Altium Designer Documentation

Release Notes for Altium Designer

Modified by Tiffany Cullen on Jan 22, 2021
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The following sections list the release notes for publicly released versions of Altium Designer 21.0.

For a summary of new features and enhancements in Altium Designer 21.0, see New in Altium Designer.

Version 21.0.9 (Update 1 Hot Fix)

Build: 235 Date: 11 January 2021

Schematic
41253 User-defined variant parameter values were not displayed on the schematic document.
41983 Alpha Numeric Suffix was not applied for Numeric state.
42325 Variant parameters included in Special strings were not shown on the Schematic sheet.
42845 Parameter values with a dash (-) and zeroes display incorrectly. (BC:14889)
PCB
42726 Paste Masks are not displayed for primitives in the PCB library. (BC:14892)
42863 Dead copper around a Keepout was not removed when repouring Polygons. (BC:14952)
42973 Incorrect 3D models are displayed in the 3D view when the PCB document is opened.
Platform
42572 Access violation in ScriptingSystem.dll during component creation in Altium Library Loader script from Samacsys.

Version 21.0.8 

Build: 223 Date: 17 December 2020

Schematic
35995 The Comment Name is not visible while moving it.
36454 DM_CalculateParameterValue function resulted in an error during Script execution.
36952 Pad designators are now displayed rather than the Pin designator in the case of unsymmetrical pin to pad mapping.
37958 Crash occurred when Schematic document and Schematic Filter panel were located on separate windows. (BC:13339)
37970 Components were displayed incorrectly. (BC:13297)
37977 Graphics pasted from Paint are not always added to the PDF. (BC:13351)
38072 "Add Template to Clipboard" option resulted in an exception error message.
38286 Net names were not overridden by Power Port names if Power Ports were connected via Bus. (BC:13449)
38598 Modification of the numeration of compiled sheets is not saved (BC:13586)
38717 Added ability to add parameters to Wires. (BC:11099)
38746 The order of parameters drawing is changed during updating from the library as well as after deleting and performing an undo. (BC:13719)
38929 The grid in the symbol editor is not always aligned to the origin.
40246 The Model Pin Designator was not saved after editing in the Model Map dialog. (BC:14182)
40477 The cutter box graphics in the "Break Wire" tool became invisible when placed over a harness signal object.
40737 'Not fitted' graphics were not centered over the component. (BC:24228,14209)
40871 The interactive PDF navigation for ports and offsheet connectors does not work in flat designs.
41161 Large grey rectangles were incorrectly displayed instead of grey bold net lines when generating the Schematic to PDF. (BC:13824)
41194 Schematic symbol graphics did not maintain rotation after reloading Schematic.
41239 Autocomplete naming function in the Schematic obstructed the ability to customize Port names.
41429 When a Library Report was generated, the graphics were incorrect.
42647 When multiple objects were selected and moved in the schematic library document, the selected objects disappeared. (BC:14832)
PCB
ROUTING-3530 An issue caused infinitely repeating error messages to occur when attempting to modify an existing accordion in some cases.
34900 Added support for component collision checking between component courtyards (objects placed on a component layer pair defined as Courtyard), these are used when there are no 3D Body objects in the components. (BC:3146)
37152 3D body created in SolidWorks 2020 SP1 could not be added in Altium Designer, with no warning message appearing when attempted.
38592 Improved performance for Pad/Via selection with open properties panel and preview enabled
38652 The delay value in the PCB panel did not change after the parameters that affected the xSignal value were changed, then saved in the Layer Stack Manager.
39006 Added polar grid coordinates to Properties panel and Heads Up Display (HUD). (BC:590)
39008 Added the ability to place an image on PCB layer using the Place>Graphic command. PNG, BMP, JPG and SVG formats supported. (BC:10969)
39082 ActiveRoute command ignored 'No Net' Polygon and Region objects.
39159 DRC did not report two or more pins with no connected nets as short circuits. (BC:13783)
39180 Exception error occurred when saving a PCB Library after custom grid settings were changed.(BC:13713)
39247 View Configuration panel custom settings were not saved on certain PCBs.
40241 Changing the line radius when placing a line does not work correctly. (BC:14137)
40279 Track width for hatched polygons is not working when hidden and the track width value in the preview differs from the hidden preview. (BC:14225)
40287 The Remove Unused Pad Shapes' command did not work correctly with offset holes. (BC:9744)
40298 When a selected object that has a room within the selected object was moved, the reference point was changed. (BC:371)
40410 Clearance miscalculation when running a Design Rule Check as a result of factoring slot size and ignoring hole length.(BC:11879)
40462 Interactive Routing resulted in a large memory leak when the Swapping option was enabled in the project design.
40618 An issue caused cutouts to be ignored by the Board Outline Clearance for silkscreens, resulting in a design rule violation to be generated. (BC:9144)
40773 Added the ability to save PCB 3D prints using the File>Export command in *.png, *.jpg, and *.bmp formats. (BC:1397)
40778 Mechanical layers are now displayed in the PCB 3D mode. (BC:301)
40782 The ability to orient with polar grids while moving or dragging rooms or multiple selected components has been added. (BC:9988)
40792 Added 'Remove Loops with Vias' option to Routing Properties panel. (BC:8781)
41122 Added an option in the Advanced Settings dialog to set layer sorting modes.
41182 The Copy All Objects Touching the Room command does not update polygon and via nets for a new channel. (BC:11653)
41348 The accuracy of the selection of tuning patterns has been improved.
41354 Invalid layers are no longer displayed in the layers list for Component placement. (BC:9114)
41425 3D bodies are missing in exported STEP files.
41502 Added "+/-" buttons for rotation to the 3D Body Properties panel. (BC:8583)
41503 Added number keyboard shortcuts for 3D view controls. (BC:7726)
41656 Improved the speed of saving PCB documents on network drive. (BC:2399)
41801 Added dedicated snapping to arc centers.
41826 Added ability to pour modified polygons during Design Rule Check.
42006 Added "Quick Routing" and "Quick Differential Pair Routing" commands to the Route menu.
42087 When trying to route on specific PCBs, the 'Simbeor error. Failed to add material' message is displayed. (BC:14645)
42146 Snapping on the current layer snaps to the Keep-Out layer.
42179 Optimal Void Rotation options was added for polygon. (BC:4314)
42403 In the Layer Stack Manager, added a top panel with modification buttons, the ability to add new types of layers, and in Draftsman, added new layers of support.
Draftsman
39519 Silkscreen primitives for the Board Assembly View were not correctly drawn. (BC:12405)
42061 The "VersionControl_ProjFolderRevNumber" and "VersionControl_RevNumber" special strings were not updated in the Draftsman PDF document after being released and instead displayed a "not in version control" error.
Platform
38800 UI themes support and high DPI support have been added in certain dialogs and editors.
39108 Context menus were not rendered on the second monitor if the main monitor had 4K resolution and High DPI.
40161 Error occurred when generating prints when no 'No-ERC Markers with Symbols' options in the Schematic Print Properties dialog were enabled.
41733 Outjob dialog popup window is now resizable horizontally. (BC:6227)
42008 Restored "Save As" command in right-click menu options for single documents in the Projects panel (BC:14701).
42570 Converting polygons to region objects resulted in a Scripting error.
Data Management
35873 When the Item Manager Automatch option was used, the correct footprint was not selected.
36764 PDF schematic output jobs generated by the Release Manager with the Version Control Revision number resulted in the PDF 'Not in Version Control'.
36880 'Description' parameter column has been added to the Single Component Editor. (BC:12077) (BC:7192)
38668 Added ability to save the component selection after the Refresh command has been used. (BC:13295)
39500 Added the ability to use the "Update to the Latest Revision" command for alternate parts in an ActiveBOM document.
40615 An error appeared after a BOM PDF that contained an image was generated through the PDF Output job container. (BC:14020)
40946 Nexus Client did not show server project templates when "Sign in automatically" and TC2 configuration was used.
40954 'Where Used' section from the Components panel did not display Project Template items.
40955 It was not possible to mouse scroll the scroll bar of the Template's drop-down menu.
41312 The Components panel now supports Simulation Model browsing.
41469 Catastrophic failure when columns grouping was enabled in the Components panel.
41599 Simulation Models Panel to browse the model from the Local libraries storage and Simulation Generic Component Library
41617 Mapping schemas are now supported for component references in DBLibs during Library Migration.
41799 Warning message regarding the disabled Data Management server continued to pop up unnecessarily during startup.
41811 The Manufacturer Part Search Panel now supports Simulation model browsing.
41835 Parameters' visibility in the Properties panel component area is now managed by the user.
41888 The 'VersionControl_ProjFolderRevNumber' and 'VersionControl_RevNumber' special strings were not updated for PDF documents that were generated during project release.
41950 Customize the browse model based on Components panel in Local libraries according to the model UI
42067 The Components panel has updated how Simulation models are previewed.
Import/Export
39372 Added an ability to import Pspice schematic files with connected models
40701 A new schematic and symbol library file format has been added to the KiCAD importer.
41034 Stroke Text was incorrectly exported to DXF/DXG as individual tracks. (BC:10437)
41594 Ansys exported .edb file resulted in incorrect layer assignment for single-layer pads.
Simulation
40088 Fourier Analysis has been added to the Simulation dashboard.
40102 Support has been added for switching between SPICE formats - LTSpice, PSpice, and MixedSim.
40542 Added output expressions window in the simulation dashboard.
41001 Added support for SPICE libraries in the Components panel.
41109 Transient Analysis UIC flag is now included in Mixed Simulation.
41110 The Run buttons are now disabled if the verification was unsuccessful or was not up-to-date.
41112 Added the ability to select the probe or source from the dashboard to open the Properties panel.
41214 A new feature automatically assigns models for R, L, C components from the Simulation dashboard.
41215 A feature has been added that allows you to choose the source of the included simulation model in the SimModel window.
41216 All simulation models of a project are now stored in a single model file.
41285 Simulation data is now shown on plots according to the type - Probe or Expression.
41299 The Simulation Properties panel has been updated with new features.
41309 Simulation profiles are now autoloaded.
41475 The Simulation profiles processing has been updated as project documents displayed in the Projects panel.
41483 The Component Library of the SimModel window has been updated to account for Altium 365 Simulation.
41505 The feature to sweep parameters in the Parameter sweep by Decade, Octave, and List has been added.
41600 Simulation global parameters, errors, and warnings have been added to the Simulation dashboard.
41749 The models of all placed components are now stored in a special cache library.
41810 The Simulation Model verification is now available in the Sim Model Window.
42047 The Simulation process has been sped up with interactive plotting data.
42051 A new feature allows you to set the color of the probe's plot in the Simulation Dashboard.
42114 The Simulation data of unlocked transient analysis is now displayed in the Probe Window.
42119 Global parameters defined in the NSX text blocks are now displayed in the Advanced Settings Window as disabled items.
42423 Improved Pin Mapping is released for the Simulation models.
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