Library Expert - Altium Designer Wizard Comparison

PCB libraries are what we are all about - it's in our name. Libraries are not "just another thing" we do, they are our passion, strength, and focus. Let's be clear - Altium Designer is a great CAD tool, just like our Library Expert is a great PCB library solution!

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Features

Footprint Wizard

PCB Library Expert
Typical time for updates
mostly same since original
every 1-2 weeks
IPC-7351B Compliant
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Request a new part, regardless how complex
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$5
Parts on Demand (1 million+ parts)
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Non-standard unique packages
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Batch Build per User Preferences - unlimited part libraries
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Footprint and 3D Model auto-generated simultaneously
(both Altium and 3D modules required)
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On Line DRC checking
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Automatic pad trimming to meet DRC rules
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Footprint rotation
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Build/modify footprint in a single menu
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Visually see component and footprint
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Mirror to see bottom during construction
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Print
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Automate manufacturer recommended patterns
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View library manager and calculator simultaneously
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Automated rounded rectangle pad shape
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Support for connectors
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Selectively delete pads with a click
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Rename/renumber pins
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Set, manage, and modify User / Default Preferences
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Solder Joint Statistical Analysis
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See/verify the Footprint before you add to Library
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Query Padstack Results prior to creation
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PTH Padstack Calculator
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Through-hole component families
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Paste Mask reduction percentage for Thermal Pads
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Auto-trim pads under low profile packages
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Auto-Silkscreen trimming around pads
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Auto-generation of Description and Height attributes
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*The Library Expert complies with proposed requirements of upcoming IPC-7351C, as well as previous revisions. We are actively involved in the standards development to ensure our software is compliant even before the standard is published.

Other (more detailed) noteworthy differences:

Altium Designer's footprint wizard has 6 dialog windows to create a BGA, and 11 to create a QFN, the Library Expert simplifies the steps for all components to one simple window.

The Library Expert supports Plated Through-hole Axial, Radial, Headers, DIP, SIP, Sockets, Oscillators, Connectors, Surface Mount Crystals, Side Concave or Corner Concave or J-Lead or L-Bend Oscillators, Side Concave of Flat Lead Chip Arrays, Land Grid Arrays, Column Grid Arrays, Dual Flat No-Leads (DFN), SOTFL, SODFL, SOD, DPAK remove, PQFN and the Altium Wizard does not. Also, the Library Expert allows you to get both Footprint and the 3D model in Altium so you can see the component superimposed on the footprint for verification/analysis. The Library Expert offers other very powerful PCB library management features such as interactive graphic editing to delete or hide pins and rename pins.

Are you using the LP Wizard or older solution mostly developed years ago? Why? Many components created back then are now obsolete! You really should check out our newest Library Expert solution to see what you are missing!

PCB libraries are our passion - it is not just "another thing" we do. It is ALL we do!