Intuitive user interface and high flexibility minimize company losses due to learning curve. Customers become productive within hours. No need for extensive training. Free step-by-step tutorial, help materials, and video guides on the web.
Smart Project Structure
PCB Creator is convenient for both simple and complex projects. Nets are divided by net classes with user-defined parameters and class-to-class rules. Via styles help to organize work with through and blind/buried vias. Design rules of one project can be applied to another board, there is no need to specify all settings again.
All software modules compose a single PCB design environment with cross-module library management and easy access to previous or next design stage. Convert schematic to PCB, renew PCB from Schematic and Back Annotate.
Hierarchy blocks can be inserted into main sheet of schematic or into each other as many times as needed. Users are able to arrange components to hierarchy blocks directly on the board and apply placement and routing from one block to another with PCB Layout.
Rotate board model in three axes, zoom in/out in real time and adjust color template of the preview. Import *.wrl, *.3ds, *.step and *.iges 3D component models (more than 6,500 free models in PCB Creator 3D library). Board can be exported to STEP or VRML 2.0 formats supported by mechanical CAD systems.
Components can be placed manually or automatically with optimized distance between pads. Combination of two methods is the best choice for complex boards.
Route nets by following 15, 30, 45, 90 degree angles, free, with arcs & curves, or shape-based copper pouring. Change route mode, current segment, trace width, and other parameters with customizable hotkeys on the go. Various trace highlight options for friendly working process.
PCB Creator shape-based autorouter with advanced settings suitable for complex multi-layer boards with through and blind/buried vias. DSN/SES interface for external routing.
Smart differential pair routing tools for high-speed transmission lines with length and phase constraints for signal integrity. Standard and free single track editing modes. Real-time DRC feedback while routing.
Customizable fanout for nets, components, and pads. Connect SMD pads to inner layers with vias of selected style. Ready templates for BGA, SOIC and QUAD components. Autorouter support.
Import / Export
Exchange schematics, layouts and libraries with other EDA and CAD packages (DXF, OrCAD, P-CAD/Altium, EAGLE, PADS). Import and export netlists of Accel, Allegro, Mentor, PADS, P-CAD, OrCAD, Protel and Tango formats.
Electric Rule Check (ERC) and Check Hierarchy features are available in the Schematic. PCB Layout’s Design Rule Check (DRC) verifies correct object clearances/sizes and differential pair length and dynamic phase parameters while real-time DRC shows errors before actually making them. Broken or merged nets are reported by Net Connectivity Check – differences between PCB and schematic – by corresponding verification. Complete description and easy localization of errors and design constraints.
Export industry-standard files accepted by PCB manufacturers, including Gerber RS-274X, Gerber X2, N/C Drill, ODB++, IPC-D-356A, Pick and Place and DXF files (requires upgrade to DipTrace). Vector and TrueType (Unicode) fonts as well as raster images export. Milling method supported.
PCB Creator has more than 130,000 electronic components as well as Component and Pattern Editors packed with different design templates for single and multi-part component management.