What’s new in DesignSpark PCB and PRO Version 10Follow article
DesignSpark PCB and Pro Version 10.0 adds several customer-requested features and enhancements.
DesignSpark PCB Pro V10.0 will now be available to buy through all of RS Components regionalised websites in the local currency. New users can access these features through a perpetual licence while existing v9 licence holders can buy the upgrade. Purchase links and prices can be found via https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/pcb-pro-download-and-installation
Highlights of new features of DSPCB Version 10
Output Drill Data to Gerber
Drill data plots, previously only written to Excellon format, can now write in Gerber format as well. This means drill data can be exported using Gerber X2 format as required by some manufacturers.
From the Output tab of the Manufacturing Plots dialog, with Gerber selected using the Plot Type drop-down list, select the new option - Drill Data. This applies to new plots as well as existing plots.
Plot Include/Omit Drilled-out Pads
An additional check box on the Settings tab of the Manufacturing Plots dialog has been added.
If you have pad styles where the drill size is larger than the pad, this produces an effect called 'drilled out pads' where any copper land for the pad would be completely removed by the drilling process. If you want to suppress the pad land from these drilled out pads, then uncheck this check box.
New Disconnect From Signal Nets option
Available in both Schematic and PCB designs, a new context menu option Disconnect from Signal Nets can be used in select mode. As the name suggests, this will do the same as Disconnect From Net but it will only do it to nets whose net class is of type Signal, thus leaving any power/ground nets still connected.
This option is useful if you need to swap gates for instance in a Schematic, it means that the power and ground nets are still connected without having to remember to connect them after the gate changes have been made.
Component-to-Component SMT Design Rule Check
When doing a Component-to-Component check for SMT components on the opposite side of the board against a through-hole component, if no placement shapes are defined for the through-hole component’s bottom side then Spacing checks are now done only against the space occupied by the pins protruding through that side of the board, rather than using the bounds of the entire component on that side.
Hexagonal Pad Shapes
A regular hexagon shape has been added to the list of available Pad Shapes available. This can be used in both the PCB and Schematic editors.
BOM Quote - Value column Sorted by Electrical Value
The Value column sorting is now based on the actual electrical value and sorted accordingly, smallest to largest. It does not understand exponents, so values such as 10e-9 or 2.2e3 will not be sorted.
Thus, 6.8pF will come before 4.7nF. It also understands absolute values too, for example 100pF = 0.1nF
Top 5 new features of DSPCB Pro Version 10
Know more about the top 5 features of the new version with the video and text below:
1. Intelligent design backup interval
Design Backups (if enabled) are written whenever you save a Schematic or PCB design. Using the new Work Time controls (enabled by default) the application will ensure that a meaningful amount of work is done between each backup regardless of how frequently you Save the design on which you are working. This means you can Save as often as you like without “filling up” your set of cyclic design backups with tiny incremental differences.
2. Paste Shapes in footprints
Within the PCB Symbol (Footprint) editor, in the Tools menu there is a new command, Apply
Paste. This is used to assist in creating a rectangular pattern of paste shapes for items such as thermal pads. This is an automated way to create something you can already do by hand but this tool makes it much easier.
Add custom solder paste patterns to complex components such as QFNs.
3. New nets bar
The bar dynamically displays net name, net class, total track length, min/max length values and rules, plus vis count and test land count. A fully customised bar, so you can set the fields to be displayed that are relevant to you. With live monitoring, it instantly gives you values of the nets and tracks being edited in your design, colour coded for visual confirmation of the values.
4. Simplified viewing of dense connection patterns
- Declutter your workspace when faced with a design that has dense connection patterns
- Filter net connections by side of the PCB – to show only those on the top, bottom, or within the current view
5. Easy data Access and Storage
- Clean and simple file browser for recently used projects, designs and libraries
- Pin items to the top of the open list for fast access
- Save all files within a project to a ZIP file. Useful for archival and sharing
For more new features and improvements of DSPCB V10 and DSPCB Pro V10, please read the update notes attached.