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Altium Designer 6.0:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.0) Part.3

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    Altium Designer 6.0:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.0) Part.3

    Altium Designer 6.0:新功能介紹 (Whats New in Altium Designer 6.0) Part.3

    Fully Integrated with your Company's Database

    Full Database-driven Part Libraries

    Component libraries can now be constructed with all symbol reference,
    model linking and parameter information stored in an ODBC or ADO based database,
    or an Excel spreadsheet.

    Each record in the database represents a component,
    storing all of the parameters, along with links to the models.
    The record can include links to inventory or other corporate component data.

    With this approach the schematic component is only used as a symbol,
    with the models (footprint, 3D Model and simulation model) stored in standard schematic library files,
    PCB library files, and so on.

    Components are placed from the database by installing a new DBLib document in the Libraries panel,
    with the DBLib document being configured to reference the component database.

    Placing Components Directly from a Database
    Figure 33. When you place from a DBLib all the component information comes directly from your database.

    A popular request has been to allow placing components directly from a database.
    This is now possible with the new Database Library feature.

    The new Database Library, or DBLib,
    is added to and presents like any other library in the Altium Designer Libraries panel -
    you can browse the list of components, examine the component symbol and its models, and place the component.

    Behind the DBLib that you are browsing in the Libraries panel is your database,
    each component in the panel corresponding to a record in the database.

    As well as company type data, such as cost or stock number,
    the database will also specify the Altium Designer schematic symbol, the footprint,
    and other models that are part of the component.

    When you click the Place button in the Libraries panel the symbol is extracted from the specified Schematic library,
    and component properties, such as the footprint and component parameters, are added as you place it on the sheet.

    The DBLib is a document that you edit in Altium Designer.
    You can think of the DBLib as a set of mapping instructions,
    where you specify what data in each record is to be mapped to the component's parameters and models.

    The link to the database can be established in a variety of ways,
    from simply browsing and selecting the Access database or Excel spreadsheet,
    right through to using a Data Link File (*.UDL).


    Figure 34. Specify the component database, and the fields to be linked to parameters.


    Integrated Library to Database Library Translation Wizard

    Altium Designer 6.0 includes a new Library Translation Wizard ,
    ideal for converting your company Integrated Libraries into the new Database Library structure.
    With a DBLib document open, launch the Wizard by selecting Tools » Import from Integrated Libraries from the menus.

    The wizard will decompile the integrated libraries and build database tables,
    complete with parameter and model information extracted from the components.
    You can then remove all parameter and model information from the symbols,
    and configure the DBLib document to reference the appropriate database columns.


    Direct OrCAD® CIS Support

    Built on the foundation of the new database library system,
    Altium Designer now provides full support for connection to and use of existing OrCAD Component Information Systems.


    Include Database Data Directly into your Bill of Materials

    If you have placed your components from a Database Library,
    then you will appreciate an extra capability that it brings.
    For components that have been placed from a Database Library the BOM generator
    is able to directly extract any other component record information and include it in the BOM.
    For example, if you did not want to include the preferred supplier information
    in the schematic but require it in the BOM - you can do this with the new Database Library capabilities.
    Refer to the Enhanced Excel BOM Interface section later in this document for more information.


    Design Complex Products with Ease

    Import Wizard - Simplified Importing from other Design Tools

    One task that has always been a difficult challenge is being able to move electronic product designs from one design environment to another. Whether you have changed design tools or acquired designs from another company, at some stage you will need to import a schematic or PCB design into Altium Designer.

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    Figure 35. Choose the type of files to import.

    Altium Designer 6.0 unifies the import process for importing designs from a variety of different design tools.
    The new Importer Wizard walks you through the import process,
    handling both the Schematic and PCB parts of the project, as well as managing the relationship between them.

    The architecture of the new Importing Wizard is designed to allow the easy addition of new importers,
    without additional complexity for the designer using the system.
    From the Wizard you can then select to import the following types of design projects:

    • Protel 99 SE design databases
    • CircuitMaker 2000 schematics and libraries
    • P-CAD schematic and PCB designs and libraries
    • OrCAD schematic and PCB designs and libraries
    • PADS PCB designs and libraries

    Design Snippets - Easy Reuse of Existing Designs


    Figure 36. Right-click in the Snippets panel to add a snippet.

    If your designs often include sections of circuitry used in other designs
    then you will make good use of the new design Snippets feature.
    A simple and easy to use feature,
    the Snippets system lets you save any selection of circuitry on a single schematic sheet,
    or any selection of a PCB design, including the components and the routing.

    Schematic and PCB selections are saved as snippets in the new Snippets panel,
    right-click in the panel to add the current selection as a snippet.
    Snippets can be organized into standard Windows folders on your network,
    click the Snippets Folders button to add an existing folder to the list of available folders in the Snippets panel.
    Each snippet is stored in a standard schematic or PCB file.


    Object Unions


    Figure 37. Right-click in the workspace to access the Unions menu.

    Often you will want to work on a section of a design in a block-like fashion,
    for example during a design restructure.

    The enhanced Union feature is ideal for this, using it you can easily group any objects together as a Union.
    Unions are created automatically for the objects in a design Snippet, and you can select any schematic or
    PCB design objects and define them as a Union.

    When you click and hold to move an object in a union you will move all the objects in that union.
    Use the commands in the right-click Unions sub menu to create or reconfigure a Union.


    Pasting External Information into Schematic Sheets

    Altium Designer 6.0 brings full graphical clipboard support to the Schematic Editor.
    This support means you can perform a copy in virtually any Windows application,
    such as PowerPoint, Excel, Visio, or your preferred technical or graphical application,
    and paste the results onto your schematic.

    Figure 38. Paste graphical information directly from the clipboard onto a schematic,
    either from another application, or from an Altium Designer grid control, including any panel or dialog with a table-like design.

    All layout and formatting applied in the original application is retained,
    greatly improving the quality of documentation you can generate from the system.

    The data in the Windows clipboard can be either in Metafile format (to keep graphical information,
    such as Excel data), or plain text, ready to paste into a note or text-frame,
    or even paste as a set of ports or net labels, using the new Smart Paste feature.


    Copying Reports into Schematic Sheets

    All Altium Designer grid controls have also been upgraded to support a Windows metafile-type copy to the clipboard.
    This allows the content of any grid control to be copied and then pasted directly into another application,
    such as Excel, or onto a schematic sheet.

    This allows you to easily add information to schematic sheets from almost anywhere in the software,
    including the BOM, or the Design Rules for example.

    Use the Windows standard shortcuts to select and copy content from the grid controls
    (CTRL + A to select all, CTRL + C to copy, CTRL + Click to cumulatively select).

    Figure 39. Copy and paste any grid information directly into a schematic sheet.


    Footprint Manager - Manage Footprints across the Entire Design

    Altium Designer's schematic editor now includes a powerful Footprint Manager.
    Launched from the Tools menu, the Footprint Manager
    lets you review all the footprints associated with every component in the entire project.
    The Footprint Manager makes it easy to review and detect problems
    with footprint assignments across the entire design, particularly useful when you are working
    on a legacy design or one from another organization.

    Multi-select support makes it easy to edit the footprint assignment for multiple components,
    change how the footprint is linked, or change the current footprint assignment for components
    that have multiple footprints assigned.

    Design changes are applied through Altium Designer's standard ECO system,
    updating both the schematic and the PCB if required.


    Figure 40. Manage footprint assignments across the entire project with the new Footprint Manager.


    Compare and Update PCB Components from Libraries

    Altium Designer 6 introduces a new Update from PCB Libraries feature
    that will give you complete confidence that the footprints on the board exactly match those in the source libraries.
    It performs a full analysis and comparison of all objects in both the board and library version of each footprint,
    and details every difference. For any footprints that do not match you can individually select
    if that footprint is to be updated or not.


    Figure 41. The new Update from PCB Libraries feature does a full comparison of every footprint
    used on the board and updates them from all source libraries, from a single location.


    PCB Reports in XML or HTML


    Figure 42. An HTML based report showing board information.

    PCB reports can now be generated in a variety of formats, including the original text format,
    HTML and XML. Open the Reports page of the Preferences dialog to configure the reports.

    All reports are actually generated in XML, and then an appropriate XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language)
    transformation is applied to create the output in the required format.

    From the Preferences dialog you can select you own XSL transformation file,
    use this capability to present the report in your company's preferred format.


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