Features

With its truly unified design, AutoTRAX bridges all facets of your design process and keeps you continuously connected to every aspect of your design.

Over the last 18 years, AutoTRAX has grown from a basic grassroots solution to a widely used PCB design tool with fully professional features for the 21st century. You can abandon the antiquated methods that plague the design process for the far superior design methodology in AutoTRAX.

Unified Platform

Traditional concepts of an electronics design system haven’t changed much, at least for most EDA vendors. This can be apparent in the way they struggle to meet even the current challenges. The fragmented approach of trying to glue separate solutions together eventually breaks down as more challenges are thrown at them. It’s just unsustainable and difficult to innovate on top of inconsistent design applications that rely on constantly unmatched data exchanges. That’s not how AutoTRAX is designed.

AutoTRAX has been designed from the ground up as a powerful, single-application electronics development environment that contains all the advanced design tools you’ll need to capture and simulate hardware, design PCBs, collaborate with MCAD, manage your ECAD data and documentation, as well as manage your designs from concept to production. It’s all there in a single, unified design platform.

AutoTRAX also unifies your design data, from component models to sub-assemblies. Unlike conventional design systems based on a collection of linked tool applications, the AutoTRAX unified platform allows each design application to access and modify a single, centralized model of the design data. That’s one design project; one model of the design data; one development environment, visible to everyone. With this unified and coherent source of design data being available to all the design applications at the platform level, design synchronization and data management becomes a simple process.

 

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Schematics

With AutoTRAX you can quickly transform your ideas into reality using the comprehensive hierarchical schematic capture features and fully constraint driven design.

DEX’s powerful and easy to use schematic capture enables you to design your printed circuit boards quickly and reliably and be confident that the design will work. You are guided during the design process with interactive symbols, or to routing of into symbol wires and fully integrated and synchronous PCB design. Gone are the days of forward and back annotation as there is absolutely no need for such prehistoric ideas, because your design is contained in one project file: changes in a schematic of automatically reflected in your PCB layout and similarly any changes in your PCB layout are instantly reflected in your associated schematics.

Simulation

Accurately simulate helps you create your design first time with integrated XSPICE analog & digital simulation.

You can place real instruments such as oscilloscopes and signal generators directly onto your schematics and you will see the output and input change in real-time.

Not only is it easy to do but it is also fun.

Not only is it easy to do but it is also fun.

  • Real-time oscilloscope
  • Full features signal generator
  • Adjustable power supplies
  • XSpice simulation based on Spice 3.5

PCB Design

  • Real-time DRC
  • Shape-based routing with Electra
  • Manual routing.
  • Auto-layout.
  • Unlimited layers.
  • Unlimited board size.
  • Full floating-point internal data giving accuracies down to the atomic level

Superb Graphics

 

  • Rich collection of graphic primitives.
  • Line styles, end caps, dash patterns and colors including variable transparency.
  • Solid/pattern/radial/linear multi-color fills including variable transparency.
  • Full floating-point data giving you fantastic resolution.
  • True-type scalable fonts.
  • Excellent print quality.

Manufacturing

 

  • Real-time DRC
  • Full Gerber file output with full Gerber viewer that view your actual Gerber file; not an internal representation.
  • CNC output with full inbuild CNC viewer.
  • Plotting to your local printer.

Super-Easy Part Creation

Parametric Parts

  • Automatic creation of footprints from simple parameters
  • 1000s of parts can be created from simple parameters, e.g. DIPs, SOICs, Quads and BGAs
  • Automatic generation of 3D. No tedious searching for 3D models and importing them.
  • Automatic generation of the part’s schematic symbol.
  • Super easy capture of pin details from data sheets.
  • Use the Part Wizard to quickly create custom parts.

Why put up with poor quality, unrealistic 3D views of your PCB. Instead, view your PCB in 3D with…

  • Automatic generation of 3D for parametric parts. No need to import 3D models.
  • real-time shadows.
  • reflective surfaces.
  • transparency.
  • Texture mapping.
  • Bump mapping.
  • True 3D text.
  • super-fast speed.
  • and above all, super-fast, high quality imaging showing your PCB to you and the world.

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