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    Personalizing Your Altium Designer Experience

    Jelle Laarman
    |  November 10, 2016


    The “one-stop-shop” approach to electronics design provides engineers with all the PCB software they need, all at their fingertips. However, since there’s so much going on in the Altium Designer® package, it can get overwhelming. How can you manage this plethora of functionality effectively?

    Modern PCB design software employ an ever growing collection of features and functionality. One of the leaders in this area is Altium , which provides users with a single, unified platform that includes Schematic capture, PCB layout, 3D™ PCB, Signal Integrity, SPICE simulation, Embedded Software development, and more.

    This “one-stop-shop” approach to PCB design provides engineers with all the tools they need, all at their fingertips. However, since there’s so much going on in the Altium package, it can get overwhelming. How can you manage this plethora of functionality effectively? The answer is to adapt the Altium design environment to your specific needs and workflow. There are a variety of ways to do this. Let’s take a look.

    Altium Experience Tip 1: Customizing Your Desktop Layout

    A convenient way to streamline your workflow is with the Altium GUI desktop panel. Altium has a total of 55 different panels, each with its own individual functionality. For each panel, you can choose to dock it, pin it, or leave it floating. With such a wide variety available, some panels you’ll use frequently, while others you might not use at all. Therefore, it is advantageous to organize them according to your personal preferences, so you can access each panel quickly and easily whenever you need it.

    The Altium GUI

    Altium Experience Tip 2: Using Shortcut Keys

    Another important productivity feature to streamline your workflow is the shortcut keys. The Altium shortcut system is designed to be simple and intuitive. If you look closely at the menu bar at the top of the GUI, you will see one letter underlined for each option; this is the first keystroke of the shortcut. Then, in the menu that follows, there is another underlined letter, for the following function.

    Shortcut Key Options in Altium

    There’s Always More to Learn

    Customizing Altium to your needs can significantly boost productivity and eliminate the everyday irritations inherent in the PCB design process, by automating manual iterative processes and checks. The benefits of customization particularly become apparent when working on several designs simultaneously.

    Ready to learn more about how to streamline your first-time Altium experience? Download a free white paper now for more tips and tricks.  

    About Author

    About Author

    Jelle is an engineering specialist at Altium and specializes in supporting EMEA customers with technical issues. He studied smart design at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He has experience designing electronics and boards, and is now focused on FPGA development.

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