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Altium Designer

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Altium Designer Pricing

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4.0

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85

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358

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Altium offers a 15-day free trial for new users. Additional features and license options will affect price.

What users say

Compared to other products out there in the market this is a great tool and the price is also reasonable.
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.

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Llyr R.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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The industry standard for electronics design

Reviewed a year ago

Great, we could not create such good products without this tool.

Pros

Altium Designer has become the industry standard for electronics design. The feature set and rate of improvement are impressive.

Cons

The product is very expensive and sometimes unstable. The stability has improved over the years.

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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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Computer Networking, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Altium Designer the ultimate PCB CAD

Reviewed 2 years ago

Because of the ease of use and almost level learning curve, we were able to output project jobs faster than previously expected.

Pros

Ease of use was excellent, learning curve was good and manipulation of components a breeze compared to our previous PCB design CAD. Three updates within the year we have been using Altium

Cons

Recurring licensing cost was high and we will reduce licensing after first year. Have not any issues that are a 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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Burger O.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Strike, user

Reviewed 2 years ago

Great software!

Pros

The attention to detail and also the amount of help available.

Cons

The pricing, cheaper personal licenses would be great. Especially in countries such as South Africa, with currencies much weaker than the dollar.

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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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Ed S.

Oil & Energy, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium Designer Review

Reviewed 4 months ago

Overall I have had a good experience with Altium Designer. It was relatively easy to migrate from another major schematic capture/PCB layout package. Both packages had their pluses and minuses which pretty much balanced out, but Altium's lower cost tends to make it stand out.

Pros

The ability to work from one software program is nice and seamless. The ability to view show others the assembled PCB in 3D is also quite nice, as well as easily being able to create unique instances for multiple board versions.

Cons

Other PCB design packages easily allow displaying components and nets in user selectable colors by selecting the components or nets to be colored from the schematic which is great when grouping parts for placement and for verifying specific nets do not stray from where they are supposed to be.

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Paul S.

Consumer Electronics, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Altium Designer

Reviewed 4 months ago

Easy to use and create designs. From concept to manufacturer with add much or add little detail wanted.

Pros

Ease of use with top notch abilities. 3D CAD abilities were easy to use also.

Cons

Extra cost for additional analysis add ons.

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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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Nicholas D.

Research, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Usefulness for small companies

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall it has been possible to get designs completed but has taken much more time because of the massive user interface and poor documentation of the program.

Pros

Altium DXP is a sophisticated program which would work for larger organizations where there are many people working on a product.

Cons

Altium Designer is a complex program really intended for large enterprises with many collaborators working on projects. Also integrating all areas of manufacturing from sourcing components to mechanical integration. Much of this is not useful for a small company and even a hindrance. The cost of a subscription is high so if you don't subscribe and update every few years you may end up with a version...

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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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Biotechnology, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Altium - defacto standard, pricing inflation

Reviewed 4 years ago

Overall, Altium has helped push the industry forward. At it's core, it's a tool that does the job. However, as they've become more prevalent, the actual value they provide relative to competitors has leveled off.

Pros

Altium has become a defacto standard in embedded electronics design. Every vendor, customer, and partner of ours has Altium Designer in their toolset. The product functions well enough for most required ee cad tasks.

Cons

the suite of products that you can buy beyond the standard schematic capture, layout, and routing, creates ala carte options that nickel and dime you to an annoying degree.

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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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Jonathan T.

Design, 1-10 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Altium - many pros and few cons

Reviewed a year ago
Pros

The software is very easy to use and quick to learn the basics. The most useful feature is the manufacture part search. You can find components with footprints and their stock on sellers very easily. Also, keyboard shortcuts are very useful, especially when you start to get the hang of things, they can save you a lot of time

Cons

Some of the features that I use most often (cross probe) does not have easy to use keyboard shortcuts. The price for the license is somewhat steep, but the user experience is better than other software

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Design, 1-10 employees

Used other for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Blows the competition away

Reviewed 5 years ago

I went through University learning Altium, as it was the software that had been licensed by our department for Electronics Engineers. It's a feature rich, fully fledged EDA that makes difficult tasks easier. Although I've since moved away as I can't justify the cost against the small output we have, its certainly worth the money.

Pros

Has more features than any other EDA out there, and is continuing to push the boundaries with every yearly release

Cons

The price, its incredibly expensive. However when compared to other EDA you can understand why this is the case.

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hussein h.

Marketing and Advertising, 51-200 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

so powerful software to design a product from models to PCB...

Cons

expensive prices but for the feature provided it's so good

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Faizan R.

Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Very User-Friendly Software

Reviewed 2 years ago

The overall experience was very nice for me. This is a great tool if you are looking to design PCBs, its very user-friendly and very easy to learn even if you are a beginner. I would recommend this to people who are also starting to learn PCB-Designing.

Pros

The thing I liked most about this software is it allows you to design and model PCBs and its very user friendly and easy to learn. Compared to other products out there in the market this is a great tool and the price is also reasonable.

Cons

Sometimes when you are trying to make your own components it's kind of hard to find 3D-Models for some components and also sometimes it has an error for placing components.

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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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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.