCount method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetHoleCount : Integer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetMainContour method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetMainContour : Pgpc_vertex_list;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetRegionData method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetRegionData : Pgpc_polygon;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetState_Area method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Area : Int64;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetState_Kind method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Kind : TRegionKind;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : TDynamicString;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

SetState_Kind method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Kind (Value : TRegionKind);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

SetState_Name method

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Name (Value : TDynamicString);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

Properties

Area property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property Area : Int64 Read GetState_Area;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

HoleCount property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property HoleCount : Integer Read GetHoleCount;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

Holes [I property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property Holes [I : Integer] : Pgpc_vertex_list Read GetHole;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

Kind property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property Kind : TRegionKind Read GetState_Kind Write SetState_Kind;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface
TRegionKind type

MainContour property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property MainContour : Pgpc_vertex_list Read GetMainContour;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

Name property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TDynamicString Read GetState_Name Write SetState_Name;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

RegionData property

(IPCB_Region interface)
Syntax
Property RegionData : Pgpc_polygon Read GetRegionData;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Region interface

IPCB_Text Interface

Overview
Text strings can be placed on any layer with any height. There are two classes of text strings: Free text strings and component text (designators and comments). Free text strings are standalone strings which could be used as descriptors or labels for any application on the workspace. There are two component text objects- designator attribute and comment attribute. Each component must have a unique designator and thus designators are not globally editable. The comment attribute is globally editable though.

The PCB editor includes special strings which are interpreted when output (printing, plotting or generating gerber files) is generated. For example, the string .PRINT_DATE will be replaced by the current date when output is generated.

Notes
The IPCB_Text Interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive
IPCB_Text

Text objects are not inherited from the IPCB_group interface, therefore fetching child objects within a text object is not possible.
Text objects are rectangular primitives with rectangular coordinates properties and the rotation property.
Text objects can be converted into a series of strokes using the ConvertToStrokeArray method from the IPCB_Text interface.

IPCB_RectangularPrimitive methods
RotateAroundXY
IsRedundant
SetState_XSizeYSize
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive properties
XLocation
YLocation
X1Location
Y1Location
X2Location
Y2Location
Rotation
IPCB_Text methods
GetState_FontID
GetState_Text
GetState_Width
GetState_Mirror
GetState_UnderlyingString
GetState_ConvertedString    
GetState_UseTTFonts
GetState_Bold
GetState_Italic
GetState_FontName
GetState_Inverted
GetState_InvertedTTTextBorder
GetState_CharSet
SetState_Size
SetState_FontID
SetState_Text
SetState_Width
SetState_Mirror
SetState_UnderlyingString
SetState_UseTTFonts         
SetState_Bold               
SetState_Italic             
SetState_FontName           
SetState_Inverted           
SetState_InvertedTTTextBorder
SetState_CharSet            
IsHidden
IsDesignator
IsComment
InAutoDimension
GetDesignatorDisplayString
RotationHandle
ConvertToStrokeArray
GetTrueTypeTextOutline
IPCB_Text properties
Size
FontID
Text
Width
MirrorFlag
UnderlyingString
ConvertedString    
UseTTFonts
Bold
Italic
FontName
Inverted
InvertedTTTextBorder
TTTextOutline
CharSet

Example

Var
    Board     : IPCB_Board;
    WorkSpace : IWorkSpace;
    TextObj   : IPCB_Text;
Begin
    //create a new pcb document
    WorkSpace := GetWorkSpace;
    If WorkSpace = Nil Then Exit;
    Workspace.DM_CreateNewDocument('PCB');
 
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil then exit;
 
    // Create a text object on a top overlay layer
    Board.LayerIsDisplayed[eTopOverLay] := True;
    TextObj := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eTextObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    TextObj.XLocation := MilsToCoord(Board.XOrigin + 4000);
    TextObj.YLocation := MilsToCoord(Board.YOrigin + 2000);
    TextObj.Layer     := eTopOverlay;
    TextObj.Text      := 'Text Object';
    TextObj.Size      := MilsToCoord(90);   // sets the height of the text.
    Board.AddPCBObject(TextObj);
End;

See also
PCB Design Objects
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_RectangularPrimitive interface

GetState and SetState Methods

ConvertedString method

(IPCB_ConvertedString interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_ConvertedString : TPCBString;
Description
This method is used for the ConvertedString property.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_FontID method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_FontID : TFontID;
Description
This method retrieves the FontID attribute which represents the font used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the FontID property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TFontID type

GetState_Mirror method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Mirror : Boolean;
Description
This method retrieves the Mirror attribute which represents the mirrored state of this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Mirror property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_Size method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Size : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the Size attribute which represents the height of the text used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Size property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_Text method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Text : TPCBString;
Description
This method retrieves the Text attribute which represents the text used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Text property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_UnderlyingString method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_UnderlyingString : TPCBString;
Description
This method retrieves the Text attribute which represents the text used for this Text Object on a PCB document and is equivalent to the GetState_Text method. This method is used for the UnderlyingString property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_Width method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Width : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the Width attribute which represents the width used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Width property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_UseTTFonts method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_UseTTFonts : Boolean;
Description
This property toggles the True Type font for the PCB string text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_UseTTFonts and SetState_UseTTFonts methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_Bold method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_UseTTFonts : Boolean;
Description
The Bold property sets or gets the bold property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_Italic method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_Italic : Boolean;
Description
The Italic property sets or gets the italic property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Italic and SetState_Italic methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_FontName method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_FontName : TPCBString;
Description
The FontName property sets or gets the FontName property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods. For example one of the True Type font strings could be 'Arial', 'Arial Narrow', 'Courier New' and 'Verdana'.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_Inverted method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_Inverted : Boolean;
Description
This property sets or gets the Inverted property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Inverted and SetState_Inverted methods.
The Inverted property inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text. The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations if IPCB_Text object is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region. The color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself is black.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetState_InvertedTTTextBorder method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetState_InvertedTTTextBorder : TCoord;
Description
This property sets or gets the InvertedTTTextBorder property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_InvertedTTTextBorder and SetState_InvertedTTTextBorder methods.
The Inverted property inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text. The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations if IPCB_Text object is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region. The color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself is black.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetTrueTypeTextOutline method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property  TTTextOutline : PGPC_Polygon Read GetTrueTypeTextOutline;
Description
This property sets or gets the TTTextOutline property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetTrueTypeTextOutline method.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_FontID method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_FontID (FontID : TFontID);
Description
This method sets the FontID attribute which represents the font used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the FontID property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TFontID type

SetState_Mirror method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Mirror (Mirror : Boolean);
Description
This method sets the Mirror attribute which represents the mirrored state of this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Mirror property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_Size method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Size (Size : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the Size attribute which represents the height of the text used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Size property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_Text method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Text (Text : TPCBString);
Description
This method sets the Text attribute which represents the text used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Text property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_UnderlyingString method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_UnderlyingString (Value : TPCBString);
Description
This method retrieves the Text attribute which represents the text used for this Text Object on a PCB document and is equivalent to the SetState_Text method. This method is used for the UnderlyingString property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_Width method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Width (Width : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the Width attribute which represents the width used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This method is used for the Width property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_UseTTFonts method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_UseTTFonts(UseTTFonts : Boolean);
Description
This property toggles the True Type font for the PCB string text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_UseTTFonts and SetState_UseTTFonts methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also

SetState_Bold method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Bold(Bold : Boolean);
Description
The Bold property sets or gets the bold property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_Italic method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Italic(Italic : Boolean);
Description
The Italic property sets or gets the italic property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Italic and SetState_Italic methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_FontName method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_FontName(FontName   : TPCBString);
Description
The FontName property sets or gets the FontName property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods. For example one of the True Type font strings could be 'Arial', 'Arial Narrow', 'Courier New' and 'Verdana'.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

SetState_Inverted method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Inverted(Inverted : Boolean);
Description
This property sets or gets the Inverted property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Inverted and SetState_Inverted methods.
The Inverted property inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text. The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations if IPCB_Text object is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region. The color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself is black.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

Methods

ConvertToStrokeArray method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function ConvertToStrokeArray(Var Count : Integer; Var Strokes : TStrokeArray) : Boolean;
Description
Text objects can be converted into a series of strokes using the ConvertToStrokeArray method. This is useful for rending text objects as standalone line objects to be used in external programs such as 3D modelling applications.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TStrokeArray type

GetDesignatorDisplayString method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function GetDesignatorDisplayString : TPCBString;
Description
This function retrieves the designator string directly from a text object.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TPCBString type

InAutoDimension method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function InAutoDimension : Boolean;
Description
This function tests whether this text object is used for the auto dimension object or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

IsComment method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function IsComment : Boolean;
Description
This function tests whether this text object is a comment object associated with a component object for example.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

IsDesignator method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function IsDesignator : Boolean;
Description
This function tests whether this text object is a designator for a object, for example whether a pad object has a designator.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

IsHidden method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function IsHidden : Boolean;
Description
This function tests whether the text object is hidden or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

RotationHandle method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function RotationHandle : TPoint;
Description
This function returns the rotation handle of the text object as a record of X and Y coordinates (TPoint).
Note, the TPoint type is a Borland Delphi record consisting of X and Y coordinates.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

GetTrueTypeTextOutline method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Function  GetTrueTypeTextOutline : Pgpc_polygon;
Description
Example
 
See also
IPCB_Text interface

Properties

FontID property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property FontID : TFontID Read GetState_FontID Write SetState_FontID;
Description
The FontID property denotes which Font the text object is using. The property is supported by GetState_FontID and SetState_FontID methods.
The TFontID type defines the font ID for a text object. It is the index to an entry in the font table in the PCB editor. Each font used in the PCB editor has its own FontID.
Thus when a new font is used (through a Change Font dialog of a Change object dialog), a new FontID is added to the table in the PCB editor. The FontID value can be extracted from PCB text objects.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TFontID type

MirrorFlag property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property MirrorFlag : Boolean Read GetState_Mirror Write SetState_Mirror;
Description
This method sets the Mirror attribute which represents the mirrored state of this Text Object on a PCB document. This property supports GetState_Mirror and SetState_Mirror methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

Size property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property Size : TCoord Read GetState_Size Write SetState_Size;
Description
The Size property sets the height of the text. This property is supported by GetState_Size and SetState_Size methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TCoord type

Text property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property Text : TPCBString Read GetState_Text Write SetState_Text;
Description
The Text property contains the text for the Text object. This property is supported by the GetState_Text and SetState_Text methods.
Note, the PCB editor includes special strings which are interpreted when output (printing, plotting or generating gerber files) is generated. For example, the string .PRINT_DATE will be replaced by the current date when output is generated.
Example

Procedure FindSpecialStrings;
Var
    Board         : IPCB_Board;
    SpecialString : IPCB_Text;
    Iterator      : IPCB_BoardIterator;
Begin
    // Retrieve the current board
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
 
    // retrieve the iterator
    Iterator        := Board.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTextObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
 
    // Search special strings
    SpecialString := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While (SpecialString <> Nil) Do
    Begin
        If SpecialString.Text = '.Layer_Name' Then
            ShowMessage(SpecialString.ConvertedString);
        SpecialString := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    Board.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
End;

See also
IPCB_Text interface
TPCBString type

UnderlyingString property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property UnderlyingString : TPCBString Read GetState_UnderlyingString Write SetState_UnderlyingString;
Description
This UnderlyingString property is equivalent to the Text property. This property is supported by the GetState_UnderlyingString and SetState_UnderlyingString methods.
Note, the PCB editor includes special strings which are interpreted when output (printing, plotting or generating gerber files) is generated. For example, the string .PRINT_DATE will be replaced by the current date when output is generated.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
TPCBString type

Width property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property Width : TCoord Read GetState_Width Write SetState_Width;
Description
This method sets the Width attribute which represents the width used for this Text Object on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Width and SetState_Width methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

ConvertedString method

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property  ConvertedString : TPCBString Read GetState_ConvertedString;
Description
This property is supported by the GetState_ConvertedString method. This property converts a special string into a text based string. The PCB editor includes special strings which are interpreted when output (printing, plotting or generating gerber files) is generated. For example, the string .PRINT_DATE will be replaced by the current date when the ConvertedString method is invoked.
The available special strings are;
.PRINT_DATE
.PRINT_TIME
.PRINT_SCALE
.LAYER_NAME
.PCB_FILE_NAME
.PCB_FILE_NAME_NO_PATH
.PLOT_FILE_NAME
.ARC_COUNT
.COMPONENT_COUNT
.FILL_COUNT
.HOLE_COUNT
.NET_COUNT
.PAD_COUNT
.STRING_COUNT
.TRACK_COUNT
.VIA_COUNT
.DESIGNATOR
.COMMENT
.LEGEND
.NET_NAMES_ON_LAYER

Example

Procedure FindSpecialStrings;
Var
    Board         : IPCB_Board;
    SpecialString : IPCB_Text;
    Iterator      : IPCB_BoardIterator;
Begin
    // Retrieve the current board
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
    // retrieve the iterator
    Iterator        := Board.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTextObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
    // Search special strings
    SpecialString := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While (SpecialString <> Nil) Do
    Begin
        If SpecialString.Text = '.Layer_Name' Then
            ShowMessage(SpecialString.ConvertedString);
        SpecialString := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    Board.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
End;

See also
IPCB_Text interface
IPCB_SpecialStringConverter
IPCB_ServerInterface and its SpecialStringConverter property.
TPCBString type

UseTTFonts property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property  UseTTFonts : Boolean Read GetState_UseTTFonts Write SetState_UseTTFonts;
Description
This property toggles the True Type font property for the PCB string text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_UseTTFonts and SetState_UseTTFonts methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Delphiscript Script Example

TextObj := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eTextObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
// notify that the pcb object is going to be modified
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(TextObj.I_ObjectAddress, c_Broadcast, PCBM_BeginModify, c_NoEventData);
 
TextObj.XLocation := Sheet.SheetX + MilsToCoord(1000);
TextObj.YLocation := Sheet.SheetY + MilsToCoord(1000);
TextObj.Layer     := eBottomOverlay;
 
// Can use Open True Type Fonts...
TextObj.UseTTFonts := True;
TextObj.Italic := True;
TextObj.Bold := False;
TextObj.FontName := 'ARIAL';
TextObj.Inverted := True;
TextObj.InvertedTTTextBorder := MilsToCoord(100);
 
TextObj.Text      := 'Text with True Type Property enabled.';
TextObj.Size       := MilsToCoord(200);    // sets the height of the text.
 
Board.AddPCBObject(TextObj);
// notify that the pcb object has been modified
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(TextObj.I_ObjectAddress, c_Broadcast, PCBM_EndModify , c_NoEventData);
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(Board.I_ObjectAddress, c_Broadcast, PCBM_BoardRegisteration,TextObj.I_ObjectAddress);

See also
IPCB_Text interface

Bold property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property  Bold : Boolean Read GetState_Bold Write SetState_Bold;
Description
This property sets or gets the bold property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

Italic property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property Italic : Boolean Read GetState_Italic Write SetState_Italic;
Description
The Italic property sets or gets the italic property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Italic and SetState_Italic methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

FontName property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property FontName : TPCBString Read GetState_FontName Write SetState_FontName;
Description
This property sets or gets the FontName property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. For example one of the True Type font strings could be 'Arial', 'Arial Narrow', 'Courier New' and 'Verdana'. This property is supported by the GetState_Bold and SetState_Bold methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Delphiscript Script Example

TextObj := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eTextObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
 
// notify that the pcb object is going to be modified
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(TextObj.I_ObjectAddress, c_Broadcast, PCBM_BeginModify, c_NoEventData);
TextObj.XLocation := Sheet.SheetX + MilsToCoord(1000);
TextObj.YLocation := Sheet.SheetY + MilsToCoord(1000);
TextObj.Layer     := eBottomOverlay;
TextObj.UseTTFonts := True;
TextObj.Italic := True;
TextObj.Bold := False;
TextObj.FontName := 'ARIAL';
// inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text
// The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations
// if text is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region.
// the color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself
// is black.
TextObj.Inverted := True;
// The InvertedTTextBorder property determines the distance between the boundary of the
// the text object itself to the inverted text border boundary.
TextObj.InvertedTTTextBorder := MilsToCoord(100);
TextObj.Text      := 'Text with True Type Property enabled.';
TextObj.Size       := MilsToCoord(200);    // sets the height of the text.

See also
IPCB_Text interface

Inverted property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property  Inverted : Boolean Read GetState_Inverted Write SetState_Inverted;
Description
This property sets or gets the Inverted property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Inverted and SetState_Inverted methods.
The Inverted property inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text. The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations if IPCB_Text object is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region. The color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself is black.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
InvertedTTTextBorder property

InvertedTTTextBorder property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property InvertedTTTextBorder : TCoord Read GetState_InvertedTTTextBorder Write SetState_InvertedTTTextBorder;
Description
This property sets or gets the InvertedTTTextBorder property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_InvertedTTTextBorder and SetState_InvertedTTTextBorder methods.
The Inverted property inverts the text object and a text boundary is created around the text. The Inverted and InvertedTTTextBorder properties are useful for situations if IPCB_Text object is to be placed on a copper region and create a cutout in the region. The color of the inverted border is the layer color and the text color itself is black.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface
Inverted property

TTTextOutline property

(IPCB_Text interface)
Syntax
Property TTTextOutline : PGPC_Polygon Read GetTrueTypeTextOutline;
Description
This property sets or gets the TTTextOutline property of the PCB string True Type text on a PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_TTTextOutline and SetState_TTTextOutline methods.
Once the UseTTFonts property is enabled, you can use the Bold, Italic, FontName, Inverted, InvertedTTTextBorder and TTTextOutline properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Text interface

IPCB_Track Interface

Overview
Tracks can be placed on any layer and their widths can range from 0.001 to 10000 mils wide.  Tracks are used to create polygon planes and are also used in coordinates, dimensions and components.
Tracks that carry either signals or power supply can be placed on:

  • Top (component side) signal layer.
  • Any of the thirty mid signal layers.
  • Bottom (solder side) signal layer.

Non-electrical tracks can also be placed on:

  • Any of the silk screen overlays (normally used for component package outlines).
  • Any of the sixteen internal plane layers (used as voids in these solid copper planes).
  • The keep out layer to define the board perimeter for autorouting and auto component placement
  • Any of the sixteen mechanical layers for mechanical details.
  • Solder or paste mask layers for any special openings required in the masks

The IPCB_Track hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Track

IPCB_Track methods
GetState_X1
GetState_Y1
GetState_X2
GetState_Y2
GetState_Width
SetState_X1
SetState_Y1
SetState_X2
SetState_Y2
SetState_Width
IPCB_Track properties
X1
Y1
X2
Y2
Width

Example

Var
    Board     : IPCB_Board;
    WorkSpace : IWorkSpace;
    Track     : IPCB_Track;
Begin
    //Create a new PCB document
    WorkSpace := GetWorkSpace;
    If WorkSpace = Nil Then Exit;
    Workspace.DM_CreateNewDocument('PCB');
 
    // Check if the new PCB document exists.
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil then exit;
 
    // Create a Track object with 'Mils' dimensions
    Track             := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eTrackObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    Track.X1          := MilsToCoord(X1);
    Track.Y1          := MilsToCoord(Y1);
    Track.X2          := MilsToCoord(X2);
    Track.Y2          := MilsToCoord(Y2);
    Track.Layer       := Layer;
    Track.Width       := MilsToCoord(Width);
    // Add the new track into the PCB document
    Board.AddPCBObject(Track);
 
    // Refresh the PCB document.
    ResetParameters;
    AddStringParameter('Action', 'All');
    RunProcess('PCB:Zoom');
End;

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
PCB Design Objects

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_Width method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Width : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the width attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the Width property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

GetState_X1 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X1 : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the X1 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the X1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

GetState_X2 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X2 : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the X2 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the X2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

GetState_Y1 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y1 : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the Y1 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the Y1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

GetState_Y2 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y2 : TCoord;
Description
This method retrieves the Y2 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the Y2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

SetState_Width method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Width (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the width attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the Width property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

SetState_X1 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X1 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the X1 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the X1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

SetState_X2 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X2 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the X2 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the X2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

SetState_Y1 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y1 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the Y1 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the Y1 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

SetState_Y2 method

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y2 (Value : TCoord);
Description
This method sets the Y2 attribute of the track object on a PCB document. This function is used for the Y2 property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

Properties

Width property

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Property Width : TCoord Read GetState_Width Write SetState_Width;
Description
The property represents the width attribute of a track object on the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Width and SetState_Width methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

X1 property

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Property X1 : TCoord Read GetState_X1 Write SetState_X1;
Description
The property represents the X1 or the initial X coordinate of a track object on the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_X1 and SetState_X1 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

X2 property

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Property X2 : TCoord Read GetState_X2 Write SetState_X2;
Description
The property represents the X2 or the final X coordinate of a track object on the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_X2 and SetState_X2 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

Y1 property

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Property Y1 : TCoord Read GetState_Y1 Write SetState_Y1;
Description
The property represents the Y1 or the initial Y coordinate of a track object on the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Y1 and SetState_Y1 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

Y2 property

(IPCB_Track interface)
Syntax
Property Y2 : TCoord Read GetState_Y2 Write SetState_Y2;
Description
The property represents the Y2 or the final Y coordinate of a track object on the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_Y2 and SetState_Y2 methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Track interface

IPCB_TTFontsCache Interface

Overview

IPCB_TTFontsCache methods
I_ObjectAddress
GetState_FontsCount
GetState_EmbeddedFont
GetState_Font
AddFont
AddEmbeddedFont
GetFont
GetNextEmbeddedFont
ExportFontsToList
GetLocalizedFontName
IPCB_TTFontCache properties
FontsCount
EmbeddedFontsCount
Font

Methods

Properties

FontCount property

(IPCB_TTFontsCache interface)
Syntax
Property FontsCount : Integer Read GetState_FontsCount;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontsCache interface

EmbeddedFontCount property

(IPCB_TTFontsCache interface)
Syntax
Property  EmbeddedFontsCount [ABoard : Pointer]    : Integer         Read GetState_EmbeddedFontsCount;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontsCache interface

Font property

(IPCB_TTFontsCache interface)
Syntax
Property  Font [I      : Integer]    : IPCB_TTFontData Read GetState_Font;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontsCache interface

IPCB_TTFontData Interface

Overview

IPCB_TTFontData methods
I_ObjectAddress
GetEmbeddedFontData
IsEmbedded
IsEmbeddedInDocument
FontExists
IsSame
GetState_FontFullName
GetState_FontFaceName
GetState_FontStyleName
GetState_Bold
GetState_Italic
GetState_CanEmbed
GetState_EmbeddedFontHandle
GetState_Charset
GetState_RefCount
AddRef
vRelease
IPCB_TTFontData properties
FontFullName
FontFaceName
FontStyleName
Bold
Italic
CanEmbed
EmbeddedFontHandle
Charset
RefCount

Methods

I_ObjectAddress method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

GetEmbeddedFontData method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

IsEmbedded method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

IsEmbeddedInDocument method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

IsEmbedded method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

FontExists method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

IsSame method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_Width method

(IPCB_TTFontData interface)
Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

Properties

FontFullName Property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

FontFaceName property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

FontStyleName property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

Bold property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

Italic property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

CanEmbed property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

EmbeddedFontHandle property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

Charset property

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

RefCount

Syntax
 
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_TTFontData interface

IPCB_Via Interface

Overview
When tracks from two layers need to be connected, vias are placed to carry a signal from one layer to the other.  Vias are like round pads, which are drilled and usually through-plated when the board is fabricated.  Vias can be multi-layered, blind or buried. 

A multi-layer via passes through the board from the Top layer to the Bottom layer and allows connections to all other signal layers. 

A blind via connects from the surface of the board to an internal layer, a buried via connects from one internal layer to another internal layer. In Altium Designer, Vias, including blind and buried, can connect to internal planes.
Vias do not have a paste mask layer.

The IPCB_Via hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Via

IPCB_Via methods
GetState_XLocation
GetState_YLocation
GetState_IsConnectedToPlane
GetState_LowLayer
GetState_HighLayer
GetState_StartLayer
GetState_StopLayer
GetState_HoleSize
GetState_Size
GetState_SizeOnLayer
GetState_ShapeOnLayer
GetState_Cache
SetState_XLocation
SetState_YLocation
SetState_LowLayer
SetState_HighLayer
SetState_IsConnectedToPlane
SetState_HoleSize
SetState_Size
SetState_Cache
PlaneConnectionStyleForLayer
RotateAroundXY
IntersectLayer
IPCB_Via properties
X
Y
IsConnectedToPlane
LowLayer
HighLayer
StartLayer
StopLayer
HoleSize
Size
SizeOnLayer
ShapeOnLayer
Cache

Example

Var
    Board     : IPCB_Board;
    WorkSpace : IWorkSpace;
    Via       : IPCB_Via;
    ViaCache  : TPadCache;
Begin
    // Create a new PCB document
    WorkSpace := GetWorkSpace;
    If WorkSpace = Nil Then Exit;
    Workspace.DM_CreateNewDocument('PCB');
 
    // Check if the new PCB document exists or not.
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil then exit;
 
    // Create a Via object
    Via           := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eViaObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    Via.X         := MilsToCoord(2000);
    Via.Y         := MilsToCoord(2000);
    Via.Size      := MilsToCoord(50);
    Via.HoleSize  := MilsToCoord(20);
    Via.LowLayer  := eTopLayer;
    Via.HighLayer := eBottomLayer;
 
    // Setup a pad cache
    Viacache := Via.GetState_Cache;
    Viacache.ReliefAirGap := MilsToCoord(11);
    Viacache.PowerPlaneReliefExpansion := MilsToCoord(11);
    Viacache.PowerPlaneClearance       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Viacache.ReliefConductorWidth      := MilsToCoord(11);
    Viacache.SolderMaskExpansion       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Viacache.SolderMaskExpansionValid  := eCacheManual;
    Viacache.PasteMaskExpansion        := MilsToCoord(11);
    Viacache.PasteMaskExpansionValid   := eCacheManual;
 
    // Assign the new Via cache to the via 
    Via.SetState_Cache := Viacache;
    Board.AddPCBObject(Via);
 
    // Refresh PCB document.
    ResetParameters;
    AddStringParameter('Action', 'All');
    RunProcess('PCB:Zoom');
End;

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
IPCB_Pad interface
TLayer enumerated values
TPlaneConnectionStyle enumerated values
TCoord value
TAngle value
TPadCache values

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_Cache method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Cache : TPadCache;
Description
This Cache property represents  the global cache that stores various design rule settings for pad and via objects. The method is used by the Cache property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_HighLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_HighLayer : TLayer;
Description
The HighLayer property denotes the bottom layer. The method is used for the HighLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_HoleSize method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_HoleSize : TCoord;
Description
This HoleSize property denotes the hole size of the via object. This method is used by the HoleSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_IsConnectedToPlane method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_IsConnectedToPlane (Layer : TLayer) : Boolean;
Description
This property determines whether the via is connected to this specified plane or not by returning a boolean value. This method is used by the IsConnectedToPlane property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_LowLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_LowLayer : TLayer;
Description
The LowLayer property denotes the bottom layer. The method is used for the LowLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_ShapeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ShapeOnLayer (Layer : TLayer) : TShape;
Description
The ShapeOnLayer property determines the shape of the via on the specified layer. This read only property is supported by the GetState_ShapeOnLayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_Size method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Size : TCoord;
Description
The Size property denotes the size of the via object (the full diameter). The method is used for the Size property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_SizeOnLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_SizeOnLayer (Layer : TLayer) : TCoord;
Description
This SizeOnLayer property denotes the size of the via on a specified layer. This method is used for the SizeOnLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_StartLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StartLayer : IPCB_LayerObject;
Description
This StartLayer property fetches the Start layer of IPCB_LayerObject type that the via is connected to. This method is used for the StartLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_StopLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_StopLayer : IPCB_LayerObject;
Description
This StartLayer property fetches the Stop layer of IPCB_LayerObject type that the via is connected to. This method is used for the StopLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_XLocation method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_XLocation : TCoord;
Description
The X and Y properties define the location of the Via object with respect to the PCB document. The GetState_XLocation, GetState_YLocation and SetState_XLocation, SetStateYLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

GetState_YLocation method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_YLocation : TCoord;
Description
The X and Y properties define the location of the Via object with respect to the PCB document. The GetState_XLocation, GetState_YLocation and SetState_XLocation, SetStateYLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_Cache method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Cache (Value : TPadCache);
Description
This Cache property represents  the global cache that stores various design rule settings for pad and via objects. The method is used by the Cache property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_HighLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_HighLayer (L : TLayer);
Description
The HighLayer property denotes the bottom layer. The method is used for the HighLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_HoleSize method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_HoleSize (Value : TCoord);
Description
This HoleSize property denotes the hole size of the via object. This method is used by the HoleSize property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_IsConnectedToPlane method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_IsConnectedToPlane (Layer : TLayer;Value : Boolean);
Description
This property determines whether the via is connected to this specified plane or not by returning a boolean value. This method is used by the IsConnectedToPlane property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_LowLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_LowLayer (L : TLayer);
Description
The LowLayer property denotes the bottom layer. The method is used for the LowLayer property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_Size method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Size (Size : TCoord);
Description
The Size property denotes the size of the via object. The method is used for the Size property.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_XLocation method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_XLocation (AX : TCoord);
Description
The X and Y properties define the location of the Via object with respect to the PCB document. The GetState_XLocation, GetState_YLocation and SetState_XLocation, SetStateYLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SetState_YLocation method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_YLocation (AY : TCoord);
Description
The X and Y properties define the location of the Via object with respect to the PCB document. The GetState_XLocation, GetState_YLocation and SetState_XLocation, SetStateYLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

Methods

RotateAroundXY method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX, AY : TCoord;Angle : TAngle);
Description
This method rotates a via object on the PCB document about the AX, AY coordinates with an angle in degrees. To ensure the via rotates without moving about, pass in its midpoint (between X1,X2 and Y1, Y2) attributes for the AX,AY parameters.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

PlaneConnectionStyleForLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function PlaneConnectionStyleForLayer(ALayer : TLayer) : TPlaneConnectionStyle;
Description
Vias automatically connect to an internal power plane layer that is assigned the same net name. The via will connect to the plane depending on the applicable Power Plane Connect Style design rule. If you do not want vias to connect to power planes, add another Power Plane Connect Style design rule targeting the specific vias required and with a connection style of No Connect.

The Connect Style defines the style of the connection from a pin of a component, targeted by the scope (Full Query) of the rule, to a power plane. The following three styles as per the TPlaneConnectionStyle type are available:

  • No Connect - do not connect a component pin to the power plane.
  • Direct Connect - connect using solid copper to the pin.
  • Relief Connect (default) - connect using a thermal relief connection.

Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface
TPlaneConnectionStyle type

IntersectLayer method

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Function IntersectLayer (ALayer : TLayer) : Boolean;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

Properties

Cache property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property Cache : TPadCache Read GetState_Cache Write SetState_Cache;
Description
This Cache property represents  the global cache that stores various design rule settings for pad and via objects.
This property is supported by the GetState_Cache and SetState_Cache methods.
Example

Var
    PadCache : TPadCache;
    Via      : IPCB_Via;
    Board    : IPCB_Board;
Begin
    (* Create a Via object*)
    Via := PCBServer.PCBObjectFactory(eViaObject, eNoDimension, eCreate_Default);
    Via.X  := MilsToCoord(3000);
    Via.Y  := MilsToCoord(3000);
 
    (* Setup a pad cache *)
    Padcache := Via.Cache;
    Padcache.ReliefAirGap := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PowerPlaneReliefExpansion := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PowerPlaneClearance       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.ReliefConductorWidth      := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.SolderMaskExpansion       := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.SolderMaskExpansionValid  := eCacheManual;
    Padcache.PasteMaskExpansion        := MilsToCoord(11);
    Padcache.PasteMaskExpansionValid   := eCacheManual;
 
    (* Assign the new pad cache to the via*)
    Via.Cache := Padcache;
    Board.AddPCBObject(Via);
End;

See also
IPCB_Via interface
PadViaCacheProperties script from \Examples\Scripts\Delphiscript Scripts\Pcb\ folder.
DrawObjects script from  \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript Scripts\PCB\ folder.
CreateAVia script from  \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript Scripts\PCB\ folder.

HighLayer property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property HighLayer : TLayer Read GetState_HighLayer Write SetState_HighLayer;
Description
The HighLayer property denotes the top layer. This property is supported by the GetState_HighLayer and SetState_HighLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

HoleSize property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property HoleSize : TCoord Read GetState_HoleSize Write SetState_HoleSize;
Description
This HoleSize property denotes the hole size of the via object. This property is supported by the GetState_HighLayer and SetState_HighLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

IsConnectedToPlane property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property IsConnectedToPlane[L : TLayer] : Boolean Read GetState_IsConnectedToPlane Write SetState_IsConnectedToPlane;
Description
This property determines whether the via is connected to this specified plane or not by returning a boolean value.
This property is supported by the GetState_IsConnectedToPlane and SetState_IsConnectedToPlane methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

LowLayer property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property LowLayer : TLayer Read GetState_LowLayer Write SetState_LowLayer;
Description
The LowLayer property denotes the bottom layer. This property is supported by the GetState_LowLayer and SetState_LowLayer methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

ShapeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property ShapeOnLayer[L : TLayer] : TShape Read GetState_ShapeOnLayer;
Description
The via can have different shapes on layers that the via is connected to. This read only property is supported by the GetState_ShapeOnLayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface
TShape type
TLayer type

Size property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property Size : TCoord Read GetState_Size Write SetState_Size;
Description
The Size property denotes the size of the via object (the full diamater of the via). This property is supported by the GetState_Size and SetState_Size methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

SizeOnLayer property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property SizeOnLayer [L : TLayer] : TCoord Read GetState_SizeOnLayer;
Description
This property denotes the size of the via on a specified layer. This read only property is supported by the GetState_SizeOnLayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

StartLayer property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property StartLayer : IPCB_LayerObject Read GetState_StartLayer;
Description
This property fetches the start layer of IPCB_LayerObject type that the via is connected to.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_StartLayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface
IPCB_LayerObject interface

StopLayer property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property StopLayer : IPCB_LayerObject Read GetState_StopLayer;
Description
This property fetches the last layer of IPCB_LayerObject type that the via is connected to.
This read only property is supported by the GetState_StopLayer method.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface
IPCB_LayerObject interface

X property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property X : TCoord Read GetState_XLocation Write SetState_XLocation;
Description
The X and Y properties define the location of the Via object with respect to the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_XLocation and SetState_XLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

Y property

(IPCB_Via interface)
Syntax
Property Y : TCoord Read GetState_YLocation Write SetState_YLocation;
Description
The X and Y properties define the location of the Via object with respect to the PCB document. This property is supported by the GetState_YLocation and SetState_YLocation methods.
Example
See also
IPCB_Via interface

IPCB_Violation Interface

Overview
A Violation object captures the rule that has been violated between two PCB objects that are affected by a binary design rule or a PCB object affected by a unary design rule detected in the PCB editor, with the description of the violation and the type of rule used.

A violation object has a name and its associated description properties, two primitive place holders for binary rules or the first primitive (Primitive1) for unary rules. Check if the second Primitive2 is valid before invoking its methods or properties.

The IPCB_Violation hierarchy;
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Violation

IPCB_Violation methods
GetState_Name
GetState_Rule
GetState_Primitive1
GetState_Primitive2
GetState_Description
GetState_ShortDescriptorString
IsRedundant
IPCB_Violation properties
Name
Rule
Primitive1
Primitive2
Description

See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
PCB Design Objects
Violations script in \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB folder.

GetState and SetState Methods

GetState_Description method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Description : TPCBString;
Description
This method returns the violation description that the violation object is associated with. This method is used for the Description property.
The corresponding GetState_Name method returns the name of this violation.
Example

If Violation <> Nil Then 
    ShowMessage('Violation Name : ' + Violation.Name + #13#10 +
                'Description    : ' + Violation.Description);

See also
IPCB_Violation interface

GetState_Name method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Name : TPCBString;
Description
This method returns the violation name that the violation object is associated with. The method is used for the Name property.
The corresponding GetState_Description method returns the description of this violation.
Example

If Violation <> Nil Then 
    ShowMessage('Violation Name : ' + Violation.Name + #13#10 +
                'Description    : ' + Violation.Description);

See also
IPCB_Violation interface

GetState_Primitive1 method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Primitive1 : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
A Violation object captures the rule that has been violated between two PCB objects that are affected by a binary design rule or a PCB object affected by a unary design rule detected in the PCB editor, with the description of the violation and the type of rule used.
A violation object that deals with unary rules only has a valid Primitive1 property.
The Primitive2 property is always void for unary rules.
Always check if the second property, Primitive2 is valid before invoking its methods or properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Violation interface

GetState_Primitive2 method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Primitive2 : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
A Violation object captures the rule that has been violated between two PCB objects that are affected by a binary design rule or a PCB object affected by a unary design rule detected in the PCB editor, with the description of the violation and the type of rule used.
Note
A violation object that deals with unary rules only has a valid Primitive1 property thus the Primitive2 property is always void for unary rules.
Therefore always check if the second Primitive2 is valid before invoking its methods or properties.
Example
See also
IPCB_Violation interface

GetState_Rule method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Rule : IPCB_Primitive;
Description
A Violation object captures the rule that has been violated between two PCB objects that are affected by a binary design rule or a PCB object affected by a unary design rule detected in the PCB editor, with the description of the violation and the type of rule used.
However the IPCB_Primitive interface actually represents a IPCB_Rule ancestor object interface.
Example
See also
IPCB_Violation interface

GetState_ShortDescriptorString method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_ShortDescriptorString : TPCBString;
Description
This method returns the shortened version of the description string.
Example
See also
IPCB_Violation interface

Methods

IsRedundant method

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Function IsRedundant : Boolean;
Description
This method determines whether the object is redundant (unused object) on the PCB document or not.
Example
See also
IPCB_Violation interface

Properties

Rule property

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Property Rule : IPCB_Primitive Read GetState_Rule;
Description
This Rule property returns a rule object encapsulated by the IPCB_Primitive interface. However the IPCB_Primitive interface actually represents a IPCB_Rule ancestor object interface.
Example

// Create an iterator to look for violation objects only.
Iterator := Board.BoardIterator_Create;
Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eViolationObject));
Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
Iterator.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
 
// search for violations
Violation := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
While Violation <> Nil Do
Begin
    S := 'Violation Name: ' + Violation.Name + '  +#13#10 + 
         'Description: '    + Violation.Description);
 
    //Get design rule associated with the current violation object
    Rule := Violation.Rule;
    If Rule <> Nil Then
        ShowMessage(S + #13#10 + '  Rule Name: ' + Rule.Name);
 
    S := '';
    Violation := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
End;
Board.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);

See also
IPCB_Violation interface
IPCB_Rule interface

Primitive1 property

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Property Primitive1 : IPCB_Primitive Read GetState_Primitive1;
Description
A Violation object captures the rule that has been violated between two PCB objects that are affected by a binary design rule or a PCB object affected by a unary design rule detected in the PCB editor, with the description of the violation and the type of rule used.
A violation object that deals with unary rules only has a valid Primitive1 property.
Notes
The Primitive2 property is always void for unary rules, therefore check if the second Primitive2 is valid before invoking its methods or properties.
A read only property
Example

// First pcb object associated with a unary/binary design rule.
PCB1Object := Violation.Primitive1;
 
// Second pcb object associated with a binary design rule.
// however there are unary and binary rules, thus, for unary rules,
// there will only be one rule object in violation associated with the violation
PCB2Object := Violation.Primitive2;
If PCB2Object <> Nil Then
Begin
    // do what you want with the second object
End;

See also
IPCB_Violation interface

Primitive2 property

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Property Primitive2 : IPCB_Primitive Read GetState_Primitive2;
Description
A Violation object captures the rule that has been violated between two PCB objects that are affected by a binary design rule or a PCB object affected by a unary design rule detected in the PCB editor, with the description of the violation and the type of rule used.
A violation object that deals with unary rules only has a valid Primitive1 property.
The Primitive2 property is always void for unary rules.
Check if the second Primitive2 is valid before invoking its methods or properties.
A read only property.
Example

// First pcb object associated with a unary/binary design rule.
PCB1Object := Violation.Primitive1;
 
// Second pcb object associated with a binary design rule.
// however there are unary and binary rules, thus, for unary rules,
// there will only be one rule object in violation associated with the violation
PCB2Object := Violation.Primitive2;
If PCB2Object <> Nil Then
Begin
    // do what you want with the second object
End;

See also
IPCB_Violation interface

Name property

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Property Name : TPCBString Read GetState_Name;
Description
This property returns the violation name that the violation object is associated with. The corresponding Description property returns the description of this violation (if any).
This is a read only property.
Example

If Violation <> Nil Then 
    ShowMessage('Violation Name : ' + Violation.Name + #13#10 +
                'Description    : ' + Violation.Description);

See also
IPCB_Violation interface
Description property

Description property

(IPCB_Violation interface)
Syntax
Property Description : TPCBString Read GetState_Description;
Description
This property returns the violation description that the violation object is associated with. The corresponding Name property returns the name of this violation. This property is supported by the GetState_Description method.
This is a read only property.
Example

If Violation <> Nil Then 
    ShowMessage('Violation Name : ' + Violation.Name + #13#10 +
                'Description    : ' + Violation.Description);

See also
IPCB_Violation interface
Name property

IPCB_ContourPoint Interface

Overview
The IPCB_ContourPoint interface hierarchy is as follows:

IPCB_ContourPoint methods
GetState_X
SetState_X
GetState_Y
SetState_Y
IPCB_ContourPoint properties
X
Y

See also

Methods

SetState_Y method

(IPCB_ContourPoint interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Y (AY : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourPoint interface

SetState_X method

(IPCB_ContourPoint interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_X (AX : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourPoint interface

GetState_Y method

(IPCB_ContourPoint interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Y : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourPoint interface

GetState_X method

(IPCB_ContourPoint interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_X : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourPoint interface

Properties

X property

(IPCB_ContourPoint interface)
Syntax
Property X : TCoord Read GetState_X Write SetState_X;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourPoint interface

Y property

(IPCB_ContourPoint interface)
Syntax
Property Y : TCoord Read GetState_Y Write SetState_Y;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourPoint interface

IPCB_Contour Interface

Overview
The IPCB_Contour interface hierarchy is as follows:

IPCB_Contour methods
GetState_Rotation
SetState_Rotation
GetState_CX
SetState_CX
GetState_CY
SetState_CY
GetState_Point
GetState_Count
Clear
AddPoint
InsertPoint
AddContour
AddArc
GetGPCVertexList
FillGPCVertexList
I_ObjectAddress
IPCB_Contour properties
Rotation
CX
CY
Points
Count

See also

Methods

Clear method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure Clear;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

AddPoint method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddPoint(x, y : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

AddContour method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddContour(Const C : IPCB_Contour; Const i1, i2 : Integer);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

AddArc method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure AddArc(StartAngle, EndAngle : Double; cx, cy : TCoord; Radius : TCoord;AClockwise : Boolean = False);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

InsertPoint method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure InsertPoint(Index : Integer; x, y : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

I_ObjectAddress method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Function I_ObjectAddress : TPCBObjectHandle;
Description
This function returns the true pointer value of the object interface of a design object.
Notes
The IPCB_ServerInterface.SendMessageToRobots method needs the I_ObjectAddress parameter of a design object.
Example

//Notify PCB that the fill object is going to be changed.
PCBServer.SendMessageToRobots(
        Fill.I_ObjectAddress, 
        c_Broadcast, 
        PCBM_BeginModify , 
        c_NoEventData);

See also
IPCB_Contour interface

GetState_Point method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Point (I : Integer) : IPCB_ContourPoint;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

GetState_Count method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Count : Integer;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

GetGPCVertexList method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure GetGPCVertexList (Const AContour : Pgpc_vertex_list);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

FillGPCVertexList method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure FillGPCVertexList(Const AContour : Pgpc_vertex_list);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

SetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_Rotation (ARotation : TAngle);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

SetState_CY method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CY (ACY : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

SetState_CX method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Procedure SetState_CX (ACX : TCoord);
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

GetState_Rotation method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_Rotation : TAngle;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

GetState_CY method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CY : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

GetState_CX method

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Function GetState_CX : TCoord;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

Properties

Rotation property

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Property Rotation : TAngle Read GetState_Rotation Write SetState_Rotation;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

Points property

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Property Points[I : Integer] : IPCB_ContourPoint Read GetState_Point;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

CY property

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Property CY : TCoord Read GetState_CY Write SetState_CY;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

CX property

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Property CX : TCoord Read GetState_CX Write SetState_CX;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

Count property

(IPCB_Contour interface)
Syntax
Property Count : Integer Read GetState_Count;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_Contour interface

IPCB_ContourMaker Interface

Overview

IPCB_ContourMaker methods
MakeContour
DestroyPolygon
IPCB_ContourMaker properties

See also
IPCB_Contour interface

Methods

IPCB_MakeContour method

(IPCB_ContourMaker interface)
Syntax
Function MakeContour(APrim   : IPCB_Primitive; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(ATrack  : IPCB_Track    ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(APad    : IPCB_Pad      ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(AFill   : IPCB_Fill     ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(AVia    : IPCB_Via      ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(AArc    : IPCB_Arc      ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(ARegion : IPCB_Region   ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(AText   : IPCB_Text     ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Function MakeContour(APoly   : IPCB_Polygon  ; AExpansion : TCoord; ALayer : TLayer) : Pgpc_Polygon;
Description
Example
See also
IPCB_ContourMaker interface

Dimension Object Interfaces

IPCB_OriginalDimension

Overview
The IPCB_OriginalDimension interface represents the dimensioning information on the current PCB layer. The dimension value is the distance between the start and end markers, measured in the default units. Note that the original dimension object has been superseded by a new set of dimension objects
Notes
The IPCB_OriginalDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_OriginalDimension
IPCB_OriginalDimension Methods
Function  Text    : IPCB_Text;    
Function  Track1  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track2  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track3  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track4  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track5  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track6  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track7  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  Track8  : IPCB_Primitive;
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_Dimension

Overview
Dimension objects are used for dimensional details of a PCB board in either imperial or metric units and can be placed on any layer.  To create an original Dimension objects, use the IPCB_OriginalDimension class which is used in P99SE and earlier versions.
Altium Designer introduced several new dimension styles - Linear, Angular, Radial, Leader, Datum, Baseline, Center, Linear Diameter and Radial Diameter objects
Notes
The IPCB_Dimension interface is the ancestor interface for IPCB_OriginalDimension, IPCB_LinearDImension, IPCB_AngularDimension, IPCB_RadialDimension, IPCB_LeaderDimension, IPCB_DatumDimension, IPCB_BaselineDimension, IPCB_CenterDimension, IPCB_LinearDiameterDimension, IPCB_RadialDiameterDimension interfaces.
The DimensionKind property determines the type a dimension object is.
A dimension object especially a baseline or a leader dimension has multiple reference points. The references (a reference consists of a record of an object along with its x and y coordinate point, an anchor and is a start or end marker).  A reference point is either the start or end marker and the length of two reference points is the dimensional length.

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed

IPCB_Dimension Methods
Procedure MoveTextByXY (AX,
                        AY    : TCoord);
Procedure MoveTextToXY (AX,
                        AY    : TCoord);
Procedure RotateAroundXY(AX,
                         AY    : TCoord;
                         Angle : TAngle);
Procedure References_Add(R : TDimensionReference);
Procedure References_Delete(Index : Integer);
Procedure References_DeleteLast;
Function  References_IndexOf(P     : IPCB_Primitive;
                             Index : Integer) : Integer;
Function  References_Validate : Boolean;
Procedure ResetPrefixIfNeeded;
IPCB_Dimension Properties
DimensionKind      : TDimensionKind         
TextX              : TCoord                 
TextY              : TCoord                 
X1Location         : TCoord                 
Y1Location         : TCoord                  
Size               : TCoord                 
LineWidth          : TCoord                 
TextHeight         : TCoord                 
TextWidth          : TCoord                 
TextFont           : TFontID                
TextLineWidth      : TCoord                 
TextPosition       : TDimensionTextPosition 
TextGap            : TCoord                 
TextFormat         : TPCBString                
TextDimensionUnit  : TDimensionUnit         
TextPrecision      : Integer                 
TextPrefix         : TPCBString                
TextSuffix         : TPCBString                
TextValue          : TReal                  
ArrowSize          : TCoord                 
ArrowLineWidth     : TCoord                 
ArrowLength        : TCoord                 
ArrowPosition      : TDimensionArrowPosition
ExtensionOffset    : TCoord                 
ExtensionLineWidth : TCoord                 
ExtensionPickGap   : TCoord                 
Style              : TUnitStyle              
References [I : Integer] : TDimensionReference
References_Count         : Integer // Read only
UseTTFonts                        : Boolean  
Bold                              : Boolean  
Italic                            : Boolean  
FontName                          : TPCBString
See also
IPCB_Primitive interface
TDimensionTextPosition enumerated values
TDimensionUnit enumerated values
TDimensionArrowPosition enumerated values
TDimensionReference enumerated values
TUnitStyle enumerated values
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_AngularDimension

Overview
The IPCB_AngularDimension object interface allows for the dimensioning of angular distances. There are four references (two reference points associated with two reference objects) which need to be defined and the dimension text is then placed. The references may be tracks, fills, or polygons.
Notes
The IPCB_AngularDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_AngularDimension
The Radius property denotes the radius size of the IPCB_AngularDimension object.
The Sector property denotes which sector the IPCB_AngularDimension is using. Sector 1 is the angle between 0 – 90 degrees. 2 = 90 – 180 degrees. 3 = 180 =270 degrees. 4 = 270 = 360 or 0 degrees.
IPCB_AngularDimension Methods
Function  Text              : IPCB_Text;
Function  Arc1              : IPCB_Arc; 
Function  Arc2              : IPCB_Arc; 
Function  Arrow1_Track1     : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow1_Track2     : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track1     : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track2     : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension1_Track  : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension2_Track  : IPCB_Track;
IPCB_AngularDimension Properties
Property Radius  : TCoord
Property Sector  : Integer
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
IPCB_Text interface
IPCB_Arc interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_BaselineDimension

Overview
The IPCB_BaselineDimension interface allows for the dimensioning of a linear distance of a collection of references, relative to a single reference. The first reference point is the base reference and all the subsequent points are relative to this base reference. The dimension value in each case is the distance between each reference point and the base reference measured in default units. The references may be objects (tracks, arcs, pads, vias, text, fills, polygons or components) or points in free space.

Notes
The IPCB_BaselineDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_BaselineDimension

The angle property denotes the angle or rotation of the IPCB_BaselineDimension object with respect to the horizontal plane.
Since a baseline dimension allows for the dimensioning of a linear distance over a collection of references, thus for each reference relative to the base reference, there is a text location. Use the TextLocationsCount field to obtain the number of  dimension labels.

IPCB_Group methods
FreePrimitives
GetPrimitiveAt
GetPrimitiveCount
SetState_XSizeYSize
FastSetState_XSizeYSize
SetState_LayersUsedArray
GroupIterator_Create
GroupIterator_Destroy
AddPCBObject
RemovePCBObject
IPCB_Group properties
X
Y
PrimitiveLock
LayerUsed

IPCB_BaselineDimension Methods
Function  Text       : IPCB_Text;
Function  Texts        (I : Integer) : IPCB_Text;
Function  Arrow1_Track1(I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow1_Track2(I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track1(I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track2(I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line_Track1  (I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line_Track2  (I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension1_Track (I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension2_Track (I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
Procedure TextLocations_Add   (Point : TCoordPoint);:
Procedure TextLocations_Delete(Index : Integer);   
Procedure TextLocations_DeleteLast;
Procedure TextLocations_Clear;

IPCB_BaselineDimension Properties
Property Angle                       : TAngle
Property TextLocations [I : Integer] : TCoordPoint
Property TextLocationsCount          : Integer
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
IPCB_Text interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_CenterDimension

Overview
The IPCB_CenterDimension object interface allows for the center of an arc or circle to be marked
Notes
The IPCB_CenterDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_CenterDimension
The angle property denotes the angle or rotation of the IPCB_CenterDimension object with respect to the horizontal plane.
IPCB_CenterDimension Methods
Function  Cross_Vertical_Track   : IPCB_Track;
Function  Cross_Horizontal_Track : IPCB_Track;
IPCB_CenterDimension Properties
Property Angle : TAngle
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_DatumDimension

Overview
The IPCB_DatumDimension interface references the dimensioning of a linear distance of a collection of objects, relative to a single object. The dimension value is the distance between each reference object and the base object measured in the default units. The references may be tracks, arcs, pads, vias, text, fills, polygons or components.
Notes
The IPCB_DatumDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_DatumDimension
IPCB_DatumDimension Methods
Function  Text                              : IPCB_Text;
Function  Texts           (I     : Integer) : IPCB_Text;
Function  Extension_Track (I     : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
IPCB_DatumDimension Properties
Property Angle : TAngle
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
IPCB_Text interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_LeaderDimension

Overview
The IPCB_LeaderDimension object interface allows for the labeling of an object, point or area. There are three types of leader dimensions available which reflect the label text either being encapsulated by a circle or square or not at all. The pointer can also be an arrow or a dot which is size -definable.

Notes
The IPCB_LeaderDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_LeaderDimension

There are three types of leaders available: eNoShape = standard leader which means the dimension text is not enclosed at all. eRectangular  the label text is encapsulated by a square, and eRounded – the dimension text is encapsulated by a circle.
The Dot property denotes the dot symbol attached to the pointer of the leader dimension object as a dot or as an arrow.
If the Dot field is enabled, then you can specify the size of the dot as a TCoord value.
IPCB_LeaderDimension Methods
Function  Text            : IPCB_Text;         
Function  Dot_Arc         : IPCB_Arc;          
Function  Circle_Arc      : IPCB_Arc;          
Function  Arrow_Track1    : IPCB_Track;        
Function  Arrow_Track2    : IPCB_Track;        
Function  Square_Track1   : IPCB_Track;         
Function  Square_Track2   : IPCB_Track;        
Function  Square_Track3   : IPCB_Track;        
Function  Square_Track4   : IPCB_Track;        
Function  Line_Track (I : Integer) : IPCB_Track;
IPCB_LeaderDimension Properties
Property Shape    : TShape
Property Dot      : Boolean
Property DotSize  : TCoord
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
IPCB_Text interface
IPCB_Arc interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_LinearDiameterDimension

Overview
The IPCB_LinearDimension interface references the dimensioning information on the current layer with respect to a linear distance. The dimension value is the distance between the start and end markers (reference points) measured in the default units. The references may be objects (tracks, arcs, pads, vias, text fills, polygons or components) or points in free space.
Notes
The IPCB_LinearDiameterDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_LinearDiameterDimension
Immediate ancestor IPCB_LinearDimension Methods
Function  Text               : IPCB_Text;
Function  Arrow1_Track1      : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow1_Track2      : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track1      : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track2      : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line_Track1        : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line_Track2        : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension1_Track   : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension2_Track   : IPCB_Track;
Immediate ancestor IPCB_LinearDimension Properties
Property Angle : TAngle
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_LinearDimension

Overview
The IPCB_LinearDimension object interface places dimensioning information on the current layer with respect to a linear distance. The dimension value is the distance between the start and end markers (reference points) measured in the default units. The references may be objects (tracks, arcs, pads, vias, text fills, polygons or components) or points in free space.
IPCB_LinearDimension object interface has no introduced methods and properties, therefore refer to the IPCB_Dimension interface object entry for details.
Notes
The IPCB_LinearDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_LinearDimension
The angle property denotes the angle or rotation of the TPCBLinearDimension object with respect to the horizontal plane.
IPCB_LinearDimension Methods
Function  Text             : IPCB_Text;
Function  Arrow1_Track1    : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow1_Track2    : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track1    : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track2    : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line_Track1      : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line_Track2      : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension1_Track : IPCB_Track;
Function  Extension2_Track : IPCB_Track;
IPCB_LinearDimension Properties
Property Angle : TAngle
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_RadialDimension

Overview
The IPCB_RadialDimension object interface allows for the dimensioning of a radius with respect to an arc or a circle. The dimension can be placed internally or externally on an arc or a circle.
Notes
The IPCB_RadialDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_RadialDimension
This field shows the current angular step setting for the dimension. This is the rotation step used when placing the arrow portion of the dimension. Moving the arrow around the circle or arc during placement of the dimension, the number and position of possible places to anchor the dimension are determined by this angular step value.
IPCB_RadialDimension Methods
Function  Text         : IPCB_Text;
Function  Arrow_Track1 : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow_Track2 : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line1_Track  : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line2_Track  : IPCB_Track;
IPCB_RadialDimension Property
Property AngleStep : TAngle
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
IPCB_Text interface
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_RadialDiameterDimension

Overview
The IPCB_RadialDiameterDimension interface references the dimensioning of an arc or circle with respect to the diameter, rather than the radius. The dimension can be placed either internally or externally with respect to the arc or circle
Notes
The IPCB_RadialDiameterDimension interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Primitive
IPCB_Group
IPCB_Dimension
IPCB_RadialDiameterDimension
IPCB_RadialDiameterDimension Methods
Function  Arrow2_Track1  : IPCB_Track;
Function  Arrow2_Track2  : IPCB_Track;
Function  Line3_Track    : IPCB_Track;
See also
IPCB_Dimension interface
IPCB_Track interface
PCB Design Objects

 

PCB Rule Objects Interfaces

The PCB editor incorporates a large set of design rules to help define compliance/constraints regarding the placement of PCB objects, routing methods, and netlists.

These rules include clearances, object geometry, impedance control, routing priority, routing topology and parallelism. Rule scope is the extent of each rule determined.  The scope allows you to define the set of target objects that a particular instance of a rule is to be applied to.

See also
Rule ancestor interface
Acute Angle rule interface
Broken Nets rule interface
Clearance rule interface
Confinement Constraint rule interface
Component Clearance rule interface
Component Rotations rule interface
Daisy Chain Stub Length rule interface
Differential Pairs Routing rule interface
Fanout Control rule interface
Layer Pair rule interface
Layer Stack rule interface
Matched Lengths rule interface
Max Min Width rule interface
Max Min Length rule interface
Max Min Hole Size rule interface
Maximum Via Count rule interface
Minimum Annular Ring rule interface
NetsToIgnore rule interface
Parallel Segment rule interface
Paste Mask Expansion rule interface
Power Plane Connect Style rule interface
Power Plane Clearance rule interface
Polygon Connect Style rule interface
Permitted Layers rule interface
Routing Topology rule interface
Routing Priority rule interface
Routing Layers rule interface
Routing Corner Style rule interface
Routing Via Style rule interface
SMD To Plane rule interface
SMD Neck Down rule interface
SMD To Corner rule interface
Solder Mask Expansion rule interface
Short Circuit rule interface
Test Point Style rule interface
Test Point Usage rule interface
Vias Under SMD rule interface
Unconnected Pin rule interface
Signal Integrity Rules
FlightTime_RisingEdge rule interface
FlightTime_FallingEdge rule interface
MaxMinImpedance rule interface
MaxSlope_RisingEdge rule interface
MaxSlope_FallingEdge rule interface
Overshoot_FallingEdge rule interface
Overshoot_RisingEdge rule interface
SignalTopValue rule interface
SignalBaseValue rule interface
SignalStimulus rule interface
SupplyNets rule interface
Undershoot_FallingEdge rule interface
Undershoot_RisingEdge rule interface

IPCB_Rule

Overview
The IPCB_Rule interface object encapsulates an existing PCB design rule in an opened PCB document in Altium Designer. Each design rule has its own Unique ID. To set the scope of a rule, unary or binary scope expressions are defined.

The PCB editor incorporates a large set of design rules to help define compliance/constraints regarding the placement of PCB objects, routing methods, and netlists. These rules include clearances, object geometry, impedance control, routing priority, routing topology and parallelism. Rule scope is the extent of each rule determined.  The scope allows you to define the set of target objects that a particular instance of a rule is to be applied to.

IPCB_Rule Methods
Function  Priority                  : TRulePrecedence;
Function  ScopeKindIsValid  (AScopeKind  : TScopeKind)          : Boolean;
Function  Scope1Includes    (P           : IPCB_Primitive)      : Boolean;
Function  Scope2Includes    (P           : IPCB_Primitive)      : Boolean;
Function  NetScopeMatches   (P1,
                             P2          : IPCB_Primitive)      : Boolean;
Function  CheckBinaryScope  (P1,
                             P2          : IPCB_Primitive)      : Boolean;
Function  CheckUnaryScope   (P           : IPCB_Primitive)      : Boolean;
Function  GetState_DataSummaryString     : TPCBString;
Function  GetState_ShortDescriptorString : TPCBString;
Function  GetState_ScopeDescriptorString : TPCBString;
Function  ActualCheck               (P1,
                                     P2  : IPCB_Primitive)      : IPCB_Violation;
IPCB_Rule Properties
Property Scope1Expression : TPCBString
Property Scope2Expression : TPCBString
Property RuleKind         : TRuleKind    
Property NetScope         : TNetScope    
Property LayerKind        : TRuleLayerKind
Property Comment          : TPCBString      
Property Name             : TPCBString      
Property DRCEnabled       : Boolean      
Property UniqueId         : TPCBString       //Read only
Enumerated Types
PCB Design Rules
IPCB_Violation interface
TScopeKind
TNetScope
TRuleKind
TRuleLayerKind

IPCB_AcuteAngle rule

Overview
The IPCB_AcuteAngleRule interface specifies the minimum angle permitted at a track corner.
IPCB_AcuteAngle Properties
Minimum : TAngle

IPCB_BrokenNetRule rule

Overview
The IPCB_BrokenNetRule rule deals with broken nets in relation to polygons. Polygons that are affected by the broken net rules are highlighted or not.
IPCB_BrokenNetRule Properties
HighlightPolygons : Boolean

IPCB_ComponentClearanceConstraint rule

Overview
The Component Clearance Constraint PCB Design rule has available Check Mode setting:

  • Quick Check – uses a components’ bounding rectangle to define its shape. The bounding rectangle is the smallest rectangle that encloses all the primitives that make up a component.
  • Multi Layer Check – also uses a component bounding rectangle, but considers through-hole component pads on a board with components on both sides, allowing surface mount components to be placed under a through-hole component.
  • Full Check – uses the exact shape that encloses all the primitives that make up each component. Use this option if the design includes a large number of circular or irregular shaped components.

IPCB_ComponentClearanceConstraint Properties
Property Gap                : TCoord
Property VerticalGap        : TCoord
Property CollisionCheckMode : TComponentCollisionCheckMode
See also
TComponentCollisionCheckMode

IPCB_ComponentRotationsRule rule

Overview
The IPCB_ComponentRotationsRule specifies allowable component orientations. Multiple orientations are permitted, allowing the autoplacer to use any of the enabled orientations. The allowed component orientations are: 0,90,180, 270, or AllRotations. It is possible to have multiple settings, for example setting at 0 and 270 degrees rotations only.
IPCB_ComponentRotationsRule Properties
Property AllowedRotations : Integer

IPCB_ConfinementConstraint rule

Overview
The IPCB_ConfinementConstraint interface specifies a rectangular region in which a set of objects is either allowed, or not allowed. Use this function to define a region that a class of components must be placed in.
IPCB_ConfinementConstraint Methods
Procedure RotateAroundXY (AX,
                          AY    : TCoord;
                          Angle : TAngle);
IPCB_ConfinementConstraint Properties
Property X            : TCoord          
Property Y            : TCoord          
Property Kind         : TConfinementStyle
Property Layer        : TLayer          
Property BoundingRect : TCoordRect      

IPCB_ClearanceConstraint Rule

Overview
This interface defines the minimum clearance between any two primitive objects on a copper layer.
Notes
The PrimitivesViolate function checks if two primitives violate the minimum clearance or not.
The Gap property determines the gap size of the track segments.
IPCB_ClearanceConstraint Methods
Function  PrimitivesViolate(P1, P2  : IPCB_Primitive) : Boolean;
IPCB_ClearanceConstraint Properties
Property Gap  : TCoord

IPCB_DaisyChainStubLengthConstraint rule

Overview
The daisy chain stub length rule specifies the maximum permissible stub length for a net with a daisy chain topology.
Notes
Limit property for the stub length.
IPCB_DaisyChainStubLengthConstraint Properties
Property Limit : TCoord

IPCB_ DifferentialPairsRoutingRule Interface

Overview
A differential signaling system is one where a signal is transmitted down a pair of tightly coupled carriers, one of these carrying the signal, the other carrying an equal but opposite image of the signal. Differential signaling was developed to cater for situations where the logic reference ground of the signal source could not be well connected to the logic reference ground of the load. Differential signaling is inherently immune to common mode electrical noise, the most common interference artifact present in an electronic product. Another major advantage of differential signaling is that it minimizes electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated from the signal pair.

Differential pair routing is a design technique employed to create a balanced transmission system able to carry differential (equal and opposite) signals across a printed circuit board. Typically this differential routing will interface to an external differential transmission system, such as a connector and cable.

It is important to note that while the coupling ratio achieved in a twisted pair differential cable may be better than 99%, the coupling achieved in differential pair routing will typically be less than 50%. Current expert opinion is that the PCB routing task is not to try to ensure a specific differential impedance is achieved, rather the objective is to maintain the properties required to ensure the differential signal arrives in good condition at the target component as it travels from the external cabling.

Notes
The IPCB_DifferentialPairsRoutingRule Interface hierarchy is as follows:
IPCB_Rule
IPCB_DifferentialPairsRoutingRule
This interface defines the minimum clearance between any two primitive objects on a copper layer.
Notes
The PrimitivesViolate function checks if two primitives violate the minimum clearance or not.
The Gap property determines the gap size of the track segments.
IPCB_DifferentialPairsRoutingRule Methods
Function  GetState_MaxGap            (Const L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Function  GetState_MinGap            (Const L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Function  GetState_PreferedGap       (Const L : TLayer) : TCoord;
Function  GetState_MaxUncoupledLength : TCoord;
 
Procedure SetState_MaxGap            (Const L : TLayer;
                                      Value   : TCoord);
Procedure SetState_MinGap            (Const L : TLayer;
                                      Value   : TCoord);
Procedure SetState_PreferedGap       (Const L : TLayer;
                                      Value   : TCoord);
Procedure SetState_MaxUncoupledLength(Value   : TCoord);
IPCB_DifferentialPairsRoutingRule Properties
Property  MaxGap     [Const L : TLayer]  : TCoord  Read GetState_MaxGap Write SetState_MaxGap;
Property  MinGap     [Const L : TLayer]  : TCoord  Read GetState_MinGap Write SetState_MinGap;
Property  PreferedGap[Const L : TLayer]  : TCoord  Read GetState_PreferedGap Write SetState_PreferedGap;
Property  MaxUncoupledLength             : TCoord  Read GetState_MaxUncoupledLength Write SetState_MaxUncoupledLength;
See also
PCB Design Objects

IPCB_FanoutControlRule rule

Overview
The IPCB_FanoutControl rule determines how BGAs on a PCB document is going to be fanned in respect to vias placement for routing.
IPCB_FanoutControlRule Properties
Property FanoutStyle        : TFanoutStyle
Property FanoutDirection    : TFanoutDirection
Property BGAFanoutDirection : TBGAFanoutDirection
Property BGAFanoutViaMode   : TBGAFanoutViaMode
Property ViaGrid            : TCoord

IPCB_LayerPairsRule rule

Overview
The IPCB_LayerPairsRule interface deals with whether the layer pairs are going to be enforced or not on the current PCB document.
IPCB_LayerPairsRule Properties
Property EnforceLayerPairs : Boolean

IPCB_MatchedNetLengthsConstraint rule

Overview
The matched net lengths rule specifies the degree to which nets can have different lengths.
Notes
The 90 degree style is the most compact and the Rounded style is the least compact.
IPCB_MatchedNetLengthsConstraint Methods
Function  MatchLengthForFromTo(P1,P2 : IPCB_Primitive) : IPCB_Violation;
Function  MatchLengthForNet   (P1,P2 : IPCB_Primitive) : IPCB_Violation;
IPCB_MatchedNetLengthsConstraint Properties
Property Amplitude : TCoord
Property Gap       : TCoord
Property Style     : TLengthenerStyle
Property Tolerance : TCoord

IPCB_MaxMinHeightConstraint rule

Overview
The IPCB_MaxMinHeightConstraint rule deals with heights of components, and you can set the maximum, minimum and preferred height values for targeted components on a PCB document.
Notes
MaxHeight, MinHeight and PreferedHeight properties.
IPCB_MaxMinHeightConstraint Properties
Property MaxHeight      : TCoord
Property MinHeight      : TCoord
Property PreferedHeight : TCoord

IPCB_MaxMinHoleSizeConstraint rule

Overview
The IPCB_MaxMinHoleSizeContraint rule deals with the constraints of hole sizes on a PCB document.
IPCB_MaxMinHoleSizeConstraint Properties
Property AbsoluteValues : Boolean
Property MaxLimit       : TCoord
Property MinLimit       : TCoord
Property MaxPercent     : TReal 
Property MinPercent     : TReal 

IPCB_MaxMinWidthConstraint rule

Overview
This routing width constraint interface defines the minimum, favored and maximum width of tracks and arcs on copper layers.
IPCB_MaxMinWidth Properties
Property  MaxWidth    [Const L : TLayer]  : TCoord
Property  MinWidth    [Const L : TLayer]  : TCoord
Property  FavoredWidth[Const L : TLayer]  : TCoord
Property  ImpedanceDriven                 : Boolean
Property  MinImpedance                    : TDouble
Property  FavoredImpedance                : TDouble
Property  MaxImpedance                    : TDouble

IPCB_MaxMinLengthConstraint rule

Overview
This IPCB_MaxMinLengthConstraint rule defines the minimum and maximum lengths of a net.
IPCB_MaxMinLengthConstraint Properties
Property MaxLimit : TCoord
Property MinLimit : TCoord

IPCB_MinimumAnnularRing rule

Overview
The minimum annular ring rule determines the minimum size of an annular ring.
IPCB_MinimumAnnularRing Properties
Property Minimum : TCoord

IPCB_MaximumViaCountRule rule

Overview
The maximum via count rule specifies the maximum number of vias permitted on a PCB document.
Notes
Set or return the maximum number of vias for the Limit property
IPCB_MaximumViaCount Properties
Property Limit : Integer

IPCB_NetsToIgnoreRule rule

Overview
The Nets To Ignore rule determines which nets to ignore during Design Rule Check.
IPCB_NetsToIgnoreRule Methods
No new interface methods
IPCB_NetsToIgnoreRule Properties
No new interface properties
See also
IPCB_Rule interface

IPCB_ParallelSegmentConstraint rule

Overview
This rule specifies the distance two track segments can run in parallel, for a given separation. Note that this rule tests track segments, not collections of track segments. Apply multiple parallel segment constraints to a net to approximate crosstalk characteristics that vary as a function of length and gap.
Notes
The Gap and Limit properties concern the track segments.
IPCB_ParallelSegmentConstraint Properties
Property Gap   : TCoord
Property Limit : TCoord

IPCB_PasteMaskExpansionRule rule

Overview
The IPCB_PasteMaskExpansionRule function returns or sets values for a paste mask expansion rule object. The Paste Mask Expansion Rule specifies the amount of radial expansion or radial contraction of each pad site.
Notes
The Expansion property sets or returns the radial expansion or contraction value (a negative value denotes contraction).
IPCB_PasteMaskExpansionRule Properties
Property Expansion : TCoord

IPCB_PermittedLayersRule rule

Overview
The IPCB_PermittedLayersRule function returns or sets the permitted layers rule which specifies the layers components can be placed on during placement with the Cluster Placer. The Cluster Placer does not change the layer a component is on, you must set the component layer prior to running the placer.
IPCB_PermittedLayersRule Properties
Property PermittedLayers : TLayerSet

IPCB_PowerPlaneClearanceRule rule

Overview
The power plane clearance rule determines the clearance of the power plane.
IPCB_PowerPlaneClearanceRule Properties
Property Clearance : TCoord

IPCB_PowerPlaneConnectStyleRule rule

Overview
This power plane connect style rule specifies the style of the connection from a component pin to a power plane. There are two connection types - direct connections (the pin to solid copper) or thermal relief connection.
Notes
The TPlaneConnectStyle type determines the connection style for a plane. If Thermal Relief connection is used, then the thermal relief conductor width, the relief expansion, the width of the air gap and the number of relief entries need to be determined. If direct connection style is used, then the previous parameters are not needed.
IPCB_PowerPlaneConnectStyleRule Properties
Property PlaneConnectStyle    : TPlaneConnectStyle
Property ReliefExpansion      : TCoord           
Property ReliefConductorWidth : TCoord           
Property ReliefEntries        : Integer          
Property ReliefAirGap         : TCoord           

IPCB_PolygonConnectStyleRule rule

Overview
The Polygon Connect Style Rule returns or sets the polygon connect style rule which specifies how the polygon is connected to the power plane.

Notes

  • The TPlaneConnectStyle type specifies the polygon connect style rule which is relief connection to a polygon, or direct connection to a polygon from a component pin. That is, the type of connection from a component pin to the polygon.
  • The relief conductor width property denotes the width of the conductor between two air gaps.
  • The relief entries property specifies the number of relief entries (2 or 4) for the relief connection of the polygon connection. For other types of connection, this field is irrelevant.
  • The PolygonReliefAngle type specifies the angle of relief connections in 45 or 90 degrees.

IPCB_PolygonConnectStyleRule Properties
Property ConnectStyle         : TPlaneConnectStyle
Property ReliefConductorWidth : TCoord            
Property ReliefEntries        : Integer           
Property PolygonReliefAngle   : TPolygonReliefAngle

IPCB_RoutingCornerStyleRule

Overview
This routing corners rule specifies the corner style to be used during autorouting a PCB document.

Notes

  • The TCornerStyle type sets or returns the corner style which can be a 45 degree camfer or rounded using an arc.
  • The minsetback and maxsetback properties specify the minimum and maximum distance from the corner location to the start of the corner chamfer or arc.

IPCB_RoutingCornerStyleRule Properties
Property Style        TCornerStyle
Property MinSetBack : TCoord
Property MaxSetBack : TCoord

IPCB_RoutingLayersRule rule

Overview
This routing layers rule specifies the preferred routing direction for layer to be used during autorouting.
IPCB_RoutingLayersRule Properties
Property RoutingLayers [L : TLayer] : Boolean

IPCB_RoutingPriorityRule rule

Overview
This routing priority rule function assigns a routing priority which is used to set the order of how the nets will be auto routed.
IPCB_RoutingPriorityRule Properties
Property RoutingPriority : Integer

IPCB_RoutingTopologyRule rule

Overview
This routing topology rule function specifies the topology of the net. The net compromises a pattern of the pin-to-pin connections. A topology is applied to a net for specific reasons, for example to minimise signal reflections, daisy chain topology is used.
Notes
The Topology property sets or returns the topology of the net. The following topologies can be applied: Shortest, Horizontal, Vertical, Daisy-Simple, Daisy-Mid Driven, Daisy-Balanced, or Star.
IPCB_RoutingTopologyRule Properties
Property Topology: TNetTopology

IPCB_RoutingViaStyleRule rule

Overview
This routing via style rule specifies the via object to be used during autorouting. Vias can be through-hole, Blind (from a surface layer to an inner layer) or Buried (between two inner layers).
Notes
The ViaStyle property sets or returns the via style. Vias can be thru-hole, blind (from a surface layer to an inner layer) or buried (between two inner layers).
IPCB_RoutingViaStyleRule Properties
Property MinHoleWidth      : TCoord
Property MaxHoleWidth      : TCoord
Property PreferedHoleWidth : TCoord
Property MinWidth          : TCoord
Property MaxWidth          : TCoord
Property PreferedWidth     : TCoord
Property ViaStyle          : TRouteVia

IPCB_RuleSupplyNets rule

Overview
This IPCB_RuleSupplyNets interface specifies the supply nets on the board. The signal integrity analyzer needs to know each supply net name and voltage.
IPCB_RuleSupplyNets Properties
Property Voltage : Double

IPCB_ShortCircuitConstraint rule

Overview
The short circuit constraint rule includes a constraint to test for short circuits between primitive objects on the copper layers. A short circuit exists when two objects that have different net names touch.
Notes
The Allowed property sets or returns the boolean value whether or not the short circuit constraint rule is allowed.
IPCB_ShortCircuitConstraint Properties
Property Allowed : Boolean

IPCB_SMDNeckDownConstraint rule

Overview
IPCB_SMDToPlaneConstraint Properties
Property Percent : TReal

IPCB_SMDToCornerConstraint rule

Overview
Notes
The Distance property determines the distance between the SMD and a corner.
IPCB_SMDToCornerConstraint Properties
Property Distance : TCoord

IPCB_SMDToPlaneConstraint rule

Overview
IPCB_SMDToPlaneConstraint Methods
Function  IsInternalPlaneNet(Net   : IPCB_Net; Board : IPCb_Board): Boolean;
IPCB_SMDToPlaneConstraint Properties
Property Distance : TCoord

IPCB_SolderMaskExpansionRule rule

Overview
The solder mask expansion rule defines the shape that is created on the solder mask layer at each pad and via site. This shape is expanded or contracted radially by the amount specified by this rule.
Note, Tenting and solder mask are related. A negative value allows the solder mask to be reduced.
IPCB_SolderMaskExpansion Properties
Property Expansion : TCoord

IPCB_TestPointStyleRule rule

Overview
The auto-router includes a testpoint generator, which can identify existing pads and vias as testpoints, as well as adding testpoint pads to nets which can not be accessed at existing pads and vias. Generally the testpoint types are used in bare board testing or are used for in-circuit testing.
IPCB_TestPointStyleRule Methods
Procedure DoDefaultStyleOrder;
IPCB_TestPointStyleRule Properties
Property TestpointUnderComponent       : Boolean
Property MinSize                       : TCoord
Property MaxSize                       : TCoord
Property PreferedSize                  : TCoord
Property MinHoleSize                   : TCoord
Property MaxHoleSize                   : TCoord
Property PreferedHoleSize              : TCoord
Property TestpointGrid                 : TCoord
Property OrderArray [I : Integer]      : TTestPointStyle
Property AllowedSide                   : TTestpointAllowedSideSet
Property AllowedStyleSet               : TTestPointStyleSet
Property Allowed [I : TTestPointStyle] : Boolean
Property TestpointPriority[I : TTestPointStyle] : Integer

IPCB_TestPointUsage rule

Overview
Altium Designer's autorouter includes a testpoint generator, which can identify existing pads and vias as testpoints, as well as adding testpoint pads to nets which can not be accessed at existing pads and vias. Generally the testpoint types are used in bare board testing or are used for in-circuit testing.
IPCB_TestPointUsage Properties
Property Valid              : TTestpointValid
Property AllowMultipleOnNet : Boolean       

IPCB_UnConnectedPinRule rule

Overview
This interface deals with unconnected pins on a PCB document.
IPCB_UnConnectedPinRule Properties
No new properties.
See also
IPCB_Rule interface

IPCB_ViasUnderSMDConstraint rule

Overview
The Vias Under SMD constraint rule specifies if vias can be placed under SMD pads during autorouting.
IPCB_ViasUnderSMDConstraint Properties
Property Allowed : Boolean

Signal Integrity Design Rules

IPCB_SignalStimulus rule

Overview
The IPCB_SignalStimulus rule concerns with the definition of a signal for stimulus, such as the stimulus type, signal level, start, stop times and the period of the signal.
IPCB_SignalStimulus Methods
Procedure Export_ToStmFile            (AFilename : TString);
IPCB_SignalStimulus Properties
Property Kind       : TStimulusType
Property Level      : TSignalLevel
Property StartTime  : TReal       
Property StopTime   : TReal       
Property PeriodTime : TReal       

IPCB_MaxOvershootFall rule

Overview
The IPCB_MaxOvershootFall interface specifies the maximum allowable overshoot (ringing below the base value) on the falling edge of the signal.
IPCB_MaxOvershootFall Properties
Property Maximum : TReal

IPCB_MaxOvershootRise rule

Overview
The IPCB_MaxOvershootRise interface specifies the maximum allowable overshoot (ringing above the base value) on the rising edge of the signal.
IPCB_MaxOvershootRise Properties
Property  Maximum : TReal

IPCB_MaxUndershootFall

Overview
The IPCB_MaxUndershootFall interface specifies the maximum allowable undershoot (ringing above the base value) on the falling edge of the signal.
IPCB_MaxUndershootFall Properties
Property  Maximum : TReal

IPCB_MaxUndershootRise rule

Overview
The IPCB_MaxUndershootRise function specifies the maximum allowable undershoot (ringing below the top value) on the rising edge of the signal.
IPCB_MaxUndershootRise Properties
Property Maximum : TReal

IPCB_RuleMaxMinImpedance rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleMaxMinImpedance interface returns or sets values for a MaxMin Impedance rule object depending on the query mode (eGetState or eSetState). This rule specifies the minimum and maximum net impedance allowed. Net impedance is a function of the conductor geometry and conductivity, the surrounding dielectric material (the board base material, multilayer insulation, solder mask, etc) and the physical geometry of the board (distance to other conductors in the z-plane). This function defines the minimum and maximum impedance values allowed for the signal integrity rule.
IPCB_RuleMaxMinImpedance Properties
Property Minimum : TReal
Property Maximum : TReal

IPCB_RuleMinSignalTopValue rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleMinSignalTopValue function specifies the minimum allowable signal top value. The top value is the voltage that a signal settles into the minimum top state.
IPCB_RuleMinSignalTopValue Properties
Property Minimum : TReal

IPCB_RuleMaxSignalBaseValue rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleMaxSignalBaseValue function specifies the maximum allowable base value. The base value is the voltage that a signal settles to in the low state.
IPCB_ RuleMaxSignalBaseValue Properties
Property Maximum : TReal

IPCB_RuleFlightTime_RisingEdge rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleFlightTime_RisingEdge interface returns or sets values for the flight time of the rising edge of a signal. The flight time is the signal delay introduced by the interconnect structure. It is calculated as the time it takes to drive the actual input to the threshold voltage, less the time it would take to drive a reference load (connected directly to the output) to the threshold voltage.
IPCB_RuleFlightTime_RisingEdge Properties
Property MaximumFlightTime : TReal

IPCB_RuleFlightTime_FallingEdge rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleFlightTime_FallingEdge interface returns or sets values for the flight time of the falling edge of a signal. The flight time is the signal delay introduced by the interconnect structure. It is calculated as the time it takes to drive the actual input to the threshold voltage, less the time it would take to drive a reference load (connected directly to the output) to the threshold voltage.
IPCB_RuleFlightTime_FallingEdge Properties
Property MaximumFlightTime : TReal

IPCB_RuleMaxSlopeRisingEdge rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleMaxSlope_RisingEdge interface specifies the maximum allowable slope on the rising edge of the signal. The slope is the time it takes for a signal to rise from the threshold voltage to a valid high voltage.
IPCB_RuleMaxSlopeRisingEdge Properties
Property MaxSlope : TReal

IPCB_RuleMaxSlopeFallingEdge rule

Overview
The IPCB_RuleMaxSlope_FallingEdge interface specifies the maximum allowable slope on the falling edge of the signal. The slope is the time it takes for a signal to fall from the threshold voltage to a valid low voltage.
IPCB_RuleMaxSlopeFallingEdge Properties
Property MaxSlope : TReal

 

PCB Object Iterators

An iterator conducts a search through a PCB document's design database to fetch PCB design objects. With an iterator, you can control which objects on which layers and within specified regions.

There are four different types of iterators; Board Iterator, Library Iterator, Spatial Iterator and Group Iterator. The board iterator is for conducting searches on a PCB document, the library iterator on library documents, spatial iterators conducting searches within a restricted boundary on a document and the group iterator conducting searches for primitives within a group object such as tracks and arcs within a component object.

The scripting system's Delphi Script doesn't support sets, therefore to pass in a set of layers or a set of objects, you need to use the MkSet function to create a pseudo set of objects or layers for the AddFilter_ObjectSet or AddFilterLayerSet procedures.

For example
BoardIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject,eFillObject));
See also
IPCB_AbstractIterator interface
IPCB_BoardIterator interface
IPCB_LibraryIterator interface
IPCB_SpatialIterator interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface

IPCB_AbstractIterator

Overview
An abstract iterator object interface which is the ancestor interface for a board, spatial, group and library Iterators.
An iterator object iterates through a PCB database representing the PCB document to fetch specified objects within a specified region on a specified layer if necessary.
Notes
When using the DelphiScript language set in Scripts, you need to use the MkSet function to specify the object set or the layer set. The MkSet function creates a set of objects because the Delphiscript language does not support Object Pascal's sets.
Methods
Function  I_ObjectAddress     : TPCBObjectHandle;
Function  FirstPCBObject      : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  NextPCBObject       : IPCB_Primitive
Procedure SetState_FilterAll;
Procedure AddFilter_ObjectSet (AObjectSet  : TObjectSet);
Procedure AddFilter_LayerSet  (ALayerSet   : TLayerSet);
Procedure AddFilter_Area      (X1,
                               Y1,
                               X2,
                               Y2 : TCoord);
Procedure AddFilter_AllLayers;
See also
IPCB_BoardIterator interface
IPCB_LibraryIterator interface
IPCB_SpatialIterator interface
IPCB_Primitive interface
TObjectSet set
TObjectId enumerated values
TLayerSet set
TLayer enumerated values
MkSet function

IPCB_BoardIterator

Overview
The IPCB_BoardIterator iterates through a PCB document to fetch PCB design objects on this PCB.
With the iterator, you can control which objects on which layers and within specified regions with the AddFilter_ObjectSet, AddFilter_LayerSet and AddFilter_Area methods to be fetched.

The AddFilter_method controls how design objects are fetched. The TIterationMethod type has three different values; eProcessAll, eProcessFree, eProcessComponents.

Notes
The Delphiscript language set doesn't support sets, therefore to pass in a set of layers or a set of objects in a function in a script, you need to use the MkSet function to create a pseudo set of objects or layers for the AddFilter_ObjectSet or AddFilterLayerSet procedures. For example BoardIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject,eFillObject));

Methods
Function  I_ObjectAddress  : TPCBObjectHandle;
 
Function  FirstPCBObject   : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  NextPCBObject    : IPCB_Primitive
 
Procedure SetState_FilterAll;
 
Procedure AddFilter_ObjectSet (AObjectSet  : TObjectSet);
Procedure AddFilter_LayerSet  (ALayerSet   : TLayerSet);
Procedure AddFilter_Area      (X1,
                               Y1,
                               X2,
                               Y2          : TCoord);
 
Procedure AddFilter_AllLayers;
Procedure AddFilter_Method (AMethod : TIterationMethod);
Example

Var
    BoardHandle : IPCB_Board;
    Pad         : IPCB_Primitive;
    Iterator    : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    PadNumber   : Integer;
Begin
    // Retrieve the current board
    Board := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard;
    If Board = Nil Then Exit;
 
    // Setup Board iterator
    Iterator        := Board.BoardIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(ePadObject));
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(AllLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Method(eProcessAll);
 
    PadNumber       := 0;
    // Search and count pads
    Pad := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While (Pad <> Nil) Do
    Begin
        Inc(PadNumber);
        Pad := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    Board.BoardIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
 
    // Display the count result on a dialog.
    ShowMessage('Pad Count = ' + IntToStr(PadNumber));

See also
IPCB_BoardIterator interface
IPCB_LibraryIterator interface
IPCB_SpatialIterator interface
IPCB_Primitive interface
TObjectSet set
TObjectId enumerated values
TLayerSet set
TLayer enumerated values
TIterationMethod enumerated values
MkSet function

IPCB_LibraryIterator

Overview
The IPCB_LibraryIterator object interface Iterates through a loaded PCB library in Altium Designer to fetch PCB footprints and its primitives. The library iterator basically retrieves the footprints and to retrieve the child objects of each footprint, you need to employ the group iterator.

The IPCB_LibraryIterator object interface iterates through a loaded PCB library in Altium Designer to fetch PCB footprints which are represented by the IPCB_LibComponent interfaces. The IPCB_LibraryIterator interface is used in the IPCB_Library interface - LibraryIterator_Create and LibraryIterator_Destroy methods.

The current footprint is a component with an unnamed designator is represented by the IPCB_LibComponent interface.

Notes

  • The IPCB_LibraryIterator interface has only methods inherited from the IPCB_AbstractIterator interface and is reproduced here for reference.
  • A library is represented by the IPCB_Library and the current footprint on a library document is represented by the IPCB_Board interface.
  • A PCB footprint (from the library) is represented by its IPCB_LibComponent interface which is inherited from the IPCB_Group object interface.
  • A PCB footprint is composed of child objects such as pads and tracks. Therefore the footprint has its own IPCB_GroupIterator to fetch its own child objects.
  • DelphiScript doesn't support sets, therefore to pass in a set of layers or a set of objects, you need to use the MkSet function to create a pseudo set of objects or layers for the AddFilter_ObjectSet or AddFilterLayerSet procedures. For example LibraryIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject,eFillObject));

Methods
Function  I_ObjectAddress  : TPCBObjectHandle;
 
Function  FirstPCBObject   : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  NextPCBObject    : IPCB_Primitive
 
Procedure AddFilter_ObjectSet (AObjectSet  : TObjectSet);
Procedure AddFilter_LayerSet  (ALayerSet   : TLayerSet);
Procedure AddFilter_Area      (X1,Y1,X2,Y2 : TCoord);
Procedure AddFilter_AllLayers;
 
Procedure SetState_FilterAll;
Example

Procedure LookInsideFootprints;
Var
    CurrentLib        : IPCB_Library;
    AObject           : IPCB_Primitive;
    FootprintIterator : IPCB_LibraryIterator;
    Iterator          : IPCB_GroupIterator;
    Footprint         : IPCB_LibComponent;
    FirstTime         : Boolean;
    NoOfPrims         : Integer;
    S                 : TString;
Begin
    CurrentLib := PCBServer.GetCurrentLibrary;
    If CurrentLib = Nil Then
    Begin
        ShowMessage('This is not a PCB library document');
        Exit;
    End;
 
    // For each page of library is a footprint
    FootprintIterator := CurrentLib.LibraryIterator_Create;
    FootprintIterator.SetState_FilterAll;
    S         := '';
    FirstTime := True;
    Try
        // Within each page, fetch primitives of the footprint
        // A footprint is a IPCB_LibComponent inherited from
        // IPCB_Group which is a container object storing primitives.
        Footprint := FootprintIterator.FirstPCBObject; // IPCB_LibComponent
        While Footprint <> Nil Do
        Begin
           If FirstTime Then
           Begin
              S := S + ExtractFileName(Footprint.Board.FileName) + #13;
              S := S + ' Current Footprint : ' + 
                   PCBServer.GetCurrentComponent(CurrentLib)+ #13 + #13;
           End;
 
           S := S + Footprint.Name;
 
           Iterator := Footprint.GroupIterator_Create;
           Iterator.SetState_FilterAll;
           // Counts number of prims for each Footprint as a IPCB_LibComponent
           // Note that the IPCB_LibComponent has a GetPrimitiveCount method
           NoOfPrims := 0;
           AObject := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
           While (AObject <> Nil) Do
           Begin
               // counts child objects or primitives
               // for each footprint.
               Inc(NoOfPrims);
               // do what you want with the AObject.
               AObject := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
           End;
           S := S + ' has ' + IntToStr(NoOfPrims) + ' Primitives.' + #13;
           FirstTime := False;
           Footprint.GroupIterator_Destroy(Iterator);
           Footprint := FootprintIterator.NextPCBObject;
        End;
    Finally
        CurrentLib.LibraryIterator_Destroy(FootprintIterator);
    End;
    ShowMessage(S);
End;

See also
IPCB_BoardIterator interface
IPCB_SpatialIterator interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface
IPCB_Primitive interface
TObjectSet set
TObjectId enumerated values
TLayerSet set
TLayer enumerated values
TIterationMethod enumerated values
MkSet function
LibraryIterator example from \Examples\Scripts\DelphiScript\PCB\ folder.

IPCB_SpatialIterator

Overview
The IPCB_SpatialIterator interface iterates through a defined region on the loaded PCB document in Altium Designer to fetch PCB design objects.

You will need to specify the object set, the layer set and the area for the spatial iterator to conduct its search within a defined boundary. The following methods are AddFilter_ObjectSet, AddFilter_LayerSet and AddFilter_Area.

Notes

  • IPCB_SpatialIterator has only methods inherited from the IPCB_AbstractIterator interface and is reproduced here for reference.
  • Delphiscript doesn't support sets, therefore to pass in a set of layers or a set of objects, you need to use the MkSet function to create a pseudo set of objects or layers for the AddFilter_ObjectSet or AddFilterLayerSet procedures. For example SpatialIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject,eFillObject));

Methods (inherited from IPCB_AbstractIterator)
Function  I_ObjectAddress  : TPCBObjectHandle;
 
Function  FirstPCBObject  : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  NextPCBObject   : IPCB_Primitive
 
Procedure AddFilter_ObjectSet  (AObjectSet  : TObjectSet);
Procedure AddFilter_LayerSet   (ALayerSet   : TLayerSet);
Procedure AddFilter_Area       (X1,
                                Y1,
                                X2,
                                Y2 : TCoord);
 
Procedure AddFilter_AllLayers;
 
Procedure SetState_FilterAll;
Example

    (* Top/Bottom Layers and Arc/Track objects defined *)
    (* for the Spatial iterator constraints *)
    ASetOfLayers  := MkSet(eTopLayer,eBottomLayer);
    ASetOfObjects := MkSet(eArcObject,eTrackObject);
 
    Iterator := Board.SpatialIterator_Create;
    Iterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(ASetOfObjects);
    Iterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(ASetOfLayers);
    Iterator.AddFilter_Area(X1,Y1,X2,Y2);
 
    (* Iterate for tracks and arcs on bottom/top layers *)
    PCBObject := Iterator.FirstPCBObject;
    While PCBObject <> 0 Do
    Begin
         PCBObject.Selected := True;
         PCBObject := Iterator.NextPCBObject;
    End;
    Board.SpatialIterator_Destroy(Iterator);

See also
IPCB_BoardIterator interface
IPCB_LibraryIterator interface
IPCB_GroupIterator interface.
IPCB_Primitive interface
TObjectSet set
TObjectId enumerated values
TLayerSet set
TLayer enumerated values
TIterationMethod enumerated values
MkSet function
Spatial iterator script in \Examples\Scripts\PCB\ folder.

IPCB_GroupIterator

Overview
The IPCB_GroupIterator interface deals with group objects such as board layouts, polygons, components, footprints in a PCB library, coordinates and dimensions that have child objects within.

When you need to fetch child objects of a group object such as tracks and arcs of a footprint in a PCB library, you need to create a Group Iterator for that group object.

The sequence is basically as follows:

  • Set up a board iterator to fetch design objects from the PCB/Library document
  • For each design object that is a group object (such as polygons and components), setup a group iterator and fetch child objects for that group object.
  • Destroy the group iterator when finished iterating child objects for that group object
  • Destroy the board/library iterator when finished iterating

Notes

  • IPCB_GroupIterator has methods inherited from the IPCB_AbstractIterator interface and is reproduced here for reference.
  • Delphiscript does not support sets, therefore to pass in a set of layers or a set of objects, you need to use the MkSet function to create a pseudo set of objects or layers for the AddFilter_ObjectSet or AddFilterLayerSet procedures.
  • For example LibraryIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject,eFillObject));

Methods
Function  I_ObjectAddress    : TPCBObjectHandle;
Function  FirstPCBObject     : IPCB_Primitive;
Function  NextPCBObject      : IPCB_Primitive
Procedure AddFilter_ObjectSet  (AObjectSet  : TObjectSet);
Procedure AddFilter_LayerSet   (ALayerSet   : TLayerSet);
Procedure AddFilter_Area       (X1,
                                Y1,
                                X2,
                                Y2 : TCoord);
Procedure AddFilter_AllLayers;
Procedure SetState_FilterAll;
Example

Procedure CountTracks;
Var
    Track             : IPCB_Track;
    ChildIterator     : IPCB_GroupIterator;
    Component         : IPCB_Component;
    ComponentIterator : IPCB_BoardIterator;
    TrackCount        : Integer;
Begin
    TrackCount     := 0;
    If PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard = Nil Then Exit;
 
    // Create a board iterator to fetch a component.
    ComponentIteratorHandle := PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Create;
    ComponentIteratorHandle.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eComponentObject));
 
    If Component <> Nil Then
    Begin
        // Create an iterator from the component to fetch
        // its child objects.
        ChildIterator := Component.GroupIterator_Create;
        ChildIterator.AddFilter_ObjectSet(MkSet(eTrackObject));
        ChildIterator.AddFilter_LayerSet(MkSet(eTopOverlay));
        Track := ChildIterator.FirstPCBObject;
        While (Track <> Nil) Do
        Begin
            Inc(TrackCount);
            Track := ChildIterator.NextPCBObject;
        End;
 
        ShowInfo('This component ' + Component.SourceDesignator  + 
                 ' has ' +  IntToStr(TrackCount)  + ' tracks.');
        // When finished iterating component's child objects, 
        // destroy the component's        group iterator.
        Component.GroupIterator_Destroy(TrackIterator);
    End;
    // when finished iterating on PCB document, destroy the board iterator.
    PCBServer.GetCurrentPCBBoard.BoardIterator_Destroy(ComponentIterator);
End;

See also
IPCB_BoardIterator interface
IPCB_LibraryIterator interface
IPCB_SpatialIterator interface
IPCB_Primitive interface
TObjectSet set
TObjectId enumerated values
TLayerSet set
TLayer enumerated values
TIterationMethod enumerated values
MkSet function
LibraryIterator script example
CountTracksInComponent script example

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