Thursday, June 13, 2013

Announcement: Altium Designer 13.3

We are pleased to provide you with the third update of Altium Designer 2013. You can choose to update your existing installation or use the AD13 Installer (download here).

This update brings a lot of general improvements and fixes based on recent feedback.

Some highlights of this release

ActiveBOM enhancements including currency selection, automatic ranking of solutions, Variant support through an OutJob file and improved supplier part choice searching.

Expressions can now be used to define the names of output folders in OutJob files.

PCB editor enhancements including the arc center point is now included as a movable hot spot and initiating the Differential Pair Routing command no longer highlights only differential pairs.

The Schematic Editors now support Unicode text, allowing any combination of characters, irrespective of current locale.

PADS and P-CAD schematic importer improvements including option to generate net labels for hidden net names.

Additional Schematic Power Object drawing styles to comply with GOST standards.

See the What's New and Release Notes for a comprehensive listing of all the fixes and enhancements.

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. If you have issues with patching make sure you check your antivirus program.

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 download the Vaults or install a new build of Altium Designer, the Installers can be downloaded from the Downloads page.


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