In order to add an element through templates, you simply click on the "Add Element" button found in the toolbar on top of the Layout screen.
The dropdown menu includes all the elements that you need in order to build any capacitive touch sensor, such as Screens, Buttons, Sliders, Wheels, Traces, Vias, Shielding Entities and also the Outline that defines the borders of the touch panel.
The template libraries are getting constantly enriched with new templates following industry’s trends.
Once you select the element of your choice, a placeholder shade appears on the canvas, and you just need to place it in the correct position.
For more accurate placements it is recommended to check the “Snap” option found at the bottom toolbar:
Once the Element is placed in the canvas, from the right side you need to select its shape and define its specific geometrical parameters.
Through this menu you can also rotate an element, by simply typing the rotation Angle in degrees, or change their position by editing the coordinates of their reference point. For rectangles and trapezoids the reference point is the bottom left corner of the element:
For ellipsoidal and circular Elements their center is regarded as their reference point:
When you Add a new Element, a placeholder appears on the Canvas. The reference point used for the position and rotation of that placeholder is its center.
To sum up, the reference points are defined as:
- the bottom left corner in case of rectangular and trapezoidal Elements
- the center of the shape in case of circular and ellipsoidal Elements as well as the placeholders that appear when adding a new Element.