5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 4, 2012 5:22 AM by tomf

    Adjusting Terminal Number Size


      Hi All,


      I have created an QFN decal using the decal wizard in PADS layout. There is one slight problem though; every terminal number is massive compared to the terminal size and as a result really clogs up the decal.

      I have looked at pretty much every button availible in PADS layout and consulted the help files to no avail.


      Could somebody tell me how to do it (if it's possible).



        • 1. Re: Adjusting Terminal Number Size

          Pin numbers in Decal Editir are fixed size. Please to to Merntor Ideas and file an Enhancement Request.


          Regards, Yan

          • 2. Re: Adjusting Terminal Number Size

            I've had login/email problems, so I apologize for the long delay in answering this question, but I wanted to go ahead and get an answer in here...


            There IS a way to re-size the Terminal numbers in the Decal  Editor. Including for the wizard, but it isn't intuitive. You just have  to change the Pin Numbers Default in Tools-Options-Drafting before building a part or using the wizard. At least this appears to work when I tested it.


            You can  also do this after the Decal is built, once you've OK'ed out of the  Wizard.


            Note that if you change the default, it will stay that way until/unless you change it back.


            It still does have an incredibly annoying bug though (at least as of  v9.3.1) - The Reference Designator text will also come out the same size  as the Pin Number text. But that's easily fixed once you finalize out  of the Wizard.


            This is a LONG-time problem in the Decal editor, a separate setting for Pin Numbers and Designators, so that  they will come out as different sizes, has been repeatedly asked for in  the past both on the Ideas site and before that site was started,  through submitted SRs as a request to fix this bug. Doesn't make any  sense, at least to a layout person, that the same setting controls both the pin number and designator  text.

            • 3. Re: Adjusting Terminal Number Size


              Wanted to give you a big THANKS! for the answer to the terminal number size. I created a BGA footprint last week, and I was wishing for a way to reduce the number size. I'm going to make changes to several footprints.



              • 4. Re: Adjusting Terminal Number Size

                Thanks so much John!!!


                Its a shame you can't change in independently for each footprint but it's better than no flexibility at all!!

                • 5. Re: Adjusting Terminal Number Size

                  Just out of curiosity, why don't you just turn off the pin numbers while you take care of the rest of the decal?