Mark up PCB Designs

How to Easily Make Mark-ups and Comments on Your PCB Designs using CADSTAR Redlining

CADSTAR RedliningImproving communication between multidisciplinary teams is a key way companies can maintain a competitive edge and promote design quality. Where PCB designs are outsourced, this becomes even more important.

In a typical scenario, Electronic Designers want to pass back comments while reviewing the design. Or, once a product has been assembled, Mechanical Engineers need to communicate an issue affecting manufacturing.

All too often, reading comments on a printout is a frustrating exercise: comments can be illegible, incomplete or even forgotten. This can lead to a disorganized review process or, worse still, unnecessary errors creeping into designs.

By incorporating markers and comments alongside the design CADSTAR can help overcome these issues, making it easy for engineers to communicate between different departments or companies.

“Redlining” is a historical term that describes the process of marking up a blueprint or a plan; but it is still as relevant as ever. CADSTAR Redlining allows you to quickly mark-up designs during review and make it easy to communicate design issues. These markers can be added to the CADSTAR design without changing the actual PCB or Schematic. The Redlining marker is a simple item defined by a circular shape and can support the addition of descriptive text, color and line thickness.

CADSTAR Redlining is an add-on option for:

  • CADSTAR Design Editor (either Schematics or PCB)
  • CADSTAR Design Viewer or CADSTAR Design Viewer Plus

For full details of what is available within CADSTAR Redlining, download the datasheet.

Written by

Jeroen Leinders, born on 16th June 1965 is worldwide CADSTAR Distribution Manager of Zuken. He has been working for Zuken since 1999, first being in charge of the CADSTAR Sales in Belgium and the Netherlands, before being appointed as worldwide Distribution Manager in June 2001. Since then he has been involved in product planning and product marketing of Zuken's PCB Design solution CADSTAR. He has a diploma in electronics and been involved in electronic product design and manufacturing since 1985 and has gathered over 20 years of experience in several positions at various high-tech companies such as Zuken, ACS and Philips.

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