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Altium Designer

What is Altium Designer?

Altium Designer is an unified electronics design environment, which combines all the design tools in one software application.

It includes schematic capture, PCB layout and routing tools, signal integrity analysis, embedded software tools dedicated for FPGA applications, ECAD/MCAD integration tools, library and design data management, output data generation - CAM files.

The latest version of Altium Designer provides easy-to-use and high-performance solutions. The new Altium Designer 18 includes improvements like 64 bits architecture, multi-board features and advanced component management.

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What license options are available?

Altium Designer 18 is available in three license options. 

ALTIUM DESIGNER 18

Full custom board design and manufacturing capabilities.
Complete front-end engineering design system for both board-level and programmable logic design, native 3D PCB design and editing capabilities.

ALTIUM DESIGNER 18 SE

(System Engineering)

Complete front-end schematic design for both board-level and programmable logic design.
Analog and digital simulation, System-on-FPGA implementation.

ALTIUM DESIGNER 18 VIEWER

Quick, easy and secure read-only exploration of Altium Designer projects and documents.

Altium Designer Licence Types

On-Demand 

Client-side license acquisition is administered by an Altium managed server. There are two 'modes' when using a seat of an On-Demand license:

  • On-Demand – a seat of an On-Demand license acquired by any client computer, only while you are signed in to your account. When you sign out, the seat is released so that another user can acquire it.
  • Roaming – a seat of an On-Demand license acquired for a specified time. In this mode, you can sign out and work offline, in essence roaming freely with your acquired seat

Standalone 

Client-side license acquisition is managed by the user through use of a licensing file (*.alf).

This file can be saved, copied and backed-up as required.

The .alf file is reusable on a home computer (in accordance with the EULA) simply by copying the file to a specific folder on that computer and then adding the file as part of Standalone License Configuration.

Private Server 

Client-side license acquisition is administered by a user-managed server.

Your administrator sets up a Private License Server to access and use Private Server licenses.

Once the license is in use on the server, that server will then serve the license to local computers.

Users on the local network do not need to sign in to their Altium accounts to acquire the seats from the Private License Server.

HOW TO SWITCH TO ALTIUM DESIGNER FROM YOUR EXISTING ECAD TOOL?

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