Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Altium Designer 17.1 is now available

The latest update of Altium Designer 17.1 is now available for download.You can install version 17.1.9 (build 592) from the Download section of the site or update in Altium Designer 17.1 (DXP > Extensions and Updates).

In this update contains several important bug and regression fixes in PCB, Draftsman, Data Management. Also, this update includes:

  • Minimum Solder Mask sliver rule check reverted to 17.0 state (BC:1122)
  • Fix the annoying bug that caused Datasheet data to be missed
  • Fix a bug in PCB where Phantom Drill Pair remains after it is deleted and more

Please check the full list of release notes below.

Release Notes

#20989    Data Management - Resolved an issue in which invalid information showed for a component template when using "Where used" feature.
#22190    Data Management - Fixed bug where Symbol and Footprint item revision field were not mapped to schlib and pcblib attribute while the object has been opened via file-less editing.
#22336    Data Management - Resolved an issue with a decimal symbol in case of different formats on server/client PC settings (Win7x86 only).
#17982    Draftsman - Fixed bug that caused it to not be possible to select some designators on BAV.
#18773    Draftsman - Fixed Regression that caused Exception to occur when editing parameters for a document that is not in a project (Free Document).
#20998    Draftsman - Added backward compatibility for Draftsman files.
#21457    Minimum solder mask sliver rule check was reverted as it works in AD17.0 (BC:1122).
#20794    Fixed regression that caused ComponentLinkURL with the page number to call out Error in Schematic.
#19354    Fixed bug in Output Job that caused Alternate Part with the same Footprint to destroy BOM when datasource PCB was selected.
#19634    Fixed bug that caused Datasheet data to be missed after the update of a component model.
#20405    Fixed bug where supplier search does not work when logged in to SolidWorks PCB Services.
#20604    Fixed bug that caused missing components after importing from xDxDesigner.
#20792    Fixed bug causing rounding issues for 3D models in IDF export.
#20798    Fixed bug in PCB where Phantom Drill Pair remains after it is deleted.
#20799    Fixed bug that caused components that have alternate part with a different footprint to present both parts in the Pick and Place file for "No Variations" (BC:7786).
#20800    Fixed bug in PCB that caused the Layer Stack Table to not update automatically if layer stack was changed (BC:4619).
#20801    Fixed bug that caused inability to generate DWG/DXF output when a ' / ' was used in a file name.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017




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Please join this free live webinar to see what's new including:

  • Modern User Interface - Fresh and intuitive environment, with optimizations that will enable clearer visualization of your workflow.
  • Powerful PCB Design - 64-bit architecture and multi-threaded task optimizations that will let you design and release large, complex boards faster than ever.
  • Interconnected Multi-Board Assembly - Connectivity management and enhanced 3D engine that will allow you to render design models and multi-board assemblies - faster and with better shading and realism.
  • Several other key updates that will significantly enhance your user experience and productivity.


Also, in case you haven't seen...Atlium Designer Open Beta is now available!


If you'd like to take it for a spin now, please follow these instructions:


Altium Designer (Open Beta)
Online installer: LINK
Licenses: Use your Altium Designer license



Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Altium NEXUS™ and the Future of Vault

Altium® has officially announced the upcoming launch of a new product that is designed to simplify the experience of working together with other engineers, designers, and stakeholders in the electronic product design process. Altium NEXUS will include cloud-enabled server technology to support collaboration, process management, and data management, hosted in either public or private (on-premise) environments. The core schematic and PCB design technology of Altium NEXUS is identical to that of Altium Designer® 18, sharing 100% of the design capabilities - now and always.

As such, Altium Designer 18.0 and beyond will no longer connect to Vault. Customers and users of Vault can switch to Altium NEXUS in "Vault Compatibility Mode" and connect seamlessly to their existing Vault server with full data integrity and preservation of capabilities. There is no additional charge to customers who are on active maintenance subscriptions, and as stated above, the schematic and PCB capabilities, and user interface of Altium NEXUS and Altium Designer 18.0 are identical.

As a standalone product Vault 3.0 will be our last release with new capabilities, yet the Vault technology will continue to evolve and advance as a core part of Altium NEXUS. In the near future, Altium NEXUS will offer a "Native Mode" version that will expose new capabilities for collaboration, data management, and process management. These new capabilities are made possible through the integration and continued development of technologies from Vault as well as recent Altium acquisitions of Ciiva, Perception Software, and more.

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Altium Designer 18.0

Altium Designer 18.0 “Open Beta” cycle has started!
The first Open Beta version of Altium Designer 18.0 is now available for download. For installation details please check the Installation section below.

Altium Designer 18 includes many improvements including:

  • a new look and streamlined user interface
  • additional memory utilization with 64-bit support
  • a new graphical engine for improved rendering and speed
  • multi-threading support to speed up common operations (project compile, polygon repour, DRC, Gerber, etc.)
  • PCB file load and Net build optimization
  • Multi-board support
  • New ActiveBOM

Important Notes:
A license with valid subscription is required to use Altium Designer 18 Open Beta

Customers who also use Altium Vault who would like to participate in the Open Beta program should switch to Altium NEXUS in “Vault Compatibility Mode” and connect seamlessly to their existing Vault server with full data integrity and preservation of capabilities. The schematic and PCB capabilities and user interface of Altium NEXUS and Altium Designer 18.0 are identical.
For more information on Altium NEXUS, please follow this link:


Altium Designer (Open Beta)
Online installer:
Licenses: Use your Altium Designer license

Altium NEXUS  (Open Beta)
Online installer:
Licenses: Please note that Altium NEXUS will (temporarily) use Altium Designer licenses until January 1st, 2018

Friday, July 7, 2017

Altium Designer 17.1.6 Update (7 July 2017)

Hi all, Altium Designer is now publicly available


This update of 17.1 version contains some corrections in the newly introduced Keepouts, which caused the most heated discussion of users after the release of AD17.1. Also, we want to highlight a bunch of corrections and improvements in Draftsman tool, Bug Crunch fixes as well as improvements in Data Management tools and much more. Please find the complete list of release notes below.

Release Notes

#17494    Fixed bug where non-keepout primitives can be copied/pasted on Keep-Out Layer and keep-out primitives on a non-signal improper layer.
#17691    Fixed bug where Managed OutJobs could only utilize Vault based BOM templates locally.
#17787    Fixed pasting of graphics from the clipboard in Schematic.
#18044    Fixed regression bug where polygon cutouts do not appear in ODB++ assigned on mask layers.
#18174    Data Management - Improved Item Manager performance for projects with Vault components.
#18283    Vault Explorer - Fixed bug where switching to preview on Windows 10 Creator causes BSOD (BC:8015).
#18308    Draftsman - Fixed regression bug where titles appear in the PDF generated from an output job (BC:8074).
#18345    Draftsman - Added support for individual variants in OutJoub for Draftsman drawings.
#18368    Fixed regression bug where PCB file from the previous version cannot be open in AD17.1.
#18372    Fixed bug where keepout object options clear after Union creation.
#18414    Eagle Importer - Fixed regression bug which caused a wrong placement of objects on the top layer.
#18415    Fixed regression bug where projects under Version Control are not recognized as so by AD 17 (BC:7966).
#18445    Fixed regression bug where was not possible to open Supplier Links dialog if Future Electronics supplier is installed.
#18513    Fixed regression bug where lifecycle state change does not work in "Full item history" window.
#18566    Draftsman - Fixed regression bug where in 17.1 not showing reference designators for parts not fitted (BC:8001).
#18628    Library Panel - Fixed bug where the status of the Load all Pages preference in was not saved between AD launches.
#18628    Library Panel - Added ability to save/load list of the visible columns while performing import/export of the preferences.
#18628    Library Panel - Fixed bug where Component Type attribute was not available for the Vault-based libraries.
#18629    Added ability to define a position of the visible parameters of the Vault components, by preserving position data from the symbol.
#18630    Fixed bug where open pick and place file in source section caused Source out of date.
#18701    Data Management - Added suggest to update related components after component template modification.
#18702    Fixed bug where update related items feature allows to open component with different templates in one batch editor.
#18727    Draftsman - Fixed regression bug where data is not loaded if components with variants have multiple (incorrect) Unique IDs (BC:8005).
#18809    Draftsman - Fixed regression bug where 3D bodies are not displayed on Assembly Views on not-English Windows with non-English project path.
#18909    Fixed bug where Component Links Parameters not migrated to a component by Library Migrator.
#18925    Fixed regression bug where supply chain info shows up in the left top corner of the screen when navigating through components in Vault Explorer with opened Supply chain aspect.
#19024    Draftsman - Fixed regression bug where some of the not fitted Hatching Pattern settings are not working.
#19103    Improved open BOM document performance to use price data cache instead of additional requests to the server.
#19191    Draftsman - Fixed regression bug where Components with Assembly Drawing source are not displayed under Detain View on PDF output (BC:8121).

Friday, May 26, 2017

Altium Vault 3.0.11 Update (26 May 2017)

The latest update of Altium Vault 3.0 is now available for download. The link to Altium Vault 3.0.11 (build 562) is in the Download section of the Altium website.

This update includes several bug fixes, such as bug with migration from satellite vault, or bug, where vault did not work via proxy and more (see release notes for details).

Please, do not forget to make a backup of your data before updating.

Release Notes

#16034    Part Catalog - Fixed bug which appears if a database contains more than three ODBC part source.
#17095    Added support to acquire components from a Vault connected via HTTPS.
#17114    Improved proxy server support.
#17397    Fixed bug which caused migration from the Satellite Vault has been failed.
#17473    Health Monitor - Added status of proxy settings.

Full list of Altium Vault 3.0 Release Notes