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Altium Designer FAQs

Q. What type of pricing plans does Altium Designer offer?

Altium Designer has the following pricing plans:
Starting from: $358.00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available


Q. Who are the typical users of Altium Designer?

Altium Designer has the following typical customers:
Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Small Business


Q. What languages does Altium Designer support?

Altium Designer supports the following languages:
English


Q. Does Altium Designer offer an API?

Yes, Altium Designer has an API available for use.


Q. What level of support does Altium Designer offer?

Altium Designer offers the following support options:
Knowledge Base, FAQs/Forum, Phone Support, Email/Help Desk, Chat

Altium Designer product overview

Price starts from

358

/user

Per month

What is Altium Designer?

Altium Designer is a cloud-based printed circuit board (PCB) design software that helps businesses in aerospace, consumer electronics, automotive, and other sectors manage operations related to schematic capture, assembly drawing, simulation, 3D modeling, and more. It enables mechanical designers to share live designs and snapshots with team members or clients and obtain real-time feedback through comments.

Key benefits of using Altium Designer

Unified design - Altium Designer® offers a unified design environment, empowering engineers with a single view of every aspect of the PCB design process from schematic, to PCB layout, to design documentation.

Connected experience - Altium 365® is the cloud-based electronics product design platform that unites PCB design, MCAD, data management, and teamwork.

Native 3D - Interact and collaborate with mechanical designers like never before in a photo-realistic, 3D design environment.

Interactive Routing - Route your way with a high-performance engine that lets you push, slide, hug, walkaround, and tune for delay at any angle.


Schematic Capture - Quickly capture your design intent with a rich set of wiring tools, design verification, transparent netlist creation, and variation management.


Unified Library Management - Make the best part choices at design time with an intelligent platform that brings together schematic symbols and PCB footprints, lifecycle status, and supply chain planning in one centralized location.

Rigid-Flex & Multi-Board - Rapidly verify connectivity and design flexible circuitry for multi-board setups with product-level wiring, mating, and Native 3D. A clear definition of flex zones and bending lines makes it easy to verify fit for Rigid-Flex designs.

High Speed and High Density Design - Expertly design high-speed electronics with a powerful tuning engine. Includes advanced pattern support, an EM solver for accurate propagation delay, impedance extraction, and Easy HDI structure integration.

MCAD Collaboration - Effortlessly collaborate with your mechanical designer with bi-directional data transfer between Altium Designer and your MCAD tool. Supports industry-leading MCAD suites including Solidworks, Inventor, and Creo.

Data Management - Connect your team and design data together in one centralized location for easy access. A scalable platform meets the needs of growing companies, including design workspaces, project lifecycle and release management, and team collaboration.

Fabrication Drawings - Instantly create detailed fabrication views of your board and components with Draftsman. MCAD-like dimensioning and intelligent reports make it easy to communicate design intent.

Typical customers

Freelancers
Small businesses
Mid size businesses
Large enterprises

Platforms supported

Web
Android
iPhone/iPad

Support options

Knowledge Base
FAQs/Forum
Phone Support
Email/Help Desk
Chat

Training options

Videos
Documentation
Webinars
Live Online

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Value for money

4.0

/5

87

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Altium Designer features

Functionality

4.5

/5

87

Total features

30

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Most valued features by users

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Reporting/Analytics
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Altium Designer users reviews

Overall Rating

4.5

/5

87

Positive reviews

93

%

Rating breakdown
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8.58/10
Rating distribution

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Pros
One of the best tool which is available for the easy of use and good customer support.
I work as a librarian and this program is one of my favorite. It's easy to use and the 3d feature is very nice.
I really like the ability to make files of the PCB to send online PCB manufacturing service. Altium supports 3D view and we can clearly see how to fit PCB on my CAD design.
Cons
Nothing is as unstable and poorly implemented in my opinion as Altium. The fact that they charge so much for it just adds to the insult.
The worst thing about Altium Designer software is its high cost compared to some other similar products in the market.
They're not the first company to have this problem.

Overall rating contenders

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Dev K.

Design Engineer

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 1-10 employees

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Altium Designer Review: Full featured EDA standard

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Aruna J.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Professional PCB designing tool

Reviewed 5 years ago

Have lot of features. Since most of the companies use Altium as their main PCB development tool finding footprints for more recent components is very easy. Support industrial standards. Supports cad files and generated cad files are compatible with Solidworks Cad tool.

Pros

Great PCB designing tool with lot of features. Supports custom cad files and foot prints. Online and offline tools available for library conversions for PCB component. Support simulations and complex designs. The best thing is it can generate 3D cad file of the final PCB where it can be used to make the enclosures. More professional and customisable.

Cons

It takes longer time for first start of the application, and consumes lot of processing power. Therefore it discourages simple edits in PCB.

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Stuart S.

Automotive, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great all-round circuit and PCB design package

Reviewed 5 years ago

As part of an electronic design team, Altium is an invaluable tool for cooperatively developing our designs. The robust library and project management features mean it is easy to have multiple engineers working on a design, and have everyone contributing to the company's library of components and templates. We can easily export 3D models of the PCBs for the mechanical team to check against physical constraints and the wide range of design file export formats keeps board houses happy. The ability to import designs and libraries from almost any other PCB package has been very useful and is worth mentioning.

Pros

Creating and editing library components is straightforward and mostly works without error. The library and project management features are very powerful and suited to working in a corporate environment with large libraries. PCB layout editor is excellent with intelligent and relatively intuitive controls and behaviour. The view of the PCB layers can easily be customised to provide the clearest image...

Cons

As a relatively heavyweight piece of software, startup times are slow and file access can be sluggish, especially if working on a network. Many of the default settings are not helpful, for example the connection matrix which determines which combinations of IC pin types on a net will cause an error. The default settings generate dozens of spurious warnings for a moderate-size schematic. The Bill of Materials feature, while useful, can be painful to use as it takes several minutes to generate the component table for a moderately complex design. This must be repeated if a mistake is found and a change must be made to the schematic.

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Construction, 201-500 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Altium PCB design

Reviewed 5 years ago

Overall I have been satisfied but I think Altium's old model Protel was much better. I used to use that in 2003 and that was better than today's version.

Pros

Altium has got a huge collection of libraries for PCBs. Almost all the parts which you can buy from Digikey or Mouser, their footprints are present in Altium. I have also been able to customize the footprints to my own needs. Infact, I have made some footprints all from scratch. That is a very powerful feature. Similarly when making the schematic, the 3D model of all the parts is also visible which helps alot in visualizing the part I am gonna use.

Cons

The autorouting in Altium is completely broken. It takes multiple sessions to get completed and most of the time it stop at 90% with tens of vias. Sometimes even with a wire width of 200um and isolation distance of 150um, the autorouter finds it difficult to make a track for SMDs. Therefore, for a PCB with parts more than 200, it becomes almost impossible to make single sided PCB. Though it works OK for double sided PCB.

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Maciej B.

Automotive, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Altium Designer review - PWR Racing Team

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

Altium 365 is a very useful feature for development of a variety of projects as well as storage space. Version control is a great way to keep track of the product development.

Cons

Rendering of the PCBs in 3D View would be an awesome feature to make great visualizations of the finished products. PCBs exported to CAD formats lack traces thus resulting in lacking result.

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Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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PCB layout made less difficult

Reviewed 5 years ago

I use Altium to layout (not simulate) PCB for both prototyping and production. The software does a great job simplifying line and via placement, including it's push features. The rule system is robust if often frustrating and can be very useful helping to catch various board requirements (think differential pair lengths). Overall I find Altium to be very useful and infinitely better than old school layout methods, but it can also be very frustrating with various features broken in updates.

Pros

Altium simplifies PCB layout with a very useful set of features and easy customization of icons and hotkeys.

Cons

Every update (and they come regularly) breaks something new. And once something you used to like finally gets fixed, something new will break. Also, how to add/change polygon pour vertices changes all the time and it drives me nuts.

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