How to Use Altium Designer Winter 09 for PCB Design
Altium Designer Winter 09 is a powerful and comprehensive software solution for designing printed circuit boards (PCBs). It offers a unified design environment that integrates schematic capture, layout, routing, simulation, verification, and documentation. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, Altium Designer Winter 09 can help you create high-quality PCBs faster and easier.
In this article, we will show you how to use Altium Designer Winter 09 for PCB design. We will cover the following topics:
How to install and update Altium Designer Winter 09
How to create a new project and add schematic documents
How to place components and wire them up
How to transfer the schematic to PCB and define the board shape
How to place and route the PCB components
How to run design rule checks and generate outputs
How to Install and Update Altium Designer Winter 09
To install Altium Designer Winter 09, you need to download the full installation file from the Altium website[^1^]. The file size is about 1.5 GB, so make sure you have enough disk space and a stable internet connection. After downloading, run the setup program and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need to enter your license information or sign in with your SUPPORTcenter credentials.
To update Altium Designer Winter 09, you have three options:
Web updates from within Altium Designer: Altium Designer includes the ability to check for, download or automatically install updates from within the software. This is configured in the Altium Designer Preferences panel[^1^]. To be able to check for web updates, you will need to sign in with your SUPPORTcenter credentials.
Self-contained updates with setup programs: Each Altium Designer software update is also available as a separate download with its own setup program. You can find the latest updates on the Altium website[^2^]. You will need to run the setup program and follow the instructions on the screen.
Web updates using a local update server: Web updates can be manually downloaded and stored on an internal file server. Each Altium Designer installation can be configured to search for and download required updates from this internal server. You can find more information on how to set up a local update server on the Altium website[^3^].
How to Create a New Project and Add Schematic Documents
To start a new PCB design project in Altium Designer Winter 09, you need to create a new project file and add schematic documents. To do this, follow these steps:
In Altium Designer, go to File > New > Project > PCB Project. This will create a new project file with a default name (Project1.PrjPCB) in your current working directory.
Rename the project file as desired by right-clicking on it in the Projects panel and selecting Save As.
Add schematic documents to your project by right-clicking on the project file in the Projects panel and selecting Add New to Project > Schematic. This will create a new schematic document with a default name (Sheet1.SchDoc) in your current working directory.
Rename the schematic document as desired by right-clicking on it in the Projects panel and selecting Save As.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 as needed to add more schematic documents to your project. 061ffe29dd