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Altium Designer 6.9 web update

Altium continues to deliver electronics design tools that break the mould, with the latest release – Altium Designer 6.9. Altium Designer 6.9 takes Altium Designer 6.8 one step further, building on market-leading features such as real-time 3D PCB visualization and introducing powerful new features such as programmable technology support and system connectivity.

Highlights of this release include:

  • 3D STEP file import for component bodies
  • 3D STEP export of complete board assemblies
  • 3D Shadowing and display Object Color by Layer
  • Improved Transparent Layer Mode options
  • FPGA device Power Monitoring
  • Design Refactoring for Schematic-Device Sheet conversion

Altium Designer 6.9 also includes new FPGA peripheral cores (supporting both OpenBus and schematic-based design), context-sensitive C language help, the ability to capture 3D images to the Windows clipboard and new user interface features such as Units Toggling and a 3D Origin Marker.

Altium Designer 6.9 release notes
What’s new in Altium Designer 6.9
Altium Designer 6.9 video demos

Altium Designer 6.9 is available via the web update feature in Altium Designer (DXP >> Check for Updates), and as a download.

Download Altium Designer 6.9 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.8.1 patch (below) before installing the Altium Designer 6.9 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Web Updates
Future web updates and more online features will be available via your SUPPORTcenter account. From the Home Page of Altium Designer, simply log into your account using your SUPPORTcenter credentials. Then, use the Check for Updates link to get the latest updates.
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Altium Designer 6.8 and 6.8.1 web update

Altium Designer 6.8 is here! In this release you’ll find over 300 new features and enhancements designed to let you fully exploit the potential of today’s electronics and device technologies, and bring more intelligent products to market faster than ever before.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Real-time 3D PCB visualization engine
  • Interactive length tuning for differential pairs
  • Signal harnesses
  • Reusable device sheets
  • OpenBus system editor for easy capture of processor system architecture
  • Direct C-to-hardware compilation.

Altium Designer 6.8 also includes enhanced migration tools, the ability to paste Metafile data onto PCBs and significant improvements in manufacturing capabilities with support for barcodes and board cutouts.

Altium Designer 6.8 release notes
What’s new in Altium Designer 6.8
Altium Designer 6.8 video demos

Altium Designer 6.8 is available to you via the web update feature in Altium Designer (DXP >> Check for Updates). It is also available as a download.

Download Altium Designer 6.8 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.7 patch (below) before installing the Altium Designer 6.8 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Altium Designer 6.8.1 update
Following on from the Altium Designer 6.8, an update to this release is now available.

Altium Designer 6.8.1 release notes

Altium Designer 6.8.1 is available to you via the web update feature in Altium Designer (DXP >> Check for Updates). It is also available as a download.

Download Altium Designer 6.8.1 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.8 patch before installing the Altium Designer 6.8.1 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Altium Designer 6.7 web update

Altium is pleased to announce that Altium Designer 6.7 is now available. Altium Designer 6.7 continues to improve your productivity delivering features for high-speed design such as Interactive Length Tuning and PCB Layer Tabs. New library tools and a variety of new capabilities strengthen Altium Designer as a unified electronic product development solution.

This latest update further enhances your ability to produce more sophisticated and innovative electronic products within shorter design-to-manufacture timeframes.

Altium Designer 6.7 release notes
What’s new in Altium Designer 6.7
Altium Designer 6.7 video demos

Download Altium Designer 6.7 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.6 patch (below) before installing the Altium Designer 6.7 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Altium Designer 6.6 web update

Introducing Altium Designer 6.6 delivering you over 225 improvements.

Altium Designer 6.6 brings significant improvements to Altium Designer's board layout and manufacturing output capabilities, including extended control of Rounded Pads shapes, new support for Assembly Variants and expanded IPC Footprint Wizard capabilities.

This release also delivers an expanded collection of real-world Signal Integrity examples and introduces a new level of MCAD integration with the addition of STEP Component Model Import Capabilities for more accurate 3D design representation.

Altium Designer 6.6 further enhances your ability to produce more sophisticated and innovative electronic products within shorter design-to-manufacture timeframes.

Highlights of the release include:

  • Improved Variant Support
  • Improved IPC Footprint Wizard
  • New Signal Integrity examples
  • Improved Rounded Rectangular Pads
  • Improved Step Import Feature

Altium Designer 6.6 release notes
What’s new in Altium Designer 6.6
Altium Designer 6.6 video demos
Download Altium Designer 6.6 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.5 patch (below) before installing the Altium Designer 6.6 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Altium Designer 6.5 web update

Altium is pleased to announce the release of Altium Designer 6.5!

Altium Designer 6.5 release notes

Download Altium Designer 6.5 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.3 patch (below) before installing the Altium Designer 6.5 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Altium Designer 6.4 web update

Altium is pleased to announce the release of Altium Designer 6.4. This is the fourth software update to Altium Designer 6 - the world's first unified electronic product development system that brings together hardware, programmable hardware and software design within a single environment. Altium Designer 6.4 delivers over 180 improvements and provides significantly enhanced platform stability.

Some of the highlights of this release include:

  • Numerous improvements in the behaviour and performance of the DirectX graphics system,
  • A new favorite via system, similar to the existing favorite widths, has been introduced to facilitate interactive routing,
  • The STEP exporter has been improved. Generated files are now significantly smaller and load more quickly and reliably into third-party CAD systems,
  • Generic ARM® 7 Support,
  • Added Lattice® MachXO support.

Altium Designer 6.4 release notes

Download Altium Designer 6.4 patch (Please Note: you must have installed the Altium Designer 6.3 patch (below) before installing the Altium Designer 6.4 update for your Altium Designer 6 license).

Altium Designer 6.3

Altium Designer 6.3 is the third software update to Altium Designer 6 This release of Altium Designer addresses over 100 outstanding issues and provides significantly enhanced platform stability.

What’s new in Altium Designer 6.3
Altium Designer 6.3 release notes
Altium Designer 6.3 video demos
Download Altium Designer 6.3 patch

Altium Designer 6 – the unified electronic product development system

Altium Designer 6 brings a host of enhanced features to improve PCB and FPGA design productivity. This release includes a mix of major new features and technologies, combined with numerous smaller enhancements. Many of the enhancements are based on feedback from our users, the engineers and designers developing electronic products in Altium Designer.

Fasten your seatbelts and check out what's new in Altium Designer 6
Altium Designer video demos
Altium Designer 6 system requirements

Getting started with Altium Designer 6

This section provides you with useful information to help you install, activate and get started with Altium Designer 6. Important information for upgrading from a previous version or from competitive software is also covered.

Getting started with Altium Designer 6
Getting help

Important information

Any third-party add-ons that have been developed for previous releases of Altium Designer may not be fully compatible with Altium Designer 6.3. If you have developed an add-on to Altium Designer 6.3, you may have to update it prior to using it with Altium Designer 6.3. Alternatively, if you have purchased a third-party add-on to Altium Designer, please contact your distributor to verify its compatibility with Altium Designer 6.3.

There are no major changes in the hardware requirements for Altium Designer 6.3.

Altium Designer 6 system requirements

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