2017 release for Altium Designer now ‘live’

November 18, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Altium has launched the latest version of its PCB design software Altium Designer 17; among other upgrades it aims to reduce time spent on non-design related tasks. Designers can make use of several advanced new technologies to focus on actual design rather than the mundane tasks that often surround the design process.

Some of the features of the release were previously reported here; Guided routing features in Altium PCB package's forthcoming release .


“Altium Designer 17 is a continuation of our ongoing pursuit to shift the focus back onto what engineers are passionate about: designing electronics.” said Henry Potts, Chief Operations Officer at Altium. “Altium Designer is all about the engineer, and we want to capture what inspired our customers to start designing electronics in the first place by automating as much of the process as possible and putting the focus on creative solutions to engineering challenges.”


Altium Designer 17, the company says, allows engineers to move their focus back to creating designs, as evident with ActiveRoute routing technology. ActiveRoute enables designers to interactively guide their routes across the entire board in minutes, allowing them more time to perfect their designs and come up with creative solutions to issues that arise during development. Coupled with the automated documentation technology in Draftsman, designers have the opportunity to bring innovation to the forefront by accurately communicating design intent the first time.


“PCB designers continue to be confronted with time-consuming interactive routing challenges,” said Charles Pfeil, Senior Product Manager at Altium. “With ActiveRoute, we’ve pushed routing technology into a new frontier by providing complete user control and flexibility for high quality routing in a small fraction of the time.”


Altium; www.altium.com/altium-designer/whats-new