Thursday, December 17, 2015

Altium Designer 16.0.6 Update (17 December 2015)

Version 16.0.6 (build 282) is now available for download and update system in Altium Designer (DXP>>Extensions and Updates).

Release Notes
#9490    Some ODB++ loaders cannot load multi-line text strings, these are now automatically broken into multiple, single line strings to ensure correct loading into all ODB++ CAM tools.
#9505    Resolved a Schematic-PCB ECO update failure where a component footprint contains a '.Designator' multi-line string.
#9508    Resolved a Variants issue where the Fitted/Not Fitted option did not function correctly with Multi-Part Components that are spread over different sheets (BC:6087).
#9545    Empty multi-line strings do not prevent file load in 16.0 anymore
#9555    Restored the BOM sorting functionality so that secondary sorting is again applied from the first left column.
#9582    The graphic for the Diff Pair design rule has been updated to better reflect the function of the different width settings.
#9677    Resolved an issue where opening a schematic with a specific combination of image location and rotation settings would cause an exception (BC:6132

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Altium Vault 2.5.13 Available (1 December 2015)

Version 2.5.13 (build 55112) is now available for download.

Please note: Backup your existing data before updating.

Release Notes
#8421 The Altium Vault's Team Configuration Center (TC2) now supports the creation of more than 15 user Roles.
#8791 Resolved an issue where component visibility was lost when the Vault database is reindexed after a software update.
#8854 A Component CAL license no longer creates an error when used with a Workgroup or Enterprise Vault installation.
#9082 Resolved an issue where changing the state of a large number of Vault components (more than 50) with a Batch operation would cause an SQL error.
#9174 The Vault's 'Remind' action for pending approval requests now works correctly with OS versions older than Windows 8.
#9400 Revision Naming Schemes and Lifecycle Definitions can now be successfully modified for an Altium Vault based on the Oracle database.
#9477 The Altium Vault Backup tool now correctly detects different Firebird architectures by identifying the active process name.
#9509 An Altium Vault folder that has a high number of elements no longer causes a 'Too many values' SQL error, and will accept further additions.
#9585 The Vault Explorer now correctly shows Supplier Chain information for components sourced from an Altium Vault that is using an Oracle database.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Altium Designer 14.3.20 Update Available Now (November 30, 2015)

Version 14.3.20 (build 54863) is now available for download.
You can use the update system in Altium Designer (DXP>>Extensions and Updates) to install this update.

Installation files can also be downloaded from the download page.

Release Notes
#8987 When using the Create Primitives From Board Shape command's Route Tool Outline option, you can now also select the Include Cutouts option to simulate tool paths that contour board cutout edges (BC:5185).
#8988 Arcs export as OutputJob file correctly for IDF (BC:4541).
#8990 The import of complex arc shapes from AutoCAD has been improved.
#9572 An issue where arcs were sometimes flipped when a DWG file was imported into a PCB, has been resolved.

You can view all of the release notes for this update by the link.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Altium Designer 16.0 Is Available (10 November)

We are excited to announce the release of Altium Designer 16.0.5 (build 271).

This release includes a number of new features and maintenance fixes.

Altium Designer 16.0 will need to be installed in a separate location from your existing version.

You can explore the documentation for this new release in the Altium Designer techdocs or read about new features at Altium blog.

Installation files can also be downloaded from the download page.

Release Notes

#6612 Added support for defining alternate, Vault-based parts in the BomDoc and BOM.
#6816 Enables highlight of entire net in schematic and to ECO the schematic colors to the Layout
#6264 Provided bi-directional communication between Altium Designer and Tasking Pin Mapper.
#6371 Provided possibility to export projects to PADS Logic 5.0 using an extension.
#6394 Static simulation probes allow you to interactively test voltage, power, and current, as well ashelp predict the behavior of your circuit.
#6532 Provided ability to generate realistic 3D STEP models using IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard.
#6568 Made improvements to ItemManagerincluding: a refurbished grid, the ability to control data columns, the ability to choose the required PCB footprint, and the ability to cross-probe from ItemManager to component instances.
#6836 The PCB Rules and Constraints Editor now createsuser interface for each rule type and includes the option of entering complex query expressions for intricate cases.
#7084 Adds DDR3 to xSignals Wizard. Creates xSignals for Address & Data lines. Also creates match length groups and tolerances.
#7154 On completion of batch DRC process, the PCB Editor now automatically launches the PCB Rules And Violations panel, with improved function of the panel's Select checkbox.
#7192 Provided the ability to dynamically display the electrical clearance during interactive routing.
#7255 Provided Push and Avoid Obstacles placement modes, ability to swap components, and dynamic alignment snapping for a component.
#8083 Added support of IPC2581B output format.
#7311 A new parameter has been added to specify the Hole Tolerance for Pads and Vias (BC:2405,BC:4748).
#5323 Improve support for high-resolution screens (BC:1317).
#6907 In order to achieve better matching, xSignals are now length tuned and this value is added to the length calculation (BC:5806).
#6652 The Design Rules Editor now shows which objects within the design are affected by the rule(s).
#7433 Added new tool "Swap components", right-click on one of the selected components to access the command (BC:1020).
#6203 Provided ability to see the white overlay in the 2D preview in the SCH Library if a 3D Body is placed over the pad of the footprint (BC:1291).
#6214 The 3D Bodies of an Embedded Board Array that is mirrored now display properly in 3D Layout Mode (BC:3632,BC:4906).
#6223 PcbDoc Assembly printouts that only include mechanical layers no longer include board cutout outlines (BC:3619,BC:2845).
#6198 When Target Length mode is set to Manual, Differential Pair Length now obeys the Clip to Target Length option. (BC:5013)
#6346 STEP and IDF exports no longer produce faceted edges in circular board cutouts (BC:365).
#6445 IPC-2581 fabrication output now properly sets a Mirrored property for bottom-side mounted components (BC:5524).
#5223 Fixed a bug where the white line grid sometimes appeared in the 3D print(BC:1808,BC:2189,BC:4657).
#5225 It is now optional to remove net antennas during a loop removal (BC:2509).
#6017 Toggle Fitted/Not Fitted works correctly for multi-part variants components (BC:4929).
#6337 CADSTAR files with arcs and components now import to Altium Designer correctly (BC:4921).
#6402 Print, PDF, and Assembly outputs now produce Pad objects that have shapes on mechanical layers (BC:4884).
#6443 When connection lost to database and customer places component from DBLib or SVNDBLib there will be no parameters when component placed on schematic(BC:2824,BC:4889).
#6573 Arcs export as OutputJob file correctly for IDF (BC:4541).
#7351 Length tuning for differential pairs no longer creates violations with the board outline (BC:5626).
#7498 Altium Designer no longer crashes while compiling multichannel design in a combination of a bus and a port (BC:2831).
#8276 The 'Always show drill symbol' option now works correctly (BC:5902).
#6579 It is now possible tospecifyfootprint, while replacing component via Item Manager.
#7027 Cross Probe is now available in Item Manager.
#7058 DrillPair and PadType scope settings have been added for applicable Design Rules.
#4217 Reduced time of ECO process for large and mid-large designs.
#6522 Altium Designer performs correctly when editing a PCB with several board cutouts.
#7063 Improvedsame-net clearance rule check.
#7617 Provided ability to control component name during Ansoft files generation.
#1351 ODB++ fabrication output has been corrected for cases where layer stack signal/plane layers have been reordered from their default positions.
#4046 Off-grid warning no longer displays for components with alternate mode when the alternate display mode is not active.
#4001 =Value can now be used for specifying Variant parameters in Assembly Drawing outputs.
#6183 In the PCB Pad Via Templates panel, a dialog will now appear when using the Remove Unused Pad/Via button, with a list of unused Pad/Via Templates, allowing you to control which templates are removed from the Local Pad & Via Library.
#6195 OpenSSL libraries in AD installation were upgraded from 1.0.1e to 1.0.2a.
#6365 Update notification is now sent when pin-pairs are renamed.
#6628 Solder mask from hole edge property can now be set indesign rule.
#6662 Changing a width of tracks included in a net using PCB Inspector no longer changes widths back to the original value.
#6813 Locked option has been added to the Drill Table dialog.
#6988 Provided a possibility to control network connectivity and work offline when necessary.
#6998 Improved approximation for edges of small arcs.
#7140 Component name is now configurable during IDF files generation.
#7593 Traditional Chinese localization was updated.
#7939 During length tuning, it is now possible to select which of the applicable Matched Length rules is to be obeyed in the Interactive Length Tuning dialog.
#7947 Matched Lengths design rule has been simplified.
#7948 All Matched Length rules that apply to current xSignals and Nets are now available in Interactive Length Tuning.
#8003 IPC2581B is now supported.
#8026 Added "Exclude outside" checkbox for 3D PDF exports to allow forexclusion of copper outside the regular PCB boundary.
#8282 Japanese localization updated.
#8548 Memory managementon .Net side has been optimized.
#8610 Resolved a portal login issue when using Windows 10.
#8639 Provided the ability to copy Vault folder structure using sub-menu operations.
#6216 STEP models with flex board no longer bend in 3D mode.
#6220 Teardrops no longer ignore clearance constraints.
#6199 Via dragging no longer causes the vias to disconnect from traces when 2 or more of the vias are on the same layer that are connected to three or more traces.
#6200 Provided the ability to remove references to managed layer stack in the board planning mode.
#6201 Keyword DrillType is now supported in the script language and filters.
#6202 Vias that end in Mid Signal Layers no longer generate different output data in Gerber and ODB++ with same settings.
#6205 Board-Cutout now displays correctly on Solder Mask and Coverlay Layers in 3D mode.
#6206 Live Highlighting now functions correctly in Flipped Board View of the PCB.
#6207 Resolved an issue that caused Editing Handles to be invisible when Fill was selected on a flipped board.
#6208 Clearance check between a Testpoint and a Component-Body no longer creates an error message.
#6211 Placing objects in Interactive Routing Mode is now enabled.
#6212 Board information now shows correct Board Dimensions after switching from 2D to 3D.
#6213 Arcs in Differential Pair no longer cause false Uncoupled-Length-Violations.
#6217 When DRCing clearance between differential pair complements, the DRC process uses the Diff Pair Gap Rule instead of the Clearance Rule.
#6219 The Check Nets Within Differential Pair option in the Matched Lengths design rule now checks for differences between the nets in each pair targeted by the rule scope.
#6222 User defined track width (Shift + W) within a room with design rules now functions correctly.
#6224 PCB Layout Editor's STEP export of PcbDocs containing Embedded Board Arrays now more correctlyrepresent the array.
#6225 Snap Point Data that is determined by the Snap Grid Manager is now imported and exported correctly.
#6226 Resolved an issue that caused additional layers to be created when generating Gerber from an OutputJob file.
#7405 DRC violation descriptions have been made more comprehensive, to include critical information toaide the user as to why a violation has occurred.
#6682 An accordion as part of Interactive LengthTuning, no longer moves double to the specified coordinates when using the Move Selection by XY feature.
#6354 Resolvedissue that caused tracks and components to be invisible when some video cards (ATI FireGL V7200, Radeon X1300/X1550 Series, Quadro K2000) with outdated drivers were used.
#8736 The issue of special strings with delimiter characters not being interpreted correctly during assembly drawing generation has been resolved.
#6124 Gerber Fabrication output now more comprehensively unionizes intersecting region shapes (mostly affects solder mask layers).
#6500 The Export to Parasolid menu item now only appears withinstallation of the MCAD Co-Designer: SOLIDWORKS(R) extension.
#6530 Error during output generation that displayed the message 'Embedded boards not found' was incorrect, the error was actually caused by an empty Design View. This has been resolved. (BC:5583).
#6867 Resolved issue that caused Variant that is specified in theOutjob File to not be considered during PDF3D generation.
#7527 Resolvedissue that caused some pads to be missed after importing Mentor Expedition EE7.9.5.
#8143 Resolved an issue that caused nets in child sheets that were defined as differential pairs to not find their mate.
#8144 Resolved an issue that caused directives to "leak" beyond their scope.
#8152 Resolved an issue that caused errors on multiple names whenproject is compiled.
#2004 Exporting large PCBs to STEP files no longer cause exception errors.
#3981 Project Variants now correctly work with multi-channel designs.
#4035 Fixed issue with3D PCB view when some tracks of the embedded board could be displayed on the wrong layers.
#4249 Varied components that use string indirection, such as =Value, now correctly display the appropriate source parameter value on the PCB and in generated outputs.
#4253 Removed grid lines from PCB 3D Print PDF outputs.
#4392 PADS ASCII import no longer fails with "ini" Layer Mapping file used.
#4540 =Value now evaluates correctly for Variant components in PCB PDF outputs.
#4775 Allegro BRD files with custom pad shapes are now correctly imported to Altium Designer custom pad shapes.
#4810 Fixed rounding in P-CAD imports.
#5168 Fixed an issue with import of OrCAD DSN and MAX files taking a very long time. Polygons are now correctly filled as solid, and not hatched, if they are solid in the original design.
#5632 Part attributes imported and present as text label in case they are visible.
#5654 Mirroring of OLE objects preserves its state during saving and loading.
#5735 The ODB++ output folder tree is now automatically zipped to the TGZ format, used by GENESIS-2000.
#5953 OrCAD 16 parameters now import correctly.
#5966 Fixed issue with CRLF token handling.
#5979 The special string "CurrentTime" in the PDF settings for Output Jobs no longer causes an error.
#6008 All components now display parameters in Schematic PDF output.
#6009 Variant parameters are now reflected in the BOM table.
#6010 Added the capability to scroll through the Violation Details window.
#6011 Correct designators are now highlighted within the Bookmarks panel in the Assembly Drawing PDF document.
#6012 Correct visibility appears when Permanent option is selected for Comment Primitive in Schematic Preferences (DXP >> Preferences >> Schematic >> Default Primitives).
#6014 Circularkeepout is now included when importing IDF files.
#6015 Nets are now created for multi-part components with variations when pushing update from the Schematic to PCB.
#6020 Exporting PCB using DXF/DWG Exporter no longer creates extra pads on an unused mechanical layer.
#6021 Resolved an issue with placing multi-part components consisting of many sub-parts.
#6023 Deleted polygons no longer reappear when openingschematic library.
#6025 All schematic documents are now updated when "Update Current Template > All schematic documents in the current project" is selected.
#6027 Exporting PCB documents toSpecctra that contain Width rule for Net Classes now works correctly.
#6028 "Open generated outputs" for "Fabrication Outputs - Report Board Stack" now works correctly for XLS-format.
#6038 Correct scope is now generated for PCB Rules when 'Blanket' is used.
#6055 FPGA constraint files can now be saved in a tabulated format which is compatible with Excel spreadsheets, making it easy to view and manage pin assignments.
#6086 Top level sheet now imports correctly when importing multichannel hierarchical designs from OrCAD 16.6.
#6087 Components and parameters that have duplicate items in the cache now import from OrCAD correctly.
#6112 Interactive PinSwap no longer changescase ofNet labels when pushing changes from PCB to Schematic.
#6157 The Simulation Sources placement menu has been moved from theUtilities toolbar to the Mixed Sim toolbar. The Digital Device placement menu has been removed from theUtilities toolbar.
#6158 Library panel behavior has been made consistent when opening Schematic Component Library, PCB Footprint Library, and PadVia Stack Library.
#6176 The Polygon Pour object "Island Area Threshold" field in the PCB Inspector now behaves as expected.
#6177 Room object move-drag operations no longer move objects that are integral to the physical board definition.
#6227 Few unexpected crashes which occurred while working in Collaborate, Compare and Merge panel were fixed.
#6228 The Link Location to Embedded Board Origin option now behaves more predictably onplacement of Embedded Board Arrays.
#6260 Multi-line Strings with embedded line-breaks now display properly after being saved in pre-15.1 releases of the PCB Layout Editor, provided they had not been otherwise modified.
#6262 Resolved issue with wires being invisible if placed while holding a schematic component.
#6263 Fixed an issue withorder of libraries changing in the Library panel upon compilation of integrated library.
#6276 Specific cases ofPDF3D output of multi-line String objects have been corrected, where embedded line-breaks were not properly processed.
#6326 PDF3D output now correctly adjusts the Z locations of 3D Bodies placed on Bottom-oriented layers of the PCB.
#6344 Resolved an issue with remembering filter settings in "SCH List" between Altium Designer sessions.
#6370 The Symbol Generator now correctly observes units for default pin lengths during component creation.
#6373 Resolved issue withnet list generation if simulation library contained non-literal characters.
#6382 A Component placed on an internal signal layer and then updated from its PCB library now retains its proper rotation property.
#6383 Several issues regarding multi-line String objects were resolved, allowing the text to retain its formatting.
#6391 Resolved an issue with breaking layers stack during import of PCB Protel 99 SE designs.
#6411 The PDF3D feature now considers the rotations of both pad and hole, for slot and square holes.
#6429 Eagle files with polygons and rounded corners now import arcs correctly.
#6497 The hole rotation angle for pads whose Solder Mask From The Hole Edge property isenabled, is now correctly ignored in generated IPC 2581 output.
#6511 Resolved issue with displaying incorrect compiler violation related to PCB rules when generating BOM document.
#6520 An issue with IPC 2581 generated output has been resolved, whereby drill drawings and guides withoffset from center holes for octagonal and rounded rectangular pads, were positioned withadditional shift from those holes' centers.
#6523 Resolved an issue with Schematic components missing parameters when importing from CADSTAR Schematic Library.
#6525 Optimized memory consumption for DXP import, allowing to import DXF files without out of memory errors.
#6559 The bounding rectangle for a special string now correctly fits the string's width when the Convert Special Strings option is toggled.
#6567 Resolvedissue that caused a modified PCB file to appear as 'non-modified' after generating a DRC output.
#6571 Special Strings are displayed correctly after changing the view configuration to inactive.
#6575 DRC processing for Board Outline Clearance between complex pads and exterior board edges has been corrected.
#6589 Altium Designer no longer crashes when two or more ports are added to multi-channel design simultaneously.
#6595 Provided a way of Comment visibility to be taken from Schematic library when placingpart from DBLib/SVNDblib by removing Comments field from the Field Mapping.
#6625 When using the Create Primitives From Board Shape command's Route Tool Outline option, you can now also select the Include Cutouts option to simulate tool paths that contour board cutout edges (BC:5185).
#6663 Fixed incorrect component designators, pin numbers and part's disappear in sheet symbol' sheets.
#6676 The IsEdgeConnector query keyword has been updated to support newhigh speed memory standards.
#6706 DRC on attached design now behaves normally.
#6734 Fixed redundant layer stacks import.
#6742 Provided ability to add new members innew class in Differential Pair Editor.
#6744 On placement of an Embedded Board Array, you are now notified of layer stack discrepancies.
#6746 Embedded Board Array spacing options are improved. Along with corner-to-corner spacing, edge-to-edge spacing specification has been added.
#6747 Graphical move-drag of an Embedded Board Array can now be performed with the board array's location used as the anchor point to the cursor.
#6748 The Embedded Board Array properties dialog now contains a status message that reports child and parent design layer stack compatibility.
#6749 Objects selected in a child design of an Embedded Board Array no longer affect the display of the parent design.
#6750 Embedded Board Arrays that contain SMD pads, and are also Mirrored, now produce valid ODB++ Fabrication output.
#6751 Embedded Board Arrays now produce valid IPC-2581 Fabrication output.
#6773 Resolved issue with BOM generation for fitted/not fitted variants components.
#6784 A BOM report for a panelized PCB now outputs an error message to the BOM file.
#6786 Editing text of String objects is now more intuitive due to refinements made to navigation within the associated properties dialog'stextbox.
#6814 Restored ability to use ShowDialogWithCaption" function in the scripts.
#6840 Nets comprised of very longrouted lengths now have their length fields displayed properly throughout the PCB Editor's dialogs and panels.
#6864 Dragging a column to change the column order in the Variant Management dialog now produces the correct result.
#6865 When a varied parameter is restored to its original base value, its display in output documentation is also now restored from green italics (varied) to the standard (unvaried) text display.
#6884 Multi-line Strings that use Stroke font and are placed in child designs of Embedded Board Arrays, now produce correct Gerber output.
#6903 Resolved issue with hard crash when importing some Eagle designs.
#6956 Resolved an issue that caused errors with PADS Logic files with default fonts in NetLabels.
#6975 Special Strings for alternate parts are fixed in PCB
#6999 Staggered vias are no longer shown as through hole vias in the 3D PDF.
#7003 Core Project options are now properly applied during compilation.
#7037 Provided ability to generate CAM files for projects with more than 16 layers.
#7112 Query text is now wrapped in PCB Rules Editor.
#7126 Rotation is no longer detected for footprints when updated from PCB Library.
#7127 Fixed issue whentext of the pin number was overlapping graphics of pins for several italic fonts.
#7183 The xSignals wizard no longer crashes when re-generating xSignals with different destination components.
#7228 Option "Characteristic Impedance Driven Width" with different Stack Layouts no more causes errors while opening routing width rule, opening BOM or generate Composite Drawing to PDF.
#7252 Altium Designer no longer generatesartefacts for a folded board with more than 20 bending lines in 3D mode.
#7257 Stacked vias (on consecutive layers) will by default drag-move together. Ctrl-Drag-Move moves them separately.
#7385 Right click menu on toolbars and menus were disabled in Customize mode.
#7397 A circular board shape generated from a STEP file is now aligned correctly after saving.
#7406 Fixed issue in Pick and Place output, where parameters like "=Value" for variants with alternate parts were not resolved.
#7461 Resolved an issue when the PCB release did not work with a 3D PDF export configured within an out job document.
#7480 An issue has been resolved, whereby a via would sometimes jump away when routing an SMD pad and using an SMD To Corner rule.
#7486 Inferred Schematic components created for component variations are filtered out from Navigation panel.
#7564 Fixed regression issue with "Place>Directives>Specific No ERC" not picking compiler violation.
#7627 Mentor Expedition Library now imports Paste Mask shapes correctly.
#7761 Resolved issue withimported .BRD files that caused lines and arcs to be missed on somelayers.
#7833 The "Always repour polygons on modification" option now runs more smoothly when activated.
#7835 Imported CADStar *.cpa files with format 2.12 that have track widths of 0 and 'not specified' now have correct track widths.
#7949 3D bodies imported from Mentor Expedition Library now havesame height as in original project.
#7953 Roundpastemask now imports from Mentor Expedition Library correctly.
#8095 Components can now be selected and edited after Protel PCB import.
#8096 Components now import correctly from xDxDesigner Importer.
#8097 Resolved an issue that caused xDxDesinger Importer to cause incorrect GND-name mapping in the schematic document.
#8137 Resolved an issue with xDxDesigner Importer skipping some hidden pins when importing Eagle design.
#8211Cancelling import/export of DXF/DWG files no longer causes a "Done" notification.
#8225 Resolved an issue that caused TTF to not be interpreted when a PDF Printout was made byOutjob or SmartPDF.
#8251 An Access Violation no longer occurs when there are no rules applicable tovias and primitives being shielded.
#8254 PADS ASCII files now import correctly.
#8365 Imported CADStar files (version format 2.7) that have track widths of 0 or 'not specified' now import correctly.
#8534 Output files are now generated correctly when custom filename for DWG, STEP, BRD, and XLS files is "=CurrentTime"
#8627 PDF3D now includes metallization of holes for plated pads and vias.
#8750 SimView cursor information displayed in the plot will now correctly show units for waves plotted in DB, Phase etc.
#9002 Norwegian locale users running Windows 10 can now successfully use on-demand licenses.
#9084 ShowHiddenRevision settings in the Vault Explorer are now preserved between restarts.
#9220 An issue with incorrect dc currents in the PSpice JFET model have been fixed.
#6030 Fixedsorting order for standalone license activations on 'My Account' page.
#6549 An issue whereby parameters would be lost for Database Library components after connection to the MySQL server was lost, or connection to the DBLIB was broken after PC hibernation, has been resolved.
#7468 Resolved issue with Layer positioning after importing P-CAD file.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Features You'll Only See in Altium Designer 16

New Features You’ll Only See in Altium Designer 16


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It’s that time of the year again, and we’ve got a major update planned for Altium Designer. Our focus has always been on providing you with the most productive and efficient design tool that allows you to tap into your true design potential. This release is no exception to that focus, and includes many new features that will accelerate your design workflow, allowing you to get your designs done faster than ever. Here’s just a small sneak peak at what’s inside Altium Designer 16:

New Visual Clearance Boundaries

You’ve got your clearance boundaries set in your design rules, but wouldn’t it be great to see those boundaries visually while you route your board?

With Visual Clearance Boundaries you’ll clearly understand the impact of your routing decisions in real-time. Visually see clearance boundary lines between traces and objects as you route your board, and create the most accurate and error-free PCB possible.

New Visual Clearance Boundaries in Altium Designer 16

New Alternative Part Choice System

Ever find yourself ready to manufacture your board, only to find out that one of your components is no longer available from a supplier?

With the new Alternative Part Choice System, you’ll have complete control over your component selection process. Easily set alternative part choices directly in your BoM that get automatically substituted if your primary part selection is unavailable.

New Alternative Part Choice System in Altium Designer 16

New Component Placement System

Do you enjoy treating your PCB as a work of organized art, with precisely placed components and degree-specific tracks?

With the new Component Placement System, you can design the most organized and efficient board layouts possible. Easily place and drag components that push, avoid, and snap-to alignment with other objects on your board with a simple keyboard shortcut.

New Component Placement System in Altium Designer 16

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Coming Soon in Altium Designer 16

Alternative Part Choices

Have complete control over your component selection process by specifying alternative part choices while designing with the Alternative Part Choice System. Include pin compatible backup part choices directly on your BoM and automatically substitute part numbers if needed. 

Visual Clearance Boundaries

Clearly understand the impact of your routing decisions in real-time with visual clearance boundaries. See clearance boundaries between traces and components visually as you route and design the most accurate board with ease. 

Component Placement System

Design the most organized and efficient board layouts with a new component placement system. Dynamically place and drag components that push, avoid, and snap-to alignment with other components  on your board layout. 




Monday, September 14, 2015

Altium Vault 2.5.12 Available (14 September 2015)

Version 2.5.12 (build 50691) is now available for download.


Please note: Backup your existing data before updating.


You can explore the documentation for Altium Vault 2.5 in TechDocs.


Release Notes

#6423 Resolved an issue with BASE_WaveSim package that caused installation of Altium Designer from NIS package to fail.

#6696 Resolved an issue whereby addition of a new user or role to an Altium Vault, via the vault's browser interface, was impossible if authorizations and password files - in the VaultServerData/Repository folder - were empty.

#6775 Fixed a bug whereby an approval request was not passing to a second approval group, if the approver in the first group was also part of a custom role.

#7149 Pushing a project to the Collaboration Server using the Solidworks Collaboration panel in Altium Designer, no longer causes an error with Status Code 500.

#7235 Altium Vault 2.5 is now compatible with the Oracle 12 database.

#7269 The NIS UI can now work correctly on isolated networks, without access to the internet

#7305 The packages folder created through the Network Installation Service is now correctly set to be a system folder. When opting to hide system folders, the packages folder will now correctly be hidden from view in the vault folder structure.

#7428 LDAP Synchronization no longer tries to create a user, if a user with the same name has already been manually created.

#7451 It is now possible to save local credentials, for an Altium Vault installed on an isolated network (with no internet access).

#7645 Resolved an issue with Altium Vault licensing, whereby existing features were marked as unavailable after license activation.

#7678 The Altium Vault no longer causes an error while loading the IDX file when a design is pulled from Collaboration server to SOLIDWORKS.

#8027 Resolved an issue with BackupTool that caused Vault installation to fail.

#8053 Resolved an issue whereby the Turkish character set (UTF-8) was causing "500 Internal Server Error".

Altium Designer 15.1.15 Version Available (September 14, 2015)

Version 15.1.15 (build 50867) is now available for download.
How to Update
If you already use Altium Designer 15.1 you can use the update system in Altium Designer (DXP>Extensions and Updates) to install this update.
If you are on a previous version, Altium Designer 15.1 will need to be installed with a new installer from the downloads page.

You can explore the documentation for Altium Designer 15.1 in TechDocs.

Release Notes
#7073 All properties in the State Properties dialog (when configuring a lifecycle definition) are now visible (BC:5630).
#7460 Fixed issue with compiler warning being incorrectly displayed for broken links between Schematic components and Variants definition in a multi-channel design
#7496 Polygon pours no longer cause clearance violations after Altium Designer is updated to newest version.
#7497 The "Convert Special Strings" option no longer gets disabled after starting an Output Job file which is using the PCB document as its Data source.
#7499 Special strings whose parameter names include '-' are now correctly converted.
#7501 Access violation in module "TKShHealing.dll" no longer occurs during STEP export.
#7502 The Text Position property for dimension text is now correctly set to Manual when that text is manually repositioned (BC:5724).
#7522 Resolved an issue whereby the required lifecycle definition was not being applied during item creation, when the item type had more than one lifecycle definition assigned to it.
#8128 Length tuning for differential pairs no longer creates violations with the board outline.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

update to Altium Vault 2.5

We are excited to announce the update to Altium Vault 2.5.

Version 2.5.11 (build 47216) is now available for download.

We kindly remind, that before doing update you need to create a backup of your data and configuration.

You can explore the documentation for Altium Vault 2.5 in the techdocs.

Release Notes
#6842 The WebDav service installed as part of the Altium Vault installation, no longer affects MCAD Collaboration.
#6904 Resolved an issue with Altium Vault 2.5 where a vault-downloaded update of Altium Designer was not visible from within Altium Designer.
#6959 Resolved an issue with User Management where Users could not be seen by the web interface if there was a large number of Users defined.
#7023 Resolved an issue where component footprints could not be found in an Oracle version of the Altium Vault after running the Update PCB command.

You can view all of the release notes for this update by the link.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

update to Altium Designer 15.1

We would like to announce the update to Altium Designer 15.1. 

Version 15.1.14 (build 47215) is now available for download. 

How to Update
If you already use Altium Designer 15.1 you can use the update system in Altium Designer (DXP>Extensions and Updates) to install this update.
If you are on a previous version, Altium Designer 15.1 will need to be installed with a new installer from the downloads page

You can explore the documentation for Altium Designer 15.1 in TechDocs

Release Notes
#6370 The Symbol Generator now correctly observes units for default pin lengths during component creation
#6771 Resolved an issue where opening a PcbDoc containing a Design View could result in the software entering into an infinite loop.
#6843 Footprint with ".Comment" special string no longer displayed as mismatched after running footprint comparison via "Tools>Update from PCB Libraries".
#6886 A PCB created in AD14.3 no longer loses relief polygon connections when it is opened in Altium Designer 15.1 and the polygon is repoured.
#6915 The time taken to compile a schematic project has been reduced (BC:5495).
#6938 PCB panels whose child PCB designs contain Component refdes, Component comment, and dimension text now produce proper Print and Assembly output to PDF documents (BC:5716).
#6960 Resolved an issue where a new project being created from a template would point to the wrong OutputJob file.
#7022 Resolved an issue when unique identifier errors appeared after updating a modified schematic symbol using the "Tools >Update Schematics command".
#7070 Resolved an issue with Undetectable Short Circuit in Schematic when Blankets are used
#7085 Resolved an issue where the designators were incorrectly placed in the generated PDF output if they were on a mechanical layer in an embedded board array (BC:5714).

Monday, July 6, 2015

Altium Designer 15.1.13 Available (July 2, 2015)

Version 15.1.13 (build 46088) is now available for download.
How to Update
If you already use Altium Designer 15.1 you can use the update system in Altium Designer (DXP>Extensions and Updates) to install this update. 
If you are on a previous version, Altium Designer 15.1 will need to be installed with a new installer from the downloads page. 

You can explore the documentation for Altium Designer 15.1 in TechDocs

Release Notes
#4814 Altium Designer no longer crashes on start, in environments utilizing a roaming profile (BC:5218).
#6410 Several fabrication and assembly output issues concerning TrueType special String conversion, location, and justification, have been resolved (BC:5521).
#6566 Invalid files nor longer generated during export to Parasolid (BC:5650).
#6574 The PCB can now be exported in PDF3D format, directly in the Project folder. This fixes the issue where a blank PCB was being created, that overwrote the existing PCB document.
#6577 Fixed issue with non-editable via sizes during routing.
#6587 Availability of Component State validation has been restored in OutputJobs.
#6590 An issue with Altium Designer licenses not being recognized when using Private License Server v14.0.0.33 (or earlier), has been resolved.
#6607 The MCAD collaboration standalone license no longer needs to be re-activated every time Altium Designer starts.
#6672 All cell data is now loaded properly when opening older CmpLib files in Altium Designer 15.1 (BC:5601).
#6050 Multiline strings with CR LF now display correctly in PDF3D export.
#6601 An issue with the Symbol Wizard window not being movable, has been resolved.
#6768 The Component Template (CMPT) Editor is now compatible with Altium Designer 15.1.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Altium Vault 2.5.10 Available (25 June 2015)

Version 2.5.10 (build 45793) is now available for download.

We kindly remind, that before doing update you need to create backup of your data and configuration.  

You can explore the documentation for Altium Vault 2.5 in the techdocs.

Release Notes
#6668 The Altium Vault can now be correctly updated from version 2.1 to 2.5, when using Oracle as the back-end database. 
#6711 An issue whereby sending of email notifications from the Altium Vault would cease after more than 6 minutes of domain inactivity, has been resolved.

You can view all of the release notes for this update by link.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Altium's Free PCB Tool Available for Test and Evaluation

Altium wants users to test drive and kick the wheels on CircuitMaker PCB tool


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Altium Ltd. has just released an open beta version of its CircuitMaker free community-driven PCB design tool. The company is inviting all interested electronics designers as well as DIYers in the maker/hobbyist as well as open hardware communities to download it. Take it for a test drive and kick the wheels to see how it works, then Altium invites you to provide feedback for further improvements.

According to Dan Fernsebner, director of Corporate Partnerships at Altium, CircuitMaker and the website associated with it have been under active development since late last year. They incorporate what both Altium engineers and early visitors to the web site think would appeal to DIYers and professionals alike. “Before going live with a final version, we want to give those who will be using it a chance to further improve it,” said Fernsebner. “The comments and suggestions received will be evaluated and if possible added to the final version of CircuitMaker before the end of the beta period."

He said Altium has been thinking a long time about how to take advantage of the enthusiasm, energy, and ideas in the maker and DIYer community. This beta is the company's best guess at what that community will find useful in a tool designed specifically for do-it-yourselfers.

What makes CircuitMaker different
One of the things that makes the CircuitMaker different from most free PCB programs is its completeness, Rather than make available the first two or three layers in the PCB development process and leave a developer hanging with a far from finished board design, CircuitMaker has virtually the whole range: from schematic creation through simulation to final pre-production stages. There are also no limits on board size or configuration, the number and types of components, the number of layers used or the number of net connections.

Some of the features in the professional Altium Designer version are not included on the free CircuitMaker. "Missing are such high-end and legacy features required by very advanced high performance designs such as rigid flex design, high speed routing, and signal integrity simulation," said Max Clemons, Product Engineering Manager at Altium. "But virtually everything else is there."

CircuitMaker uses a user friendly and familiar Windows-based GUI to simplify access to various tools for printed circuit board design.

"I think everyone will be more surprised at what we included in CircuitMaker rather than what we did not such as full impedance load control and differential pair routing, 3D modeling, cross-probing and a variety of navigation features."

Not just another pretty face
"The user interface on our Altium Designer is one that professional PCB developers are familiar with, but for the uninitiated it can be confusing," said Clemons. "So, for newcomers to PCB design the CircuitMaker tool is designed deliberately with the look and feel of the Windows environment.”

The first thing that will be apparent is that unlike many embedded cloud-based tools, the user is not limited to working within a program resident on a remote server someplace. Instead, for performance purposes, CircuitMaker is downloaded as a native application resident on a Windows platform. However, all work done on a design is saved to a location set aside for a developer's work on the CircuitMaker.

Part of collaboration on the CircuitMaker PCB design site is the ability to leave comments and suggestions for a PCB project creator to consider.

The second thing to note is that the user interface of the CircuitMaker is not a carbon copy of the professional version. It is specifically designed with the look and feel of a typical Windows app, with the main features organized for easy access in a ribbon menu horizontally across the top. Other familiar Windows-like features include multi-tab design editor windows, dockable panels for working with design documents, a set of command shortcut keys, user configuration preferences, and of course, a context-sensitive, web-based Help reference.

CircuitMaker Libraries panel is populated by entries from the Ciiva parts aggregation data base and linked component 'packages from the cloud-based Community Vault.

Because the company hopes that CircuitMaker will rapidly become a site for active community involvement, a lot of work was put into collaboration, including unlimited access by registered members to contributed designs. Clemons said users can leave comments at the location of an existing design, make changes to it if the original contributor allows it, or create a fork to an alternate location on the site where they can start a design using it as a starting point. "We want to make CircuitMaker not only participatory, but hands-on", he said.

No PCB tool is any good without parts with which to populate a design, so integrated with CircuitMaker is the online Ciiva part aggregator database. Using the database, project creators can search several major part suppliers for information about pricing and availability, as well as component parameters and datasheets.

"We have populated this database of parts with hundreds of thousands of component models (symbols, footprints, and 3D models)," said Clemons. "This means about 90% of the components a designer needs have already been created, and can simply be placed directly into a design project. The remaining parts, those without models attached, can be created by users and added to the community."

Since the open beta program started last Friday (5/22/15), over 28,000 users have registered. And since the site was launched in October of last year, 1,283 projects have been created. "So far we are off to a good start," said Fernsebner. "I hope everyone who tries it out will be as excited as we are."

Those interested in in trying CircuitMaker and adding their two cents to the discussion can register for the open beta at the CircuitMaker website. If you are undecided or want to learn more, a detailed set of on-line how-to documents is available, as well as a brief video tutorial on You Tube. To drill down deeper, there is a CircuitMaker Video Vault on the site with additional official YouTube tutorials on project creation, collaboration, schematic capture, PCB layout and component acquisition and creation


10 Circuit Design Simulation Apps for Pros & DIYers

10 Circuit Design Simulation Apps for Pros & DIYers

Cabe Atwell


Whether you're a professional printed circuit board designer or do-it-yourselfer, you know that testing your circuit board design is a must. Testing can save you money and time avoiding faulty PCB fabrication because it gives you a chance to fix what doesn't work before the board is made.

It's best to test your design out virtually. In other words, make a digital (virtual) prototype of your board and simulate (model) how it will behave in the real world. Here are some popular tools to do virtual testing. These software packages cost money but can save you costly mistakes.

Multisim (National Instruments)
One of the better-known tools on the market for both circuit design and simulation comes from National Instruments with their Multisim (formerly Electronics Workbench) platform. The software is actually part of a larger conglomerate — the NI Circuit Design Software package, which allows users to design their own circuits (circuit capture) and run simulations using a SPICE-based app to test the designs on the fly.

This includes options for design validation and gives users flexible layout options even with 4-layer PCBs with up to 1400 pin designs. The package comes in two versions with a free base-platform with basic options and a paid version equipped with more functionality in terms of error reduction and increased integration flow from schematic to testing.

Click on the image below to begin a quick slideshow (slideshow opens in a new tab on your browser). To read more about each tool, click on the page links in table of contents at bottom of each page.


National Instruments’ Multisim software is based on Berkeley SPICE and comes in both free and paid additions.
(Source: National Instruments)


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AltiumLive Points: So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

Hi AltiumLive Community Members,

After careful consideration, we have decided to remove the necessity to place a bounty on a forum post as part of our plan to discontinue the Altium Points system. 

We believe these changes will greatly enhance the overall user experience of the AltiumLive forums, and allow community members to freely contribute ideas without any of the restrictions currently in place. 

What does this mean for you?

There is no longer any restrictions on voting or submitting software enhancement ideas or bug fixes. 
Anyone with an active AltiumLive account will now be able to submit and vote for software enhancement ideas or bug fixes.
Most importantly, everyone will now have an equal vote when contributing their ideas and bug fixes for Altium Designer. 

We’re confident these changes will create an environment where ideas and feedback can flow more freely between the community and the Altium development team.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Design Secret 56 - Importing Outlined Logos and Shapes using DXF format

Hi Everyone,

I'm very pleased to introduce to you Max Clemons, one of our AE's on the US support team.

In this video Max shows us a neat and tidy process for bringing logos, RF geometries and other shapes, into the PCB editor and library editor, from vector imaging tools using the DXF file format.

This applies to RF shapes developed in field solvers such as CST or uWave Office and others, equally to logos and company graphics developed in AutoCAD or Adobe Illustrator - all these tools provide the ability to export vectored designs in DXF which Altium Designer can use to bring them into your designs, templates, or components.

Watch and enjoy this video here:


Altium Vault 2.5 Now Available

We are excited to announce the release of Altium Vault 2.5.9 (build 45043). Installation file is now available for download.

That is next major update of Vault, that include several significant features and improvements, such as lifecycles with approvals, managed component templates, change notifications and free binary files storage support. Some of the new features, such as, for example, component parameters view in a columns of the VaultExplorer, requires new version of Altium Designer 15.1.

More details you can find in the updated documentation for Altium Vault 2.5 in the Techdocs.

We kindly remind, that before doing update you need to create backup of your data and configuration.  

What’s New
#4565 New view in VaultExplorer shows component parameter data in columns, similar to Search and Library Panel (BC:4985).
#4667 3D models can now be managed by Altium Vault and reused as 3D Bodies in designs and footprints (BC:5066).
#4570 Particular lifecycle transitions can now be either limited to a specific group or require an approval process.
#5300 Fully functional templates can now be defined on a Vault level to control and define component structure including the list of parameters, default values, and required parameters.
#5035 LDAP synchronization has been completely reworked and now supports non-Windows LDAP servers, attribute mapping and all LDAP queries.
#4752 Event stream, email notification and change subscription (for project and component) functionality has been added to the Altium Vault web UI.
#5025 Lifecycle Definition and Naming Schema can now be limited for usage with specific content types.
#5271 Clone action are now supported in VaultExplorer and cmplib for component related content types.
#4442 Altium Designer now suggests to update related components during footprint/symbol release.
#4568 The ability to perform different operations (lifecycle transition, item deletion, etc) can now be granted in a more flexible way without limiting them only to administrators.
#4432 The Footprint/Symbol preview is now available while the VaultExplorer is open in modal mode for model selection.
#4454 The PartCatalog now supports direct data requests via ODBC without intermediate caching, improving data accuracy and performance.
#4455 Configurable list of component parameters is now used for supplier searches in ActiveBOM, PCL and Supplier Links.
#4942 Altium Vault installation now contains a Status Report tool, that can be used for support case investigation (by preparing zip files with logs and environment information).
#5019 Added a new Home Page for Altium Vault Web UI.
#5324 After component creation, symbol and footprint items will now be opened for editing automatically.
#4424 Altium Vault now allows for the storage of any kind of file including documents, images, binaries, etc...
#4830 The Vault installer now creates automatic backup before starting the update process.
#4834 Previously mandatory svn password synchronization can now be disabled via an Altium Vault config file.
#5020 It is now possible to have the url of individual project page in the web UI.
#5128 Outdated product and extension versions can now be deleted via NIS to reduce the size of the database and backups.

Bug Fixes
#4665 New Document Template can now be defined for cmplib (BC:4904).
#5159 Project release no longer fails when generating a Composite Drawing output with specifically configured outputjobs (BC:5145).
#4457 CmpLib editor now allows a user to create new components using supplier search results, including proper mapping from preferences (BC:3458).
#5475 Error "405 method not allowed" no longer appears on the system with the WebDav module installed.
#5482 Fixed the "Could not locate Schematic component" error when defining alternate Vault components in the VariantManager.
#5642 Fixed an issue with the wrong currency displaying for Mouser supplier.
#6174 Hyperlinks in the Component Preview aspect of Vault Explorer now works properly.
#5403 The File-less editing feature now properly works for components from different folders when called with the Where-Used feature.
#5091 Non-applicable revisions are no longer treated as hidden in the Altium Vault UI.
#5360 Bug with using the same Item revision for multiple revision configurations has been fixed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Altium Designer 64bit?

Altium Designer is in the processed of working on Altium Designer 64bit!!!!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Altium Designer / Altium Designer 15.1 Now Available

Altium Designer 15.1.8 (build 44021).

This release includes a number of maintenance fixes and new features for improved design productivity, streamlined documentation processes, and enhanced automation of high-speed design setups.

Altium Designer 15.1 will need to be installed in a separate location from your existing version.

You can explore the documentation for this new release in the Altium Designer techdocs or read about new features at Altium blog

Release Notes
#4300 Pad and Via Solder Mask Expansion can now be applied from the hole edge, as well as from the Pad/Via's copper shaped edge.
#4588 "Bikini Coverlay" is now supported, enabling proper surface film outputs for flexible sections, including expansions.
#4555 A Board Outline Clearance (Manufacturing) rule has been added to the PCB Layout Editor to constrain the proximity of objects to various types of board edges.
#4936 When a via instance's layer span property is required, users can now specify a drill pair and optionally access the Drill-Pair Manager.
#4992 Provided the possibility to generate 3D PDF of PCB-assemblies.
#4554 Added Smart Union management, a new Union mode on the PCB panel that allows the designer to review and manage Union types, Unions, and Union primitives.
#4649 Drill Drawing layer is now live, displaying drill symbols once a drill table has been placed or when the drill symbols have been configured for display.
#4779 Added a new "Pad and Via library" feature that allows for the creation of reusable pad and via templates.
#1606 The PCB Layout Editor's String object has been enhanced to support multi-line text, by allowing carriage returns to be embedded in the text and resizing of the String's bounding rectangle.
#4553 Altium Designer now checks dependencies during polygon repours and provides correct pour order when modifying a shape.
#4938 Provided one way synchronization between Tasking Pinmapper tool and Altium Designer.
#4594 Developed xSignals Wizards which helps to create rules for configuration of length matching rules.
#4581 Polygons can now be automatically named (both initially and upon subsequent changes) according to a user defined naming template.
#4771 Created a Schematic symbol generation tool that reduces time spent on functional symbols creation.

#5356 Developed the possibility to change Layer Color in one output outjob file instead of changing the color in all of them (BC:101).
#5448 In response to several BugCrunch items, a 3D Body's 3D Color property can now be optionally used to override the colors of its STEP Model (BC:154, BC:1255).
#5097 ODB++ supports arc only cut-outs now (BC:5158).
#5378 Component rotation is now correctly exported to dwf/dxf formats (BC:4977).
#4682 Visibility of the comment field on placement from DBLib restored to legacy behavior  (BC:4994).
#4921 Resolved an issue where square selectors were not showing after flipping the board (BC:5104).
#5190 Resolved an issue where a BOM is added to a publishing destination and the Excel file is created but the file size is zero bytes (BC:973).
#4514 Fixed an issue with saving menu customizations between sessions (BC:4957).
#3986 When deleting multiple sub-parts of a component in the schematic library editor, the selected components are always the ones that are deleted (BC:4768).
#5383 Ability to set "Not Fitted" for group of selected component has been added (BC:3028).
#5456 It is now possible to switch between 2D and 3D views asynchronously (press 2 or 3), or synchronously (press Shift+2 or Shift+3) (BC:5253).
#5516 TSaveDialog/TOpenDialog can be invoked from the script (BC:5326).
#5358 Resolved an issue with parameters updating if "Auto Position" was disabled in .SchLib (BC:839).
#5724 Resolved an issue with Altium Designer hanging when attempting to import large Allegro design data.
#5263 Access Violation error no longer occurs after OrCAD schematic file import.
#4917 This will allow users who are editing routes or examining trace or x-signals to easily get to the length tune the trace.
#4576 DXF importer no longer causes freezing when DXF files with many splines are imported.
#5221 Release-process into Altium Vault no longer fails due to missing folder generation.
#5227 The legacy “Use Transparent Layers” option is now automatically disabled in place of new layer transparency system.
#4748 Resolved an issue where cross-junction was converted to cross-over after any component or segment of a sketch had been dragged.
#3593 Resolved an issue with dimensions changing incorrectly after a file had been imported from AutoCAD to PCB.
#4959 An issue has been corrected where the layer stack region split line start/end locations self-modified when the user switched in and out of board planning mode.
#5076 Behavior of the PCB Panel's Layer Stack Regions editor has been corrected when PCB Layout Editor is in Board Planning Mode.
#5081 Resolved an issue where the parameter location was changed after updating components from a library.
#4520 Ctrl+C command for 3D mode works now.
#4485 The default footprint is now indicated in the Libraries panel, and used when placing a component.
#4583 Double-clicking on Layer Stack Chart no longer invokes Length Tuning Dialogue.
#4885 Duplicated Menu Shortcut Accelerators were changed to unique.
#4433 Multipart components in xDxDesigner are now treated properly, creating corresponding parts instead of individual components.
#5435 Access check added when saving the BSDL_FileMap.Txt file.
#5412 Gerber outputs no longer lose layers when generated for embedded boards.
#5219 Fanout procedure now follows room and net rules.
#4932 FSO of Pins of SchLib parts with multiple parts works properly now.
#5351 Moving groups of objects is restricted to the area of visibility now.
#4758 IDX import no longer relays on regional date and time format anymore.
#5481 Resolved an issue when placement of DXF was wrong after it was exported via Output Jobfile.
#5191 Resolved an issue where columns were lost after copying the OutJob file from one project to another with the “Include parameters from PCB”
 setting.
#5065 Resolved an issue where components rotated incorrectly after PCB file had been exported to AutoCAD.
#5347 Resolved an issue when Pad names were incorrect and Net information was missing in ASCII file after PADS import.
#4580 Live Highlighting when the board is flipped now works correctly.
#5146 Pads with the same JumperID but different nets are reported as short circuits now.
#3992 Fabrication output for a vault-managed, panelized PCB design now produces a warning message when the panel PcbDoc and referenced PcbDocs are not members of the same project.
#5343 Violation description for component clearance has been updated to be more informative.
#5413 Fixed a bug with snap to board axis when snapping to embedded board edge.
#5345 Fixed several issues with pre-defined stackups in layer stack manager.
#5654 Mirroring of OLE objects preserves its state during saving and loading.
#5426 Testpoint flag is updating now during layer change.
#4614 Resolved an issue where Polygon Hatch does not pour correctly when individual Poly to Via Rule is set.
#4436 Compile Names Expansion setting for Ports now functions correctly.
#3939 PDF output has been corrected when PCB designs contain rounded rectangle pad shapes.
#4924 Resolved an issue where arcs were importing incorrectly from Altium Designer to AutoCAD .dwg.
#5534 The Grid Manager's Snap To Object Hotspot setting now avoids snapping to board outline vertices when the Snap To Board Outline option is not activated in Board Options.
#4378 Issue with disappearing 3D bodies when moving designators in 3D mode has been resolved.
#5703 Resolved an issue where duplicate component IDs not caught during compilation resulted in incorrect schematic to PCB updates.
#4901 Unnecessary & Time Wasting "Analyzing Nets" has been optimized on large designs.
#5239 xSignals no longer crashes after placing or removing free pads.
#5625 Issue with placing manual junction at the position of cross-over has been resolved.
#5362 Error after trying to generate A4-size for PCB has been resolved.
#5646 Resolved issues with creating schematic component from Sheet using Sheet Actions ->Create Component from Sheet.
#4222 Export of square and slot shaped pad holes to Autocad DXF/DWG files have been corrected.
#5113 An odd behavior of PSON in IPC Batch Wizard is fixed.
#5722 Resolved a regression issue when evaluating special string values (document parameters, current date/time) when generating a BOM.
#5430 Resolved an issue with pushing update from net list to PCB.
#5316 Resolved an issue with NoERC markers causing slow project compilation.
#5354 SimView.DLL access violation error no longer occurs while simulating Mixed Sim.
#4792 Fixed an issue with displaying international characters in a BOM report.
#5361 Fixed an issue with layer mapping in PCB Print output settings dialog.
#4755 An issue that resulted in a blank file when generating a pdf from an outjob file for a SimView document has been fixed.
#3562 A problem in the SimModel editor dialog when specifying the pin mapping for components with hidden pins has been fixed.
#5028 Wrong behavior of DPAK in IPC Wizard is fixed.
#4622 Resolved an issue where the wrong DuplicatedID warning appeared when repeated sheet symbols were used.
#4914 Thermal relief generation had been improved.
#4483 The Gerber X2 Apper Function attribute syntax has been improved.
#4482 The Gerber X2 FileFunction attribute syntax has been improved.
#5723 Issue with Schematic compiler producing intermittent crashes when compiling integrated library has been resolved
#5023 Allegro importer does not crash anymore on large designs.
#3906 Resolved a problem with generating large sized PDFs from Schematic documents containing JPEG images.
#5348 Issue with incorrect import of NC Drill table from Allegro has been resolved.
#5357 Resolved an issue with creating unrolled nets when importing ORCAD designs.
#5318 Altium Designer no longer crashes when compiling a project that has many error and warnings.
#5363 Generating Gerber files no longer crashes when PCB document contains an Embedded Board Array that references a PCB document that does not exist.
#5145 Resolved an issue with component clearance checking on imported designs.
#4763 Restored the possibility to copy and paste symbols between components in a Schematic library.
#5465 Resolved an issue  for Preview in Print Job where selecting multiple PCB or Schematic documents caused Access Violation or empty preview.
#4620 Resolved an issue when some components were excluded from the Pick and Place file.
#5359 Pins will no longer disappear from SchLib component when importing them from PADS.
#5110 Special strings with parameters containing "-" or "." symbols are now processed properly.

#5243 Ability to create separate net classes for buss sections when pushing updates from Schematic to PCB has been added.
#5447 Provided possibility to update all extensions at once.
#5326 Added support for spline, parabola and ellipse edge types to region/polygon/board outline shapes when collaborating with SolidWorks.
#5228 Fabrication and Assembly Testpoint Style rules now contain properties for controlling clearances between testpoints and neighboring Pad/Via object holes.
#5017 Component type can now be defined directly in pcblib.
#5077 Extension&Updates section shows detailed information and updates released by Altium, without requiring an active Portal session.
#4679 Developed the possibility to autocomplete an expression for scopes based on xSignal and xSignalClasses named in the Query Helper.
#4465 Added ability to suppress updating specific parameters from database when generating BOM report
#5355 Compiler now detects mismatches between project variants and actual Schematic documents and reports warnings.
#5341 Added an prompt to have user restart Altium Designer after installing an extension.
#5349 DRC units window has variable size now.
#5063 Net change for a pad is now automatically propagated to all pads with the same Jumper ID.
#4486 Added an optional 2:6 inches (4:5 mm) precision for Gerber X2 output.
#4484 Added heuristics for Gerber X2 attribute assignment.
#4492 Arcs on all objects are now approximated correctly.
#4753 Board outline export supports preserving arc segments now.
#4466 Schematic annotation now uses a 2 unit scanning grid, supporting correct annotation when designators are slightly out of alignment.
#5290 Added a drop-down list which shows templates for working nets or those which are bigger or less than the allowed size.
#4795 Provided importing support for the latest 16.x Orcad schematic document and libraries.
#4984 Provided support for creating planar capacitive sensor patterns on PCB, for use with the range of Cypress CapSense controllers.
#4515 Added an ability to round up Schematic internal coordinates to compensate for rounding problems when switching from imperial to metric units.