Altium Designer 13.2

Altium Designer 13.2 has been launched by Altium to provide designers with greater control over design data, and a clearer view throughout the development process. Version 13.2 offers enhanced design documentation and supply chain management, ultimately saving time and money throughout the design process.  

‘These new enhancements will have profound impact on how designers approach development for cost or time sensitive products,’ said Matthew Schwaiger, senior product manager, EDA for Altium. ‘We’ve significantly improved and stabilised key aspects of Altium Designer through continuous engagement with our customer base and remaining focused on developing our core toolset.’

New features include the Live Drill table, a highly customisable, real-time view of the drilling requirements of a PCB design, and the PCB Design View object, which provides a configurable and detailed scaled view of elements in a PCB layout. With the ActiveBOM feature, Altium Designer 13.2 elevates the Bill of Materials from a post-design output report to a living part of the design – edited and developed alongside schematics and PCB layout files.

When coupled with Altium Vault Server, customers have complete visibility into component costs based on supply chain data gathered from both online vendors and an organisation’s own internal component database systems.

The Altium Designer 13.2 update is available to Altium subscription customers through Altium Designer 13 directly using the plug-ins and updates tool, or the Installer can be downloaded from the Downloads page on AltiumLive.


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