CADSTAR 14 is Like a Box of Confections: So Many Wonderful New Options in One Package

by Jeroen Leinders on February 19, 2013

in Electronic

Making life easier with CADSTAR 14

You know how it is when another new release of software comes along and you think, ‘Is it worth installing this now, or should I wait for the next release?’

Well, you might want to consider CADSTAR 14 now, as some of the new features may just make a big difference to your next design!

Create ‘accepted’ errors

First up is a new check when you go to Manufacturing Export to verify that there are no DRC errors in the design, so you don’t accidentally send your manufacturer a dataset that includes a couple of errors you planned to fix later.

CADSTAR alerts users of existing DRCs before creating outputs for manufacturing

In PCB design there are often accepted errors (maybe a spacing error between component placement boundaries that you know will be not be a problem in assembly); you know they are there, but they won’t cause any problems in manufacturing and later on in the product’s functionality.Recently, a number of our users have made comments along the lines of: “I just want to be able to show the production engineer that this error is OK; not on the covering email, but within the design itself.”

So now the DRC feature lets you classify any DRC error as ‘accepted’ – and you can focus on the important issues, but still retain the list of accepted errors for your quality audit.

Quick draw

‘Off Screen Drawing’ may not sound so important, but it gives you up to 10 times better redraw speed on many graphics cards and I certainly notice the difference on my PC.

Flexible pin names

Advanced control for alphanumeric pin numbers reduces time in part development

One of the major new features in CADSTAR 14 is the move to support true alphanumeric pin names, so now you can:

  • Have components with non-sequential pin numbers
  • Quickly create even the largest or most complex BGA with automatic Jedec pin naming, using the new Wizards
  • Create Parts in the Library Editor faster than ever before.

So don’t wait –  take a look at CADSTAR 14 and investigate some of the features that I know will help you improve productivity and accuracy. It’s available now.

Discover CADSTAR

  • Want an introduction to CADSTAR? Watch our movie below
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  • Learn more about CADSTAR 14 on the Zuken website
  • Contact your local representative to find out more about what CADSTAR can do for you

Try CADSTAR

  • CADSTAR Express -  enjoy all the functionality of CADSTAR free  (comes with limited pins and components)
  • CADSTAR Free Trial – 30 days of unlimited functionality
 Feel free to comment below if you have any questions and I’ll get right back to you.
I’m the CADSTAR distribution manager for Zuken managing approximately 40 resellers worldwide, based out of my home office in the Netherlands. When I’m not working I like to travel, play badminton, eat good food, go to concerts and musicals. I also spend time training my dog (a white Swiss shepherd dog) and enjoy spending quality time with my wife and two daughters.
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Jeroen Leinders February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

Hi Earle, I don’t know of course which CADSTAR version you are using, but in CADSTAR 13 and the latest version 14 you can actually do what you require. Under View (in the menubar) you do find the option Mirror View. This not only mirrors the view of the PCB board as you require, but also allows you to work in a mirrored mode (also very useful when electronic engineers come and sit next to you to check the work and changes you have done in the design, as they are usually not used to look through the board as typically the case with EDA software). By the way, the same functionality is supported in the PCB Component Library Editor (as some component manufacturers do deliver datasheets seen from solder side). Success

Earle Gilgeous February 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm

in the pcb editor it be nice to flip the view of the board , and view it from
the solder side as it would be seen in real life

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