Operators Dialog / Operator Details

§ 12.11.93 - Valves

Valve Operator



B7G base (6C4 tube, for example)
Note: The Valves operator only functions in the context of a layered printed circuit board, typically created using the New PCB dialog. The layers of the layered image must be in one of the PCB blend modes.

You should always use the rectangle tool to place valve pad arrays. Valve layouts will be placed around the center of any rectangle that is dragged out with the mouse; a single click without a subsequent drag will generate a center location at that specific pixel, and the valve will be laid out around that center point.

Tip: The Valves operator will work if you use the master image of a printed circuit board layered image to make your area selections. It can do this because it examines the entire layered image for the particular types of layers it will affect. It will also work if you make your area selection on any of the actual printed circuit board layers.

Each of the generated layer components of a pad will generate in its own color, on the appropriate layer(s.) You can select different colors by left-clicking on the color well.

Immediately after a valve pad array has been generated, with the Valves operator still selected, the undo command will undo all the affected layers. If you need to undo more than one valve placement, or the Valves operator is no longer the selected operator, then use U (shift+u) to force an undo on all printed circuit board layers. Be careful with this; if individual operations have been carried out on single layers, the undo operation will not do exactly what you expect.

See also: PCB Copper
PCB Legend
PCB Drill Holes
PCB Solder Mask
PCB Board Profile
The Layer Clear operator
The Plane operator
The Pad operator
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