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    Posted: 28 May 2023 at 7:46am
Version 23.08 was just released!!

Fixes & Enhancements:
  • Options:
    • Drafting > Silkscreen - added option to offset silkscreen outline outward of the body ‘Map-To’ dimension by half the line width which will insure no silkscreen under the body (for Surface Mount only).  This feature is set by a checkbox in ‘Drafting/Silkscreen Options/All Density Levels’ “Offset outline away from SM body”. The default is checked/enabled.  Uncheck to align silkscreen outline center with the ‘Map-To’ selection.
    • Added “Enable Edits” menu item to the Tools/Options dialog box. Expedites access to the file open and save as menu items.
    • Options not saving drafting/silkscreen/option for offset line offset
    • Tools/Options can’t be closed if it was dragged to a second windows screen and that screen is subsequently closed
  • Library Editor:
    • Deleting a row when the cursor was in the edit cell mode threw an Unhandled Exception Error
  • Calculators:
    • LGA, TH LED, Headers – the default terminal lead shape was updated from Round to Square
    • TO Flange Mount Horizontal – silkscreen outline-to-tab spacing was incorrectly calculated
    • TO Flange Mount Vertical – relocated the Pin 1 polarity dot and removed stray silkscreen on pads
    • SOP – pin 1 polarity line was getting located in the wrong place
    • BGA – changing the silkscreen “Map Outline to Body” from Maximum to Nominal nothing changed
    • DFN 3-Pin – changing the Silkscreen “Map Outline to Body” from Maximum to Nominal changed the Assembly Outline
    • Corner Concave Oscillator – Pin 1 dot location is 1 line width too far from the pad
    • Rounding for the calculator pad placement properties display and CAD translator location output were not synced
    • Silkscreen not following pad clearance rule for end pads on SOP when D dimension isn’t sufficiently larger than the row span
    • Silkscreen on CHPAX not following pad clearance rule for end pads
    • Corner Concave Oscillator (OSCCC) component type changed to Corner Concave Package (CCP). New Crystal family added to corner concave type.  Libraries are unaffected. Footprint name for OSCCC is still the same, XTALCC now an option.
  • CAD Tool Interfaces:
    • Cadence OrCAD PCB and Allegro – V22.1 version option added to interface
    • KiCad – Keepouts are enabled for a layer called “Cmts.User” (comments). This layer option was added in response to a user recommendation and cannot be reassigned or disabled.
  • FP Designer:
    • Origin Options were disabled except for Defined Coordinates
    • Silkscreen outline offset added to FP Designer

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