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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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