Altium Designer is an end-to-end PCB design software for engineers and designers. Altium Designer aims to enable a truly unified design environment, uniting teams worldwide with every aspect of the PCB design process.
Altium Designer Features
Supported: Schematic Capture - Capture design intent with wiring tools, design verification, transparent netlist creation, and variation management.
Supported: Interactive Routing - Push, Slide, Hug, Walkaround. Any angle, tune for delay.
Supported: Unified Library Management - Make part choices at design time with an intelligent platform that brings together schematic symbols and PCB footprints, lifecycle status, and supply chain planning.
Supported: Board Layout - Explore an optimal layout with board planning technology. Native 3D support, layer stack management, and high-end controls including etch factor and surface roughness models.
Supported: Interactive Routing - Its engine lets the user push, slide, hug, walkaround, and tune for delay at any angle.
Supported: Rigid-Flex & Multi-Board - Verify connectivity and design flexible circuitry for multi-board setups with product-level wiring, mating, and Native 3D. A definition of flex zones and bending lines to verify fit for Rigid-Flex designs.
Supported: MCAD Collaboration - Collaborate with mechanical designers with bi-directional data transfer between Altium Designer and an MCAD tool. Supports MCAD suites including Solidworks, Inventor, and Creo.
Supported: Data Management - Connects team and design data in one centralized location for access. A scalable platform to support growth, it includes design workspaces, project lifecycle and release management, and team collaboration.
Supported: Native 3D - Interact and collaborate with mechanical designers in a photo-realistic, 3D design environment.
ALTIUM DESIGNER is the most appropriate tool for the design of electronic equipment, it covers all parts of the process, that is, from conceptual creation to mass production. We can use ALTIUM DESIGNER for the creation of electronic schematics and from there generate the PCB of components, finally, it allows us to generate a list of materials "BOM" for the acquisition of the electronic components.
In a professional environment of design and manufacture of electronic equipment, without a doubt, ALTIUM DESIGNER turns out to be the best option! However, the high cost of its license makes us consider the option of using lower-cost alternatives. In the case of small companies or independent developers, free options turn out to be more appropriate, although some functions are not implemented and require more work from the designer.