1 Reply Latest reply on May 24, 2017 11:21 AM by md.direct

    Layer Toggle

    chuckt

      Have you ever wanted to quickly switch to a different layer while routing? Of course you have, F4... Duh!

       

      What if you want to switch to a layer that isn't part of your current layer pair, Lx<Enter>... I hate that.

       

      Several years ago I asked PADS to give us access to the currently active layer property, and a few versions later they actually did it. For various reasons I haven't put much effort into using it until this morning. I have this macro mapped to Alt+F4

       

      current_layer = Application.ActiveDocument.ActiveLayer

      if current_layer >= Application.ActiveDocument.ElectricalLayerCount then

        Application.ActiveDocument.ActiveLayer = 1

      else

        Application.ActiveDocument.ActiveLayer = current_layer + 1

      end if

       

      It will toggle to the next electrical layer and roll back to L1 after hitting the electrical layer count... I like that

      Using this macro in conjunction with the ZC modeless setting will display the layers one at a time, in succession... I like that too

       

      PS

      I actually have it mapped to Alt+4 also... because I mapped all the F keys to there corresponding number key so I don't need to stretch so far.

        • 1. Re: Layer Toggle
          md.direct

          Very nice.

           

          I have assigned the "+" sign to go next and "-" to go previous:

           

          current_layer = Application.ActiveDocument.ActiveLayer

          if current_layer <= 1 then

              Application.ActiveDocument.ActiveLayer = Application.ActiveDocument.ElectricalLayerCount

          else

              Application.ActiveDocument.ActiveLayer = current_layer - 1

          end if

           

           

          This way, it acts just like Altium ;-)