Who Uses This Software?

Design solution that helps layout professionals, procurement officers, design team leaders, electronic designers, and executives with schematic and rigid-flex designs.


Average Ratings

11 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $7,245.00/year
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web

Vendor Details

  • Altium
  • www.altium.com/
  • Germany

About Altium Designer

Altium Designer provides easy to use PCB engineering design tools that helps to design any complex project more effectively.


Altium Designer Features


Altium Designer Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Altium Designed: Simply the best at this price point

Dec 27, 2018
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

PCB layout made less difficult

Jan 22, 2019
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

A long term users review

Jan 27, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

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

Altium Designer, top 3 pcb design tools

Feb 17, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: How the menus look and how easy is to set up the rules for design.The shapes and keepouts definitions are year after year better and better.

Cons: Still can find some bugs, and it crashes more than its competitors. Not being able to add the drill table on the ODB++ except you exported into another mechanical layer.

Overall: Altium Designer continues improving year after year. Still behind of representative on the pcb design end but far more beyond on the schematich side. Altium is by far easier to use and more intuitive that representative and I would recommend Altium to Engineers that want to design an schematic and do a layout without having to interact with different tools.

Awesome software, missing a key feature

Jan 08, 2019
5/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Altium is fully integrated and allows a user to go from schematic capture to PCB design quickly, without changing software suites.

Cons: I hate that dimensions in Altium dont drive, like they do in solidworks

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

Jun 26, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall:

prophecy in my designs. a continuous improvement in electronic design

Altium Designer

Oct 21, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

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

Top ECAD tool for PCB design

Jul 27, 2018
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

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.

Altium PCB design

Jan 01, 2019
3/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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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.

Overall: 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.

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Altium Designer

Nov 08, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The graphical view is very functional and easy to use.

Cons: some function such as cut out polygon should be user friendly more than now.

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End Solution in Analytics

Mar 27, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: a) Without a computer-science background make it easy for Graphical user interface.

b) The workflows are more easily scheduled compare to informatica.

c) We need not to licenses and servers for calculations.

d) You can learn about it easily as more material is available on the internet.

Cons: a) Date time function should not be complex I have use the formulas for data date.

b) The desktop tool often get crashes and behaves in slow manner