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PCB Mechanical Layers have been improved:
The introduction of Layer Types helps solve a long-term problem for designers when they are transferring components from one design environment to another, un-aligned mechanical layer usage. If the mechanical objects are placed in the PCB library on layers with a Layer Type assigned, when the component is copied to another library or placed on a board with those Layer Types defined, the mechanical layer contents are automatically mapped to the correct layer in the target library or board, regardless of the layer numbers. This makes it easy for designers to source footprints from different locations, as they no longer need to shuffle mechanical layer contents to suit their pre-defined layer assignments.
The Thermal Relief style for Polygon connections can now be specified in the Properties panel for placed Pads and Vias. Thermal Relief settings for an individual pad/via will take precedence over the styles defined in the active Polygon Connect Style rule(s).
As well as component strings, free text strings can now be repositioned in 3D View Mode.
Dimensions can now be placed in the PCB library editor. Dimensions are not transferred to the PCB editor when that component footprint is used on a board.
The new account/server menu allows you to sign in to your Altium Account and an available Altium server from one location, and also provides access to the software’s License Management and Extensions & Updates views.
Access the Sign In menu from the icon at the top right of the work area. When signed in to your account, all available local and cloud server services will be listed – click on a server entry to connect. Disconnect from a server by selecting the icon, and when neccessary, manually connect to a server from the menu's Custom option.
The updated Open Project dialog (File » Open Project) now provides a single location to search, browse and open Managed or unmanaged Projects.
Select File » Open Project to access the dialog, which presents a list of selectable source options in the left pane:
When viewing Managed Projects, the default view shows all projects available within the server’s top level project folder and its subfolders. To view and navigate through the project folder hierarchy, select the folder view button () to access project folders and the breadcrumb path in the dialog’s Search bar.
The functionality and UI of the dialog used to create a new project has been simplified and enhanced. Formerly the New Project dialog, the new Create Project dialog (File » New » Project) provides the following updated features:
The ability to add custom Parameters to the project, through the Parameters drop down box, as the project is being created. Added Project Parameters can be accessed in the Options for Project dialog (Project » Project Options) – in the Server Parameters tab for a managed project (read only), or in the Parameters tab for a local or Version Control project.
The Component Type parameter associated with Managed Components facilitates both the search and categorization of components in multiple locations through Altium Designer. The Component Type for a selected component is assigned or edited through the Component type dialog, which available from a range of editors and panels.
The functionality of the Component type dialog has been updated to correctly detect components with an unassigned Type, and the list of available Component Types – for the currently connected server – is now managed through the software Preferences.
To manage the list of available Component Types, open the Data Management – Component Types page of the Preferences dialog, which can be accessed directly from the button in the Component type dialog.
Within the Preferences, the alphabetically ordered Component Types listing is managed with the following features:
Close and reopen the dialog to restore the alphabetical listing order if it has been disrupted.
The Component type dialog is available from:
Part Choices provide a mechanism to decouple the design component from the manufacturer part that is purchased through the supply chain. By adding multiple Part Choices the designer can add supply chain details for multiple parts, without needing to edit that information into the design component parameters.
Part Choices can now be ranked where ever Part Choices are added or edited. For example, Part Choices can be ranked in the Single Component Editor, setting their preferred order in the BOM. If there are multiple Part Choices defined, their order is automatically updated to suit the current ranking.
The SVN Database Libraries cache folder location can now be specified in the Data Management - SVN Libraries page of the Preferences dialog.
This release sees a change in the name of the Design Workspace (*.DsnWrk) to Project Group (*.DsnWrk). This name change (the extension remains unchanged) is reflected throughout the GUI, wherever Workspaces were presented, examples of which are shown in the following image:
The ability to create 3D Bodies from selected tracks, arcs, and regions had been added in this release. This feature is accessed by choosing Tools » Convert » Create 3D Body From selected primitives from the main menus.
Layer numbers are now displayed for layer tabs by default. To hide/show the layer numbers, toggle the Show Layer Numbers option accessed by right-clicking on a layer tab.
A Rules region has been added to the Parameters tab of the Properties panel when a placed component on a schematic document is selected, or when accessing the properties for the schematic document itself (when no objects are selected). This region allows design rules to be specified at the component and/or document level on the schematic side, prior to layout.
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