New Features You’ll Only See in Altium Designer 16

April 12, 2016 David Marrakchi

We’ve packed many new features in Altium Designer 16, allowing you to get your designs done faster than ever. Check out our top 3, and register now for a free webinar to see them all!

It’s that time of the year again, and we’ve got a major update planned for Altium Designer. Our focus has always been on providing you with the most productive and efficient design tool that allows you to tap into your true design potential. This release is no exception to that focus, and includes many new features that will accelerate your design workflow, allowing you to get your designs done faster than ever. Here’s just a small sneak peak at what’s inside Altium Designer 16:


New Visual Clearance Boundaries

You’ve got your clearance boundaries set in your design rules, but wouldn’t it be great to see those boundaries visually while you route your board?

With Visual Clearance Boundaries you’ll clearly understand the impact of your routing decisions in real-time. Visually see clearance boundary lines between traces and objects as you route your board, and create the most accurate and error-free PCB possible.

New Visual Clearance Boundaries in Altium Designer 16


New Alternative Part Choice System

Ever find yourself ready to manufacture your board, only to find out that one of your components is no longer available from a supplier?

With the new Alternative Part Choice System, you’ll have complete control over your component selection process. Easily set alternative part choices directly in your BoM that get automatically substituted if your primary part selection is unavailable.

New Alternative Part Choice System in Altium Designer 16


New Component Placement System

Do you enjoy treating your PCB as a work of organized art, with precisely placed components and degree-specific tracks?

With the new Component Placement System, you can design the most organized and efficient board layouts possible. Easily place and drag components that push, avoid, and snap-to alignment with other objects on your board with a simple keyboard shortcut.

New Component Placement System in Altium Designer 16


But Wait, There’s More…

That’s just a small sampling of all the new features in Altium Designer 16. Want to be one of the first to see all the new features in action? See what's new for our free Altium Designer 16 Sneak Preview Webinar and experience the future potential of your design tool.

About the Author

David Marrakchi

David currently serves as a Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer at Altium and is responsible for managing the development of technical marketing materials for all Altium products. He also works closely with our marketing, sales, and customer support teams to define product strategies including branding, positioning, and messaging. David brings over 15 years of experience in the EDA industry to our team, and he holds an MBA from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Devry Technical Institute.

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