Version 27 Highlights

Version 27 Highlights

This years exciting new release includes many customer requested features and a dynamic new interface to the SnapEDA Component content supplier. The emphasis has been on extending the Easy-PC usability with over 45 new enhancements to make your design work much easier.

As well as the SnapEDA interface, Version 27 introduces new functionality and additional checks in the DRC option, new shape and track editing modes (any angle), Project management improvements, the ability to float the Library Manager, Bitmap resizing and scaling, new Component Bin selection, Sorting and Filtering, to name just a few of the exciting new features.

How to Upgrade...

Upgrade any Windows version of Easy-PC to the latest release. View the current price list and see what special offers we have running.

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If you would prefer to try the features before you buy, you can download the Easy-PC 27 trial version from here.

SnapEDA Component Content Interface

A new integrated interface to the SnapEDA search engine has been added to Easy-PC 27. This component content resource provides you with over 10 million additional Parts ready-to-use and free of charge! Simply search the Part required and once found, drop it from the preview window into your design. It will also be added to your library for use at another time without having to download it again.

Component Previews

Pictorial views of the data found in the SnapEDA database are displayed in the Easy-PC browser. The CAD model for Easy-PC is then displayed as a Schematic Symbol and PCB Footprint in the preview window from where it can be viewed and inspected before downloading.

Components Stored Locally

Components and their symbols downloaded to your library can be further customised and modified to suit your own requirements. All footprints are built to the international IPC standard so their compliance is assured.

Manufacturer values added to Components

Where available, values such as manufacturer and Part Number are added to the Component during download to your Easy-PC design. This further reduces the time taken to create components and ensures they contain all relevant values needed for your Bill of Material (BOM).

Enhanced DRC Dialog and New Checks

Checking Options

The Design Rules Checking dialog has been enhanced to add additional facilities for checking within the current window, meaning a much more focused check on the design area being worked on. This alone saves a lot of iteration time. Sorting in the report has been improved, by Layer or error Type and you can also elect to show or hide Accepted Errors in the design.

New Checks

New checks have been added to the Design Rules Checking for Maximum Via Count on a net, Maximum Stub routing length and a check for PCB-only nets. The stub routing length check is between the edge of the pad to the nearest node, this is particularly important when designing high speed nets to prevent resonance occurring.

Net Distances Report

A new Net Distances report enables you to choose two or more nets from the PCB design and the program will calculate the minimum distance between each pair of nets. It will also indicate where the smallest distance occurs by use of optional error markers. This check and report is particularly useful if you need to analyse your design for certification purposes.

New Segment Modes for Shape/Track Editing

New Segment Modes for Shape/Track Editing

The segment mode editing capabilities have been enhanced to include a Fixed Angle option where the angle required can be defined. When editing tracks for example, this can be very useful when adding vias to a fine-pitched BGA where the track angle should be set to a non-45 degree angle increments, such as 135 degrees, or exiting tracks from a component rotated at non-45 degree angles. Switching between defined fixed angles and regular angles is automatic when in this mode to ease the process.

Project Improvements

Sort Project Files

Enhancements have been made when working with Projects to improve productivity. The Project name is now shown on the caption bar next to the design name to indicate a Project is in use and its name. Within the Project Manager tab, the ability to sort Schematic files in the list as well as the ‘Other Files’ list associated with the Project has been added.

New Workbook Options

On the context menu for a workbook tab, you can opt to open the design at the file location using the Windows File Explorer and the ability to close other Schematic sheets has been added. All sheets in the Project will be saved at the same time when you save any one of the Schematic sheets.

Save Project Libraries

Also within a Project is the ability to save the Project Libraries from the File menu. If run from the Project tab, this will save Components, Schematic Symbols and PCB Footprints into a nominated library for just that Project.

Floating Library Manager Dialog

With the Library Manager set as Floating, you can spin through library editing and management with ease, and without re-running the Library Manager each time. You can now place the dialog on another screen so that your design view is unobscured. This dialog can also be set to be On-top so that it is prominent for use at all times.

Dynamic Bitmap Resizing

Bitmaps added to the design can now be scaled using percentage values and have their Aspect Ratio locked so that they can remain proportional. This along with the ability to drag the edge of the bitmap to resize it means far more control once used in your design.

New Visibility options in Colours Dialog

Force Everything On

Two new options in the Colours dialog enable you to Force Everything On and to Force All Value Positions on. These are particularly useful switches when searching for those elusive design items that are not actively on within the design. These switches work at a high level so they override all other switches in the Colours dialog. However, once used and set unchecked again, the previous colour settings are totally restored.

New Component Bin Options

New Quick Selections

New options within the Component Bin provide you with comprehensive selection, sorting and filtering facilities.
From the context menu, selection can be made based on the same item type, such as same Group, same Symbol, same Component (type) and same number of pins on a symbol. The Select Browse option enables you to make selections based on more comprehensive criteria, such as items connected to a particular net or net class or on a certain component value name or value field.

Sorting and Filtering

The Sort and Filter option allows sorting to be made on the naming in the bin list and for it to be listed ascending or descending. The Filtering option means more refinement to the items listed in the bin, this is especially useful when starting a new design and there are many items to place. Once a filter is in place, the caption on the dialog will display the words [Filtered].

Place Around board

From the context menu in the bin, you can select the Place Around Board From Bin for fast initial placement once the board outline has been defined.

V27 Feature Summary

  • Acess to SnapEDA Component Content
  • Styles Tool Improvements in Library Manager
  • Edit Component - Name Ranges in Multiply Named Pins
  • Edit Component - ‘Display As’ feature in Multiply Named Pins
  • New options in Library Reports
  • Save (design) Copy As
  • Clear Recent List option from Add Component
  • Translate to PCB with additional options
  • Select All Gates command in design
  • Copy Shapes between different design types
  • Barcode Text Line Gap Additions
  • Set Angular Precision in Units dialog
  • Measure option to display Dual Units
  • Report Header - File Folder Command
  • Report Header - Date Commands now also show Time
  • Auto Save Job File in Plotting
  • Plot Report - Append/Overwrite
  • Pre Plot Checks for duplicate plot types
  • New PCB Drawing Borders in Library
  • Fully Supported under Windows 10 and 11
  • Continued use with the Component Search Engine
  • Access to the online Gerber file viewer facility
  • Benefit from our FREE technical support service

Read the V27 supplement here...

Additional Library Packages

Additional Libraries

Additional ready-made collections of libraries are available for purchase.

Our libraries provide you with a set of ready to use Components with corresponding Schematic Symbols and PCB Footprints; all ready to add to your design. You can check all the library contents for the Parts you require using our Library Searcher web page. If you have a Pro-Library or any of our additional libraries and want to check which version you have, email our sales office.

Offer Prices On Libraries Purchased

If you have purchased any previous versions of the below libraries, check the price list or contact our sales office for special prices during the summer promotion. Special prices are also available for new libraries and library bundles.

If you have a Pro-Library or any of our additional libraries and want to check which version you have, email our sales office.

Pro-Library 8

The Pro-Library contains over 115,000 ready to use Components including Schematic Symbol and associated PCB footprints.

View the full Pro-Library 8 details here.

Micro Library 8

The Microcontroller library contains over 14,600 Components, these include associated Schematic Symbols and PCB Footprints.

View the full Micro-Library 8 details here.

Connector Library 3

The Connector library contains over 20,000 Components. These include all the associated Schematic Symbols and PCB Footprints.

View the full Connector-Library 8 details here.

Component Search Engine With Access To Over 15 Million FREE Components

With the Easy-PC version 27 update, you get continued free access to the Component Search Engine. This provides you with over 15 million components and their symbols (Schematic and PCB) instantly available from the web site. This service is an unlimited access to content that can be interactively downloaded directly onto the end of your cursor, ready for placement in Easy-PC and automatically loaded into your Easy-PC library.

More information about the Component Search Engine

More information about the Component Search Engine can be found here.

Start using Component Search Engine

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