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Footprint Expert 2022.03 Released!!

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Category: PCB Footprint Expert
Forum Name: Version History
Forum Description: software version release announcements & history
URL: http://www.PCBLibraries.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3073
Printed Date: 28 Jan 2023 at 10:07pm


Topic: Footprint Expert 2022.03 Released!!
Posted By: Nick B
Subject: Footprint Expert 2022.03 Released!!
Date Posted: 28 Feb 2022 at 5:13pm
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Updates & Bugs Fixed:
    • Added ability to measure between objects
    • FP Designer: 
      • Reordering pins in the Calculator disables pins when moving to FP Designer
      • Grid space and show settings are now saving to registry
      • Added a "Save and Close" button to the Pad Stack Manager
      • When manually placing pads on a grid, added the ESC key to exit the add pin process
    • Options:
      • Changed UI text Pad Stack Rules to SMD Pad Stack Rules
    • Library Editor:
      • Deleting columns in a FPX file threw a Handled Exception Error when adding new parts
    • CAD Interfaces:
      • Altium:
        • The IPC Density Level Suffix was not added to the end of the Footprint Name
      • Allegro/OrCAD PCB:
        • The Save My Settings feature wouldn’t work for Place 3D STEP Models via Script
    • 3D STEP:
      • Fixed an Exception thrown for molded body TH and certain other parts due to step color error
      • LED’s – Chip, Molded Body, Side Concave: changing the LED color changed the pin 2 color
    • Calculators:
      • SOP, QFP, Side Concave, SON, SOJ:
        • The automatic Pin 1 Dot Size was not adhering to the rule setup for all the other component families
      • SOT-23:
        • Changing the pin names to Alpha characters were not saving to FPX
      • Chip:
        • LED did not have Alphanumeric pin names
      • Grid Array Packages – BGA, PGA, LGA, CGA
        • The silkscreen outline was hatched and changed to full outline
    • Added:
      • Ability to open a user option file (.opt) based on a command line entry. How to use:
        • Right-click on the 'Footprint Expert' shortcut and select 'Properties'
        • In the 'Target' option, after the Footprint Expert path (ending with ".exe"), add a space and one of the following
        • If the file is located in the program directory, enter a quote (") followed by the name of the option file, quote (") or
        • Quote (") followed by the full path to the desired option file, quote (")
      • Similarly, a library file can be automatically loaded use the same approach:
        • In the 'Target' option, after the Footprint Expert path (ending with ".exe"), add a space and one of the following
        • If the file is located in the program directory / Libraries directory, enter a quote (") followed by the name of the library file, quote (") or
        • Quote (") followed by the full path to the desired library file, quote (")
      • Both can be used as long as separated by a 'space’


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