Using the Definition Dialog Box

This task gives you an overview of the definition dialog box. You can make modifications to a routable using the functions contained in this box. Specific task-oriented modifications are explained elsewhere in this section.  
You should be familiar with the concepts explained in Routing a Run to be able to take full advantage of these functions. Note that some applications, like Systems Routing, do not utilize design rules and the no-rule conditions apply to them.




1. Right click on a routable and, in the drop down menus that display, select the routable (in this case Run-0049 object) and then Definition.

2. This brings up the Definition dialog box.

3. The Name field allows you to change the routable's instance name.
4. The Section button lets you change section parameters, as explained in Routing a Run.
5. Click one of the Turn Type buttons if you want to change the turn type.
  • No Turn: The turn radius for all turns is changed to 0. The Turn Radius field is not displayed.
  • Uniform Turn: All turns in the run have the same turn radius.
  • Mixed Turn: Turns in the run can have different turn radius.
  6. The Press to Use Rule button indicates if you are using the design rules. In the image above it is on, which is why the Turn Radius and Minimum Length fields are grayed out. You can click the button to go to a no-rule state, in which case the Turn Radius and Minimum Length fields will no longer be grayed out. See Routing a Run for more information.
  7. The Display Error Report button is green when there is no error in the run. It turns red when you insert a value or make some other change to cause an error. Click the button to display a report. This error function checks to make sure that the turn radius and minimum length conform to the design rule.
  8. The Turn Radius field displays the turn radius. To change it you need to display the Node Definition dialog box (see Moving Nodes) and enter a value. If you introduce an invalid turn radius, by entering a value in the Node Definition dialog box, then the Display Error Report button will turn red. (You can also introduce a turn radius error by shortening the length of one or both segments.) A red arc will also display on your run. The ends of the arc are the minimum point to which each segment should be routed for a valid turn. In the example below, the segment is not long enough to support the turn radius value entered by the user.

  9. The Node Edit Table button displays a table containing node values - see Moving Nodes.
  10. The Minimum Length field displays the minimum length of each segment. You cannot change the value in this field if you are using design rules.
  11. The Total Length field displays the total length of the run. You cannot change the value in this field.