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Altium Designer 6.7:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.7) Part.2

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    Altium Designer 6.7:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.7) Part.2

    Altium Designer 6.7:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.7) Part.2


    Improved - IPC® Compliant Footprint Wizard

    As a complimentary tool to the IPC Compliant Footprints Batch Generator,
    the IPC® Compliant Footprint Wizard has been updated to keep up with evolving technology.
    Available through the Tools menu when a PCB library is the active document,
    the IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard creates IPC-compliant component footprints.

    Rather than working from footprint dimensions, the IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard
    uses dimensional information from the component itself in accordance with the standards released by the IPC.

    For Altium Designer 6.7, it has been enhanced by the addition of support for the following additional package types:

    • CFP (Ceramic Dual Flat Pack)
    • DPAK (Transistor Outline)
    • Laminate CSP (QFN with 2 rows of pads)
    • LCC (Leadless Chip Carrier)
    • LLP (QFN with power bars)
    • MOLDED (2-pin components, includes capacitor, diode, inductor)
    • MELF (2-pin components, includes diode and resistor)
    • PQFP (Plastic Quad Flat Pack, includes PQFP Exposed Pad)
    • SOIC (Small Outline Integrated Package - Gullwing Leads, includes SOIC Exposed Pad)
    • SOP (Small Outline Package - Gullwing Leads, includes SOP Exposed Pad)
    • SOT89 (Small Outline Transistor)
    • WIRE WOUND (Precision wire-wound inductor, 2-pins)

      Figure 11. One of the new supported packages in the IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard
      is the DPAK (Transistor Outline).

      The IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard and IPC Compliant Footprints batch Generator are complimentary tools
      - the wizard is best for a single footprint whereas the batch generator is best for creating multiple footprints at a time.

    New - Text Editor Options

    Design debugging support extends back to the design documents.
    Appreciating how difficult it can be to work with and keep track of changes you have made in complex pieces of code,
    Altium Designer 6.7 delivers two new complimentary options in the Text Editor.

    Previously, your Undo data was lost after the saving of a text file.
    You'll appreciate that now any Undo/Redo data are kept after saving,
    allowing you to revert all changes you may have made.
    Found in Preferences » Text Editors » General, this option is enabled (ON) by default.

    Text lines that are modified or added are now automatically highlighted with color markers in the gutter.
    Unsaved changes are indicated with red markers while saved changes are indicated with green markers
    - allowing you to quickly identify how much of your work is committed.
    Found in Preferences » Text Editors » Display, this option is enabled (ON) by default.

    Figure 12. Color-coded markers in the Text Editor give you immediate visual feedback
    showing you which change you have saved.

    Improved - P-CAD Binary Translation

    Translating complete binary P-CAD designs, including schematics,
    PCB layout, and library files can all be directly imported by Altium Designer's Import Wizard
    without converting to ASCII first - thus avoiding the need for having P-CAD installed.

    The Import Wizard (File » Import Wizard) removes much of the headache normally found
    with design translation by analyzing your files and offering many defaults and suggested settings for project structure,
    layer mapping, PCB pattern (footprint) naming, and more.
    Complete flexibility is found in all pages of the wizard, giving you as little or as much control
    as you would like over the translation settings before committing to the actual translation process.
    For more detailed information on directly importing your designs using the Import Wizard,
    refer to the documentation [Moving to Altium Designer From P-CAD]

    Improved - PADS® Importer

    The PADS Importer - accessed through the Import Wizard (File » Import Wizard) -
    has been enhanced to now handle the import of PADS Logic files
    ( .txt). Such files will be converted into Altium Designer Schematic documents (.SchDoc)
    - one schematic document per sheet defined within the Logic file - and added to a PCB project (*.PrjPcb).

    The following versions of PADS Logic files are supported: V5.0, V5.2, V2005.0, and V2005.2.

    Figure 13. Import structure for PADS Logic file on import.

    The PADS Importer will now handle the following PADS PCB and Schematic ASCII libraries:

    • PADS PCB Decal library (*.d)
    • PADS Schematic Part Type library (*.p)
    • PADS Schematic CAE Decal library (*.c)

      The PCB Decal libraries will be used to create Altium Designer PCB footprint libraries (.PcbLib).
      The Part Type and CAE Decal libraries will be used to create an Altium Designer Schematic Library (
      .SchLib).
      Note that Part Type and CAE Decal libraries must be imported together,
      otherwise an Altium Designer Schematic library cannot be created.
      It is recommended that all library types be included in the import,
      as this allows for the creation of complete libraries for Altium Designer.

    New - Smart Grid Tools

    Creating and manipulating large amounts of data for library documents for today's complex designs
    can be a tedious and time-consuming process.

    Available as right-click options from the List panel of the Schematic and PCB editors
    (and corresponding library editors), two new Smart Grid commands streamline this process
    - saving you valuable time when importing and creating new object data from an external spreadsheet or table.
    Smart Grid Insert creates objects from pasted data, and Smart Grid Paste alters the value of existing objects.

    Note that a List panel must be in Edit mode in order to access and use these tools.

    Smart Grid Insert

    After copying data from a spreadsheet or table that you wish to use,
    Smart Grid Insert will create new objects into a column with the header of 'Object Kind'
    (but they can be mapped to any column).
    Right-click in the List panel and choose Smart Grid Insert and the Smart Grid Insert dialog appears:

    Figure 15. The top half of a Smart Grid dialog represents copied table data
    while the lower half shows the contents of the List panel. Newly-created objected,
    as shown here, can be seen flagged in the lower half of the dialog.

    You can then match the copied data to the attributes in the dialog using the Smart Grid Paste tool.
    Clicking OK closes the dialog, creating the objects with their matching data.

    Smart Grid Paste

    After copying data from the spreadsheet or table that you wish to use,
    and then selecting the appropriate objects in the List panel,
    choose Smart Grid Paste from the pop-up menu and the Smart Grid Paste dialog can be accessed.

    Additional support of Smart Grid Paste includes:

    • Paste Column to Attribute buttons allow you to paste column data into the attribute for corresponding objects.
      The List View updates to show any changes in bold text with a blue flag.
    • Original values can be easily restored using the Undo Paste to Attribute button.
    • Copied data intelligently matched to attributes in the list using the Automatically Determine Paste button.
      Reset All button will cancels all previous actions.
    • Any attributes that are not currently visible in the List view
      can be made visible through the Choose Visible Columns button.

    For more detailed information, refer to the documentation available for each List-based panel,
    in the Altium Designer Panels Reference Access to specific panel information can be made by
    pressing F1 over a panel, and following the relevant link available in the Knowledge Center panel.

    New - Smart Component Identification

    Having portability of designs and libraries has become a common work requirement
    - it's more the norm that libraries are in separate locations from the design itself
    or there may be alternate sets of libraries used for a single design.

    Sometimes the designer may just wish to take his work home where he's using a local copy of the company library.
    Because such a flexible way to reference source libraries is needed,
    it's critical to be able to control the source of the components and identify that they are the right ones.

    The reason for this is that when you place a component from a library you need to remember which library
    (or table in the case of a DBLib) that component came from. 

    Knowing where a component came from then becomes very valuable as a record for design management.
    If you have ever tried updating components and didn't have the original libraries and had to work
    within a restrictive design environment, then you'll appreciate how frustrating this problem can quickly become!

    A solution that thus provides both definable levels of control that can suit any work environment's configuration
    and help maintain the integrity of the design components is needed.

    Altium Designer 6.7 introduces a smarter and more flexible approach
    for managing your component-to-library relationships.
    Smart Component Identification offers both the flexibility
    and control to be able to easily switch between locations of reference libraries,
    and identify and validate that you are using the correct components from the design.

    Figure 16. Here we see that Component A is the same component referenced in both Library A and Library B.
    You can change the Library Path, Library Name for a component,
    or Table Name for a DBLib to switch between the source components.

    Levels of Identification

    Smart Component Identification is a composite of three new levels of library features that accomplish this purpose:
    relative path installation for libraries, changing the library name at component level,
    and changing table names from a DBLib.

    Relative Path Installation for Libraries

    Any libraries added to the Installed Libraries list can now be installed relative to a nominated path.
    Available in the Installed tab of the Available Libraries dialog,
    this makes it easy to switch between different sets of libraries and control the source of components in your design.
    Changing the entry for the path will automatically reload those existing libraries in the list that are found at the new location.

    Library Activation and Deactivation

    Each library currently added to the Installed Libraries list (accessed on the Installed tab of the Available Libraries dialog)
    can also be 'Activated' or 'Deactivated'. This allows you to visually identify quickly
    which sets of libraries you are using with your design.
    Simply toggle the associated Activated option accordingly (as shown in Figure 17).

    A Deactivated library is treated as though it had been uninstalled,
    but remains in the list so that it may quickly be activated, based on your design requirements.
    A library that is not found along the specified relative path cannot be activated.


    Changing the Library Name at Component Level

    The next level down for identifying your components is being able to change the library name for a component itself.
    Performed within the Component Properties dialog, there are three levels of component identifications:

    * Design Item ID - the first library component found,
    within the current set of activated libraries and whose component name matches
    that of the design component on the sheet, will be used.

    • Use Library Name - the first library component found, within an activated library
      whose name matches that of the specified library name,
      and whose component name matches that of the design component on the sheet, will be used.
    • Use Database Table Name - the first library component found, within an activated library
      whose name matches that of the specified library name,
      within a table within that library whose name matches the specified table name,
      and whose component name matches that of the design component on the sheet, will be used.
      Component name (Design Item ID), Use Library Name and Use Database Table Name
      can all be specified in the Library Link region of the properties dialog for any placed component.
      The use of Library Name and Table Name can then be selectively enabled/disabled using available options.

    Changing Table Names from a DBLib

    For design components that were originally placed from integrated libraries,
    you can now change the base reference library to that of a newly converted DBLib
    or SVNDBLib simply by selecting all components in the design and:

    • Disabling the Use Library Name option (you would need to ensure that the new DBLib/SVNDBLib
      has been added to the Installed Libraries list and made active,
      and that the previous integrated libraries are removed or deactivated.
    • Leaving the Use Library Name option enabled, but entering the name of the DBLib/SVNDBLib instead.
      The Table Name could be specified if all selected components belong to that same table,
      or could be left blank/disabled, meaning the first match found in any table in the database
      would be used in each case.

      To verify that the correct library is indeed being used as reference for a design component,
      simply click on the Validate button - found in the Library Link region of the Component Properties dialog.
      A dialog will appear displaying the path and library
      in which the first match for the design component has been found.

    New - Commit Whole Project

    Modified project documents under version control can now be committed in a batch fashion saving you time.
    Commit Whole Project is available from the right-click menu in both the Projects panel and the Storage Manager panel.
    Further options are defined in the Check-In to Version Control dialog.

    For Subversion users, performing this commit will be atomic, resulting in a single revision.
    For the other VCS systems that do not support atomic check-in,
    the files will be committed as a batch but may result in different revision numbers for each of the files.

    Figure 20. Committing multiple modified files in a batch-style check-in using the Commit Whole Project command.

    When committing your files, the Check-In to Version Control dialog
    can be configured to show not just the project documents, but documents in other folders as well.
    This is particularly useful for checking-in generated files that are not part of the project. In this mode,
    the list of files will be expanded to include:

    • All files that are in a sub-folder of the project
    • If there are project documents that are not in a sub-folder of the project,
      then all files in the same folder as those project documents will be added as well.

    New - Version Control Support for MatrixOne® PLM System

    Support has been added for using Enovia's MatrixOne Product Lifecycle Management solution (PLM)
    as a Version Control System from Altium Designer.

    Choose MatrixOne as your version control provider on the Version Control
    - General page of the Preferences dialog.

    Figure 21. Setting the version control Provider to be MatrixOne.

    New - Korean Language Support


    Altium Designer has in-built support for detecting and working in the language locale of the Windows installation.
    Supported languages include French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

    New to Altium Designer 6.7 is language localization support for Korean, allowing the dialogs,
    menus and hints to be presented in that language. Set the localization options on the System
    - General page of the Preferences dialog (DXP » Preferences).

    Improved - Third Party FPGA Vendor Options

    More options have been added in most of the Third Party Vendor Tools Options pages.
    It is now possible to use Show and Hide Advanced Options,
    and either specify those options that you would like to use in the various sub-stages of the main Build stage,
    or those associated with the process flow for a particular physical device.

    Figure 22. Advanced and custom build stage options give you full control over every build stage.
    The ability to insert custom command lines is also available.

    New - Microsoft Windows Vista® Supported

    Considering your systems' readiness for Windows Vista? Altium Designer has been tested
    and is compatible with the latest version of Windows Vista.
    You can deploy Altium Designer across your organization knowing
    that you not only get the most productive design system available,
    but also the security and confidence of knowing that Altium is committed ,
    at every level, to ensuring your complete success.

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