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Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171319] Tue, 15 August 2017 10:16 Go to next message
Antti Louko
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Hello,

How can I disable the gray area outside the PCB area? Or set its color?

It is very annoying to try to hunt documentation texts and their origins or
anything else on the gray area as the colors of origin marks and many other
items are so close to the gra color.

You should add the color of this area to Options -> Set -> Colors.
Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171320 is a reply to message #171319] Tue, 15 August 2017 10:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Peter Barnard
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Hi. Not sure if there is a direct way to adjust the outside area colour, however you can change it using Options > User Interface > Layout > Background: to Black, White or Colored (or use SET PALETTE Colored). The last in particular gives you a white outer area. The colours for the other parts can then be adjusted using SET PALETTE <index> <rgb|hex>.

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Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171321 is a reply to message #171320] Tue, 15 August 2017 11:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Antti Louko
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Peter Barnard wrote:
> Hi. Not sure if there is a direct way to adjust the outside area colour, however you can change it using Options > User Interface > Layout > Background: to Black, White or Colored (or use SET PALETTE Colored). The last in particular gives you a white outer area. The colours for the other parts can then be adjusted using SET PALETTE <index> <rgb|hex>.

Actually, it is not white. It seems to be 0xc0c0c0.

And I want to have black outer area, same as the black background I prefer for
the PCB.

It is really stupid to add this kind of "feature" and use a fixed color. I
would call it a bug.
Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171323 is a reply to message #171321] Tue, 15 August 2017 12:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Antti Louko
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Antti Louko wrote:

> And I want to have black outer area, same as the black background I prefer for
> the PCB.
>
> It is really stupid to add this kind of "feature" and use a fixed color. I
> would call it a bug.

An I also detest magic that it is just "Dimension" and "Milling" layers which
have this magic. Or probably layers 20 and 46, whatever their names happen to be!
Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171325 is a reply to message #171319] Tue, 15 August 2017 12:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rachaelp
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Apparently there will be a way to disable this new board shape feature in v8.3.1 which should be available very soon I believe.

In the mean time, the thread below on the Autodesk forum discusses the issue and how to resolve it. FWIW, I went from hating it when I first installed v8.3.0, to finding it not to be getting in the way and in some situations beneficial once I had reconfigured things so it was no longer stupidly masking the grid outside of the board shape. If they'd released it with how I have it configured now I suspect nobody would have had any complaints.

Anyway, here is the link: https:// forums.autodesk.com/t5/eagle-forum/eagle-v8-3-0-issue-missing-grid-outside- board-outline/td-p/7287207

Best Regards,

Rachael
Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171326 is a reply to message #171320] Tue, 15 August 2017 12:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rachaelp
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> Peter Barnard wrote:
>
> Hi. Not sure if there is a direct way to adjust the outside area colour, however you can change it using Options > User Interface > Layout > Background: to Black, White or Colored (or use SET PALETTE Colored). The last in particular gives you a white outer area. The colours for the other parts can then be adjusted using SET PALETTE <index> <rgb|hex>.
Hi Peter,

The issue here is that with the board shape feature introduced in v8.3.0 changes the colour of the background outside of the board area to a grey colour when a completely closed shape is detected on the dimension layer, and the colour chosen by default is the grey colour which also happens to be the very same grey used for the grid so as well as having to look at a horrid grey surround (which ruins a dark theme) you lose visibility of the grid outside of the board. I've adjusted my palette settings and grid/background colour settings to present this feature in a way which works properly. See my other post.

Best Regards,

Rachael

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Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside th e PCB area [message #171327 is a reply to message #171325] Tue, 15 August 2017 12:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Peter Barnard
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Great find Rachael. Here's the process from that post in a few easy steps using images.

Starting from Options > Set, Colors tab

Click on the Palette icon you are currently using (in the example it is Colored background)
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Click on the colour square in first column second row then select a new colour from the picker.
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Click Set color to change the palette entry and then OK to complete.

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Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171328 is a reply to message #171327] Tue, 15 August 2017 12:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
rachaelp
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> Peter Barnard wrote:
>
> Great find Rachael.
Not so much a find, I wrote the original question on that forum and the final answer in steps for how to fix is my solution ;)

Thanks for adding some pictures in, by the time I had figured everything out and written up the steps I couldn't be bothered going back and undoing it so I could do it all again with capturing pictures! :D

Best Regards,

Rachael

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Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171329 is a reply to message #171325] Tue, 15 August 2017 12:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Antti Louko
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Rachael wrote:
> Apparently there will be a way to disable this new board shape feature in
> ....
> Anyway, here is the link:
> https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/eagle-forum/eagle-v8-3-0-issue-missing-grid- outside-board-outline/td-p/7287207
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Rachael

OK. Thank you very much! The grey background color is in the palette the first
color in the second row. Thank you. This helps. And in some situations it
might be nice to be able to differentiate the background.
Re: Eagle 8.3.0: How to disable gray color outside the PCB area [message #171370 is a reply to message #171319] Thu, 17 August 2017 09:08 Go to previous message
rachaelp
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v8.3.1 has now landed and you can disable the board shape feature in the Options->User Interface... dialog.

I thought I would be doing that but now I have the colours sorted out (how they should have been when it was released!) I actually quite like it.

Best Regards,

Rachael
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