Getting Started

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Getting Started

clip0418AutoTRAX Design Express, AutoTRAX, is a fully integrated electronic schematic capture program combined with an easy to use PCB Designer.

It has all the features you expect and need to rapidly and easily take your design from conception through to production. Its in-built hierarchical project manager lets you perform both top-down and bottom-up design and reuse design components and sub-systems.

Starting with its easy to use Schematic Capture mode, you can drag previously created parts onto your design sheets and rapidly and reliably connected the terminals together using wires, buses and off-page connectors. AutoTRAX ensures that your design remains correct throughout with no ‘dangling wires’ or design rule violations.

You can also create your own parts either in-place on your design sheets or using the integrated Part Creator. Again, design integrity is maintained throughout using the AutoTRAX's design rule checker.

When you are satisfied with your design, you can then quickly proceed to produce your PCB board without leaving the AutoTRAX. The AutoTRAX PCB Designer will take your hierarchical design and place the components, with or without your assistance. Next AutoTRAX can either auto-route your board or you can use a combination of automatic and manual routing to quickly and reliably complete all electrical wiring. The design of AutoTRAX's internal data ensures full electrical integrity between your schematic and PCB designs; there are no surprises with lost or missing PCB tracks or wires, or those ‘extra’ wires.

Now that you have your design finished and routed you can then produce all Computer Aided Manufacturing files you will need to produce the board, drill the holes, cut its profile, order parts using the Bill Of Materials, and place your parts using the pick and place files. These files can be place together and forwarded to your favorite board manufacturers, electronically via email.

In only a short time you will see the fruits of your labor and will be pleased at the time and money you have saved.