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Altium diagram output for various clients

question regarding the usage of Altium 10 Detailed: 2 clients that have access to some project diagrams. They are both aware that others use them. However when they get the diagram they want their ...
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Altium Junction & component colors

I've recently started using Altium Designer 16. So far I am very pleased, but the default schematic layout is not in my likings. This is why I ask, how I can change the default colors for various ...
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Altium Via stitching vs Via Shielding

What is the difference between add stitching to net and add shielding to net ? In my understanding in both case it create via to shield some part of the cricuit...
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Strangely messed up netlist in Altium

I just run into a netlist problem with Altium Designer. As we all now, changing lot of things in schematic will completely mess up netlist and you usually need to clear all nets in PCB and add them ...
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Altium: Merge two polygons together

I'm having trouble merging two polygons together; when I select them they have the same nets. They are on the same layer and they have the same net, but they stay separated when I draw them. How do I ...
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Altium Microstrip routing

I am currently trying to route a micro strip for a GPS and GSM antenna on Altium which got some constraints on spacing with ground poured plane like the one shown just below: This is currently my ...
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Is there a way to batch copy port names over to net names

version Altium Designer 15.1 Scenario I have a several pins wired to ports. I want to remove the ports and add net names to the corresponding wire I want the wire net names to be the same as the ...
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Altium error at compilation

I got this error in Altium when I try to compile schematic. i don't understand what is the problem exactly. I have searched online and didn't find any solution so far. does anybody already had this ...
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Altium trace length vs signal length

I've seen both of these in the PCB tab when editing the PCB board in Altium Designer.. what are the two? I thought I new, but I have fully routed traces with signal lengths of 0 as well as signal and ...
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Pulsonix to Altium

I have a complex schematic+PCB design which I'd like to translate from Pulsonix to Altium. Which is the easiest solution? Are there any mainstream EDA tools which can import from Pulsonix? Thank you ...
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Altium Design Rule - How to apply to one named component?

How can I build an Altium Designer rule that applies to only one component or reference designatorrefdes? I tried selecting my component, S1, from the Query Helper, but that just puts the string 'S1' ...
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Altium simulation time

I am currently working on a quite big project and I use Altium to simulate my overall circuit to make everything works as I expect it to. I have something like 10 sheets linked to each other with ...
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Rotate Board and Components in Altium

Can I rotate the components and the board at once? I try hold click + Space bar but it just rotates the component only. Say I already have a 20mm x 10mm board size and I want to make it 10mm x 20mm. I ...
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Altium PCB Layout: Does each pcb footprint and trace segment have a unique identifier. Which stores information about at what time it was laid out?

Is there any information about when an element is placed on the PCB file in Altium? A unique chronologically generated ID maybe?
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Altium PCB Layout: The Difference of Through Via, Micro Via, and Burried Via

This is my very first time doing 4 layers PCB layout. What is actually the difference between Micro Via and Buried Via? Say I have Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3, Layer 4. What I know I use the Through ...
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Differential pair in altium

I have a difficulty with altium giving me an error when I try to create a differential pair. I have placed my signal into blanket and created a net in the schematic. I also added differential pair ...
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Import P-CAD library files to Altium

I have an old P-CAD library file and need to import it to Altium. The library file format is .LIB I tried to use Import wizard -- P-CAD Libraries and select the file. But I receive a messeage; the ...
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Altium doesn't let me place components the way I want

I have a problem when placing my components on the board. altium restrict my movement. It is like some design rule are not showing up but blocking me to put components the way I want. I think I have ...
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Altium tell me Off Grid Net

When I compile my project in Altium, I got some warning telling me I have Label of the grid. Does anybody know how can I correct this warning error in once without replacing all the net one by one? ...
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Altium telling me floating input pin

When I try to compile my project Altium find a floating pin on block in a my schematic. I have tried to remove the wire and to make a new one to ensure the red cross appear well when placing the net ...
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Altium : Place components in a square with one command

I remember I have seen someone in the past who could select component in the schematic in cross select mode and then later in the pcb layout to draw a square/rectangle surface, and then all the ...
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Altium: How to hide rats nests?

When there are a lot of connections and nets, these rats nest of nets can be a bit troublesome during layout. Does anybody know how to remove/hide the rats nests?
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Altium room on PCB layout after ECO [duplicate]

When I update the PCB layout from the schematic, it will place some room on the PCB editor for each sheet. How to remove this all in once ? Is there are a way to select them all in once and to delete ...
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Altium: How to change object kind with SCH Inspector

I don't success to change Object Kind value when I inspect an item in schematic with Schematic Inspector. Is it normal or I am doing something wrong ? How to do it ?
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Altium power net vs. normal net

I am a bit confused when we should use power net in the schematic capture versus a normal net. For example, if I place a 3V3, I would use a power net, however I see sometimes some schematic where ...
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altium misc library

I am time to time using the misc library of altium to pick capactiro and resistor. I some time replace the footprint by my own. How the pin number of those misc are numbered ? How can we open a misc ...
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Altium Import components parameters

When I import components parameters using the Supplier Search function to import parameters directly into components who are in the schematic, Altium automatically insert the Part number inside the ...
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altium : part A part B

i have downloaded footprint for a component from TI which is made in two parts: PART A and PART B, the part B is the power part and the PART A is GPIO etc... part When I transfer to layout altium ...
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How do you check your schematic before passing to layout [closed]

I am working with Altium. What verification do you particularly do when going from schematic to layout in terms of electronic and in terms of capture ?
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Altium: Save all schematic sheets in once

I have schematic document with 15 sheets, when I anotate all the sheet it will modify all the sheets sometimes. I want to be able to save all the sheets in once without saving all of them one by one. ...
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ALTIUM Setting all parts of a schematic to pcb library “Any”

I have a schematic with different part in i. I have imported this schematic from another design and the parts are linked to a library I don't have access directly. I need to set up all the parts in ...
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How to output Fiducials to Pick&Place but exclude them from BOM in Altium?

In Altium, the (not so) obvious way was to set the Fiducial component type to "Standard (No BOM)", but this also prevents them from showing up in the Pick&Place output. I could set the type so "...
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Why does Altium delete my GND via's?

When placing ground vias to connect to my components Altium sometimes removes the via after connecting it with a trace to the pad. In the following image, if I was to complete this trace. Altium ...
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Altium: Access Database Library - Only “Library Ref” Appears In Lib Panel

Over the past couple of days I have been experimenting with Altium's Access database library feature and have run into an issue. I have a test database and Altium seems to be reading from it without a ...
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Polygon pour over keep-out layer

In Altium Designer, I'm using Keep-out layer lines to enforce the manufacturer's board-edge clearance restrictions. The problem is, that the top layer polygon will pour around these lines, which is ...
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Altium: remove some layer

I have several layer in my pcb design and some of those layers are unwanted as they seems to conflict with each other when i export gerber file. How to remove some mechanical layer ?
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Altium gerber files looks weird

I have recently generated gerber file via Camtastic in Altium Designer. All the layers appear well in the Altium interface appart it generate some weird line on the display depending on how I zoom on ...
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How to make multiple GND pours in Altium?

I have a PCB design that requires two ground pours on the bottom layer, one is AGND and the other is DGND. Most of the board is AGND ('L' shape) and the remaining should be DGND. I have tried to pour ...
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Interactive Diff Pair Length Tuning Altium Designer

I am using Altium Designer and sometimes (very often) when I am using the Interactive Diff Pair Length Tuning even when I click properly on the wire I have this error : As said in the response below ...
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No hotspot in a component created in Altium

I have added a component to an SCH library in Altium. I have just drawn the component (just the schematic and not the footprint!) and added to it a model that I found on the TI website. I just need ...
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Altium Library *.LIB to *.IntLib

I just downloaded a model from the TI website for the following component : REF3325. I need to put it in my schematic in order to simulate it after. But in the .rar I downloaded, there is only a *.LIB ...
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Sub-circuit in Altium

I am working on Altium Designer and I would like to create a subcircuit from existing components. To be more clear, I want to be able to create a new part from a schematic I already draw. For a very ...
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Altium bus connections with sheet hierarchy

I am using a bus to connect a repeating module to an MCU in Altium. I've tried numerous variations and can't find an example the same as this. I'm not sure which should have labels and which shouldn't ...
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Why do we need sheet entries and sheet symbol in Altium [duplicate]

I don't understand why we need to define some sheet entries and sheet symbols in Altium with multi sheet design ?! Indeed, nets are already connected to each other by their ID from sheet to sheets as ...
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Differences between Solid Region vs Polygon Pour

In altium you can define polygon pouring or solid region. It seems both are doing the same things. What are the differences ?
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Crosstalk analysis, Altium vs. the World

I am trying to understand the real-world effect of crosstalk between nets, and I find I cannot match the data from abstract calculators (like Saturn's PCB toolkit and others) and the Altium crosstalk ...
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Trace vs polygon pour

when designing PCB with altium, we have created a power plane but under the configuration of signal plane so we could divided the plane for different voltage we have. We have some vis that go to top ...
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Negative Artwork in Altium

I wanted to print the negative artwork from a PCB that I've designed. The problem is that I couldn't find that option in Altium Designer. I found that I can create a solid layer and then play with the ...
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Altium - How to Convey Pin-In-Paste Technology in Design

I am working on the first board design I've done with a connector that requires pin-in-paste (aka. "paste-in-hole") soldering. We are trying to expedite the manufacturing process so we are leaning ...
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Altium - How do I place my GND vias?

I have a 4 layer design, Top, layer2, layer3, bottom. Now I want to place GND vias on a ground polygon. Layers Top and Bottom both are a complete ground plane (Polygon) I was wondering; What is the ...