Distributor RS updates free PCB design software

November 25, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Version 7.0 of RS Components’ DesignSpark PCB software comes with new functionality and additional features to support rapid prototyping

Version 7.0 adds; Enhanced Part Number handling that ensures designers' Bill of Material (BoM) is complete at any stage of the design; Sketch Routes that draw the approximate routing path and allow algorithms to draw the best tracks, enabling faster time-to-market in new designs, both in schematics and PCB layout; and an additional ODB++ export format, regularly requested by DesignSpark’s user community and increasingly supported by PCB manufacturing houses.

RS asserts that DesignSpark PCB has more than 350,000 users globally, and has become the tool of choice for sharing and collaborating on open-source hardware designs and projects. The prior update, in January 2014, added simplified export functionality to DesignSpark Mechanical, Cross Probe and Custom Shortcuts features. With the Enhanced Part Number handling feature designers can reduce time spent manually compiling purchasing information into a parts list, RS says.

"Our aim has always been to allow the creation of rapid PCB prototypes by removing the barriers to innovation in electronics design and to assist our customers to focus on their creativity instead," said Mark Cundle, Head of Technical Marketing at RS Components. "DesignSpark PCB continues to evolve on the basis of the significant feedback received by our DesignSpark community and this new version of the software is a reflection of our ongoing support to enhance their design journey."

DesignSpark features a 'DSPCB Change Log’, which highlights the new features and bug fixes of each version, and is a popular reference point for engineers wanting to know more about the software or keep pulse on the latest additions: www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/knowledge-item/designspark-pcb-change-log

RS Components; www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/nodes/view/type:design-centre/slug:rapid-prototyping / www.rs-components.com