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With Altium’s free PCBDOC viewer, every member of your design team will have read-only access to your design data leaving nothing to chance.
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Any kind of file viewing should be an easy process for your PCB design software.
Your printed circuit board design may have started with just yourself or a small team of people, but by the time it is completed there will be a lot more involved. There will be people checking to make sure that your components are available, others checking your connectivity and design, while still others will be looking at the mechanical configuration and to see how well your design will fit with others. Then your design will go out to PCB manufacturing, and even more people will be checking how it was designed and if it will run through the PCB fabrication and assembly processes without problems.
To give everyone the access that they need to work with you and your design, you need two things. First you need the ability to quickly and efficiently create detailed documentation for review and manufacturing, and second you need a PCBDOC viewer capable of reviewing PCBDOC files and all other design files and documentation that you have created. Fortunately Altium Designer is PCB design software that is able to handle both of these needs.
The first question that comes up is what kind of PCB manufacturer documents and drawings will need to be created? If you are not familiar with the entire PCB design process or PCB manufacturing requirements, you may be asking yourself the same thing. Your PCB manufacturer will need an array of design files from you that may include Gerber files, bill of material files, Excellon drill files, fabrication and assembly drawings, pick and place files, and many others. Here are some resources to help you become more acquainted with some of these file types.
If you are new to all of this then don’t worry, here are some resources on the basics of manufacturing output files.
Altium Designer gives you many powerful tools such as this generator for drawings, and operates as a PCBDOC viewer.
When the design is complete and it is time to hand it over for manufacturing, you need to have confidence that the data you send out clearly communicates your intent. This way you can be sure that the board that gets manufactured is built exactly the way that you intended it to be. The key to this level of communication is for all members of the design and manufacturing teams to have access to your documentation, and the file viewer necessary to review them.
Altium offers a free download of a PCBDOC viewer. This tool is a version of Altium Designer that grants access as read-only to the Gerber files and manufacturing documentation that you have created. With this file viewer free download, everyone in your design and manufacturing teams will always be on the same page as you. Your intra-team communications will improve making design reviews quicker, and you will see reduced design errors and fewer board spins. With the viewer being read-only you also won’t have to worry that someone else might have changed your design files. The other team members will be able see the same design data as you do, but without the chance of making unintentional alterations.
With the viewer being a free version of Altium Designer, the Gerber and BOM files you created are easily viewed by all.
Altium Designer allows you to share your full design data through its free PCBDOCviewer
With more than 30 years of experience behind it, Altium Designer is one of the most versatile and powerful PCB design systems available today. From CAD import and schematic capture, to layout as well as the CAM editor, PCB designers have found great success using Altium PCB design tools for multi-layer PCBs, rigid-flex PCB design, and more. Altium Designer delivers advanced functionality such as a full set of design rules, a flexible file viewer, intelligent routing options, and a full native 3D engine for component placement and checking. Altium Designer’s cross-selecting and cross-probing capabilities will enable fast and efficient navigation for you between the schematic and the layout. You will be able to view, edit, print and share everything from single documents to your entire project with your team, and all from Altium’s signature unified design platform.
The same power in Altium Designer is also in the free file viewer allowing your team members to work with all of the design documentation in a secure read-only version. This includes Printed Circuit Boards, schematics, and manufacturing files. Your team will be able to view, print, and cross-probe between the schematic and the layout just as you can in the full version of Altium Designer. With the viewer free download version, your team will be able to verify your design for all aspects of manufacturing down to the smallest details of the solder mask.
Altium’s free PCBDOC viewer easily reads the bill of materials file, the drawing files, and all the rest of your manufacturing output files that were created in the powerful Altium Designer.
With Altium Designer you can design the most challenging circuit boards out there. With the free PCBDOC viewer you can keep your entire component design and manufacturing team on the same page with you. Sign up for a free trial today and discover how Altium can help you to success.