Release Notes for Altium Designer Version 16.1

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Key feature highlights

PCB Draftsman
USB 3.0 Mode for the xSignals Wizard
3D Measurements
PCB Enhancements
Schematic Enhancements
Enhanced Component Link Synchronization
Changes to Default Altium Designer Preferences

Version 16.1.12

Build: 290 Date: 18 August 2016 

12431 Draftsman - Fixed bug where access violation happens in particular cases when placing a layer Stack legend for Rigid-Flex PCB.
13365 Draftsman - Fixed bug where access violation has occurred when trying to create Draftsman document from the Default Fabrication Drawing template with Rigid-Flex on PCB.
12409 Draftsman - Fixed bug where new document's "Modified Status" remains unchanged after placing any objects (BC:6781).
12325 Draftsman - Fixed bug where only the pad that is inside the custom pad generates Solder Mask/Paste Mask.
12583 Draftsman - Fixed bug where PCB was not shown in board assembly front view.
12320 Draftsman - Fixed bug where solder mask expansion is absent for Vias on Fab view (BC:6697).
12303 Draftsman - Fixed crash on complex 3D designs while placing assembly view.
12118 Draftsman - Fixed massive memory leak during switching between Draftsman and PC (BC:6633).
10295 Fixed - All Suppliers now connect correctly when there is a proxy server in use.
13364 Fixed - bug where board fabrication view goes black after Update from PCB.
12888 Fixed - bug where special string in quotes are not interpreted in output for a particular designs.
13326 Fixed - regression bug where some tracks disappeared after routing (BC:6843).
12760 Importers - Fixed bug in Allegro Importer where pads of rotated components have pad-shaped regions added.
12959 Importers - Fixed bug in allegro importer, where PCB boarders are defined incorrectly.
13181 Importers - Fixed bug in xDx Designer Importer where pins are missing after the library import.
12703 Importers - Fixed bug where pads of bottom components appear on top layer after the import from Eagle file in 16.1.8.
13024 Restored - column Average Length for Diff. pair in PCB panel.

Version 16.1.11

Build255 Date: 20 July 2016 

11409 Added support for the SOLIDWORKS 2016 parasolid file format.
12701 Fixed a critical issue in the PCB Editor where arcs were being multiplied during interactive routing, or track modification (BC:6843).
12625 Fixed an issue in the PCB Editor where the 3D Lock option was not being taken into account properly for rigid flex designs.
12708 Fixed an issue of duplicated leasing of on-demand licenses, which was otherwise possible when the software startup time took more than 20 seconds.
12525 Fixed an issue where 3D Body Height Rule checking was not considering the real height of a STEP model.
12628 Fixed an issue where pads of components - with Alternate Parts in a defined Variant - were being incorrectly displayed in Draft mode on the generated assembly drawing.
12522 Fixed an issue where special strings in footprints were not being correctly displayed as converted, after generating a footprint comparison report.
11988 Fixed an issue where special symbols - in the User Name or PC Name - were causing a constant exception during PCB Collaboration (after connecting to an Altium Vault and opening a PCB file).
12513 Fixed an issue with the incorrect rotation of the QFN and PQFN STEP models in the IPC Wizard (BC:6692).

Version 16.1.10

Build233 Date: 21 June 2016 

12353 Fixed an error that occurs if using non-american regional settings for unit aware parameters in cmplib editor.
12306 Resolved an issue that prevented to add Mechanical Layers 17-32 to All Plots in ODB++ Setup (BC: 6573).
12230 Fixed bug with inability to create a new project when using network path.
12385 Restored work of Mouser server for Supplier Search (it requires authorization from now) (BC:6734).
12475 Fixed minor UI issues in the Library panel.
12104 Draftsman - Fixed bug where PDF by Draftsman was faulty (BC:6606).
12363 Draftsman - Added ability to save circles in sheet templates.
12362 Draftsman - Fixed bug where documents options are not saved in Document Template (BC:6745).
12303 Draftsman - Fixed crash on complex 3D designs while placing assembly view.
12339 Draftsman - Resolved an issue where component marked as not fitted was presented on Sectional view.

Version 16.1.9

Build221 Date: 3 June 2016 

12175 Draftsman - Fixed issue when objects outside board were not shown for the Fabrication view.
12115 Draftsman - Improved Dimension feature for Fabrication view (including snapping to hole centers).
12223 Fixed an issue when footprint name was missed during importing Orcad files (BC:6656).
12141 Fixed bug in which "Project show difference" stops working for ECO Netlist to PCB (BC:6637).
12078 Fixed bug in which Teardrops disappear when using Analyze Net, if trace does not terminates in the center of a via or pad.
12079 Fixed bug that occurred when multiple special strings in one line were not recognized.
12067 Improved display for regular measurements - lines with results are now shows, similar to 3D measurements.

Version 16.1.8

Build203 Date: 16 May 2016 

11935 Fixed a bug in which polygon pours with the same-net clearances had violations with the via.
12049 Draftsman - Added support letter for Drill Symbols representation.
11938 Draftsman - Added support Mechanical Layers as geometry source in Assembly Drawings.
11945 Fixed crash while generation IDF output via PCB Release (caused by the new file added to the project).
11968 Fixed error while loading PCB files that contain more than 64kb per section (in rare cases caused by a large number of xSignals).
11918 Fixed issue when both alternative parts was presented in Assembly Drawing. Now Assembly Drawing contains only one part from current variant if component has alternatives for different variants.
11980 Fixed issue when was not possible to drag track ends on Mechanical layers (BC:6531).
12048 Fixed issue when was not possible to place Assembly view if PCB has components with empty Designator (Draftsman).
11981 Fixed issue with random crashes of Altium Designer during updating (Extension Manager crash).
11942 Fixed regression issue with parameter list performance, when defining 'Visibility on Add' property for the Vault folder.
11951 Restored the order of print for layers and not-fitted graphics as in Altium Designer 16.0.6.

Version 16.1.7

Build188 Date: 2 May 2016 

11325 Vault Component Template, specified in the Folder properties, is no longer erased after new revision of the template is created.
3387 Document parameters are now support in the BOM template, when the source document is an ActiveBOM.
9818 Placed schematic component parameter settings are now preserved when the Vault component is updated to the latest revision.
9819 Update to latest version does not cause solution ranks reset for the component in ActiveBOM.
10295 All Suppliers now connect correctly when there is a proxy server in use.
11359 Multi-line text string properties are now correctly retained when a footprint is released to the Vault.
11556 Even though component release failed, under certain conditions the CmpLib would close. This no longer occurs, the CmpLib now remains open until all components have been successfully released.
11685 Vault Explorer - Fixed floating bug with model preview download when using https connection.
11849 Fixed bug in Vault Explorer, which limited a maximum of 100 templates being displayed in the properties dialog.
11135 Connection to the Private License Server is now being restored automatically.
7317 Altium Designer would occasionally generate an assertion failure during PCB import using the Mentor Expedition Importer, this no longer occurs.
8922 ODB++ viewers can return a "No token" failure if the PCB component has an empty name field, this situation is now detected and resolved during ODB++ generation.
9423 A footprint comparison performed through an OutJob now correctly detects hole size differences.
9603 Fixed an issue where alternative parts were missing in the Pick & Place file in a multichannel design. This fix requires that the Variant Management dialog be opened and closed, to re-validate the variant data. (BC:5791)
6343 Single Pin Nets report now correctly generates a report for the entire project, rather than the current sheet. Note that this report detects named single pin nets.
8917 If a dimension is in a union with a component, the dimension now retains its association with that component when the component is moved.
8918 Arc radius inside of the differential pair is now changed as expected during dragging.
8921 Show Pad Numbers option in the Printout Properties dialog now functions correctly.
8926 Resolved an issue when in mirrored Design View copper was displayed in draft mode and no holes were visible.
8927 The tracks and arcs in a hatched polygon are no longer checked against the routing width design rule.
8928 Fixed a regression issue where the generated PDF was doubled in size compared to earlier versions of Altium Designer.
8930 Improved PADS import for components with multiple footprints of the same part type.
8932 Resolved an issue where designators were hidden after importing an Orcad .max file.
8935 Resolved an issue where there was a delay when moving an Embedded Board Array.
8939 Resolved an issue where DXF export of the drill drawing layer would use circles instead of the specified drill symbols.
8940 Resolved an issue where the Gerber Output would include a zero value D Code for certain values of a round pad with the Paste Mask Expansion equal to minus one half of the pad size.
8946 Design View are now correctly displayed if placed on a mechanical layer, and that layer has the Linked to Sheet option enabled.
8947 Right-clicking over overlapping PCB polygons, with the Display popup selection dialog option enabled, now behaves correctly.
8949 Components which have pads outside the workspace limits no longer cause the software to hang, displaying "Analyzing Nets".
8951 The Edit xSignal Class dialog now supports resizing. (BC:5368)
8955 The Hyperlynx Exporter no longer gives an exception when the design includes a polygon with a large number of vertices.
8957 Gerber Batch import now works correctly.
8958 Entering the string ".comment" into the Comment field of a PCB component no longer causes an exception.
8960 Length tuning accordion objects can now be selected using the Find Similar Objects dialog.
8961 The Radial Diameter Symbol now exports correctly during PDF Output, when the Stroke font option is used.
8962 Placing a via during interactive routing, in Any Angle mode, with an SMD To Corner rule defined, no longer results in invalid behavior.
9086 Single layer pads on a mechanical layer, with a hole size greater than zero, are no longer included in drill outputs.
9195 PCAD PCBLib Exporter is now included in the software, as it was before version 15.0.
9263 The PCB editor String dialog now uses Enter to accept and close the dialog, instead of entering a new line in the string. Use Shift+Enter to add a new line to the string.
9278 When importing an OrCAD library the component Comment field is now handled correctly.
9601 Footprint assignment and rotation is now correctly managed during PADS PCB import.
9778 The "Forgotten Password" option on the Altium Designer License Management page now works correctly.
9892 The OrCAD translator could fail on designs with certain bus configurations, this has been resolved.
9930 Certain schematic designs would result in empty printouts for some sheets, this has been resolved.
9951 Importing a large Allegro design could result in an "Out of memory" error, this has been resolved.
10009 Importing a large CADSTAR design could result in an import error, this has been resolved.
10373 An issue where the Eagle importer would sometimes assign items to the wrong Altium Designer layer, has been resolved.
10480 SCH List panel now includes the Text String object type in the Display objects filter.
10508 The duplication of the S shortcut in the schematic editor Design menu has been resolved.
10535 The Import Wizard now supports resizing.
10560 The incorrect use of a colon character in a project name is now detected and prevented.
10803 Unconnected/Floating Net labels within a schematic Blanket are now detected and reported correctly.
10831 The detection of directives placed on a blanket has been improved, to ensure they associate to the correct blanket. Blankets should be separated at least by the blanket line width to ensure correct directive association.
10837 Dashed lines now copy/paste correctly to other Windows applications.
10857 An issue where updating a schematic component from a library would result in the location of parameters being incorrectly changed, has been resolved.
10858 "Preserve parameter visibility" setting is now used during update from library to control Comment parameter visibility.
9706 NC Drill Fabrication output now produces correct Drill Layer field values in the .LDP file.
8936 Fixed issue with circular board shape modification after design reopen.
9259 Improved behavior when editing a long string in the PCB String properties dialog.
10506 Added a check to STEP export to test for board availability in the design view, needed to resolve an export exception in a specific board.
11459 An issue where polygons on an embedded array could be omitted during Gerber generation when the embedded array is within a polygon cutout, has been resolved.
8943 Export of Gerber data now produces the correct apertures for stroking arc shapes (round apertures instead of oblong).
8945 Mounting-hole are not being moved to another place after ODB++ generation (for the design containing footprints with empty name).
9328 An inverted multi-line string on the overlay no longer produces violations to itself when performing a batch DRC via an outjob.
9414 Removed the irrelevant hint about zero Slot Length for SMD pads in the Pad properties dialog, during switching of units.
9437 Resolved an issue where the wrong template via would be placed during routing, occurred when there are two applicable rules, each targeting a different layer-pair, one constrained by Min/Max Preferred, the other constrained by Template preferred.
9469 Resolved an issue where a negative Mask expansion on a rectangular pad gave a zero sized opening, resulting in a zero sized Gerber aperture.
9535 Fixed an issue in which Drill Drawing symbols were not visible inside of the Design View during output generation. (BC:5122)
9537 Vias from old designs with defined attribute IsTearDrop are no longer removed during track modification.
9538 Resolved an issue where a split line could move when the board shape was edited in Board Planning Mode.
9546 The Via Shielding Tool now omits vias that violate clearance to solid copper regions and fills.
9547 After adding shielding vias to PCB design, exception violation condition on File Open has been corrected.
9567 Resolved an exception that could occur when output generation was launched, for a project where the referenced PCB file had been removed.
9650 Gerber X2 fabrication output was slightly modified to comply with Gerber X2 Rev 2015.10.
9725 Improved the handling of track width assignment during AutoCAD import.
9973 Units are no longer appended while typing a value into the Pin/Pkg Length field in the Schematic Pin Properties dialog, they are now added when the dialog is closed.
10309 Default settings are now applied correctly during footprint placement from a Library (already worked correctly during ECO-type placement).
10323 Fixed Gerber generation of Solder and Paste masks for Mirrored Embedded Board Arrays. (BC:2850)
10355 Restored ability to print html reports using context menu.
10358 Improved visual representations for non-selected Board Arrays and Design View objects.
10417 An option has been added to automatically re-link any components that are currently un-linked during the Update PCB process.
10479 Drill Tables with explicitly defined drill pairs are now being exported only to the Gerber layer dedicated to that pair.
10622 Resolved an issue where a rectangular pad hole was exported as a square, during STEP generation.
11195 PCB Rules And Violations panel is no longer shown automatically, after DRC completion.
11358 Resolved an issue where the 3D model selection option changed from STEP model to extruded 3D Body, after model file replacement. (BC:6310)
11360 Resolved an issue where an Assembly Drawing would incorrectly display the not-fitted symbol when the Mirror option was used in a printout. (BC:6424)
11668 Resolved an issue where the Details were not shown in the Messages panel for the first item from the measurements result list.
11678 Resolved an issue with a specific board with a large number of duplicate pin-pairs, which resulted in an access violation during file loading.
11361 Altium Designer no longer freezes after adding a BomDoc to a specific project that contains a component with modified grouping parameters.
4360 EOleException error no longer occurs during import of certain large Allegro designs.
9181 FSO in Schematic now supports "All project documents" scope. (BC:2410)
9485 Html reports are no longer blocked from being opened, if browser is disabled in Network Connectivity.
9625 Restored the ability to highlight all nets in a net class covered by a schematic blanket.
9648 Rule Directives attached to components are no longer deleted, when new variant is selected.
9688 Altium Designer do not crashes anymore, while opening Protel DOS schematic S01 extension files.
9735 From version 16.1, Altium Designer no longer supports Windows XP. You will not be able to perform an install, or update an installed build.
9846 An issue with the ibis model editor not retaining the selected component model has been fixed.
10168 Missing Harness Type on Signal Harness compiler error is now generated for each unconnected Signal Harness.
10515 It is possible now to update a footprint model for a varied component using the Update from Library command.
11055 Commonly used settings are now used as defaults in Altium Designer.
11570 Resolved an issue where a schematic print preview, launched from the Default Prints tab of the Project Options dialog, would be blank.
9260 Generate Table of Contents in the advanced options of assembly drawing is now preserved between sessions.
9282 Improved support for high DPI monitors.
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