Release notes for Altium Designer Version 13.0

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Version 13.0

Date: 01 February 2013

Key highlights

Project document previews.

A new Workspace View (View>>Workspace) has been added showing a graphical preview of all the documents contained within an open Project .  (shortcut:  CTRL+`).

PCB object and Layer transparency settings.

New PCB object and Layer transparency settings have been added to the View Configurations dialog.

Outline vertices editor for PCB Polygon Pours.

New outline vertices editor for Polygon Pour,  Polygon Cutout and Solid Region objects.

PCB "Silk To Solder Mask Clearance" design rule.

A new "Silk To Solder Mask Clearance" rule with new checking modes (to exposed copper and to solder mask openings) has been added. SilkscreenOverComponentPads rules in existing designs are auto-converted with parameters set to match legacy behavior.

Schematic Pin name/designator position, font and color customization.

The pin name and designator position, font and color can now be customized individually.

Port height and font control.

Port height, border width and text font can now be individually controlled.

BOM outputs contain vault-defined supply chain information.

Vault-defined supply chain information is now available for BOM outputs.

Smart PDF documents contain component parameters.

Clicking on a component in a PDF file produced by SmartPDF will display the parameters of that component.

Hyperlink text support in Schematic documents.

Hyperlinks are now supported in the schematic editor.

Microchip Touch Controls support.

Support for Microchip Touch Controls has been added.

 

System Components: Altium Designer Base
276 VHDL/Verilog netlisters have been improved. Port to sheet entry connection via bus wire on schematic generates correct hdl for buses of size [0..0].
277 A new Workspace View (View>>Workspace) has been added showing a graphical preview of all the documents contained within an open Project . (shortcut: CTRL+`).
283 Vault-defined supply chain information is now available for BOM outputs.
304 Color PCB PDF files are no longer wrongly created when Monchrome is selected.
307 When generating a component library from a schlibrary, duplicate footprint links are no longer created.
315 The performance of opening documents via https has been greatly improved. View BugCrunch report #1569.
317 Environment variables can now be used to define paths in Preferences.
318 Unicode characters are now properly supported in generated PDF files. View BugCrunch report #587.
338 The Component Library generator is now available directly from the Schematic and the DBLib library editors.
339 The error "Failed to add part to global catalog" when managing a part supply chain information does not occur anymore. View BugCrunch report #900.
340 Component Libraries can now be created from a database library.
342 An error no longer occurs when adding a Part choice list for an item the name of which previously existed in a vault.
350 The report spreadsheet generated from the ShowDifference command is now compatible with Office 2007.
362 Changes have been made to allow simulation models to be found within other integrated libraries when a specific location is not specified.
422 Clicking on a component in a PDF file produced by SmartPDF will display the parameters of that component. View BugCrunch report #945.
System Components: Altium Designer Installation System
443 Plug-ins and updates page; feedback is now provided when pressing the Update All button (this will take affect with subsequent updates).
 System Components: Altium Designer Localization
642 Localization of Altium Designer updated: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese.
718 Updated Korean localization of Altium Designer.
System Components: PCB Support
495 IPC Compliant Footprint Wizard now positions the component in the center of the screen.
System Components: PCB System
54 New outline vertices editor for Polygon Pour,  Polygon Cutout and Solid Region objects.
151 A new "Silk To Solder Mask Clearance" rule with new checking modes (to exposed copper and to solder mask openings) has been added. SilkscreenOverComponentPads rules in existing designs are auto-converted with parameters set to match legacy behavior.
154 Exposed PCB object Draw quality (show/hide) in the API.  Function IPCB_Board.DrawMode[ObjectId] was added, and fixed function PCBServer.SystemOptions.DrawMode[ObjectId] to return correct property. View BugCrunch report #1464.
297 New pre-defined 3D rotations (Top, Ortho, Front, Left, Right, Back) have been added  to the PCB toolbar. Orthogonal rotation has been added to the PCB View menu when in 3D mode. View BugCrunch report #813.
329 New PCB object and Layer transparency settings have been added to the View Configurations dialog.
352 Expression error no longer occurs when using FSO or Inspector without a leading whole value.
386 When rotating a solid region in the PCB Editor, the region's hole are now properly rotated.
419 Undeclared Identifier error no longer occurs when using FSO with Embedded Board Array. View BugCrunch report #517.
451 PCB Heads up Display now updates the X Y values when moving cursor with keyboard arrows.
480 3D Rotation mode drop down menu has been updated to with the following options; Top Side, Bottom Side, Front Edge, Back Edge, Left Edge, Right Edge and Isometric.
492 PCB Measure Primitives command now works with locked objects when protect locked objects preference is turned on.
664 Smart Grid Insert in PCB List Panel now inserts objects on the correct layers.
System Components: Soft Design System
279 HDL Project option "Use Verilog 95" is correctly passed to Synplify synthesizer. Deselecting option enables Verilog 2001 mode.
286 Creating sheet symbol from VHDL containing port declarations without mode (in, out, inout) specifier has been improved and created sheet entries are of input mode now.
System Components: Data Management
283 Vault-defined supply chain information is now available for BOM outputs.
339 The error "Failed to add part to global catalog" when managing a part supply chain information does not occur anymore. View BugCrunch report #900.
341 When updating a design with vault-based data using the Item Manager, the current footprint is now properly taken into account.
342 An error no longer occurs when adding a Part choice list for an item the name of which previously existed in a vault.
358 Characters used in components and models names are no longer restricted when releasing them to vaults.
System Components: Schematic System
300 Project parameters form has been improved. View BugCrunch report #1254.
301 An option is now available to use the part location as the reference for schematic annotation. View BugCrunch report #357.

303

Schematic Blanket objects can now be placed as polygon shapes.
338 The Component Library generator is now available directly from the Schematic and the DBLib library editors.
350 The report spreadsheet  generated from the ShowDifference command is now compatible with Office 2007.
381 Port height, border width and text font can now be individually controlled. View BugCrunch report #1782. View BugCrunch report #1687. View BugCrunch report #1190. View BugCrunch report #544.
403 The pin name and designator position, font and color can now be customized individually. View BugCrunch report #981.
404 Hyperlinks are now supported in the schematic editor.
599 Schematic Inspector and  List panels now display the font name, size and style instead of FontID.
677 The Change Font button in schematic object dialogs has been changed to an edit link that also shows the chosen font details.
PCB Design Tools: Microchip mTouch
116 Support for Microchip Touch Controls has been added.
Importers and Exporters: Importer - Expedition
601 Mentor Expedition PCB and library importers now support custom pad shapes.
Embedded Design Tools: Software platform
261 Software Platform now supports JPG encoding and JPG decoding in software.
280 Software Platform was upgraded to lwIP version 1.4.0.
282 Software Platform now supports HTTPS by means of MatrixSSL sources (GPL license).).
298 The mkfs for FAT filesystem now releases the allocated entry from the file descriptor table.
Hardware Support Packages: Device Support - Xilinx Spartan-6
290 Build errors during PAR when using LAX and targeting Spartan6 devices have been resolved.
Embedded Design Tools: TASKING TSK3000
258 The TSK3000 debugger now supports hardware code breakpoints in Flash memory.
Embedded Design Tools: TASKING Core
281 Embedded project linker option for global type checking is switched on by default.
Development updating various modules
151 A new "Silk To Solder Mask Clearance" rule with new checking modes (to exposed copper and to solder mask openings) has been added. SilkscreenOverComponentPads rules in existing designs are auto-converted with parameters set to match legacy behavior.
154 Exposed PCB object Draw quality (show/hide) in the API. Function IPCB_Board.DrawMode[ObjectId] was added, and fixed function PCBServer.SystemOptions.DrawMode[ObjectId] to return correct property. View BugCrunch report #1464.
288   TSK3000A CPU has been extended with support for hardware code breakpoints.
289   Wishbone SPI cores have been updated to enable Push Registers to IO blocks optimization during PAR.
437 Microchip MTouch configurable component support has been added.
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