DEX PCB Designer Design Features

With its truly unified design, DEX PCB Designer bridges all facets of your design process and keeps you continuously connected to every aspect of your design.

Over the last 18 years, DEX PCB Designerhas grown from a basic grassroots solution to a widely used PCB design tool with fully professional features for the 21st century. You can abandon the antiquated methods that plague the design process for the far superior design methodology in DEX.

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Unified Platform

Traditional concepts of an electronics design system haven’t changed much, at least for most EDA vendors. This can be apparent in the way they struggle to meet even the current challenges. The fragmented approach of trying to glue separate solutions together eventually breaks down as more challenges are thrown at them. It’s just unsustainable and difficult to innovate on top of inconsistent design applications that rely on constantly unmatched data exchanges. That’s not how DEX is designed.

DEX has been designed from the ground up as a powerful, single-application electronics development environment that contains all the advanced design tools you’ll need to capture and simulate hardware, design PCBs, collaborate with MCAD, manage your ECAD data and documentation, as well as manage your designs from concept to production. It’s all there in a single, unified design platform.

DEX also unifies your design data, from component models to sub-assemblies. Unlike conventional design systems based on a collection of linked tool applications, the DEX unified platform allows each design application to access and modify a single, centralized model of the design data. That’s one design project; one model of the design data; one development environment, visible to everyone. With this unified and coherent source of design data being available to all the design applications at the platform level, design synchronization and data management becomes a simple process.

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With DEX you can quickly transform your ideas into reality using the comprehensive hierarchical schematic capture features and fully constraint driven design.

DEX’s powerful and easy to use schematic capture enables you to design your printed circuit boards quickly and reliably and be confident that the design will work. You are guided during the design process with interactive symbols, or to routing of into symbol wires and fully integrated and synchronous PCB design. Gone are the days of forward and back annotation as there is absolutely no need for such prehistoric ideas, because your design is contained in one project file: changes in a schematic of automatically reflected in your PCB layout and similarly any changes in your PCB layout are instantly reflected in your associated schematics.


Accurately simulate helps you create your design first time with integrated XSPICE analog & digital simulation.

You can place real instruments such as oscilloscopes and signal generators directly onto your schematics and you will see the output and input change in real-time.

Not only is it easy to do but it is also fun.

  • Real-time oscilloscope
  • Full features signal generator
  • Adjustable power supplies
  • XSpice simulation based on Spice 3.5

Pcb Design

  • Real-time DRC.
  • Shape-based routing.
  • Manual routing.
  • Auto-layout.
  • Unlimited layers.
  • Unlimited board size.
  • Full floating-point internal data giving accuracies down to the atomic level.

Superb Graphics

  • Rich collection of graphic primitives.
  • Line styles, end caps, dash patterns and colors including variable transparency.
  • Solid/pattern/radial/linear multi-color fills including variable transparency.
  • Full floating-point data giving you fantastic resolution.
  • True-type scalable fonts.
  • Excellent print quality.


  • Real-time DRC
  • Full Gerber file output with full Gerber viewer that view your actual Gerber file; not an internal representation.
  • CNC output with full inbuild CNC viewer.
  • Plotting to your local printer.

Super-Easy Part Creation

Parametric Parts

  • Automatic creation of footprints from simple parameters
  • 1000s of parts can be created from simple parameters, e.g. DIPs, SOICs, Quads and BGAs
  • Automatic generation of 3D. No tedious searching for 3D models and importing them.
  • Automatic generation of the part’s schematic symbol.
  • Super easy capture of pin details from data sheets.
  • Use the Part Wizard to quickly create custom parts.


Why put up with poor quality, unrealistic 3D views of your PCB.

Instead, view your PCB in 3D with…

  • Automatic generation of 3D for parametric parts. No need to import 3D models.
  • Real-time shadows.
  • Reflective surfaces.
  • transparency.
  • Texture mapping.
  • Bump mapping.
  • True 3D text.
  • Super-fast speed.
  • and above all, super-fast, high quality imaging showing your PCB to you and the world.

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Most Widely Adopted Graphics Standard

OpenGL is the premier environment for developing portable, interactive 2D and 3D graphics applications. Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL has become the industry's most widely used and supported 2D and 3D graphics application programming interface (API), bringing thousands of applications to a wide variety of computer platforms. OpenGL fosters innovation and speeds application development by incorporating a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects, and other powerful visualization functions. DEX leverages the power of OpenGL across all popular desktop and workstation platforms, ensuring wide application deployment.

High Visual Quality and Performance

Any visual computing application requiring maximum performance-from 3D animation to CAD to visual simulation-can exploit high-quality, high-performance OpenGL capabilities. These capabilities allows DEX to produce and display incredibly compelling 2D and 3D graphics.

Industry standard

An independent consortium, the OpenGL Architecture Review Board, guides the OpenGL specification. With broad industry support, OpenGL is the only truly open, vendor-neutral, multiplatform graphics standard.


OpenGL implementations have been available for more than seven years on a wide variety of platforms. Additions to the specification are well controlled, and proposed updates are announced in time for developers to adopt changes. Backward compatibility requirements ensure that existing applications do not become obsolete.
Reliable and portable
DEX produce consistent visual display results on any OpenGL API-compliant hardware, regardless of operating system or windowing system.


Because of its thorough and forward-looking design, OpenGL allows new hardware innovations to be accessible through the API via the OpenGL extension mechanism. In this way, innovations appear in the API in a timely fashion, letting application developers and hardware vendors incorporate new features into their normal product release cycles.


OpenGL API-based applications can run on systems ranging from consumer electronics to PCs, workstations, and supercomputers. As a result, DEX can scale to any class of machine that you use.