Changes in 2022

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Changes in 2022

June        

Wednesday 22 June  2022

Snap to Objects

Greatly improved snap to objects.

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clip1836 Monday 20 June  2022

Copper Pour

Fix for rectangular pads connected to copper pour sometimes not fully connecting.

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Imported 3D Models

Fix for imported 3D models in footprints placed on the rear of the PCB being incorrectly position in the 3D view. This did not affect Gerber output.

Saturday 18 June  2022

Strict Design

Strict Design is on by default in the DRC.

This stops you deleting footprints, tracks, etc. in the PCB that would affect the electrical integrity of the schematic. You should edit your design in the schematic.

The PCB is for layout and routing; not for changing electrical connectivity between parts.

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However, if you insists on deleting things in the PCB then you can turn Strict Design on/off in the DRC Panel.

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clip1836 Tuesday 14 June  2022

Checklist Panel

Fix for edit cell losing focus when changing the terminal or pad name.

Monday  13 June  2022

Checklist Panel

The checklist panel will auto-zoom the PCB as well as the schematic when you select a connection.

This makes it easy to correlate schematic and PCB connections.

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Thursday  9 June  2022

clip1836Bug - Yellow Pads

Fix for yellow pads not showing when viewing from the bottom.

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You can now select more than one track segment and unroute them.

 

Sunday  5 June  2022

Spice Advanced Model Tab

Added properties panel for all Spice model types. This allows you to enter comprehensive device model parameters for simulation.

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Spice Simulation Videos

Coming soon, more videos on how to do device simulation.

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Thursday  2 June  2022

Menu Commands

Added buttons to the Status Bar to edit selected graphical enitites.

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Same for Graphics Add Menu

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May                

Saturday 29 May  2022

Eagle Board and Schematic Import

Improved PCB border and cutouts.

Improved schematics.

 

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Tuesday 24 May  2022

clip1836Bug / User Interface Fixes

Editing some entities such as pads and curves did not update viewports even though the edited object was changed.

Changing the color for top and bottom solder-masks did not work in the layers panel. However, It worked in the PCB border panel. So both methods are now OK.

 

Friday 20 May  2022

Eagle Import

Now keeps original sikscreen patterns.

3D models automatically created if part type recognized..

Sunday 15 May  2022

Coming soon - AutoTRAX on iOS - Download from Apple AppStore. Free for licensed users

Works on iPhone and iPad as well as MacOS

AutoTRAX on Apple iPad

https://dexpcb.com/ManualiOS/

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Also AutoTRAX on MacOS

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Wednesday 12 May  2022

Added Uncamco Reference Gerber Button

Added button in the Tools menu to display the Ucamco free online Gerber Viewer.

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Ucamco, developer of the Gerber Format, now offers a free online Gerber Viewer.

 Karel Tavernier brings an overview of the main features 

Check out the Reference Gerber Viewer on https://gerber-viewer.ucamco.com

 

Ucamco: Free Online Reference Gerber Viewer

April                

Sunday 2 April  2022

Connecting Arc and Curves to Copper Pour

Added option in the properties panel for arcs and curves to connect then to bounding copper pour regions.

Friday 1 April  2022

Connecting Lines and Polylines to Copper Pour

Added option in the properties panel for lines and polylines to connect then to bounding copper pour regions.

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Before Copper Pour Fill

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After Copper Pour Fill

March                

Friday 25 March  2022

Improved Graphics for Imported Eagle Parts

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Wednesday 16 March  2022

Increased Transparency of 'Hidden' Symbol Terminal Names and Pin Names

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Tuesday 15 March  2022

Improved Symbols in Eagle Library Import

 

Tuesday 1 March  2022

 

Dipped Tantalum Parametric Capacitor

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Variant of Disc Parametric part.

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February 

Saturday 26 February 2022

 

Design Rule Checker Panel

Errors found are now grouped by error type. This makes it easier to view them.

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Friday 25 February 2022

 

Design Rule Checker

Added more extensive details to errors found.

Added two buttons to turn on/off all checks. This makes it easier just to turn off all checks expect a single check such as unrouted tracks.

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 Thusday 24 February 2022

 

Forum

New user registration page. https://forum.dexpcb.com/

 

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Design Rule Checker

Added design rule for pads assigned to power planes not connected to power plane.

Added design rule for pads assigned to split-power planes not connected to split-power plane.

Expanded erro listing giving more details.

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Auto-Routing Pads to Power Planes

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Routing Pads to Split-Power Planes

Hold down left mouse button over un-routed segment and drag track inside the split-power plane area.

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Saturday 19 February 2022

 

New  Community Page on YouTube

AutoTRAX DEX-PCB Designer Community

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Convert/Edit Multiple Parametric Parts in Projects

You can now select one or more footprints in a projects and:

Convert then all to another parametric footprint type e.g. from TPH axial resistors to SMT chip resistors.

Edit any of the properties and all selected will be changed.

Monday 14 February 2022

 

3DConnection SpaceMouse Support

SpaceMouse

 

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View 3DConnection Website

 

 

 

  Wednesday 2 February 2022

 

Route Panel - Hiding Unselected Tracks

Seeing individual track routing more clearly.

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Nets

Electrical properties.

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3D Manipulator

Improved manipulators for translation, scaling and rotation.

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clip1836Bug / User Interface Fixes

3D Pad holes in copper pours fixed.

3D track width fixed (wrong width in rare circumstances).

Units buttons missing in some dialogs (microns and metres)

Improved editor with scale.

Improved rotator.

Status bar optimized.

 

 

January 

 

  Friday 28 January 2022

 

Number Entry Controls

Rotary popup control added.

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Option to hide/show calculator and popup rotary value control buttons. Right click shows context menu.

 

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  Sunday 23 January 2022

 

Ground selector for Spice model

You can now assign a Spice terminal to ground.

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Input for large/small numbers

You can now input numbers in scientific format. e.g. 1.23-e4

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Popup rotary dial for varying large/small numbers.

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Hold down the left mouse button shows popup rotation dial.

 

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Wednesday 19 January 2022

 

clip1836Vias in Footprints

Fixed incorrect 3D position of vias in rotated footprints.

 

 

Friday 14 January 2022

 

Eagle Library

The Eagle library importer has improved shape optimizer.

 

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Friday 7 January 2022

 

.NET 4.8

The installer will download and install .NET 4.8 if needed. Windows 10 should already have .NET 4.8 installed.

It works on:

Windows 7 SP1, 8.1 Update

Windows 10 v1607-v1809

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

 

Thursday 6 January 2022

 

PCB Cutouts and Holes in 3D

You can now see the true effect of cutouts and holes in your PCB.

Note: This cutout will generate many DRC errors as tracks and pads are cut.

 

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Tuesday 4 January 2022

 

clip1836PDF Export

Fixed incorrect paragraph vertical position with empty lines at the start and/or at the end of the text entity.

Fixed incorrect paragraph left and right alignment.

 

Monday 3 January 2022

 

clip1836Design Rule Checker

Fixed false positive error reporting un-routed track end when track ends on a track junction.

 

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Parts with embedded holes now position holes correctly.

 

 

Sunday 2 January 2022

 

Vias

Improved movement and editing of vias.

 

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Fix for sometimes jagged movement of footprints when dragging.

 

Saturday 1 January 2022

clip1836 Repeat Adding Resistor

Fix for bug when all resistors had terminals refering to pads in the first resistor.