Integrated documentation option added to Altium's Designer PCB tool

April 04, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Altium is to release a new documentation workflow in its flagship PCB design platform, Altium Designer 16.1. Draftsman provides PCB designers with a unified documentation solution with customisable drawing views, documentation templates, and a fully complete design-to-documentation workflow, in Altium Designer 16.1.

“Engineers have long relied on tools for documentation that are cumbersome and limited in functionality,” said Alexey Sabunin, Altium Designer Product Manager. “Draftsman eliminates the tedium of having to import and export design files to 3rd party tools and integrates the PCB design and documentation workflows in the Altium Designer interface. That’s one less interface for engineers to have to navigate and one centralised location for all PCB design and documentation data.”


Documentation is a critical element of every post-design process, and designers frequently struggle – Altium asserts - with limited, 3rd-party documentation tools that lack a connection to their original design. Draftsman links directly to a designer’s PCB data, making it easy to create and update assembly documentation directly within a design workspace without ever having to import or export files between third party solutions. With Draftsman PCB designers can:

- Avoid third-party tools - Create and update assembly documentation without having to waste time importing and exporting design files among multiple tools.

- Communicate better - Quickly communicate design intent to manufacturing with easy-to-use design markup and drawing object tools.

- Define their details - Provide detailed perspectives on design intent with flexible board views with expressive call-outs.


Draftsman is one of the several new features in Altium Designer 16.1, a major update to the company’s flagship PCB design tool. Altium Designer 16.1 is scheduled to be released on May 2nd, and designers can register now for a free webinar and learn more about Draftsman on the Altium Designer 16.1 Coming Soon website .