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Sunstone Circuits® Announces PCB123® Version 5.1.0

Sunstone Circuits®, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider, has announced the newest version of their free PCB design tool, PCB123®. Features of the new version include new and improved Edit Panels, the addition of drag-and-drop functionality for parts, and smoother rendering performance.

Users of PCB123 will see several benefits of working with the new version including:

  • Consistent control panel behavior between schematic and layout views, resulting in a more unified user experience
  • Drag-and-drop ease of use for parts is improved & more complete
  • Reworked Edit Panels are now much more efficient and user-friendly
  • Several User Preferences options have been added to the Edit Panels
  • Parts from the Libraries, previously labeled Taxonomy, can now be added from the layout using a new tab in the Edit Panel
  • Zooming and panning designs with polygons is more responsive
  • A new option to pan and zoom in layout by holding down the right mouse button and moving your mouse or scrolling your mouse wheel

With the new version 5.1.0, PCB123 users will notice that the Display Tab for the layout view has been significantly reworked. The old-style green edit controls have been configured, and all panes are resizable horizontally and vertically. New, informative tooltips on many controls teach the user what is useful about the feature. In the Layer Display pane, a scrollbar has been added for user convenience when designing with many layers, and color visibility selection on the Layout Appearance pane is now identical to the Layer Display. The overall appearance is cleaner and transitions from layout to schematic to BOM to 3D and between other projects result in no flickering or flashing of the controls. The Parts Tab on the layout view’s Edit Panel is new and allows drag-and-drop directly from the part nodes of both the library and project trees as well as placement by double clicking. The schematic view has the same Parts Tab and the same functionality.

PCB123 rendering performance has been improved for large project files that contain a lot of copper pours, have many edges and a lot of objects on them that need clearance provided by the program. Users will notice improved responsiveness in the tool, making the user more effective while designing a PCB. Projects load and refresh more quickly when zoomed out (i.e. when more of the PCB is in view) and when panning or zooming with the mouse while holding the right mouse button down. There have also been a lot of accelerator keys added, making for more effective power user input.

“PCB123’s addition of drag-and-drop for parts, and the change in uniformity between control panels for layout and schematic views, will have a very big impact on the user’s ability to save time and money while designing their PCB,” said Sunstone’s CAD/EDA Marketing Manager, Nolan Johnson. “The improvement in rendering performance alone will save valuable time in the layout and design process, with designers being able to build their prototypes faster and ultimately have their finished products more quickly and with less effort. Couple these new features with the new Sunstone On-Time Guarantee, and you have service unmatched in the industry. Our customer’s PCB123 order is guaranteed to ship on time, to arrive on or before the scheduled delivery date. If not, we’ll refund 100% of the PCB costs, plain and simple.”

The new benefits of PCB123 version 5.1.0 join a growing list of product features which make the prototyping process even easier and more accurate from project concept to PCB delivery:

  • Slots & cutouts capabilities, for boards and parts definitions
  • No drill size restrictions
  • Reduced board design time
  • A solution for oddly shaped components
  • Faster order entry using your file’s specific finished hole sizes
  • Smaller vias now possible on two layer boards
  • More exact component fitting for easier assembly
  • Integration for reliability from design to manufacture
  • User-friendly, intuitive interface
  • Built-in quote & order optimized graphics
  • 24/7/365 support
  • The largest freely available parts library anywhere, with 750,000 parts for your immediate use
  • Data sheet availability
  • Automated Bill of Materials (BOM)
  • Expanded parts libraries
  • Seamless synchronization of layout and schematic views
  • Optimized graphics

“The improved Parts and Display panels in the new version are really good. This is a nice improvement in PCB123. Also, being able to see the symbol/footprint of a part is a great feature of the new release. On the Display, being able to center on the location of the board by d-clicking is huge! The User Preferences options that have been added to the Edit Panel are intuitive and work well.” PCB123 User, Adam Andrade, Qualcomm Inc.

This latest version of PCB123 joins a growing suite of PCB solutions from Sunstone which includes extended cutoff times, the new interactive Quickturn quote form, a real On-Time Guarantee, Bundled Assembly, Slots & Cutouts and Expanded Drill Sizes on PCBExpress Quickturn and PCB123, SMT Stencils with or without nano coating, and ITAR Registration, to name a few. Sunstone has also recently launched a new company website, at www.sunstone.com. With all of these offerings, Sunstone Circuits is continuing to differentiate themselves as the preferred comprehensive PCB solutions provider within the marketplace.

To learn more about using the new version of PCB123, please visit http://www.sunstone.com/PCB123.aspx.

Sunstone Circuits remains committed to providing the best technical support in the printed circuit board industry. As is true with all Sunstone products, anyone seeking answers or assistance with PCB123 can reach live technical support representatives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

About Sunstone Circuits®

Sunstone Circuits® is the established leader in providing innovative and reliable printed circuit board (PCB) solutions for the electronic design industry. With over 40 years of experience in delivering high-quality, on-time PCB prototypes, Sunstone Circuits is committed to improving the prototyping process for the design engineer from quote to delivery. With live on-site customer support every day of the year (24/7/365), Sunstone Circuits provides unparalleled customer service and leads the industry with a real On-Time Guarantee that is the first of its kind. For more information about Sunstone’s innovative PCB solutions, or to learn more about the online quote and ordering process, please visit www.Sunstone.com.

Trademarks: Sunstone Circuits®, PCBexpress®, ValueProto®, PCB123®, & PCBpro® are trademarked by Sunstone Circuits.

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