Documentation solution for PCB design tool

31st March 2016
Joe Bush

Available exclusively for its PCB design platform, Designer 16.1, Altium is scheduled to release a new documentation workflow. Draftsman provides PCB designers with a unified documentation solution with customisable drawing views, documentation templates and a fully complete design to documentation workflow in Altium Designer 16.1.

“Engineers have long relied on tools for documentation that are cumbersome and limited in functionality,” said Alexey Sabunin, Altium Designer Product Manager. “Draftsman eliminates the tedium of having to import and export design files to third party tools and integrates the PCB design and documentation workflows in the Altium Designer interface. That’s one less interface for engineers to have to navigate and one centralised location for all PCB design and documentation data.”

Documentation is a critical element of every post-design process, and designers frequently struggle with limited, third party documentation tools that lack a connection to their original design. Draftsman links directly to a designer’s PCB data, making it easy to create and update assembly documentation directly within a design workspace without ever having to import or export files between third party solutions. With Draftsman, PCB designers can:

  • Avoid third party tools: Create and update assembly documentation without having to waste time importing and exporting design files among multiple tools.
  • Communicate better: Quickly communicate design intent to manufacturing with easy to use design mark-up and drawing object tools.
  • Define their details: Provide detailed perspectives on design intent with flexible board views with expressive call-outs.

All of these features and more are available directly within a PCB designer’s workspace in the unified environment of Altium Designer 16.1. With a fully unified solution for both design and documentation, engineers can stay efficient without having to add another software package and interface to their existing electronics design workflow.

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