Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (PressExposure) September 26, 2011 -- DipTrace Schematic and PCB design software has been updated to version 2.2.
New version of this popular PCB design package features number of improvements - 3D preview, improved system of work with nets (Net Classes), via styles, improved hierarchical schematic, reworked interface of working with layers and layer rearrangement, improved manual routing, oval holes in pads (slots), greatly improved Design Rule Check and much more.
DipTrace PCB design software application consists of 4 modules: PCB Layout with high-class autorouter and 3D PCB Preview, Schematic Capture with multi-level hierarchy, Component and Pattern Editors.
New 3D preview instrument allows user to see PCB in three dimensions with all the patterns installed. Real time 3D visualization with hardware acceleration supports .wrl and .3ds package models. 2500+ package 3D models are included for free. Net connection system has been reworked. All nets now can be assigned to net classes and net properties can be changed at once by simply changing its net class.
Each net class has many different parameters including trace width, clearances, min/max length, allowed vias, custom auto-routing settings, etc. Via Styles make it very simple to work with vias on the PCB. Designer now can edit all vias of the style by changing style settings only. At the same time you can see, what kinds of vias (blind/through, size, hole) and how many of each kind you have on the board. Pads also suffered minor changes - now user is able to make oval holes for through pads.
In DipTrace ver. 2.2 developers improved layers system: quick-access buttons and very intuitive interface helps to create and manage multi-layer PCB in a blink of an eye. Manual routing process became more simple and quick with new modes, trace segments, hot-keys, bulk change of trace width/layer and lots of other improvements. Design Rule Check is now able to verify different rules by layers and by net-classes, as well as class-to-class rules. Now it's easy to understand the reason of each exact error found by DRC, because DipTrace shows current and necessary size or clearance in each case. Errors can be displayed all at once or by layers.
DipTrace makes designing even very complex projects easy with multi-level hierarchy in the Schematic module of the software. Now nets on different levels of hierarchy can be connected into global nets. DipTrace works in full connection with Schematic: changes in one module can be renewed in another by one click.
Despite the complexity of its features DipTrace 2.2 is more user-friendly and easy-to-understand, than ever before. Affordable prices and special non-profit conditions make DipTrace the right choice for both professionals and hobbyists.
DipTrace 2.2 runs native on all Windows platforms. It is now available online or via local distributors worldwide with pricing from Free (500 pins, non-profit) to $695 (unlimited). Full program info can be found at http://www.diptrace.com/