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Questions about setting origin of coordinates
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David Russell

I got a drawing frame when starting Pcbnew. And the (0;0) coord is on the top left, a bit out of the frame. So I have several questions that as following: - Can I turn off displaying the frame ? - Can I move origin to bottom left? - Can I change direction of y?

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Allen Litton

It would be best if we could redefine the origin. It helps a lot when creating complicated board outlines from a mechanical drawing. Setting your board origin the same makes it easy to get the board outline correct.


That behavior is popular throughout the world for ECAD and 2D drawing software. Actually changing the coordinate system on demand invites all kinds of problems.


For your question 2 and 3, my answer is as following: (2) The answer is no. You may define a local reference for various purposes, but the coordinate system and its origin remain unchanged. (3) The answer is no. There is any CAD software I know that allow


I've also encountered this problem like you. When placing grid origin only the grid moves, not the co?rdinate system. Is there anyone can solve this problem?


Put the (0.0) at the front panel or so. So that it is easy to edit the component placement. I use PADS which can easily redefine the origin.

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