Thursday, June 21, 2012

Announcement: Update 20 for Altium Designer

The Altium Development team are pleased to announce the 20th update for Altium Designer.

This release focuses on additional enhancements to Altium Designer, with some of the notable inclusions being:

New PCB connection drawing options:

New options have been implemented in the “View Configurations” dialog for "Show All Connections In Single Layer Mode" and "Use Layer Colors For Connection Drawing". Read Wiki information.

Support for Lattice Diamond:

Lattice Diamond software is now supported in Altium Designer for designs targeting Lattice FPGAs. In addition, Lattice iostandard constraints have been improved and are correctly mapped.

Further improvements to 3D Mechanical CAD interfaces in PCB:

Improvements include a change in the STEP file output to use the "Component Suffix" option for the Board Part, and a warning has been added to the PCB IDF Export utility for when it detects an empty component comment.

Support for alternate PDF readers:

Altium Designer will now utilize the default PDF reader for the system, regardless of whether Adobe Reader is installed.

With over 20 new enhancements included in this release, the majority are a result of requests made through BugCrunch and the Forums, as well as through support cases. Please keep the reports coming!

Full details of this update can be found in the release notes.

Accessing the Update

To update your Altium Designer installation, first ensure you are using a license with valid subscription. Proceed to the Plug-in page (DXP >> Plug-ins and Updates) and select “Update All”. If you don’t see the update, use the “Refresh” link in the top right hand corner of the Plugins page.

This release includes changes to our Run Time Libraries, which requires the majority of modules to be updated. For those users who experience a lengthy update process due to anti-virus programs, using the full download option becomes a much faster process. For more info, see Wiki.

Installation of the updated modules will bring their revision up to 10.1133.24352. The Platform Build number will also update to 10.1133.24352 as the Altium Designer Base module is updated.

Note: If you are using a Private Server license or Standalone license and you have renewed your subscription since activation, you will be required to reactivate your license to obtain this and future updates.

For those who installed directly from DVD, you can access the updates by changing a setting in preferences: System >> Installation Manager, change the Remote Repository Location to

If you are wanting to install a new build containing this update, the Installer and Uninstaller can be downloaded from the Software page in AltiumLive - download the latest Installer/Uninstaller.


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