Release notes for Altium Designer Update 23 (10.1327.26514)

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Update 23: Updated plug-ins from release 10.1271.26245 to 10.1327.26514

Date: 23 November 2012

Key highlights

New deselect touching line and rectangle commands

The PCB editor and PCB library editor have been updated with new commands to deselect objects by touching rectangle or touching line.

Easier polygon pour order management

You can now modify the polygon pour order within the Polygon Manager (Tools>>Polygon Pours>>Polygon Manager) by using drag and drop. This can greatly speed up the reordering process when dealing with a large amount of polygons. View wiki info.

PCB Rule dialog improvements

New options have been added to the PCB Rules and Constraints Editor dialog (Design>>Rules) allowing you to delete multiple selected rules. View BugCrunch report #1136. View wiki info.

Importer improvements

This update includes additional improvements to the Mentor PADS PCB, PADS Logic and Expedition importers.

Updated support for vendor tools and devices

Xilinx ISE v14.3, Lattice Diamond 2.0.1, Altera QuartusII and NiosII version 12.0 SP2 are now supported.

Software Platform support for Atmel AT86RF231 Wireless 802.15.4 device is now available - including LR-WPAN physical layer with generic AES encryption/decryption service. View wiki info.

System Components: PCB System

6587Altium Designer correctly synchronizes pcb and fpga projects that include Xilinx Spartan 6 devices. View BugCrunch report #1312.
6556Fixed freeze/slowness when activating the route tool or initiating a drag track edit.View BugCrunch report #2122.
6254Allow Drag/Drop in Polygon Manager Pour order.
6498Fixed Loop Remove issue when the finished route barely touches a pad, causing incorrect tracks to get removed. View BugCrunch report #1751 .
6577Region handles are now scaled correctly: after the regions have been scaled and a region is selected, the handles of the region appears at the correct locations.View BugCrunch report #639.
6578Select touching line and rectangle have been fixed and now work for polygon cutouts.
6579Handling drawing of Arc primitives in region Shape for rooms has been added.View BugCrunch report #1409.
6580Option to delete multiple rules has been added to Rules dialog.View BugCrunch report #1136.
6581Commands to deselect touching line and rectangle have been added.

System Components: Soft Design Support

6536Fixed problem where C code typedef struct editing could freeze Altium Designer.

System Components: Soft Design System

6590Xilinx ISE version 14.3 is now supported.
6589Altera QuartusII and NiosII version 12.0 SP2 are now supported.
6591Lattice Diamond version 2.0.1 is now supported.

Importers and Exporters: Importer - Expedition

6476Expedition footprint library import - When a library file contains files locations that have unix-style directory delimiters, they are now augmented to conform to Windows-standard paths so that files can be properly found.

Importers and Exporters: Importer - PADS

6507PADS Import - Use of PADS alphanumeric pin names and pin designators has been corrected to properly set Altium Designer component/footprint pin names and pin numbers.
5093PADS Import - When importing PCB Layout files, Geometry.Height attributes are now used to set component Height properties.
5549Pads Import - PADS Logic designs of format V2007.0 and later that contain hierarchical blocks are now successfully imported.
5720PADS PCB Design Import - Use of PADS clearance rules to create Altium Designer clearance rules has been improved. General categorical rules (such as net clearance rules) use more appropriate clearance values.
6021PADS Schematic Library Import - PADSLogic library parts that contain zero gates no longer cause empty library file results.
6544PADS Schematic Library Import - When a custom PADSLogic pin decal reference is not found, the default "PIN" pin decal is used, and a warning is written to the import log file.
6545PADS Import - PADLogic decal circle pieces are now more reliably imported.

Output Generators: Output - Gerber

6560Gerber flashes are now created correctly for solder/paste mask features created automatically (via solder/mask expansion properties) for Regions when mirrored Embedded Board Arrays are used.

Output Generators: Output - ODB

6561ODB++ data are now created correctly for solder/paste mask features created automatically (via solder/mask expansion properties) for regions, fills, tracks & arcs when mirrored Embedded Board Arrays are used.

Embedded Design Tools: TASKING Core

5576 Embedded make utility does not wait for all commands to be finished.

Embedded Design Tools: TASKING CHC

6311 Fixed incorrect issuing of "E489: too many bits stored".
4776CHC C-library calls are functional again.
5850The CHC compiler issued an "internal consistency check" if the source file contains a loop with an emty basic block. This is fixed now.

Embedded Design Tools: Software platform

6540AGUI service now correctly deals with multiple instances in a multi-threaded application.
4657Several minor bug fixes in the Software Platform graphics service.
4653Input in Soft Terminal as been improved and is no longer blocking in some situation where the reading buffer is very small.
6574Software Platform support for Atmel AT86RF231 Wireless 802.15.4 device is now available - including LR-WPAN physical layer with generic AES encryption/decryption service.

Hardware Support Packages: Device Support - Xilinx CoolRunner 2

6532Generating a programming file for Xilinx CoolRunner 2 devices with QF32 package is now working as expected.

 

 

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