I needed to place connectors for another board in a specific place of my board. I have the original board drawing with dimensions.
First I used the dimension tool. It allows only very, very imprecise dimension drawing, up to the accuracy of the grid. So I set the grid to 0.01mm and finally made it. When the dimension length is set - it cannot be reset. Or can it? I couldn’t find any tool for that. There are “precise move” options, but they work to precisely move the imprecisely drawn dimension. This is pretty crazy. The normal flow would be just to type the exact dimension I have in my documentation. I can type my dimension, but this won’t change the real dimension but create a fake dimension! Does anyone use such function at all? What’s the use of this tool?
Another thing: the dimensions are drawn on my copper layer. I don’t want them there. I want them on any other supportive layer, I use them only to position my connectors correctly. I see no option to move them to another layer. I suppose I just need to delete them.
It seems like the tool is designed for something completely different than positioning the elements precisely, because it seems like every possible effort was made to make it as difficult as possible.
Here’s the board I take the dimensions from. It’s the ST-MOD connectors, 4 of them, they must be perfectly aligned with my board otherwise I won’t be able to connect boards with each other. I finally placed the connectors perfectly, but I wonder that maybe I’m doing it completely wrong and there is an easier, proper way of doing that.