Importer Improvements (New Feature Summary)

Created: July 11, 2019 | Updated: September 4, 2019
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Altium NEXUS 20.0 includes several improvements to importers. These additions and enhancements create more efficient and inclusive importing. 

For information about installing and managing extensions, refer to Extending Altium NEXUS.

Allegro Importer

  • During import of Allegro Design Files, the new Optimize clearance rules option on the Default PCB Specific Options page allows you to use optimization for the clearance rules (when enabled)

Allegro Import Wizard Optimize clearance rules option

  • Added the ability to map layers when importing Allegro designs.

EAGLE Importer

  • Added the ability to remap\remove PCB layers when importing EAGLE designs. 
  • The Reporting Options page has been renamed Output Projects and includes the same options as in previous versions.

The Output Projects page of the EAGLE importer

Mentor Expedition Importer

  • Object Specific Keepouts have been added to the Mentor Expedition importer. The importer now translates Mentor Expedition keepouts to similar types in Altium NEXUS (tracks, vias, etc.). 
  • Added the ability to remap\remove PCB layers when importing Mentor Expedition designs.

OrCAD Importer

  • An option has been added to the OrCAD Designs and Libraries Files importer that allows you to choose to use Altium Ports for sheet-to-sheet connectivity rather than the default off-sheet connectors. The new option (highlighted in the image below) is on the fourth page of the Wizard.

Convert OrCAD off-page connectors as Altium Ports option

Normally, flat OrCAD designs import using off-sheet connectors. The Convert Orcad Off-Page connectors as Altium Ports (instead of defaults Off-sheet connectors) option eliminates the manual process needed to convert off-page connectors to ports. This option also is useful when converting a flat design to a hierarchical design when ports are required.

  • An option has been added to the OrCAD importer to treat all properties as occurrence properties.

PADS Importer

  • Added a new feature that includes additional stages for the import process, allowing for the remapping or removal of PCB layers during the import.
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