Customizing the PCB design software is the process of selecting options that suit your personal preferences or needs. You can customize the Pad2Pad PCB design software in several ways. For example, you can change colors, setup multiple grids and change ordering methods.

alt To access the Preferences dialog:
  1. Choose Edit | Preferences.
  • General - controls for measurement units, start up options, automatic saving and colors.
  • Grids - see grids.
  • Ordering - order placement method and settings.

The background color is the overall color of the workspace. The selection color is the color of objects you select by clicking on them. You can set these colors. For example, you might prefer a blue background.

alt To change the background or selection color:
  1. Choose Edit | Preferences | General.
  2. From the Colors drop-down boxes, choose the desired colors.
  3. Click OK.

You can change behavior of the zoom commands.

alt To disable smooth zooming:
  1. Choose Edit | Preferences | General.
  2. Uncheck the Use smooth zoom checkbox.
  3. Click OK.

The grid color is the color of the small dots shown in the workspace when the grid is active. You can set this color.

alt To change the grid color:
  1. Choose Edit | Preferences | Grid.
  2. From Grid Color drop-down box, choose the desired color.
  3. Click OK.

There are several methods of placing PCB orders at Pad2Pad:

  • Direct - this is the most convenient and generally recommended.
  • Indirect - this method uses your regular email program to send in your PCB design file.
  • Web site - this method allows you to order through your web browser when you are using Gerber files.
You can choose your method of ordering. For example, if the Direct ordering method does not work you can try the indirect method.
alt To change the ordering method:
  1. Choose Edit | Preferences | Ordering.
  2. Click Direct or Indirect.
  3. Click OK.
You can order PCBs online.
alt To order PCBs:
  1. See Ordering.