After experiencing record user growth in the past year, Altium has launched the latest version of their leading PCB design software with Altium Designer 17. This release further embodies Altium’s commitment to passionate design by significantly reducing the time spent on non-design related tasks. Designers can leverage several advanced new technologies to centre their focus on actual design rather than the mundane tasks that often plague the design process.
“Altium Designer 17 is a continuation of our ongoing pursuit to shift the focus back onto what engineers are passionate about: designing electronics.” said Henry Potts, chief operations officer at Altium. “Altium Designer is all about the engineer, and we want to capture what inspired our customers to start designing electronics in the first place by automating as much of the process as possible and putting the focus on creative solutions to engineering challenges.”
Electronics design attracts engineers with a deeply ingrained passion for the creative process, yet most of their time is spent outside that realm. Altium Designer 17 allows engineers to indulge their passion by shifting their focus back to creating designs, as evident with ActiveRoute, the latest breakthrough in routing technology. ActiveRoute enables designers to interactively guide their routes across the entire board in minutes, allowing them more time to perfect their designs and come up with creative solutions to issues that arise during development. Coupled with the automated documentation technology in Draftsman, designers have the opportunity to bring innovation to the forefront by accurately communicating design intent the first time. With Altium Designer 17, engineers are no longer bound by a burdensome process that pulls them away from designs and are free to explore their creativity and produce more inspired designs.
“PCB designers continue to be confronted with time-consuming interactive routing challenges,” said Charles Pfeil, senior product manager at Altium. “With ActiveRoute, we’ve pushed routing technology into a new frontier by providing complete user control and flexibility for high quality routing in a small fraction of the time.”