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Altium Designer

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Altium Designer Features

Features Summary

Functionality

4.5

/5

85

Total features

30

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Altium Designer features

2D Drawing
3D Imaging
Access Controls/Permissions
Bills of Material
CAD Tools
Change Management
Collaboration Tools
Compliance Management

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2D Drawing
3D Imaging
Access Controls/Permissions
Bills of Material
CAD Tools
Change Management
Civil
Collaboration Tools

Price starts from

358

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Per month

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Functionality

4.5

/5

85

Price starts from

358

/user

Per month

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Total Features

30

Unique features

  • Configuration Management

  • Mechatronics

  • Version Control

Functionality

4.6

/5

3K

Price starts from

235

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Total Features

51

Features in Common

22

Unique features

  • 3D Design & Modeling

  • Third-Party Integrations

  • Drag & Drop

  • Real-Time Updates

Functionality

4.6

/5

157

Price starts from

Free

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Total Features

37

Features in Common

15

Unique features

  • 3D Design & Modeling

  • Modeling & Simulation

  • Third-Party Integrations

  • Template Management

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Stuart S.

Automotive, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • 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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Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Altium Designed: Simply the best at this price point

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

The 3D CAD integration has been an absolutely killer feature for my company. Several projects literally could not have gone to market without it. The competitive edge that it gives my company to design clever, compact designs has effectively paid for the Altium license several times over. As a product, Altium Designer is unbeatable without paying 3-10x as much. Possibly much more, I didn't explore that market extensively once it became clear the wealth of features that Altium Designer offered.

Cons

Altium, as a company makes me wonder about Altium Designer's long term prospects. The company has made several questionable market decisions in the past 5 years that makes me uncertain if their upper management really understands how their users use their product. Ah, well. They're not the first company to have this problem.

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Stephen C.

Medical Devices, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Easy to get into for new users, but with many powerful features to get into as needed

Reviewed a year ago

It used to be that Protel/AD was not very well established, so recruitment of experienced people wasn't easy. Now it's pretty much the industry standard, which is great. I look forward to using AD, and actively enjoy using it.

Pros

Integration between schematic and PCB, MCAD integration and 3D, library management and online component data.

Cons

The price! Apart from that there is little that I don't like.

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Rob F.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, self-employed

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A long term users review

Reviewed 5 years ago

I've use Altium to successfully create hundred of boards, and it generally works well.

Pros

Altium has a great but not perfect 3D rendering tool. The ability to import correctly scaled and detailed component parts allows the user to visualised a highly realistic image of the completed PCB.

Cons

The Autorouter is utter rubbish and I can't believe they haven't made any notable improvements to it over years. New features are implemented half baked and often full of bugs. The new 'Draftsman' tool is supposed to allow you to create better technical drawings of the board, but it really doesn't fulfil its promise. It's cumbersome, does not allow component values to be annotated to the drawing - instead only component Idents are drawn. The library system is messy and it's easy to get parts and footprints messed up. they tried to fix this with integrated libraries, but left the original library system in place so there's no consistent way to work.

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Janith G.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, self-employed

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Almost Perfect Tool for Industrial PCB Design

Reviewed 4 years ago

As an Electronics Engineering undergraduate, overall design experience with Altium Designer is great. I have used this software to develop many PCBs throughout my academic carrer. Also, it provides more flexible tools for PCB design which helps beginners to learn the software quickly. I recommend Altium designer for anyone who is interested in electronic circuit design.

Pros

Altium designer is the best PCB designer for beginners as the learning process of this software is pretty much straightforward. Both schematic and PCB design interfaces are easy to handle. Component selection and library management are very well organized. PCB routing is simplified with auto routing feature. Different colors are efficiently used to differentiate layers. Double sided designs can be easily developed very quickly. Overall this software is a great tool for PCB designs.

Cons

Altium designer is not at the best level for the designs of multi layer PCBs because multi-layer management is bit tricky in Altium. Also I prefer a better UI design with ribbon style menu than current list style menu UI. More support for 3d preview is also necessary. Other than these overall experience is good.

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Used weekly for 2+ years

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improvement in my designs, a good 3D view and personal growth

Reviewed 6 years ago

prophecy in my designs. a continuous improvement in electronic design

Pros

For me, the best when it comes to designing electronic cards. has the ability to work in several layers is very complete and integrates the 3D view so you can place any 3D object in your design and make your presentation as real as possible. really powerful and very complete

Cons

At first a little difficult to handle since it has many functions. When you have a very large circuit the auto routing does not work very well.

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barry w.

Design, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium Designer

Reviewed 6 years ago

Generally very positive, easy to use for mid level designs and good price.

Pros

Ease of use. Can get started with very little training. Good price for features available.

Cons

There are too many ways of completing the same task. Collaboration (multiple engineers on the same design) is poorly defined and prone to lost data.

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Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Very connected

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

When adding component, often, footprint and schematic can be downloaded automatically from the web. The version management is nice, and I appreciate warnings that prevents to do things that may cause trouble (for instance when renaming a component before having saved the modification).

Cons

I didn't found it easy to add component's footprint and schematic, from external lib file. (Import with snap Eda, and automatic download from the web are fine).

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H S Younes B.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Discover the Power of Altium Designer: A Comprehensive PCB Design Solution

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

The best quality of Altium Designer software is its comprehensive and integrated approach to PCB design. It offers a range of advanced features and capabilities, including:User-friendly interface and intuitive design flowAdvanced schematic capture and component managementHigh-performance, multi-layer PCB layoutRobust design verification and analysis toolsSeamless data management and collaboration with team membersExtensive libraries and components databasesIntegration with popular industry tools and standards.These features and capabilities make Altium Designer a highly effective and efficient solution for PCB design, delivering exceptional quality and reliability.

Cons

The worst thing about Altium Designer software is its high cost compared to some other similar products in the market. It is a premium solution and the pricing may not be attractive for organizations with limited budgets or for hobbyists and makers who are just starting with PCB design. Additionally, the software may have a steep learning curve for some users, especially those who are new to PCB design or electronics. Some users may also find the software to be resource-intensive, requiring a high-performance computer with ample memory and storage. Finally, some users may experience technical issues or compatibility problems with certain hardware or software platforms.

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Berin C.

Hospital & Health Care, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend4/10

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How the Mighty Have Fallen

Reviewed 2 years ago

I was once a huge fan of this software, going so far as to be evangelical about it. Now, it's reputation lies in ruin due to corporate greed getting in the way of good engineering. Which, for an engineering software, is unforgivable.

Pros

Altium has always been a very easy software to learn and has had a rich suite of features suitable for basic to quite high-level design.

Cons

The new cloud functionality, which nobody wanted, is so poorly implemented. It is treated as a cash-cow for the greedy "business" people in charge of the company and doesn't add anything of real value - even with the more expensive license. If anything, given how buggy it is, and how there are still bugs from 10 years ago in the product, it can be said to be detracting from the product

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Saad Ahmed K.

Consumer Electronics, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A complete Electronic design automation (EDA) software for professionals as well as for academia

Reviewed 3 years ago

I used Altium designer as a professional as well as a student. I developed several research projects using this software, that includes the development of electronic power converter, ECG machine, Weather station, and Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU). Moreover, as a professional, I used this software for the development of UV sterilizer, Renewable energy converter, Robotic Arm, and IOT switchboard.

Pros

The best thing about this software is that it is a complete suite that includes Circuit simulator, Schematic Capture, PCB designer, MCAD for 3D modelling, and many more functions required for an electronics design process. The best thing about this software is that it is the oldest EDA suite therefore, it has the largest component library covering every electronic part and a lot of help is available for this software online.

Cons

It is the most expensive Electronic design automation (EDA) software, therefore, a small firm cannot afford it.

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giuseppe t.

Industrial Automation, 501-1,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium Designer ''Friend''

Reviewed 10 months ago

I started with Protel 99, after I switched to DXP and finally to Altium Designer. The most important value of Altium is the continuous improvement of the feature, tooling menu, visualiazation 3D, multiboard experience.

Pros

Altium is very simple to learn, very performant tool, easy to use and very precise and fast routing. I like the 3D mode, new features added into 3D mode viasualization. Very easy to perform design rules check. Tool is quite stable and crash are very very few. It is good to work with git repository and A365.

Cons

It is appreciated to add a PANEL FOR TESTPOINT management. We use a loto of ICT test point and the information in one side panel in real time is a VERY VERY important and accelerate the design of the boards.

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Shamal J.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Altium Designer for an Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering Undergraduate

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

As an engineering undergraduate we have to design lots of printed circuit boards. When I am using Altium designer I could easily design foot print according to the component I chose to use. In altium designer we can easily import the changes we made on the schematic . If we did any changes on the PCB design layout which are not on the schematic those changes also can be export to the schematic. We...

Cons

If you are new to PCB designing it will be little bit difficult to learn altium at the first place with the time we will get familiar to the altium designer. If you looking for footprint for free in online sources it will little bit difficult.

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Howard N.

Defense & Space, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Altium Designer

Reviewed 4 months ago

It has overall been a very positive experience

Pros

Ease of use, More performance and Documentation capabilities.

Cons

Component Design and Import of Components or Designs

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Albert B.

Semiconductors, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Altium Designer

Reviewed 10 months ago

I have had a very favorable view of Altium, I would highly recommend it

Pros

It is a great Schematic PCB design tool that lets you generate complex designs with access to a pre-made library so one can start ECAD immediately and is inexpensive

Cons

More Mechanical CAD features, import/export designs from other vendors to translate everything over to Altium

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Kris G.

Industrial Automation, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium Designer Value

Reviewed 4 months ago
Pros

It includes quite a few tools in the package and so far has been meeting our needs for schematic and layout design.

Cons

The third party simulation tools do not pickup the Altium constraints. They have to be redone in these tools and it is very time consuming.

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Andres C.

Automotive, self-employed

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Great overall tool

Reviewed 2 years ago

It is still overall the best PCB Layout tool there is.

Pros

Once you get to know it it's the fastest tool to get any layout done.

Cons

Some of the import features could be impreoved.

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Edouard M.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium Designer Review

Reviewed 4 months ago
Pros

Tons of features and quality of life features that makes design a little bit more enjoyable. 3D view is fantastic for a variety of reasons. Overall great product, but not without it's quirks

Cons

BoM management can be a real pain, I understand how libraries should be managed, but I would like to have the ability to easily have generic parts and just fill in the fields required (Manufactuer, Part No, etc). Can be overall very quirky, but usually able to get by.

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Rahat R.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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Easier to use and just as full featured as other PCB Layout tools

Reviewed 3 years ago

I would recommend it for both simple designs and also more complex multi layered board designs, it handles everything well and is also very easy to use.

Pros

Extremely smooth and easy to use. Very customizable traces and the cornering on the traces is just as I prefer them, not a 90 degree angle but rather two 45 degree angles by default.

Cons

Does not have the simulation options that other tools often do and also is less customizable, both in terms of interface and components used.

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John S.

Research, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Altium 365 Makes Collaboration Easy

Reviewed 4 months ago
Pros

Altium 365 makes storing, managing, and sharing our PCB designs easy and efficient.

Cons

License management with multiple users requires coordination between users to make sure licenses are released when not in use.

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Anand G.

Automotive, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Best PCB Design Software Available

Reviewed 2 years ago

It is always a good experience to start your day with Altium interface and design some exciting technology

Pros

The availability of the latest footprints along with its lifecycle data is very useful while designing a product and the 3D cad, the UI, the collaborative Altium 365 all comes in handy

Cons

Nothing specific... Some shortcuts and a bit of ease of UI for beginners would be good

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Oil & Energy,

Used other for 2+ years

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Top ECAD tool for PCB design

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Works well with Solidworks suites and now with Solidworks PCB and Connector. General purpose ECAD tool for single and multi-layer board design.

Cons

While there is a vault system available, the cost is prohibitively high for a small group. Integrations are available to other PLM applications as well as a basic CSV or SVN system.

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Ali H.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 10,001+ employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium Designer

Reviewed 5 years ago

Good and it helps me more compare similar software however it can be more user-friendly

Pros

It gives a good opportunity to design the schematic and PCB for desired circuit at one software which linked together good enough.

Cons

Some tools does not have proper document to guide user to use them. If you did not learn some tricks and skills from another expert person, you will not learn anyway from document.

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Abdulbasit H.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 51-200 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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Altium for the best designs

Reviewed 10 months ago

It’s been quite nice. At first it looked daunting but Altium also have ready made tutorials that explain everything that’s needed. I don’t regret using Altium.

Pros

As an electronic engineer, I appreciate how Altium gives me easy access to components from so many companies and then helps my check my design for mistakes, as well as making it easy to create those designs.

Cons

It can be a bit complicated, but once you get used to it, it’s fine.

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Research, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Real tool

Reviewed 5 years ago

I have been using it since it was called Protel, and I used to it a lot. now when I prototype, and I need PCB I could not use anything else.

Pros

Fully fletched suite for electronic engineer, for schematics and printed circuit board developing

Cons

its expensive for hobbyist, and it takes a lot of space on drive.