Changes in 2021

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Changes in 2021

December   

Thursday 30 December 2021

Fixes

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Updated Add/Edit Resistor - add color bands.

Updated Axia Parameters - add color bands.

If color bands added then the footprint value is hidden.

If turning off color bands, footprint value made visible and color auto-set.

Fix for symbols referencing pads in other footprints - very rare, only one instance detected.

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Improved Eagle Part Import

New Panasonic Capacitor Silkscreen

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November   

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Open Project/Part/Art Dialog

Now shows preview.

All other open/save/import/export dialogs updated to the same theme / functionality (where possible).

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Wednesday 24 November 2021

Improved Eagle Project Import

Import of Eagle schematics and PCBs is greatly improved.

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Sparkfun Arduino Nano C3.3

Wednesday 17 November 2021

External Designs (PCB) Properties

Updated properties panel.

 

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Tuesday 16 November 2021

Adding External Designs (PCB)

This video shows you how to add an external designs' PCB to your current project.

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Friday 5 November 2021

Collada 3D Import

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Collada 3D import added. Read more...

 

At the moment, this is work in progress. Collada from FreeCAD works but Collada from other sources may not work: Collada is a complex file format.

 

FreeCAD Support

With Collada import, this allows you to design your own 3D parts using the free, open source FreeCAD parametric solid modeller.

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YouTUBE Video...

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Download FreeCAD from here...

IPhone case design downloaded from GrabCAD. Go to website...

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FreeCAD model exported as Collada and imported into AutoTRAX.

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Monday 1 November 2021

VRML2 Import

Fix for some files not importing from  3D Content Central. https://www.3dcontentcentral.com/

 

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October   

Sunday 31 October 2021

Improved Parametric Symbol Selector

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Improved Crystal Parameters Editor

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Friday 29 October 2021

Added TO252 (DPAK) Parametric Part

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Friday 22 October 2021

Now uses .NET 4.8

AutoTRAX now uses .NET 4.8. It previously used .NET 4.5.

NET Framework 4.8 was released on 18 April 2019.

It can be installed on.

Windows 7 SP1, 8.1 Update, 10 v1607-v1809

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012, 2012 R2 Update, 2016, v1803-v1809, 2019

 

It is included in Windows 10 v1903-v21H1 and Windows Server v1903-v20H2, 2022

 

Download NET 4.8 (if you need to. DEX should install it for you.) from: here...

 

 

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Improved PCB Footprint View

Sometime the view did not show content full size.

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Improved New Part

Simplified dialog for custom parts.

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Default symbol for parts improved.

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Tuesday 19 October 2021

Schematic wires with no Tracks - DRC

Optional DRC rule. If checked, then schematic wires with no associated PCB track/node will be drawn dotted. On by default.

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Sunday 17 October 2021

Parametric Schematic Symbols

Added LED and Crystal symbols.

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Parametric New Parts

Radial parts split into 3 sub-types.

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Tip of the Day

Font size increased.

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Friday 15 October 2021

Windows 10 Updates

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This Windows update has a graphics GDI+ breaking change. It causes lines that should be drawn 1 pixel wide to be drawn grossly oversized. Earlier version are OK.

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With new GDI+ API Change

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Changed for the new GDI+ API

 

AutoTRAX has worked fine for the last 14 years but Microsoft broke the GDI+ API.

AutoTRAX is now changed to work with the latest Windows 10 GDI+.

 

Rebuild

Saturday 9 October 2021

 

Rebuild

Added button to rebuild part. Select part in either the schematic or PCB (Projects). You can use this to repair modified parts.

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You may need to assign pads to symbol terminals.

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Thursday 7 October 2021

 

Added electrolytic capacitor symbol.

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Correct rendering in 3D for gold plated pads. In 3D, an additional thickness for the gold is added.

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Improved pop-up temporary messages.

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Wednesday 6 October 2021

 

Fix for place around border ignoring footprint already around border.

Add parametric footprint for symbol with no footprint.

 

Sunday 3 October 2021

 

Fix for Female Header default Z height being too small.

Fix for Add Resistor and Add Capacitor dialog layouts.

Removed Active3D, Sketcher, PartCreator. All their functionality is now in AutoTRAX.

Fixed bug where thumbwheel rotate in viewports did not update ribbon menu.

Clear PCB now clears 3D copper.

Clear PCB deletes all schematic nodes.

Extended Symbol Editor. You can now do all that was in the Part Builder.

PartBuilder only visible in edit part. All functionality now in the Symbol Editor for parts in projects.

Symbol Editor

You can now do all that was in the Part Builder.

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Friday 1 October 2021

Part Creation

You can now easily create parts in-place inside projects. There is no need to create a part separately and save to the library. However, once created you can easily add the part to the library.

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September   

Monday 27 September 2021

Tool-Tips

All tool-tips have been updated and/or extended. This makes it easier for you to use AutoTRAX and discover what things do.

Open Parts in New AutoTRAX Instance

You now have the option to open existing parts in a new instance of AutoTRAX, leaving your current instance unmodified. For example, you could be editing a project; double click on a part in the library panel to open it without closing the current project.

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Renaming Pad/Pin named

You can now rename pads in schematics/symbols by selecting the terminal and changing the name in the properties panel.

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User Interface

New text editor with auto vertical scroll-bars for terminal names etc.

Note Boxes

Optional auto-size

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Symbol Reference Selector

You can now select from many standard prefixes.

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Several Bug Fixes

Including wrong prefixes for some parametric part types.

 

 

Sunday 19 September 2021

Note-Box

optionally auto-size to enclose text.

Editor Dialog Boxes

Updated tool-tips for editors.

Fixed some layouts.

Object Manipulators

If the selected object is displayed small on the screen, then manipulators are simplified. This make it easier to move objects.

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Simplified manipulators for smaller objects. Zoom in will show full set of manipulators.

 

Special Character Selector for Text Editors

 

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Sunday 12 September 2021

 

Default snap to object profiles is on.

New Part Dialog – symbol and footprint view now not read only.

Fix for description for designator not showing.

Save-As dialog now has default name set.

Library panel icon view updated after save.

Part Wizard maximized on first start-up

Improvements to New Part dialog - removed duplicate type and prefix editor in symbol builder.

Fixed size of top buttons in Part Builder.

The courtyard and placement point are both visible on new parts.

 

Saturday 11 September 2021

Part Builder

You can now change part types and all their parameters in the Part Builder for projects as well as parts.

For instance you can easily change from a 16 pin DIP to an 18 pin SOIC in-place in a project.

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Friday 10 September 2021

Part Type Prefix Selector

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Improved Text Size in 3D

 

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Several Bug Fixes

Several User Interface Layout Fixes

 

Saturday 4 September 2021

More Parametric Parts

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Wednesday 1 September 2021

AutoRepeat

You can now double click on Addxxx to auto-repeat adding.

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Tantalum Parameteric Chip Capacitors

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August   

Monday 30 August 2021

New Chip Parameters Editor

This will be extended to cover all parametric parts in the coming month.

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See Color Names

 

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Fully Interactive 3D editing

Moving and scaling in either the 2D PCB view or the 3D immediately update in both.

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Optional Automatic Silkscreen Generation

As you add and move/scale pads, the silkscreen automatically position itself inside the pads (optional), else outside the pads.

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Wednesday  18 August 2021

Create New Part Dialog

When you create a new part you will see the dialog below.

1.Select the part type

oSet the parametric parameters such as pad pitch, and pad count.

oSet pad sizes, shapes

oSelect the package material

oSet the name

oSet the reference prefix

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This will get you most of the way there.

Next:

1.set the symbol terminal names

2.Save and use.

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Loads of fixes for parametric parts.

 

Sunday  15 August 2021

1.3D Zoom Extent improved.

2.Courtyards and placement points hidden by default.

Header  Parametric Part

Now split into:

Male Header

Female Header

Boxed Connector

XT Connector

Parametric Part Selector

Updated for new connector types.

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XH Angled Parametric Connectors

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Wednesday  11 August 2021

Solder and pads now not shown for parts off-board.

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Moving or rotating grouped entities in the 3D viewport moves all in the group.

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Moving  or rotating footprints in the 3D viewport moves all in the footprint. Sub-items now not individually selected.

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Several bug fixes.

 

 

Monday  9 August 2021

XH Parametric Connectors

 

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XH Parametric Part

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Sunday  8 August 2021

3D transformations

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Fix for translation, scale, and rotation of imported models in footprints that have been rotated.

 

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Model Transform Manipulators

 

 

Saturday  7 August 2021

DIP Switch Array and DIP LED array

 

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Type Selection

Optional for Parametric DIP to be:

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Standard DIP

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LED Array

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Switch Array

Friday  6 August 2021

Melf Parametric Parts

Optional colors codes for resistor values.

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Melf with Resistor Color Codes

 

Thursday  5 August 2021

Parametric Headers

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Male Header

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Female Header

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Boxed Header

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Side Facing Boxed Header

 

Tuesday  3 August 2021

Silkscreens

You can now optionally lock silkscreens to the courtyard or the bounding area of the footprint's pads.

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Locked to Courtyard

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Locked to Pads

 

Monday 2 August 2021

Headers

Left and right block headers

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Right

 

Left and right angled block headers

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Left

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Right

 

 

   Sunday 1 August 2021

Block Headers

Correct size.

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Boxed Header

PCB Pad Hole Manipulator

You can now resize PCB pad hole  by dragging on the corners or sides of its manipulator.

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Pad Manipulators

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Polygon Pad Manipulators with Slotted Hole

 

July   

 

 

   Saturday 31 July 2021

PCB Hole Manipulator

You can now resize PCB holes by dragging on the corners or sides of its manipulator.

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PCB Hole and Manipulator

This video show you how to add resize PCB holes.

PCB Holes

Via Manipulator

You can now resize via diameters and their hole sizes by dragging on the corners or sides of its manipulator.

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Via and Manipulators

This video show you how to add and resize vias.

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  Wednesday 28 July 2021

Improved Parts Catalog

New more compact silkscreens.

SOT223 supported.

Improved Parametric Part Silkscreens

More compact silkscreens. This  will make part placement easier and more compact.

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DIP

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MELF

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Quad

 

 

 

Tuesday 27 July 2021

New IDC Connector Parametric Part

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This is a variant of a header parametric part.

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   Saturday 24 July 2021

New Parts Catalog

Over 50,000 parts! All with automatic 3D generation.

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Gerber File and Ucamco

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Fix for Gerber output where Ucamco software expects light to be turned on after each aperture change.

 

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Friday 23 July 2021

Updated Parts Catalog

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Tuesday 20 July 2021

PCB Footprints

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Fix for some lines in Eagle libraries imported as a rectangle.

Fix for symbol reference and footprint reference editors not updating correctly.

 

Sunday 18 July 2021

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You can now automatically generate symbols for the following parametric parts:

Axial

Block

Radial

SOD323

CHIP

DISC

Crystal

LED

 

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All the rest can have the following:

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Saturday 17 July 2021

MELF Parametric Part

You have 3 types. Standard, Mini and Micro.

Symbol automatically generated.

Read more...

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MELF Parameter Editor

Wednesday 14 July 2021

MELF Parametric Part

Added new MELF parametric part. Currently it is a Mini-MELF but I will add other types soon.

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Mini-MELF

Monday 12 July 2021

Quad Parametric Package Silkscreen

Now draws corners. Works well with a center pad.

 

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Friday 9 July 2021

Eagle Library Import

Improved conversion to parametric parts.

 

 

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Classic Drop-down menu

All menu items and toolbar items now have tool-tips.

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Tooltip

Fixed problems with hiding/showing docking Panels.

 

June   

Saturday 26 June 2021

Classic Drop-down menu

 

Improved appearance and extra drop-down top menus added - Schematic, PCB, Symbol and Footprints to match the Ribbon menu. See more...

 

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Thursday 24 June 2021

Ribbon Menu Changes

 

Order of top ribbon names changed. This is to keep common menus on the left. Classic drop-down menus ordered similarly.

 

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Previous Layout

 

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New Layout for Schematics

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New Layout for PCBs

 

Wednesday 9 June 2021

Headers

Female header pins can now extend below the base of the PCB; for example in Aurduino shields.

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Sunday 6 June 2021

Copper Pour

Faster loading and drawing for PCB with complex copper pours.

 

May   

Sunday 23 May 2021

Users Forum

New web based user forum. https://forum.dexpcb.com/

 

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Thursday 20 May 2021

Internal admin. improvements and code optimization.

Some UI updates e.g.

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Group Box Text and Icon Changes

 

 

 

 

 

  Wednesday 5 May 2021

PCB Footprints

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PCB 3D Objects such as Boxes, Spheres, Cylinders etc. in Footprints

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Sunday 2 May 2021

PCB Design Rule Checker

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Improved checks for rounded tracks.

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April   

 

 Thursday 22 April 2021

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Fix for thermal relief errors.

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  Wednesday  21 April 2021

Mantis Bug Reporter

The Mantis Bug Reporter has been improved (internally) making it faster and more reliable. Data sent compressed and encrypted. It is more secure and your projects are not kept in the server's database.

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Sunday  18 April 2021

New User Forum

The forum has now moved to https://forum.dexpcb.com/

To join click here: https://dexpcb.com/Account/RequestForumMembership

 

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Thursday  15 April 2021

Library Panel : Parts Catalog

Faster update from the AutoTRAX web services.

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Tuesday  13 April 2021

Library Panel : Parts and Designs

Faster update from the AutoTRAX web services.

 

Thursday  8 April 2021

Website

Updated new web services

Saturday  3 April 2021

Software License

Updated web services for software license. Sometimes it would not retrieve the license; now fixed.

March   

Saturday 27 March 2021

ELECTRA

The Electra router settings panel tab now displays even if DEX cannot find Electra. You can enter the location manually.

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Friday 19 March 2021

Website Moved

The website hosting is now provided by interServer.net

The website response is faster - though it was fast before.

However, due to a change in the web services, older versions of AutoTRAX may not detect new versions. If your version is older than Version 2021.3.22 then you may need to do a one off download direct from here.

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 Monday 15 March 2021

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Improved Measure Distance tool. You can now:

o drag to start and release to finish or

oClick to start, drag the mouse and click again to end.

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Setting the current layer did not update the ribbon menu - fixed.

Fix for simple straight lines placed on copper layers inside footprints not generating correct 3D model.

Copy and pasting symbols: the footprint are now placed around the border - they were place on the top of the original footprints.

No solder mask areas drawn solid black - fixed.

No solder mask areas for SMT pads  drawn solid black - fixed.

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Sunday  14 March 2021

Checklist Panel

New Parts and Connections checklists.

 

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The Parts Checklist

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The Connections Checklist

Wednesday  10 March 2021

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Improved behaviour.

Setting now saved and restored with the project. Default if off.

 

Tuesday  9 March 2021

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When manually routing a PCB, it often difficult to find a path because the un-routed track segments from other nets obscure you vision; You cannot 'see the wood for the trees'. This video on the right shows you how AutoTRAX solves this problem by using auto-dimming and auto-hiding.

If the button is checked and a net/track has been chosen, then all unrouted track segments on all nets are hidden except for the chosen net/track.

You can chose a net/track by:

Clicking on the net in the viewport or

Click on the net’s row in the Route Panel.

If unchecked the all unrouted track segments will be visible if no net/track is selected.

Hide Unrouted

 

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Monday  8 March 2021

Ribbon Menu

Renamed some command groups to more reflect what the command buttons do.

 

Saturday 6 March 2021

Manual Links

Updated links to the online manual.

 

Ribbon Menu

Changed command group names so names are not replicated in the same Ribbon strip.

 

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Even Faster Copper Pour

Test project now down from 583 seconds down to 9 seconds. This is a x64 speed improvement!  

 

Tuesday 2 March 2021

Faster Copper Pour

Much faster fill with rounded pads. Test project went from 583 seconds down to 13 seconds. This is a x45 speed improvement!  

3 Different Copper Pour Modes

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February

 Thursday 24 February 2021

Switch Between Schematic and PCB View

 Press the TAB key to switch between schematic and PCB views. This only works in picking mode.

 

 Wednesday 24 February 2021

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 Tuesday 23 February 2021

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Fix for incorrect color in 3D.

 Press the TAB key to switch between schematic and PCB views. This only works in picking mode.

Sunday 21 February 2021

Vias and Soldermask

 Edge of soldermask around vias now drawn as a yellow circle.

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Non-Tented Vias

 

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Tented Vias

 

Sunday 14 February 2021

Track Settings Updated

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Read More...

 

Friday 12 February 2021

Vias

The track/net properties panels let you set via sizes.

 

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You can also set sizes in the schematic node/wire properties panel.

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You can also use the Route Panel.

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Wednesday 10 February 2021

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Fix for flash entity (Minimum number of flashes).

Fix for hide/dim unselected nodes in checklist.

Fix for size of pad parameters area in properties panel.  

 

 January

  Wednesday 27 January 2021

Pick and Place

You can now set the units in the export dialog

 

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Fix for Courtyard Editor not updating selected footprint in projects.

 

 

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Undo.Redo

Fix for deleted archive files. Undo list no longer cleared.

 

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Value Editors

Simplified value editors.

 

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Sunday 17 January 2021

Interactive Value Editor

Added thumwheel control for fine control of values.

 

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Friday 15 January 2021

Simulation

This Improved spice model dialog e.g. DC Voltage Source.

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Saturday 2 January 2021

Ribbon Menu

Modified Help menu. Samples moved to right.

Simulation

Improved resistor,capacitor and inductor dialog.