Altium Designer

Cloud-based printed circuit board (PCB) design software

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Altium Designer Overview

What is Altium Designer?

Altium Designer is a cloud-based printed circuit board (PCB) design software that helps businesses in aerospace, consumer electronics, automotive, and other sectors manage operations related to schematic capture, assembly drawing, simulation, 3D modeling, and more. It enables mechanical designers to share live designs and snapshots with team members or clients and obtain real-time feedback through comments.

Features of Altium Designer include stackup planning, anonymous sharing, data management, 3D visualization, multi-board assembly, documentation, output configuration, and more. It allows stakeholders to review and maintain design history in a unified platform, including component changes, layer stack modifications, previous versions. It offers a routing engine, which lets employees design PCB layouts using routing alternatives such as walk around, hug and push, ignore obstacle, and differential pairs.

Altium Designer provides an API, which lets businesses integrate the system with several third-party platforms such as SOLIDWORKS, Creo, Inventor, and more. It provides ActiveBOM module, which enables administrators to manage bill of materials and track price, availability, and lead time of manufacturer parts across various suppliers on a unified dashboard.

Altium Designer Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$3 000,00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
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Value for money

Altium offers a 15-day free trial for new users. Please contact Altium directly for pricing information.


Altium Designer Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Altium Designer PCB design properties
Altium Designer track layers
Altium Designer PCB generic model
Altium Designer bills of materials
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Altium Designer Reviews

Altium Designer Reviews

Overall rating
4,4
/
5
Excellent
15

Very good
12

Average
3

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,1
Features
4,5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4,1
90% recommended this app
Shamal J.

Altium Designer for an Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Undergraduate


Stuart S.

Great all-round circuit and PCB design package

As part of an electronic design team, Altium is an invaluable tool for cooperatively developing our designs. The robust library and project management features mean it is easy to have multiple engineers working on a design, and have everyone contributing to the company's library of components and templates. We can easily export 3D models of the PCBs for the mechanical team to check against physical constraints and the wide range of design file export formats keeps board houses happy. The ability to import designs and libraries from almost any other PCB package has been very useful and is worth mentioning.


Joseph B.

I like it


Thushara S.

Altium Designer is advanced PCB designing tool.

Overall Altium is one of best PCB design software I've ever used.


Verified Reviewer

Altium - defacto standard, pricing inflation

Overall, Altium has helped push the industry forward. At it's core, it's a tool that does the job. However, as they've become more prevalent, the actual value they provide relative to competitors has leveled off.


Shamal J.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Altium Designer for an Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Undergraduate

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/06/14
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

As an engineering undergraduate we have to design lots of printed circuit boards. When I am using Altium designer I could easily design foot print according to the component I chose to use. In altium designer we can easily import the changes we made on the schematic . If we did any changes on the PCB design layout which are not on the schematic those changes also can be export to the schematic. We can customize the design rules such as track width, pad sizes, clearance and etc as we needed. That will help us to have the perfect PCB. When its comes to routing, auto-routing option in the altium is perfect. We only need to adjust routing rules according to our work then altium will do the routing part. We can easily generate files that are need to print PCB for an example if need to generate gerber files we only need to go the option that let us create gerber files and select the required layers and formats.

Cons

If you are new to PCB designing it will be little bit difficult to learn altium at the first place with the time we will get familiar to the altium designer. If you looking for footprint for free in online sources it will little bit difficult.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Stuart S.
Industry: Automotive
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Great all-round circuit and PCB design package

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/05/19
Review Source: Capterra

As part of an electronic design team, Altium is an invaluable tool for cooperatively developing our designs. The robust library and project management features mean it is easy to have multiple engineers working on a design, and have everyone contributing to the company's library of components and templates. We can easily export 3D models of the PCBs for the mechanical team to check against physical constraints and the wide range of design file export formats keeps board houses happy. The ability to import designs and libraries from almost any other PCB package has been very useful and is worth mentioning.

Pros

Creating and editing library components is straightforward and mostly works without error. The library and project management features are very powerful and suited to working in a corporate environment with large libraries.
PCB layout editor is excellent with intelligent and relatively intuitive controls and behaviour. The view of the PCB layers can easily be customised to provide the clearest image of the user's desired section of the design.
The 3D PCB view is great for easily visualising the board being worked on and can be used for basic fit-checking for enclosure and housings.
If the company regularly designs PCBs for a certain enclosure or package space, a custom project template can be created, meaning when a new design is started the board area and any keep-outs and other restrictions are already loaded, saving time and mistakes.

Cons

As a relatively heavyweight piece of software, startup times are slow and file access can be sluggish, especially if working on a network.
Many of the default settings are not helpful, for example the connection matrix which determines which combinations of IC pin types on a net will cause an error. The default settings generate dozens of spurious warnings for a moderate-size schematic.
The Bill of Materials feature, while useful, can be painful to use as it takes several minutes to generate the component table for a moderately complex design. This must be repeated if a mistake is found and a change must be made to the schematic.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Joseph B.
Industry: Design
Company size: 11-50 Employees

I like it

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/10/22
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

I work as a librarian and this program is one of my favorite. It's easy to use and the 3d feature is very nice.

Cons

For a big design with the 3d model it can take a lot of computer power.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Thushara S.
Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Altium Designer is advanced PCB designing tool.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/21
Review Source: Capterra

Overall Altium is one of best PCB design software I've ever used.

Pros

Altium Designer has thousand of advanced features to design PCBs. I really like the ability to make files of the PCB to send online PCB manufacturing service . Altium supports 3D view and we can clearly see how to fit PCB on my CAD design. Altium has thousands of flexible design rules and auto routing options.

Cons

Altium has few bugs when exporting designs. instead of that default components library has only very few essential components. Even I find component footprints or library from internet I have to go through number of steps to add them to Altium every time.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Biotechnology
Company size: 5 001-10 000 Employees

Altium - defacto standard, pricing inflation

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/09/23
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Altium has helped push the industry forward. At it's core, it's a tool that does the job. However, as they've become more prevalent, the actual value they provide relative to competitors has leveled off.

Pros

Altium has become a defacto standard in embedded electronics design. Every vendor, customer, and partner of ours has Altium Designer in their toolset. The product functions well enough for most required ee cad tasks.

Cons

the suite of products that you can buy beyond the standard schematic capture, layout, and routing, creates ala carte options that nickel and dime you to an annoying degree.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

User recommendation
8,4/10
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Altium Designer Pricing

Altium Designer Pricing

Starting from
US$3 000,00/year
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Altium offers a 15-day free trial for new users. Please contact Altium directly for pricing information.

Altium offers a 15-day free trial for new users. Please contact Altium directly for pricing information.

Value for Money
4,1/5
Based on 30 user ratings
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Altium Designer Features

Altium Designer Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4,5/5
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Altium Designer FAQs

Altium Designer FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Altium Designer.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Altium Designer offer?

Altium Designer offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$3 000,00/year

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Altium offers a 15-day free trial for new users. Please contact Altium directly for pricing information.

Q. What are the main features of Altium Designer?

We do not have any information about Altium Designer features

Q. Who are the typical users of Altium Designer?

Altium Designer has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Altium Designer support?

Altium Designer supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Altium Designer offer?

Altium Designer has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Altium Designer support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Altium Designer supports

Q. What other apps does Altium Designer integrate with?

Altium Designer integrates with the following applications:

DipTrace

Q. What level of support does Altium Designer offer?

Altium Designer offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials