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    How Many Interfaces Does It Take to Complete a PCB Design?

    Sam Sattel
    |  February 21, 2017
     

    Ever find yourself juggling multiple interfaces just to accomplish one singular goal of your PCB design? Learn how easy it can be to design a PCB with a unified design environment in Altium Designer®.

    That’s a trick question, it only takes one. But for many engineers, designing a PCB often involves learning multiple sets of software just to accomplish one final goal. And even then, there's no guarantee that a multi-tool chain approach will produce the results you need right the first time. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could accomplish your entire design process in one, unified tool, and get your designs done right the first time?

    How to Save Your Fellow Engineers from Endless Frustration

    We’re all fairly attached to our design tools, but a multi-tool approach often limits your efficiency every time you have to switch interfaces to accomplish a new task. If you know a fellow engineer that commonly works late nights and likes to vent his frustrations over Twitter about his inefficient design process, then it’s time to give him a hand. And we’ve got just what you need to help him out.

    Introducing the Free Migration Guidebook for PADS

    At the end of the day, we all want to be using the best tool for the job. But more often than not, many of us are stuck with our existing multi-tool chain approach simply because all of our design assets are tied up in that ecosystem.

    But this reason doesn’t need to hold you back any longer from exploring new approaches to PCB design. With the free migration guidebook for PADs, it’s easier than ever to translate your design data from PADS to Altium with some step-by-step guidance. Here’s a quick overview of what’s inside:

    • The Altium philosophy. Ever wonder why Altium has such a loyal following? It’s the unified design environment, and we’re diving right into the basics of our design philosophy in this section.
    • Preparing your files for migration. Next up, getting all of those existing PADs files over to your Altium environment. This section will guide you step-by-step through migrating your schematics, board layouts, and component libraries over to Altium .
    • Taking your first steps in the Altium interface. And last but not least, with your design files fully migrated over, it’s time to take your first steps into the world of Altium . This section will dive into the details and explain how to get started with version control, supplier links, data management, and more!

    So what are you waiting for? There’s engineers out there that need your help! Download our free migration guidebook for PADS below and share it with your friends today.

    Download the free migration guidebook for PADS. 

    PADS® is a registered trademark of Mentor Graphics® Corporation and Altium claims no rights therein.

    About Author

    About Author

    Sam currently serves as the Director of Technical Marketing at Altium and has grown throughout the company in a variety of positions over the past 15 years. He started his journey in engineering at Sony as a Mechanical Engineer, and has held positions in board design, sales, and product management at various organizations.

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