Friday, December 6, 2013

How to Import Graphics and RF Geometries Using DXF Files

How to Import Graphics and RF Geometries Using DXF Files



Often PCB designers need to bring in a company logo from a graphic design team, or an RF component designed in a 3D field simulation program. In both of these cases the associated 2D design tools can export the data in a universal "DXF" format. However, if the graphic was created in a vector image design tool it may often come in as an outline only, so you will need to use a few tricks to refill the geometry accurately in to the correct solid shapes. In this video, Applications Engineer Max Clemons shows the best approach for not only importing these design graphics but also performing the necessary "refilling" of the designed shape, and finishes off with a neat trick to be able to easily move and resize the various related geometries.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Announcement: Altium Designer 14.1, Vault updates and TC2

Announcement: Altium Designer 14.1, Vault updates and TC2


Altium Designer 14.1, Vault, TC2, Private License Server, Altium Vault Server

On behalf of the Altium Development team, I’m excited to announce the release of Altium Designer 14.1, along with updates to the Altium Vault Server, Private License Server, and our newest product, Team Configuration Center (TC2).

Altium Designer 14.1

With this update we have paid particular attention to stability and performance issues. See the What’s New and Release Notes for a complete listing of all the fixes and enhancements.

To download this update you can use the new update system:

- Make sure you are signed-in and have chosen a license with valid subscription

- Goto DXP » Extensions and Updates, you should see the Update is available download link on the Updates page.

There are also updates to the Mixed Simulation and SIMetrix/SIMPLIS extensions.

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.

If you are wanting to install a new build containing this update, the new Installer can be downloaded from the Download page in AltiumLive. A new Offline Installer is also available, please contact your local Altium office or Value Added Reseller.

Introducing Team Configuration Center (TC2)

By automatically configuring Altium Designer to use an organisation’s approved set of tool configurations and preferences, document templates and output job settings, design teams can save set-up time, avoid design rework and eliminate fabrication issues caused by generating incorrect or poorly formatted outputs.

TC2 centralizes and deploys Altium Designer settings and preferences, and ensures the entire design team are all working from a company-standard set of document templates and output job formats.