Release Notes for Altium Designer Version 14.3

Version 14.3.20

Build: 54863 Date:  30 November 2015

8987 When using the Create Primitives From Board Shape command's Route Tool Outline option, you can now also select the Include Cutouts option to simulate tool paths that contour board cutout edges (BC:5185).
8988 Arcs export as OutputJob file correctly for IDF (BC:4541).
8990 The import of complex arc shapes from AutoCAD has been improved.
9572 An issue where arcs were sometimes flipped when a DWG file was imported into a PCB, has been resolved.

Version 14.3.19

Build: 51423 Date: 6 October 2015

6285 Error Message no longer occurs when Step-file are embedded to the PCB-document.
6533 Resolved an issue for Preview in Print Job where selecting multiple PCB or Schematic documents caused Access Violation or empty preview.
6585 Resolved an issue with Altium Designer hanging when attempting to import large Allegro design data.
6913 Resolved an issue where DXP.EXE stopped when trying to configure outputs in AD 14.3.17 for some projects created in AD 15.0.
6961 Resolved an issue where a new project being created from a template would point to the wrong OutputJob file.
7386 Exception no longer occurs when choosing PCB font style in VariantManager (BC:4664).
7487 PCB exception while re-building a net to an arc center point in a specific design no longer occurs.
7488 Issues with opening older Protel/Altium designs have been resolved.

Version 14.3.18

Build: 45973 Date: 30 June 2015

6328 Resolved an issue when Pad names were incorrect and Net information was missing in ASCII file after PADS import.
6580 Fixed several issues with pre-defined stackups in layer stack manager.
6582 DRC units window has variable size now.
6604 AVS 1.1 is now supported by Altium Designer 14.3.
6330 Fabrication output for a vault-managed, panelized PCB design now produces a warning message when the panel PcbDoc and referenced PcbDocs are not members of the same project.
6332 Fabrication output for a vault-managed, panelized PCB design now produces a warning message when the panel PcbDoc and referenced PcbDocs are not members of the same project.
6333 Error after trying to generate A4-size for PCB has been resolved.
6334 Resolved an issue where a BOM is added to a publishing destination and the Excel file is created but the file size is zero bytes (BC:973).
6526 Issue with Schematic compiler producing intermittent crashes when compiling integrated library has been resolved
6534 SimView.DLL access violation error no longer occurs while simulating Mixed Sim.
6535 Allegro importer does not crash anymore on large designs.
6586 Resolved an issue with the BGA "Escape Routes" Fanout Feature whereby traces were added to the top layer only, and vias were placed, but there were no escape routes.

Version 14.3.17

Build: 42447   Date: 31 March 2015

5379 Resolved issue where Gerber generation of an embedded board referencing a non-existent PCB document would cause crashes.
5364 Timeout errors after releasing project documents to Altium Vault have been resolved.
5365 Improvements to releasing projects to Altium Vault with file-locking enabled.
5367 Support for AVS 1.1 in Altium Designer 14.3.
5369 Updating Altium Designer from an NIS no longer requires a current Portal connection.
5373 Resolved an issue with saving menu customization between sessions (BC:4957).
5375 BOM generation do not hangs anymore, when ActiveBOM is used as source with Variant switch.
5377 Resolved an issue where it was not possible for CmpLib folders to share the same name on different paths.
5380 Resolved exception error while working with split planes (BC:5059).
4032 Resolved issue where the Parallel Segment rule would produce an adjacent layer DRC violation when layers are separated by internal plane layers.
4278 Resolved issue where deleting a free object inadvertently deletes nearby component-owned objects.
4498 Resolved issues with Legacy 3D View's display and export to STEP model.
4557 Testpoint component flipped in the PCB editor correctly shows as top or bottom, fabrication or assembly in the PCB inspector panel.
5370 The correct lifecycle and naming schema is now being loaded during CmpLib file-less editing.
5374 Resolved issue when deleting multiple sub parts of a component in the schematic library editor, the selected components aren't always the ones that are deleted (BC:4768).
5381 Device Support Report no longer crashes.
5382 A PDF generated from a schematic that includes an image pasted from the Windows clipboard now works correctly.

Version 14.3.16

Build:37051   Date: 16 December 2014

4233 Changing PCB layer names could result in layer-related lists populating incorrectly and certain outputs not generating correctly, this has been fixed.
4235 Improved performance of selection and zooming in Schematic in comparison with 14.3
4236 STEP models from Inventor 2014 are now loaded without errors
4237 Class generation settings are now stored for device sheets (BC:3840)
4238 An AV could occur while placing a pin in a schematic library and pressing Esc to quit the command, this no longer happens.
4239 With a specific combination of preferences, placing a component from the schematic libraries panel could cause Altium Designer to crash, this no longer occurs.
4380 Performing a release after file-less editing an Item in the Planned state, no longer fails with the error (BC:4677, BC:4870).

Version 14.3.15

Build:35511   Date: 02 October 2014

3550 The BomDoc now correctly includes all of the defined solutions.
3656 Users without Admin permissions can now log into a Vault when there is no TC2 configuration defined.
3730 Multi-selection in the Variant Management dialog followed by an editing action no longer causes occasional exceptions.
3496 The PCB Hole Size Editor now correctly includes blind and buried layer pairs in the list of holes to be drilled.
3503 Vault login now supports including a protocol prefix, such as http.
3555 Updating a PCB footprint from a library now correctly retains all objects and only updates modified objects.
3589 Comments can now be added to a newly created managed project via the Comments panel.
3599 If a managed project had a space character in the name, it could not be opened on a remote PC. This fix allows new projects to be created and opened with spaces in their names, it does not support opening an existing space-in-name project.
3718 Opening a large CmpLib via file-less editing no longer causes an overflow error.
3731 OpenBus Ports can now be correctly linked to in an OpenBus document (BC:4669).
3372 When a multi-part component is varied, each part in the component now retains the same part in the new component.
3426 The designer can now decide if parameter values come the database components, or the variant management dialog.
3714 Generating a Pick and Place file from a variant no longer results in the duplication of Alternate Parts.
3756 Setting a component to Fitted via the right-click menu in the Variant Management dialog now functions correctly.
3855 Generating ODB++ after running Remove Unused Pads on a design with blind vias, no longer causes the application to crash.

Version 14.3.14

Build:34663   Date: 25 August 2014

3161 If a design which uses ComponentLink parameters is PDF'ed with the Include Component Parameters option enabled, you can now click on the link in the PDF to open the referenced document.
3616 Comments are no longer posted with the wrong author name.
3297 New Project dialog no longer prefixes each file with the project name, when the Create Project Folder option is enabled.
3298 Switching a component from Alternate Part to Not Fitted now correctly clears the component parameters.
3371 Creating a polygon from the Board Outline in the Polygon Manager no longer causes an exception.
3488 When a copied polygon is pasted, it now retains the pour state of the original polygon.
3516 In certain situations, changes made in the Parameter Manager were not applied to all objects, this has been resolved.
2551 Generating a BOM from an Outjob now retains the Excel template formatting.
3200 A schematic auto-junction at a 4-way + junction is now retained when a drag occurs.
3209 An exception no longer occurs when the Class Generator is used to create a component class.
3247 The Variant Manager now supports changing the order of variants.
3254 Parameters varied in an Alternate Part can now be restored to the original values in the Alternate Part.
3365 Alternate Parts no longer produce schematic compiler warnings stating that multiple pins are connected.
3368 Alternate Parts now show correctly as fitted in the assembly drawing.
3374 The number of clicks required to choose an alternate part has been reduced.
3376 Hatched polygons now switch to the unpoured state correctly.
3382 Pick and place data generated from a variant now displays the correct component data (BC:4344).
3383 Creation of components with identical names in a Schematic library is now prevented.
3384 Alternate parts now display the correct layer information in the BOM.
3413 Random crashes no longer occur when working in the PCB Panel.
3458 Performance while deleting schematic wire segments has been improved.
3466 Document Insight now works for all schematic documents in the project.
3467 The Include not fitted components BOM option now works correctly.
3479 The Comment is now displayed correctly in the BOM for a component that has varied parameters.
3480 ECO no longer detects unmatched nets for alternate components.
3508 The order of variants can be changed by clicking and dragging the column header, this new order is retained between edit sessions.
3509 Comment is now displayed correctly in an Assembly drawing for a varied component.
3517 The values for multiple variant parameters can now be edited in a single editing action.
3549 An Out of Resource error no longer occurs when printing a schematic document with an embedded Excel sheet.

Version 14.3.13

Build:34012   Date: 09 July 2014

     Layer Stack Manager could be started now if .Net 4.5 is not installed

Version 14.3.12

Build:33957   Date: 01 July 2014

3386 Invalid pointer error fixed in cmplib editor when working with component libraries created in older versions
3237 Fixed error where Objects were accessed after being destroyed when working with the Filter panel
3302 Resolved application error on Windows XP when a PCB was reopened during Altium Designer start up
3373 Alternate part information no longer erased when original library is not accessible anymore
3378 Manually adding a Vault in the Preferences dialog would sometimes causes an invalid handle error, this no no longer occurs
3284 Select Next command could cause a crash in certain conditions, this has been resolved
3355 Variant Management dialog, Set Selected As Alternate no longer causes an error
3358 Footprint changes done through the Footprint Manager are now preserved
3454 Errors caused by the XSpice Model Wizards have been resolved

Version 14.3.11

Build:33708   Date: 13 June 2014

3241 Exception no longer happens when copy/pasting component in cmplib editor.
3280 Selecting an object in the PCB workspace now correctly selects that object in the PCB panel (Nets mode).
3296 Alternate parts are no longer removed when opening an older design that includes variants.
3301 Model and parameter inheritance in CmpLib files is now correctly handled when opening an older version CmpLib in AD14.3.
3273 Handling of duplicate UIDs has been strengthened, to ensure that the compiled project correctly synchronizes with the PCB.
3304 Editing a Part Choice List with insufficient rights no longer causes an exception.

Version 14.3.10

Build:33625   Date: 4 June 2014

3219 PCB Release process now continues correctly when non project documents are encountered.
3221 Component variant parameters can now be changed back to their original values.
3222 BOM documents can now update alternate variant components from database parameters.
3234 Schematic connection highlighting no longer cause incorrect results after deleting wire segments.
3244 The polygon pour order is now used correctly when rebuilding polygons. BC:4283 
3245 Varied components can now be restored to their original Fitted state.
3249 PCB Design View layer visibility is now working correctly.
3256 PCB string formatting issues when pasting from MS Excel documents has been fixed.
3278 Polygon Pours now use the correct clearance rule values when rebuilding polygons.

Version 14.3.9

Build:33548   Date: 29 May 2014

1053 RS Components and Future Electronics Suppliers have been added as new extensions.
1113 STEP Export now supports folded state of the PCB design.
1290 Opening OutJob BOM report no longer generates "Could not convert variant of type" errors.
1510 New front end VHDL and Verilog compilers have been included in Altium Designer.
1583 Smart PDF paper sizes are now maintained regardless of Default Printer settings. BC:2009 
1595 A problem in the Signal Integrity extension causing an access violation when parsing certain comment fields has been fixed.
1623 Objects are now pushed even if the object being moved has a violation. BC:1067 
1628 PCB Polygons now pour correctly when remove necks setting is greater than Electrical clearance. BC:678 
1631 Schematic Multi-Part components are now displayed using the Alpha Numeric Suffix preference in the Libraries and SCH Library Panels. BC:291 
1632 P-CAD and PADS PCB Importer fixes incorrect component rotations.
1640 Schematic wire dragging has been greatly improved. BC:3216 
1649 Altium Designer now supports file-less editing of vault data. Right-click on Item in vault to edit model, component or managed sheet.
1650 Vaults panel right-click menu enhanced to support logical behavior throughout the panel, for example right-click in search results to place, or add to content cart.
1661 Generate Board Edge Rout Paths option (NC Drill Setup dialog) now supports complex and curved board shapes. BC:821  BC:705 
1696 Solder and Paste Masks are now rendered correctly with Embedded Board Arrays. BC:3790 
1702 Variants now support the ability to specify a different (alternate) component. BC:1921 
1704 ActiveBOM document memory management has been improved.
1835 Schematic wire segments can now be individually deleted. BC:829  BC:3410  BC:1501  BC:1223 
1853 PADS Logic Importer has been updated. Fixes to Port Sizes and Designator naming.
1871 Via Shielding tool has been added. Tools>>Via Stitching/Shielding>>Add Shielding to Net.
1873 Unused Pad Removal tool has been added. Tools>>Remove Unused Pad Shapes.
1875 Polygon Pour thermal connections now correctly connect to the corners of pads, rather than the center.
1876 PCB Interactive Length Tuning tool (and gauge) has been improved and patterns can now be modified after placement.
1877 PCB track chamfering has been added. Tools>>Convert>>Convert Selected Tracks to Chamfered Path.
1880 Differential Pair rule now displays metric values correctly for Gap values.
1881 Moving Rooms has been greatly improved.
1884 PADS Importer has been improved and supports version 9.5 files.
1885 PCB object selection popup can now be disabled in PCB Preferences. Pressing TAB will cycle through overlapping objects.
1886 PCB component placement now uses the Polar Grid to allow automatic rotation to the origin of the grid.
1889 Memory leaks while debugging discrete CPUs have been fixed.
1895 PCB Nets Panel has been updated with Min, Max and Estimated Length columns and uses color coding (green, yellow, red) to indicate range values.
1897 Moving Vias with connected tracks has been improved.
1899 Refactor clearance rule into grid form.
1901 Now the used part of the via has been taken into account when calculating the routed length of net.
1903 PCB Teardrop tool has been improved providing more control over generated teardrop shapes.
1906 Interactive Routing now supports automatic neck down while routing through rooms.
1915 IPC-7351B-Compliant IPC Wizard added packages: CAPAE, DFN, LGA, PQFN, PSON, SODFL, SOF, SON, SOTFL.
1921 ActiveBOM documents now support Variants and includes a Variants toolbar.
1927 CmpLib editor has been extensively updated to improve usability & release process, including: simplified presentation with column-based filtering, grouping, horizontal scrolling, multi-select, drag and drop models from Vault, and right-click model editing.
1928 ± character is now included in PDFs for all language regions.
1933 Schematic text drawing of Japanese characters has been improved.
1943 Top and bottom paste masks are displayed correctly in Layer Stack Table.
1946 Access violations associated with switching between Sch and SchLib documents and making library edits has been fixed through investigation of crash reports.
1955 ActiveBOM now supports components with different values but using same Design Item IDs.
1970 New PCB SMT Design Rule - "SMD Entry".
1973 Schematic Fonts can now be copied/pasted in the Inspector Panel.
1974 Schematic Power Objects now include Font property.
1975 Schematic Text Frames now support text margins.
1977 Schematic Update From Libraries now correctly ignores parameter changes that have been excluded from ECO.
1982 'PCB Density Map' can be displayed successfully in 2D Mode.
1994 PCB Component "Flipped On Layer" property has been added to Inspector, FSO and List Panels. BC:3864 
2090 PCB Polygon Pour Vertices editing has been improved.
2111 PCB GDI support has been removed.
2120 Gerber output of octagonal pad shapes now accurately matches the PCB octagonal pad shapes.
2122 PCB Polygon Pour Shelving has been replaced with Unpoured. Commands added to Polygon menus and Polygon Manager dialog. Loading earlier version designs will change shelved polygons to unpoured state.
2123 PCB Clearance Rule introduces a new "minimum clearance matrix".
2142 Length tuning tolerance is now applied to the length of the longest scoped net target.
2150 Placing multiple Vias now retains the net names.
2151 Libraries panel now supports installing a Vault folder (or tree of folders) as a library, from which components can be browsed and placed.
2152 3D PCB Flex rendering has been improved.
2153 During Release to Vault process Project no longer asks to be saved.
2189 File>>New>>Project commands have been replaced with a New Project dialog.
2210 Schematic Update From Libraries now preserve Designator, Comment and Parameter locations if "Choose Component" is used.
2211 Loading time for components in the Libraries Panel has been significantly improved.
2237 PCB track dragging now preserves non-orthogonal angles.
2240 DirectX memory limits have been increased, improving stability for larger designs.
2247 3D PCB Variants now display correctly.
2249 PCB Object Class Explorer dialog now remembers column position and size.
2250 Compiling large Integrated Libraries no longer cause exception and out of memory errors.
2262 Schematic Text Frames no longer display invalid characters when empty. BC:3941 
2281 Schematic .PNG and .SVG graphic images with transparency can now be printed/saved to PDF.
2294 Schematic Update From Library no longer changes justification/mirrored settings when preserving parameter positions.
2298 FPGA Project options have been updated to support Verilog Include Paths and Defines.
2315 PCB tracks and vias now default to drag mode regardless of selection state.
2230 PCB DRC uncoupled length check no longer reports false length calculation errors.
2338 PADS PCB Importer option "Do not translate hidden net names" has been fixed.
2343 Support for Altium web applications, such as Vault browsing, in Internet Explorer 11 has been improved.
2344 P-CAD and PADS Logic Schematic importers now resizes Port objects correctly.
2352 P-CAD PCB import now translates clearance rules into new clearance grid matrix.
2367 Performance when changing component state of variant "fitted/not fitted" on large opened designs has been greatly improved.
2373 It is now possible to change the lifecycle state of multiple Items in a single edit action.
2390 PCB Layer Stack Internal Layer Pairs setting can now be selected and used.
2392 Recursive folder deletion in Vault Explorer has been improved.
2394 BOM now supports including Vault Item revision and lifecycle state.
2405 Navigation preview in PCB Panel now works correctly in 3D view.
2412 Non Altium Designer documents that are stored in a Vault can now be opened in the appropriate editor directly from the Vaults panel.
2413 Additional columns added in the Vaults panel: Item section now includes Note column, and Where-used section now includes State column.
2414 Display state of Vaults panel now retained between Altium Designer sessions.
2417 Vault web interface has been upgraded, including new Where-Used and Children features and improved browsing capabilities.
2444 Octagonal Pad selection issue when x-size is smaller than y-size has been fixed.
2445 Using "=VariantName" parameter in expressions is now interpreted correctly.
2448 PADS PCB Importer has improved translation of Matched Length and Diff Pair rules.
2451 OpenBus Signal Manager retains settings when invoked from processor configurator dialog.
2480 PCB Teardrop tool has been improved providing more control over generated teardrop shapes.
2488 Schematic wire dragging has been improved when connecting to other wires. New Junction display and color settings and cursor warning symbol have been added.
2514 Schematic .png graphic images can now be rotated.
2515 Vaults panel Preview display mode now presents ComponentLink parameters intelligently, combining them to display as ComponentLink1Description = ComponentLink1URL in the parameter list.
2521 Browser-based Vault access substantially enhanced to include all of the browsing and searching functionality available in the Vaults panel, as well as a broad range of Vault management features.
2524 Libraries panel no longer changes the selected library when the Refresh command is used.
2532 Smart PDF and Printer Page setup dialog now includes a Quality setting for DPI (75, 150, 300 and 600).
2537 "Variants..." and "Choose Alternate Part" commands have been added to the right mouse popup menu, when Variants are selected.
2544 Schematic Rubber Stamp command now maintains component rotation and mirroring after initial placement.
2549 The PCB Board Outline area is no longer generated in output if the multi-layer or a mechanical layer is enabled.
2560 During interactive dragging of a wire end with multiple wires selected, all moving wire ends are displayed.
2570 Generic [ActiveBOM Document] can now be used as a source in Report Outputs job in an OutputJob file.
2575 Tiling documents and reopening Altium Designer no longer causes tiled blank space or access violations.
2579 Opening or compiling schematic documents could result in an access violation due to invalid expression references. This has been fixed through investigation of crash reports.
2580 Vaults panel, multiple selected Items can be moved to another folder using drag and drop.
2607 After generating a BOM, exporting to Excel, then closing the Excel BOM, Excel no longer remains running as a Process.
2616 Session validation cache added to the Vault and the Part Catalog.
2622 New Dragging options for selected and unselected vias/tracks have been added to the PCB Interactive Routing Preferences.
2631 Vault Explorer browsing control has been improved.
2639 Current Polygon editing style is now displayed on the Status bar during interactive polygon editing.
2645 "Retrieve Layer Colors" command now works correctly when setting up preferences for printing documents.
2651 "IsFree" function has been added to expression and scripting engine.
2670 The issue where the DXP menu would appear on all toolbars has been fixed.
2676 PCB Differential Pair routing now allows for proper corner exits.
2679 An exception that would occasionally occur during PCB collaboration has been resolved.
2680 PCB Inspector and List panels now display the layer order correctly for the Layer drop down.
2682 In Board Planning Mode, Move Board Vertices command has been replaced by Edit Board Shape command, which uses new polygon editing behaviors.
2692 Issue where Altium Designer would lose the project's SVN data, resulting in a project becoming unversioned, has been resolved.
2720 PCB special string .Application_BuildNumber now displays correct software version.
2768 Editing objects via the Inspector or List panel no longer causes the objects to de-select.
2786 PCB design objects can be locked via the right-click menu.
2827 Additions for new Jumper type component, including: automatic net name changes for Jumper pins, and new IsJumperComponent keyword added.
2832 Importing a specific PADS library no longer causes an exception.
2838 Smart PDF from schematic now supports Wingdings font. BC:4206 
2841 Net name inheritance now occurs correctly when routing from a PCB fill object.
2842 To support new Jumper component type, new View » Jumper submenu added in PCB Editor.
2864 Application_BuildNumber special string added to the Schematic editor.
2868 Support for a new Jumper component Type added to the Schematic editor.
2869 Importing a specific Texas Instruments WEBENCH design no longer results in incorrect object placement (requires WEBENCH Altium Connector Extension).
2875 Board units now toggle correctly when Q shortcut is pressed in Board Planning Mode.
2905 Custom page sizes for PDF output can now be defined in the DXP>>Preferences>>System>>Printer Settings dialog.
2908 Schematic objects incorrectly associated with a union while placing and using the insert key has been fixed.
2921 The Pad property for "Hole Width" has been changed to "Hole Length" in the Inspector and List Panels.
2923 The word Width now spelt correctly in the Width Constraint design rule.
2927 Message displayed during update installation reworded to clarify what will happen, now says: Altium Designer must be closed to complete the update process. Close Altium Designer now?
2933 Altium Designer status bar now includes indicators to show state of memory and GDI resource usage.
2938 FPGA Signal Manager no longer causes an exception when the Export To Do Item button is clicked after selecting an Unmatched Signal and adding ports.
2976 Updating PCB from Vault based components no longer cause "Invalid or Deleted Item Revisions" error when the symbol name contains special characters.
2977 Schematic redraw speed has been improved when using large blanket objects.
2986 License Management view has been adjusted to show at least three licenses on displays with lower resolution screens.
3012 Variants now support parameter inheritance. BC:2232 
3070 PCB multi-layer objects can now be properly filtered when in Single Layer Mode. BC:4008 
3455 InViaShielding query keyword added, use this to scope an applicable polygon connect style design rule for shielding copper.



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