Thursday, April 21, 2016

Altium Designer 16.0. Version 16.0.9 (build 368) is now available

Altium Designer 16.0. Version 16.0.9 (build 368) is now available on Download section of the site and update system in Altium Designer (DXP>>Extensions and Updates).

Release Notes

#8665    Fixed bug with incorrect displaying non-fitted components in Assembly Drawing (BC:6424)
#9604    Fixed issue when incorrect Designators used in BOM for replaced components in multichannel project in Variants
#10237    Restored previous (15.1) behavior of same net clearance check validation for Via-Pad and Via-Via combinations (BC:6321)
#10602    Fixed an issue when size of the multi-line text string was changed during footprint release to Vault
#10680    Fixed an issue when STEP model changes to the extruded 3D Body after model file replacement (BC:6310)
#10974    Fixed bug with Part Request list display in Vault Explorer, after request creation via web UI
#11118    Fixed bug when Altium Designer freezes after creating or adding a BomDoc to the project that contains component with modified grouping parameters
#11385    Vault component template in folder properties is no longer erased after new revision of the template is created
#11557    Fixed critical issue with missing polygons during Gerber generation of the board with embedded arrays

Friday, April 8, 2016

Altium Designer 16.1, a major update scheduled to be released on May 2

Altium is scheduled to release a new documentation workflow available exclusively in their flagship PCB design platform, Altium Designer 16.1. Draftsman™ provides PCB designers with a unified documentation solution with customizable drawing views, documentation templates, and a fully complete design to documentation workflow in Altium Designer 16.1. 

“Engineers have long relied on tools for documentation that are cumbersome and limited in functionality,” said Alexey Sabunin, Altium Designer Product Manager. “Draftsman™ eliminates the tedium of having to import and export design files to 3rd party tools and integrates the PCB design and documentation workflows in the Altium Designer interface. That’s one less interface for engineers to have to navigate and one centralized location for all PCB design and documentation data.”

Streamlining Documentation Workflows

Documentation is a critical element of every post-design process, and designers frequently struggle with limited, 3rd-party documentation tools that lack a connection to their original design. Draftsman™ links directly to a designer’s PCB data, making it easy to create and update assembly documentation directly within a design workspace without ever having to import or export files between third party solutions. With Draftsman™, PCB designers can: 

  • Avoid third-party tools - Create and update assembly documentation without having to waste time importing and exporting design files among multiple tools.
  • Communicate better - Quickly communicate design intent to manufacturing with easy-to-use design markup and drawing object tools.
  • Define their details - Provide detailed perspectives on design intent with flexible board views with expressive call-outs.

All of these features and more are available directly within a PCB designer’s workspace in the unified environment of Altium Designer 16.1. With a fully unified solution for both design and documentation, engineers can stay efficient without having to add another software package and interface to their existing electronics design workflow.

Availability Details

Draftsman is one of the several new features in Altium Designer 16.1, a major update to the company’s flagship PCB design tool. Altium Designer 16.1 is scheduled to be released on May 2, and designers can register now for a free webinar and learn more about Draftsman by clicking here. Altium will also be in attendance at the annual Embedded Systems Conference in Boston at booth 865 to show off all the new improvements being added to Altium Designer 16.1.