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Please find our Blog overview below. Here you always get the most recent news about our company and updates for our PCB-Investigator and Plug-Ins. We are happy to answer your questions and comments.

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Here is a overview over all import formats PCB-Investigator provide. There are also some information about format details which includes components and net information etc.

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How to get a quick overview about my panel and step repeats?

PCB-Investigator can give you a simple table with exact values of multy placement for steps or short overview with options like "draw substep info text" and show/hide substeps.

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When developing circuits with more than 30V, certain security parameters will need to be considered. For leakage current prevention the layout must meet minimum distance requirements as those defined in a series of standards such as DIN EN 60664 VDE 0110, IPC2 221A or UL60950-1. PCB-Investigator is able to offer an automated leakage current analysis to meet those requirements!

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The Profile often also known as Contour or Outline represents the outer edges of a printed circuit board as well as its inner recesses like drill holes. Among other things, it is prerequisite for indicating the shape of a PCB and thus being able to string several boards together on a panel. Moreover, PCB-Investigator uses it for a variety of calculations, tests, and features...

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A common question when dealing with PCBs is: How can I find out which component pin is part of which net? In this case, the PCB-Investigator provides you with five methods to get to an answer each crafted for a specific scenario while freely letting you choose your approach.

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Sometimes masks are not defined sufficiently large. In these cases the PCB supplier has to edit the data and enlarge all objects on all template layers. PCB-Investigators "Generate Oversize" is THE tool for this job!

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In V8 of PCB-Investigator there is no direct 7z import integrated. But there is a powerful scripting engine implemented and with this plug-in you can use any other installed software while running PCB-Investigator.

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With PCB-Investigator you can calculate areas on your PCB.
You can use selection to get the used area of nets, layers or pin pads and get overview values like percent of board area.

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PCB-Investigator has many export formats, here we have a short overview and some detials.

  • List of all formats:
  • ODB++
  • DXF
  • GenCad 1.4
  • IDF
  • Gerber 274x
  • IPC356 D Netlist
  • ...

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Create a simple example for PCBI-Physics.

Build a simple line example and make physically simulation for it.
In some steps we create components, nets and stackup to the simple one line example. Then we can start the simulation.

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What is the best way to find components in PCB-Investigator?

Use Search Dialog or use the component manager?
There are more possibilities than the PCB to search manually ...

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PCB-Investigator V 8.0 is now available!

Manage your components in your own library with 3D models?
Use the new features component editor and component library to do this!

Create optimized panels for fabrication?
Use Panel builder to create panels depending on your panel size...

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PCB-Investigator @Electronica 2016

Visit us at the Electronica 2016 exhibition in Munich, November 8th to 11th at Hall A1 - Booth 661
Our Team will be happy to inform you about the latest PCB-Investigator News!

http://www.electronica.de

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Our new Video Tutorial Playlist shows how to improve the thermal behaviour of your PCB in many different ways!

For example by adding thermal vias, optimizing the copper structure, or using heat sinks.

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PCB-Investigator V 7.0 is now available!

Beside ODB++, GenCad 1.4, Gerber 274x, DXF and many more data formats, a new import option for DPF files and also a new export option for Sieb and Meyer is now available.

The Bare Board Analysis (DRC) has been completely reworked and now offers a broad range of design rule checks with a dramatically increased performance.

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New Matrix Dialog

The matrix dialog offers you an easy way to define new stack-ups or to use existing stack-up definitions to add additional information to your PCB data, even to Gerber 274x or Excellon files.

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The Bare Board Analysis (DRC) of PCB-Investigator has been completely reworked in the new Version 7 (coming soon!) and now offers a broad range of design rule checks with a dramatically increased performance.

Take a look at our new DRC Video Tutorial and contact us to get a trial version.

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Our new Video Tutorial shows how to automate simple processes in PCB-Investigator with small C# Scripts.

The used example highlights the ground and power pins of each component with predefined colors and demonstrates how powerful the PCB-Investigator API is.

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PCB-Investigator Physics is the perfect tool to simulate the physical behaviour of your Printed Circuit Boards during development phase.

It enables you to find thermal hotspots, critical trace resistances and voltage drops that are too high, even before prototyping begins!

Save valuable time and prototype costs with PCBi-Physics!

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In PCB-Investigator are many options and methods in the ribbon menu. This special menu can be change by “Customize Ribbon” button in the Start Tab (last button). We offer different menus for our Editions (Ultimate, Developer, Fabrication and Basic) and the options to change the menu individually.

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PCB-Investigator contains a CAD Net List to handle all nets easily.
Find nets, select nets or add colors to nets.

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Component Properties Dialog
With the V6 update the properties dialog was extended by a component image, an area for the component information and one for the package information.

If you connect your components with online material or documents (PDFs, Videos, webpages) you can use links to find your files/pages easily by double clicking.

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PCB-Investigator 6.0.0 advantages

  • Task structured menu (ribbon).
  • Selection count in layer list.
  • Start scripts from the menu as shortcut.
  • ...

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Scripting is one of the most popular plugins of PCB-Investigator. With examples for beginners or more complex scripts to handle complete work processes, the download area is a good basis for creating own scripts.

Now with version 6 of PCB-Investigator you can add all scripts to favourite groups and start them directly from your menu without opening the script Dialog first.

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You want to combine and fill areas? This task is very simple by using scripts. With our example "Create_Polygon_of_Selection" it is only a question of the correct selection.

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Using floating licensing offers an easy and flexible way to share a limited amount of licenses among a larger number of users. After verifying the identity of the user and the availability of a license, the user can check out a license from the floating server to start the software. Up to this point you had to run and service the server yourself. This is where our new Software on Demand System comes into play.

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PCB-Investigator @Electronica 2014

Visit us at the Electronica 2014 exhibition in Munich, November 11th to 14th at hall A1, Booth No. 148

Our Team will be happy to inform you about the latest PCB-Investigator News and to answer your questions!


http://www.electronica.de

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PCB-Investigator's new Job Library is a very useful tool to find and organize your design data. In its "Favorites" list you can add your most important designs in the needed order and with a meaningful name.
Nevertheless all last opened designs are also stored in the "Recent" list, no matter which kind of file format was imported (ODB++, GenCad, IPC2581 and many more).
For working in teams, the Job Library also offers a recursive search for ODB++ designs on a shared team drive.

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There are some new features in version 5.1 to add or remove objects to/from the current selection.

You can use Ctrl key to remove objects or use Shift to add objects to your selection.
This works for all kinds of selection tools.

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The new script engine offers an outstanding master plan to create, manage and use scripts to facilitate the daily workload of all users in all areas of application and helps saving time and money. True to the maxim “What doesn´t fit, will be made to fit” nearly all recurring tasks can be automated by a simple script to fulfill the needs of the respective user.

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In today's blog, we show you how easy it is to find components, nets or attributes based on regular expressions as advanced search with PCB-Investigator.

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Prevent twist&bow on your PCB by ensuring uniform copper distribution with PCB-Investigator

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In today's blog we explain how to add new objects to your design with PCB-Investigator and how to edit them.

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In today's blog we explain how to easily find components, nets or attributes in PCB-Investigator by using regular expressions.

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In today's blog we explain how to delete empty or unwanted layers to get a clearly represented layer stack up

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In today's blog we explain how you can restore the last selection when it got lost by e.g. an accidently wrong click

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EasyLogix is happy to attend eCarTec 2013 October 15th-17th 2013 at Messe Munich, the 5th International trade fair for electric mobility and instead of hybrid mobility.

Main topics are fair eCarTec electric vehicles, storage technologies, drive and engine technology and also energy, infrastructure and financing

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The PCB-Investigatorstarts the next round – Integration of internationally established procedure IDF . Edit and comparing data is almost child's play. IDF serves as an interface to transform ODB++ data into any flexible ECAD system.

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Designing in an economical way needs the support of advances tools, making it fast to find possibilities to improve the design.

PCB-Investigator will be the best choice to cope with constraints by creating cheap electronic products.

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An accurate Design Revision Process is necessary to verify requirements for the production of a printed circuit board.

PCB Investigator helps you to take care of corresponding demands like functional or legal regulations to create successful products.

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To satisficing our customers, we are expanding PCB-Investigator with an integrated interface to implement localization of languages!

Speaking your language provides the ability to use PCB-Investigator in a wide range of processes.

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Putting our cutomers' needs and wishes first, the new release is providing what you asked for!

PCB-Investigator is designed to solve common needs from development till production. Try it for free and get full support from your easyLogix Team.

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In the development of previous CAD systems for electronics design a two-dimensional layout of the PCB was enough to fulfill all tasks.

The new 3D-View feature of PCB-Investigator contains functions for a realistic representation (3D) of PCB components, signals and drills as a network.

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Use the intelligent output of your PCB Design System and check the output before sending it to the manufacturer.

Going to the edge of production technologies needs more knowledge about PCB and Components. Use the many features we have implemented.

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EasyLogix is happy to attend at electronica 2012, which takes place from November 13th - 16th.

25th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications

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The combination of various design programs for PCBs, like Mentor Expedition or Zuken CR 5000, is now possible through ODB++.

EDA MultiBoard PanelBuilder - a milestone in the field of cross development of Printed Circuit Boards

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Paperless manufacturing - for decades a dream of many entrepreneurs - is fulfilled by the new system of the PCB-Investigator.

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EasyLogix will attend the Electronica Trade Fair 2012 in Munich

We are looking forward to meet our partners in person and to show them our latest developments.

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Sketchup is a software to create three-dimensional models on the computer.

Through the integration of Sketchup in PCBI, it is possible to look at the objects in three-dimensional perspective.

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Skill comes with practice. Use the plug-in system to automate your ideas.

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The new Plug-In Edit Component allows to drag and drop the components with one click.

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Do you want to check whether each pin has a blocking capacitor?

The solution is the new Plug-in "Component Connections". This plug-in allows you to see the connections of a previously selected object of the board.

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Announcement: Gerber Output is available now

Gerber is a standard ASCII data format in the field of PCB development, which allows the exchange of information between CAD and CAM.

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Getting PCB data in Gerber format from different tools or companies might cause a lot of rework.

Using more advanced formats like IPC 2581 or ODB++ reduces the cost to prepare the PCB data. Best would be to create appropriate packages for all the different tasks to get the finished product in short time.

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Questions about PCB-Investigator?

Download our detailed documentation as pdf and get all the answers!

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The view state manager saves net and layer selections with comments and views

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Now available: Webex online support!

Our support team has a new webex account for giving a better and faster response on requests and technical questions. Foreach request we create a webmeeting with www.webex.com

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We now offer a new new magnifier option at the infobox!

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Imorting IPC 2581 the intelegent data from IPC Org is fully integrated now.

It supports also full knowlege about PCB including Component and Net information.

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2011 we invested about 0,25 million Euro in the development of a new Plug-In interface and absolutely met the market.

With this interface we provided customized solutions for many different fields of application.

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EasyLogix is now member of the IPC-2581 Consortium, a group of PCB design and supply chain companies who want to establish IPC-2581 in the industry.

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We have already developed various Plug-Ins to make your work with PCB-Investigator easier and quality-increasing.

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