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New release of PCB documentation software

19 February 2014 Design Automation

DownStream Technologies announced the release of the latest version of its PCB documentation solution BluePrint-PCB.

The major component of this software release is the newly developed integration between BluePrint-PCB and Cadence OrCAD PCB Designer and Allegro PCB Layout tools. The integration automates the PCB documentation process for Cadence users and eliminates all manual file transfer between the applications. The release also includes many other new features and performance improvements.

The integration between BluePrint and the Cadence PCB tools is also designed to work with existing PCB layouts. Users can automatically update BluePrint documentation packages created through the integration with all the new changes contained in the PCB layout.

Users can now create or update existing BluePrint-PCB documents directly from the Cadence Allegro PCB Design System menus. Documentation is created using the BluePrint-PCB Documentation Wizard that assists the user in defining the assembly and fabrication drawings.

For panel drawings, users can now display IPC standard annotation labels denoting the flip (mirror) status. Boards are identified with an ‘A’ or ‘B’ label that is flipped and/or oriented accordingly.



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