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Re: PCB123 Feature Requests

    by Sal Hernandez » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:50 am

Thanks for the feedback. Items 1, 2, 3, and 8a are already feature requests and I have added your comments to our existing tickets. I have added new tickets for the remaining items. I know you already know the work around for these most of these items but I will comment for those who do not.

1-2) specific spacing for individual holes. First place a small hole on your layout and assign it to phantom net (a net that will not be used on your board except to adjust spacing for a specific hole size) and adjust the net spacing to accommodate the clearance you want. You can then place this hole inside the original hole to adjust the spacing. This will result in a DRC warning but will result in the desired outcome.

3) We are currently adding slots and cutouts to PCB123 and this feature will be available in V5. Until then the following link explains slots and cutouts in PCB123. Creating Slots or Cutouts

4) This is a major enhancement. No work around available for this functionality. We are aware of the limitations of copy and paste and will work to improve this with future releases.

5) As stated use wide traces to increase thermal width.

6) Similar to the solution for items 1-2 you can use a plated hole over the existing hole to control solder mask relief with some limitations for very small vias. The minimum via size is smaller that the minimum plated hole.

7) Copper regions can be unmasked by including a filled polygon on the solder mask layer in the size and shape of the desired solder mask opening.

8b) You cannot add traces in the footprint edit but you can add polygon lines which can be used to connect pins in the footprint editor. Once you use a polygon as part of a footprint you lose the ability to assign the polygon to a net which will result in a drc warning when you place the footprint on your layout, but this will provide the desired connection.

Please feel free to contact customer support if you have any questions.
Regards,

Sal Hernandez
Software Support Engineer I
Sunstone Circuits
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Mulino, OR 97042
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Re: PCB123 Feature Requests

    by Sal Hernandez » Tue May 14, 2013 7:52 am

v5 will implement a slots and cutout tool and will remove the current preset hole size limitation. There will also be changes to how the outline is displayed updates to how objects are rendered on your screen and several bug fixes. I'll provide more info as we get closer to the release.
Regards,

Sal Hernandez
Software Support Engineer I
Sunstone Circuits
13626 S. Freeman Road
Mulino, OR 97042
Phone: 503-829-9108 x226
Fax: 503-829-5482
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Re: PCB123 Feature Requests

    by Sal Hernandez » Fri May 17, 2013 6:34 am

Thanks for the feedback. I will pass the requests to our management.
Regards,

Sal Hernandez
Software Support Engineer I
Sunstone Circuits
13626 S. Freeman Road
Mulino, OR 97042
Phone: 503-829-9108 x226
Fax: 503-829-5482
Sal Hernandez
 
Posts: 381
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:00 am




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