Zuken has launched a PCB design productivity app that allows PCB designers to interact with layouts using their own tablet or smart phone. The CADSTAR Touch App enables users to control Zuken's CADSTAR expert desktop PCB design software, giving simultaneous control of view and program functions.
The free app is available now with the latest CADSTAR release, which also features enhanced Activ-45 router and pusher technology that makes changing existing designs faster and easier, the company says.
The app uses an iOS or Android mobile device's Wi-Fi connection to communicate with a PC on the same local network. Android users have the benefit of voice control. Features offered include: pinch to zoom, drag to pan and double tap to view all. Designers can customize the app to give quick access to user-defined macros for the CADSTAR functionality and sequences they use most often.
It is available from the App Store or the Google Play Store.
The Activ-45 router in CADSTAR 14 is a true 45-degree routing algorithm. According to the company, the route path will follow the cursor with minimum disruption of existing routing patterns. Where necessary, it will flip existing routes over pins and pads to create even more space, such as when creating a BGA fan-out. At any point before completing the route, if the cursor is moved back towards the starting point, the routes will spring-back to their original position.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.