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FAB 3000 Version 7.9.3 Released

20 September, 2017

ODB++ Export. Now has the ability to choose which version of ODB++ you wish to generate. Perfect for legacy systems which only support older versions of ODB++.
ODB++ Export. Now has the ability to optional choose Millimeter units.  Previous versions would only export the default English units for ODB++.
DFM Check - "Find Antenna" has been improved.
Composite (Paint/Scratch) Level has been increased from 1000 levels to 5000 - to handle extremely large and complicated Gerber files with thousands of LPC/LPD Composite Levels.
"Query Net" command has been added to the menu "Info".
The default Maximum Polygon Count setting has been increased from 20,000 to 100,000.  This allows FAB 3000 to better handle large point count polygons without having to split them up.
Maximum Polygon Count can be increased to 1 million points.    This allows FAB 3000 to better handle large point count polygons without having to split them up. 
ODB++ Import better handles Profile with internal slots & cutouts.
ODB++ Export - Matrix file has be re-written to be more compatible with other systems.
ODB++ Import can now load ODB++ Version 8 with metric directive.
ODB++ Import can now better handle complex surfaces.
About 6 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.9.2 Released

23 August, 2017

IPC-2581 Export.
DFM Check now includes an option for Comprehensive and Exhausted Search for Errors.
DFM Check now includes Test Point verification. Find Test Points without a Net, Minimum Clearance, Minimum Diameter, Missing mask openings, and more.
Edit Properties, now has the ability to modify test point diameters.
Gerber Import - Better handle older RS274D files during import (such as detecting internal apertures, format details, etc.).
Centroid Export - Output unique component names for Panels with multiple PCB's.
ODB++ Export - Output or Rout paths has been improved.
DFM Reports - Now supports Micron Units option.
DFM Check - "Find Net Descrepancy" check has been improved.
IPC-2581 Import has been improved.
ODB++ Import - Component import has been improved.
Convert IPC Netlist file to Components has been improved.
GDSII Import has been improved.
NC/Rout Import has been improved.
Compare Jobs has been improved.
Compare Layers has been improved.
DFM Check - "Minimum Clearance: Drill-Copper" has been removed due to redundancy with existing check "Minimum Annular Ring: Drill-Pad".
About 10 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.18 Released

03 April, 2017

Split Pad - Added Count to optionally create pads that are split multiple times.
Sort Pins - In the footprint editor there is the ability to sort Pin numbers. This gives users complete control of all component pins and their placement.
ODB++ Export - If objects existing on a NC Drill or Rout Layer do not have a Tool Number, FAB 3000 will issue a warning.
Drill Export - If objects existing on a NC Drill Layer do not have a Tool Number, FAB 3000 will issue a warning.
Rout/Mill Export - If objects existing on a Rout Layer do not have a Tool Number, FAB 3000 will issue a warning.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.16 Released

29 March, 2017

Centroid Export - Component X,Y Reference provides the ability to export centroids using Absolute Center, or Insertion Point.
All "Find" commands have the ability to search using options "Match whole word" and "Match case".  This helps users pinpoint their search's with more accuracy.
ODB++ Import - Detect Unit Directive in StepHeader and Tools file.
Query commands have been simplified.
IPC-Netlist Export has been improved.
Net and Component list controls have been updated to match exact object selected. Previously multiple objects with a similar reference name would also be selected causing some confusion.
About 5 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.10 Released

02 March, 2017

Large Design Optimization - Ability to handle Design lengths up to 1000 meters! Set the option Design Database Extents to Large.
Edit Attributes.  Add/Remove Attributes from any object, using the Properties command.
DFM Check: Option to check visible layers only or all layers (whether visible or not).
DFM check:  Minimum Annular Ring check has been improved.
Join Wizard: Option to remove warnings when boundaries are left open.
Add Dimensions: Control Arrow Type and Size. Text style can be changed. Unit unifier can be removed.
Gerber Import has been improved.
About 5 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.7 Released

07 February, 2017

DFM check: SMT Stencil Pad (Minimum Width)
DFM check: SMT Stencil Pad (Minimum Aspect Ratio)
DFM check: SMT Stencil Pad (Minimum Area Ratio)
DFM check: SMT Stencil Pad (Minimum Volume)
Netlist Export (IPC-356/A) includes component information (Pin#,RefDes,etc.)
3D STEP Export.  Added ability to export true circles (decreases file size).
Footprint Editor.  Assign Component Height and Pin sequence.
Gerber Import has been improved.
About 5 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.5 Released

20 December, 2016

Footprint Browser.  Ability to modify component height and type.
Message Prompt box.  Silently displays prompts on the screen when user input is required.
STEP Export.  An option has been added to only export components and bareboard. Perfect for testing overall loaded PCB height.
All Query commands are easier to use with improved GUI.
All Measure commands are easier to use with improved GUI.
Generate Error Report can export PDF with unlimited size. Previously the maximum was 100 pages.
DFM Checker. Gives more accurate total count of DFM Errors (duplicates are ignored).
STEP Export.  Default height used for components is now correctly compensated in the STEP file.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.3 Released

06 December, 2016

Import Gerber.  Added setting Optimize Polygon (removes any cut-lines in polygons).
Import ODB++.  Added setting Optimize Polygon (removes any cut-lines in polygons).
Import IPC-2581.  Added setting Optimize Polygon (to remove any cut-lines in polygons).
Import Gerber. Custom aperture orientation and Polygon handling has been improved.
Import NC. Better handle Tool definitions with compensation index.
Selection Filter.  Accepts wild cards for Net names and components.
Find Net.  Accepts wild cards for Net names.
Find Component.  Accepts wild cards for Component names.
Measure Figure-Figure has been improved.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.2 Released

14 November, 2016

Assembly Check: Detect Minimum Clearances between Components.
Assembly Check: Detect Maximum Component Height.
Assembly Check: Footprint to Pad Registration. Easily detect if component footprints align with existing pads on the design.
Properties dialog. Convert single Insert into Arrayed Inserts.  Adjust variables: Column & Row Count, DX, DY.
Import Gerber.  Detection of invalid arcs has been improved.
Import DXF.  DeEmbed has been improved.
Draw to Flash conversion has been improved.
Import Centroid. Better detection of Top/Bottom layer.
About 10 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.8.1 Released

06 October, 2016

New Help Manual with over 450 Pages! Drastically updated with additional embedded videos and tutorials.
Silkscreen Optimizer.  New option for Composite method has been added.
Perform Neg/Mirror Layers (if Required). This option can prevent FAB 3000 from creating a negative layer and/or mirror when defined in the Gerber header.
Insert Component.  Orientation has been improved.
Import IPC-2581.  Directly support files with .cvg extension.
Import Gerber X2. Fixed Drill import with Gerber X2 files.
PDF Vector Export. Prevent erroneous message box from occurring.
About 10 other minor bug fixes.
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