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Pulsonix Version 7.5

Pulsonix 7.5 releases a wealth of new features and enhancements, providing customers with continued productivity tools. At all times, Pulsonix is developed with best-in-class range of functionality in-mind. Below is an overview of the major new features in this exciting new release.

For full details of the Version 7.5 release, view the datasheet

Variant Spreadsheet Editor The new Component Variant spreadsheet enables you to edit variant related component information in an easy-to-read and edit spreadsheet. Each component is represented in the spreadsheet as it would be in the Properties dialog, but this dialog allows fast transition between components where multiple items need to be managed.
STEP Mechanical Interface Where STEP models incorporate unique colours, these colours will now be used when importing the models for use in the built-in STEP previewer and when exporting to a STEP file.
During the export of STEP files, Component identifier tags are added to the file, STEP export now includes Component Names and Part Names for downstream use in the mechanical CAD system.
Where positional changes have been made in the mechanical CAD system, these can now be annotated back into the PCB using the import of STEP component positional changes option.
3D Viewer Package Shapes For use with the Pulsonix 3D Viewer, new 3D Package Shapes are included for BEAD, MELF, DILSwitch and LEDdisplay. Where Axial components are created in the Package Editor, this type can now defined using rounded ends (as well as square ends). In addition to new shapes, colour-coded bands on components has been enabled. This allows component values to be translated into true colour coding on the package for items such as resistors, capacitors and diodes.
When using the 3D Viewer, you can now save the image to a file for inclusion into your documentation.
Auto-Rename By Location in Schematic Editor The Auto-Rename feature now supports rename By Location for a Schematic design for Components or Test Points. This option can be used on a By Page basis, this enables you to produce a name sequence based on the position of these items on the schematic pages. This style of rename is commonly used for the service engineers convenience when attempting to diagnose problems using a schematic diagram as reference.
Pad Style Spacing Shapes With the expansion of the Pad Styles functionality, you can now add special spacing shapes as layer exceptions. This allows you pad level spacing rules but with the added benefit of being able to create your own pad shapes for use on an existing pad. All ancillary options will use this additional capability, options such as DRC, Copper Pour etc. You may for example, add a spacing shape rule to a surface mount pad for special allowance of component slippage during physical manufacturing. This new functionality is also available for user defined pad shapes.
Swap Component Positions A valuable time-saving feature where two components can be swapped using their exact positions. This enables fast repositioning and visual connection length shortening on-the-fly during design. The component rotation and side are adhered to during the swap, and there is an additional feature available to allow routed components to be swapped.
Interactive High Speed (Cost option) - Differential Pairs - Spurs Allowed With the addition of the new Allow Track Spurs rules in the differential pairs constraint rules manager, greater control has been provided when designing complex PCBs. This new rule is checked when running Design Rules Checks and violations reported.
Import Ariadne (Cost option) As part of the extensive import options, Pulsonix is now able to import Ariadne Schematic and PCB designs as well as your existing library items. Please contact your local sales office for more information.
Additional Feature Summary
Assign shortcut keys for Change Layer to specific layers Using new shortcut key commands, you can assign keys for use during track editing to quickly navigate between layers.
Snap Cursor to Grid As well as free movement, this new feature enables a forced snap of the cursor to the current grid, all editing and cursor movement is then using the grid steps defined.
Gerber verification plot to PDF When plotting your Gerber files, in addition to a standard Windows verification plot, you can product a PDF file of the plot using the built-in Pulsonix PDF driver supplied. This saves you time mapping your Windows driver to a PDF device.
Local Pin Types Local pin types override global pin type settings defined in your Technology file. You may find a device has been assign a pin type of I/O for example but during editing, that pin becomes fixed at Output only, this new mode enables this change to take place locally.
Scaling of DXF files during Import DXF files can be scaled during import. This can be invaluable where the host system has not specified a scale of the DXF file.
Align DXF to 0,0 during Import During import, you can align the DXF to the 0,0 system reference so that accurate placement within the design can be achieved.
Insert Multiple Connector Pins Connector pins can be inserted and placed using the Insert Multiple option. This saves time where there are large numbers of connector pins to a device.
3D Viewer - Layer Type choice for component body Choose the Layer Type that is used for displaying component body shapes in the 3D Viewer.
Component pushing uses accurate shapes When component pushing is active, the option now uses accurate shapes rather than a bounding box. This allows a denser packing of components without component shape to shape spacing errors.
New commands in Report Maker The powerful report maker option has been further expanded with the inclusion of over 20 new reporting commands.
Delete segment of Schematic connection When editing a Schematic connection, you can now delete a single selected segment.
Suppress pads on powerplanes A new option to enable pads to be suppressed on powerplanes during CAM plot.
Multiple file extensions The ability to have multiple extensions associated with a file type has been added. For
example for STEP Models, you could specify .stp and .step.
Execute Hyperlinks on Associated Parts From the Edit Associated Part dialog on the Design Properties dialog, an Execute Hyperlink button is available for hyperlink attributes on the associated part.