Altium Designer lets PCB (printed circuit board) designers easily select electronic components from distributors, design their boards in a 3-D, interactive environment, simulate and debug the design, and publish the design, its specs, and component data to the cloud.
Designing complex PCB boards for printing and manufacturing is a lot easier with Altium Designer. Altium gives you complete control over all four areas of a PCB project: schematic development, PCB design and development, Field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development and documentation, and management of PCB release and data information.
Altium simplifies all steps in the development process, from designing and capturing the simple, 2-D schematic diagrams that are the start of all projects, to the development and designing of the PCB board based on those schematics. But even the best-designed boards are useless to the end-user if they don’t have up-to-date specifications and instructions to program an FPGA (field-programmable gate arrays) components included on the board: with Altium, board users can easily access any information about the PCB from the cloud, which you can easily maintain and manage with the latest release date and specifications.
Altium Designer's integrated 3-D visualization allows you to check PCB component clearances so there are no surprises during manufacture.
Altium Designer is not the cheapest PCB design software (it may even be the most expensive), but it is lauded for its ability to make designing complex PCBs fast and as easy as possible. Altium is also the most popular PCB design package among large PCB design companies, and it’s the one most new freelance engineers are most familiar with.
Altium Designer integrates with several component distributors data bases making electronic component selection easy and up-to-date.