I'm trying to create a footprint for a USB receptacle using the drawing of the recommended footprint for that part.

The problem I'm facing is that, as it is common with mechanical drawings, the distances between the edges of pads are specified instead of distances between pad centers. So I'd like the edge or corner of a pad to snap to the grid instead of the center of the pad. I have studied this article, however hotspot or axis snap does not seem to work for simple pads. Is there another workaround?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Easiest solution is just calculate the center to center spacing from the mechanical drawing, and set your grid to make it easy to snap the pads to the correct locations. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Oct 18, 2016 at 17:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ Print it out on paper and get busy with a calculator. Easiest way. Verify spacings with the measurement tools when you're done. \$\endgroup\$
    – Daniel
    Oct 18, 2016 at 17:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ I just place the pads down in the general location and manually set the x,y coordinates for every one. (using selections to set the x or y coordinate for rows or columns) \$\endgroup\$
    – Daniel
    Oct 18, 2016 at 17:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThePhoton this is what I ended up doing, however I wonder if there is a "Altium Way" for the future \$\endgroup\$
    – Xaser
    Oct 18, 2016 at 17:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ Setting the grid to match the center to center spacing is the Altium way. Manually adjusting the X,Y's as Daniel suggests will also work. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Oct 18, 2016 at 17:55


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