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Sunstone Circuits® Announces PCB123® Version 5.1.0
|By Business Wire
|August 26, 2014 05:03 AM EDT
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
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
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
“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,
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,
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.
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