Distributor Farnell element14, in partnership with Altium, has released version 1.2 of Altium CircuitStudio; the package is a full professional PCB design tool with schematic capture, feature-rich PCB editing and centralised component management. It is now available at a price point of €957 / £753.
Altium CircuitStudio is a complete PCB design system with a balanced blend of powerful features that include:
- Design Rule Driven Interactive Routing enables designers to quickly and efficiently route without worrying about breaking any preset design rules.
- Built-In Autorouter Engine provides the routes from one pin to another automatically based on predetermined rules set by the designer, allowing more time to focus on other aspects of the design.
Read our article about using the Altium Designer Autorouter. We do not recommend using this feature. A skilled designer will design a better functioning board that is "pretty" while an autorouter cannot do that.
- Native 3D PCB Visualization Engine allows designers to ensure their boards fit their mechanical enclosures the first time, effectively reducing design spins and saving precious time and resources.
The latest version also highlights; pad objects now support square and slotted holes; there is subversion (SVN) support, and the ability to generate an EDIF Netlist. Additional Schematic and PCB shortcut keys provide common object placement commands; and rearranging library documents within the Projects Panel is improved. The knowledge and support centre for Altium CircuitStudio has also been improved and can be found within the element14 community.
“The latest release of CircuitStudio represents a very competitive solution in the low end market space for PCB design tools... with a reduction in price, enhanced product roadmap, and increased support,” said Matt Schwaiger, Vice President of Customer Success at Altium.
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