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FAB 3000 - Revision History

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FAB 3000 Version 7.4.24 Released

31 August, 2015

Layer Detection Table has been added to Setup menu. Used to automatically determine Gerber layer types by file name.
Copper Pour now has the ability to fill out the the PCB border.
Copper Pour now has the ability to fill multiple layers simultaneously.
Circle detection has been improved.
Drill file detection has been improved (used by AutoLoad and Open Folder).
Panelize Wizard is much faster when a large number of unique Jobs is required for merge onto a panel.
Gerber Import - Better import complex polygons.
About 5 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.22 Released

18 August, 2015

Ability to import Matrix with up to different 500 Jobs. Perfect for large groups and universities.
Panelize Wizard can more efficiently handle a large number of Jobs (up to 500)
Panelize Wizard doesn't need to Jobs be open.
Support for AutoCAD 2016 DWG/DXF files.
Import Matrix has the option to assign Insert Origin for Panel/StepRepeat (default is lower-left)
Build Components:  Automated angle detection of components has been improved.
Open Folder no longer crashes.
Close Workspace does not "freeze" after import matrix.
Layer Synchronization within the Matrix has been fixed.
About 15 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.20 Released

23 July, 2015

Automated Import for Altium generated files: Gerber, NC, IPC Netlist, and configuration files.
Netlist Extraction (faster handling of anti-pads and complex polygons on plane layers).
IPC Netlist Import has been improved.
IPC Netlist Comparison has been improved.
DXF Export has been improved.
GDSII Export has been improved.
Gerber Export of components has been improved.
Layer Type detection has been improved. FAB 3000 more easily detect Gerber layer types.
Correctly display drop-down control in some tables.
Automatic Circle Detection has been improved.
About 5 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.17 Released

30 June, 2015

Centroid Export can now include all BOM import information in separate columns (such as Manufacturer, Part Number, Distributor #, etc.)
Matrix Import has ADD Array to allow creation of objects during import.
Centroid Import has been improved.
BOM Import has been improved.
Microsoft Excel Import.
Convert Gerber Layer to Drill has been improved.
Output DFM Error(s) as Gerber Layer and Text file has been improved.
Matrix Import NCTOOLS Array has been improved.
About 3 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.16 Released

26 June, 2015

Print Dialog with extended options such as Tile Images, and more.
PDF Export Dialog with extended options such as Tile Images, and more.
Linux 64-bit Update.  FAB 3000 for Linux has been tested to be up to 4X faster.
Dialog OK and Cancel buttons are more easily visible.
Menu item for direct access to the LUA Help guide.
20 new LUA API's have been added.
GDSII Import option to Flatten all cell hierarchy.
DFM Checks have additional logic to limit any false positives.
More intuitive overwrite prompt.
Auto-Rout: PCB Border can automatically create new tool sizes.
Auto-Rout: PCB Cutout can automatically create new tool sizes
Film Wizard has additional options to Crop, Add Cutlines, and more.
Update of Used Layers in layer control has been improved.
Generate PDF PCB Report has been improved.
Properties Dialog now allows editing of Arcs.
Draw Panel box has been improved.
Gerber Export has been improved for latest Gerber standards.
During Gerber export corrected the extension file names.
Draw Film Box has been corrected.
About 15 other minor bug fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.8 Released

16 April, 2015

Export File/Folder has been improved.  Uses most recent folder selected for export.
Centroid Table now exports Footprint name (optional).
5 other minor fixes.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.7 Released

05 April, 2015

AutoLoad Wizard - Now remembers last 15 imported folders - Save time when importing folders.
Fixed Import Files. Would always open in the default FAB 3000 home folder - now it remembers the previous folder selected.
Fixed Open Workspace. Would always open in the default FAB 3000 home folder - now it remembers the previous folder selected.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.6 Released

24 March, 2015

Generate Border Profile - Automatically scan and detect a PCB border profile from Gerber files.
Redline Markup has been improved.
DXF/DWG Import - Better support for IDAutomation TrueType font used to generate QR Codes.
Highlight Net uses the correct color to display composite areas.
PCB Preview uses the correct color to display composite areas.
Export Folder (Default) - Lets you assign a constant default folder when exporting data.
FAB 3000 better remembers previous folder used, to save time when navigating though directories.
Added Scale Layer to menu in Layer Widget. Perfect to automatically scale drill or other files that were imported with incorrect scale.
Improved Hover highlighting over text objects.
Gerber Import - Now detects Silkscreen layer types during import from Mentor generated Gerbers.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4.5 Released

18 March, 2015

Panelization Drawing - Easily generate a detailed fabrication drawing for an entire panel.
Edit Job Inserts - Now optimized to edit arrayed pcbs within a panel.
Improved display resolution.  Smaller objects are now more visible.
Drag and Drop now available. Simply Drag and Drop any files or folder directly onto the FAB 3000 desktop icon -- and FAB 3000 will instantly load all data.
Import/export files and folders with UNICODE characters. Previous versions could not accept any files or folder with unicode characters.
NC Import - Improved support for loading nested Step and repeat codes.
SMT Stencil Scale Apertures - Custom apertures used to create custom stencil pads may now be scaled.
Gerber Import - Handle custom apertures with unlimited primitives. Previous versions would stall when loading custom aperture that had over 1000 primitives in the definitions.

FAB 3000 Version 7.4 and previous releases

05 March, 2015

Numerical Cloud - Monthly subscription licensing has been added.
DXF Import - Correctly import MText with embedded bullets (control code \px1)
SMT Stencil Commands now recognize any angle (up to 0.1 degrees)
Draw to Flash - Now recognizes pad pair matches for any angle (up to 0.1 degrees).
ODB++ Import better optimizes large surfaces used to fill metal areas.
Netlist extraction times have been drastically improved by profiling memory and searching for bottle-necks.
Gerber Import - Optimizes large sliced-polygons with internal holes commonly output from Mentor and Cadence products.

Version 7.3.0 (January 19th, 2015)

Color coded text display for LUA API - Makes editing LUA scripts much easier.  Plus Python API coming soon!
Selection Filter can now filter selections by Aperture Sizes.  (Makes selecting a group of traces less than 8 mil very fast.)
Display is more responsive when switching between tabs.
Save workspace would take a long time to complete when component libraries were present.
Over 15 minor bug fixes.

Version 7.2.10 (December 9th, 2014)

Realistic PCB Photo.  Generate realistic photos of your finished PCB from Gerbers, Drills, and ODB++. Perfect to review your finished bare-boards.
Get Fabrication Report.  Easily extract all information about your PCB before sending to fabrication. Even includes an optional suggested manufacturing pricie allowing users to prepare a budget beforehand. See Tutorial >
Import Gerber - Correctly handle files with unicode names.
Over 15 minor bug fixes.

Version 7.2.6 (November 24th, 2014)

Component Detection has a new interface with improved performance.
Component Analysis has been improved.
Import Gerber - Correctly handle AutoTRAX DEX Polygons G36/G37
Over 15 minor bug fixes.

Version 7.2.0 (October 15th, 2014)

Build Components can now detect drawn pads and non-centered components.
UNICODE Support for all imported files and directories.
Gerber Import has been improved.
ODB++ Import has been improved.
Over 25 other bug fixes have been made.

Version 7.1.0 (August 12th, 2014)

Components may now be rotated any angle. Previously only rotations of 0, 90, 180, 270 were accepted.
Build Components: Has been drastically improved and now also supports any angle component rotation.
Microsoft Excel files can now be directly import/exported - Perfect for generating Part Centroid and BOM files.
ODB++ Import has been improved.
Over 25 other bug fixes have been made.

Version 7.0.18 (June 2nd, 2014)

Centroid Export has been improved. A single Centroid file can now be generated automatically for an entire panel containing various merged PCB's.
DXF/DWG Import. New option to completely ignore PaperSpace objects.
Lua Apps engine has been improved.
Over 50 other improvements have been made.
Over 25 other bug fixes have been made.

Version 7.0.12 (Feb. 7th, 2014)

Aperture Table "Dcode Preview" has been improved.
IPC Netlist Import and Export.  Long net names are now fully supported.
ODB++ Import has been improved.
Improved display of components.
Load Multiple ODB++ files simultaneously. Perfect for job comparison and merging.

Version 7.0.9 (January 24th, 2014)

FAB 3000 Help Guide. Over 350 pages with embedded tutorials.
DFM Rules dialog pull down now accepts multiple DFM Rules.
ODB++ Import. Now handles ODB++ files with duplicated net points defined.
Stencil Aperture shapes intrinsically supported: Home Plate, Inverted Home Plate, Flat Home Plate, Radiused Home Plate, Radiused Inverted Home Plate.
New Aperture shapes intrinsically supported: Cross, Dog Bone, D-Pack.

Version 7 (November 21st, 2013)

New Modern Ribbon Style GUI. Making FAB 3000 the most Friendly & Easiest CAM tool available.
New! Embedded LUA Scripting engine.
DFM Check - Improved & More Easy to Use.
DFM Check - Improved Rules Management
Gerber Import has been improved.
ODB++ Import has been improved.
DXF Import has been improved.
Compare Layers and Compare Jobs has been improved.
New! Generate Error Drawing. Generates marker objects which may be imported into various CAD systems for concurrent verification.
New! Generate CSV Error Report. Generates a detailed Error report in CSV format which may be imported into various spreadsheet applications.
Improved Aerial View Control.
Fixed. Menu can be controlled with Alt keys.
New! Auto-Fix Invalid Polygons during Gerber import.
Netlist Comparison has been improved.
Units Freedom. Previously certain commands would only accept Mil units, now any units may be used.
DXF/DWG Export has been improved.
Over 50 other improvements have been made.
Over 75 minor bugs have been fixed.

Version 6.7.5 (August 9th, 2013)

DFM Rules Dialog - Units can be toggled.
DFM Check - Error Count Limits. Assign an error count limit per DFM Rule and Total Errors allowed.
DFM Check - Spacing Checks for Mask & Silkscreen (Trace to Trace, Pad to Trace, Pad to Pad)
Rout display has been improved.
Mill/Rout Export - Support Excellon 1 format.
Drill Reports have been improved.
Linux Build has been improved.

Version 6.7.4 (July 26th, 2013)

DXF Import better handles mirrored entities: TEXT & MTEXT when they are extruded negatively about the Z-Axis (i.e. DXF code 230 = -1)
Auto Save Workspace: FAB 3000 will now Automatically save the workspace every 15 minutes. This setting can be modified to save every 5 / 10 / 20 / 30 minutes or disabled.
NC Editor: Auto-Rout PCB Border. Simply select a side or your PCB border and FAB 3000 will automatically create the entire rout for the PCB - plus you have control of Plunge/Retract points, Direction, and Tool Compensation.
NC Editor: Auto-Rout PCB Cutouts. If your PCB has Cutouts, simply select a side and FAB 3000 will automatically create the entire rout for the Cutout - plus you can place Plunge/Retrace in the center of the Cutout or Edge.
NC Editor: Change Tool Number. Select any NC object and instantly change the tool number.
NC Editor: Compensation. Select any Rout Paths and easily assign the Compensation Side (Right / Left / None).
NC Editor: Direction. Select any Rout Path and easily toggle the direction.
NC Editor: Plunge & Retract. Select any Rout Path and easily change the Plunge or Retract point.
Improved Display Resolution when Zoomed in to very small regions (less than 1/10 mil).

Version 6.7.3 (July 8th, 2013)

Components Table now has the ability to globally edit/delete components. You can select multiple components at once and modify their properties.
Selection filter has added "Inserts". Allowing you to filter insert selection - useful when editing panels.
Improved Panel Tools: Add Cutline, Add Score Lines, Add Outline, Add Crop Mark
Panelize Wizard has 5% better space optimization.
Panelize Wizard: Smallest Panel Possible - Combine as many PCB's as possible into the smallest panel possible.
Panelize Wizard: Fixed Panel Size - Combine as many PCB's as possible into a fixed panel size.
Synchronize Layers - display bug has been fixed.
Customizable Hot Keys - Allows you to easily create your own preferred HotKeys for any FAB 3000 command.
Delete Layers Table has been improved.
AutoLoad Gerber & Drill file detection has been improved.
Build Components has an option to R-Click to accept Default Pin#1 location
Added Assembly Menu. Provides easier navigation for Assembly commands.

Version 6.7.2 (June 27th, 2013)

DFM Check Tolerance (Micron). User can now assign the tolerance used for DFM Checks. The Default is 5 microns. Perfect for users who require better than 5 micron accuracy.
Cutline Angle. Determines the entry/exit angle used when linking holes within a polygon (during flatten composite & other boolean operations).
Edit Properties can modify more Attributes when multiple objects are selected. Excellent time saver when updating a specific attribute for a large group of similar objects (like Text Style).

Version 6.7.1 (June 24th, 2013)

Customize Commands. Lets user view and optimize commands.
Shortcut commands have been updated.
Update Online FAB 3000 Help Manual

Version 6.7.0 (June 21st, 2013)

New Tab Options. When right-clicking on a workspace tab the user now has options to delete the current job, close all other jobs except the current one, and more...
Film Wizard has been improved.
Improved Copper Area Calculation. User also has the option to only detect area on metal layer plus output to a report file that may be opened in any text editor.
New option to export NC Drill in Excellon Format 1. Some Board shops will only accept Drill files in Excellon 1 format.
Automatically detect Layer Stackup during AutoLoad import.
Underside Mask Clearance detection has been improved.
Improved ODB++ Export. Generated components are now compatible with all CAM systems.
Automatically detect layer types for Gerber files generated by Mentor Expedition and Pads.
Minimum Trace Width detection has been improved. Previously FAB 3000 may falsely report small traces that were used to hatch a filled plane.
Minimum Annular Ring [Drill-Pad] detection has been improved.
Generate Part Centroid now suggests location for Pin 1 based on gerber file orientation. This greatly helps the user quickly determine pin 1 for a component footprint.
Double-Click FAB 3000 workspace while in File Explorer will now instantly spawn FAB 3000 and open the workspace.
Remove Covered Data has been improved (located in Fabrication menu).
DFM Check has new feature Remove Excess Data. When checked this feature will first eliminate excess & overlapping data (such as smaller objects underneath a polygon or pad), which results in improved overall DFM performance and reduced false errors reported.
Autoload & Import Folder have improved import and scaling for NC Drill files.
Added DFM Pull-Down menu to the main toolbar.
12 minor bugs have been fixed.

Version 6.6.12 (June 4th, 2013)

AutoLoad can now detect & load HPGL/2.
DXF/DWG Export Option - Export traces as Lines and Arcs. Perfect when 0-width objects are preferred in the outputted DXF/DWG
5 minor bugs have been fixed.

Version 6.6.11 (May 31st, 2013)

Sort Component, Netlist, Aperture Table List controls.
Fixed Open/Save of DRF (DFM Rules File).
DFM Check (PDF) - Quickly run DFM Checks and instantly output PDF with all DFM Violations.
ODB++ export has been improved. Border layers outputted better. Matrix has been improved.
Negative Layer option has been added to ODB++ export.

Version 6.6.10 (May 15th, 2013)

DFM Check speed has been improved.
View Backside - Easily view any design from the reverse side.
DFM Rules Dialog - Allow users to easily modify and manage DFM Checks provided by FAB 3000.
Netlist Comparison has been improved.
Open Zipped files has been improved.
ODB++ export have been improved.
Fixed Missing Fonts. When you save the workspace now, all font information is embedded inside the workspace file (*.wrk) ensuring that all font information is available when you re-open it.

Version 6.6.1 (March 15th, 2013)

Layer Control is much more easier to use.
User Interface has been improved.
Improved Minimum Annular Ring Detection
Improved Menu has been improved.
Bar Code fonts have been added.
Add Text has been improved.
SMT Stencil tools have been improved.
Auto-Load import dialog interface has been improved.

Version 6.4.16 (December 5th, 2012)

Postscript/PDF Import: Automatically detects location of Ghostscript DLL
Postscript/PDF Import: Allows you to select multiple Ghostscript versions. Different versions of Ghostscript can produce different font results. FAB stores up to 15 different Ghostscript versions allowing you to choose the best conversion during the import process.
Postscript/PDF Import: Substitute the Postscript/PDF fonts with FAB 3000 fonts. Simply choose the Text Option "Use FAB Default fonts", and then choose the FAB 3000 font.

Version 6.4.6 (November 5th, 2012)

Postscript/PDF Import: Improved compatibility with newer Ghostscript DLL releases and improved arc resolution.
DXF/DWG Import: Separate Options to Flash Round and/or Rectangle shapes
DXF/DWG Import: Fixed import problem with Romans & Romand shx fonts.
DXF/DWG Import: Ability to Flash Blocks. (i.e. convert blocks into Flashes).

Version 6.4.3 (October 17th, 2012)

Add Flash didn't remember previous layer.
Gerber file detection during import was improved.
Enter License Key Dialog was improved.
New! STL Export can now include components with height.
New! Added Layer Type: DRILL_NONPLATED. Used when entire drill layers do not contain any plated holes.

Version 6.4.0 (September 4th, 2012)

10% Overall Performance Gain
Implemented BugSplat Software to improve bug reporting and maintenance.
Complete Rebuild using Visual Studio 2010.
DXF/DWG Import - Accepts Arc Resolution in Degrees
Gerber Import - Improved Gerber file detection.
Improved Importing of Compressed File (Tar,Zip,GZ, TGZ).
Fully optimized for Windows 7.

 

Version 6.3.1 (July 20th, 2012)

Compare Layers - Pinpoint each difference between layers. Includes browser capabilites and PDF generation for each error.
Added Repeat function in Rt. Menu options.
List calculates Area.
Fixed Maximize screen. At times when maximized the screen size would not fit in display.
DXF/DWG Import - Empty string MText entities are ignored.
Layer Widget. Added the ability to Edit & Reload an existing Gerber, NC file which has already been loaded. Great for performing minor edits to Gerber/NC data and then reloading.
NC Import. Fixed X/Y Modulation after Repeat Holes.

Version 6.2.3 (May 7th, 2012)

New Feature
Query and List now include Length of Traces, Polygons, and lines. Excellent for determining PCB border perimeters.
New Feature
Red Arrow now displayed to pinpoint DFM & Netlist errors
Improvement
Improved zoom level used when browsing DFM & Netlist Error markers
Improvement
Improved zoom level used when creating PDF plots for DFM & Netlist Error markers
Improvement
Improved Network Server detection for DFM Now! Users

Version 6.2.1 (April 30th, 2012)

New Feature
Open Folder - Simply select the folder and instantly load all gerber and drill files.
Improvement
Improved importing of OrCAD/Allegro data.

Version 6.2.0 (April 27th, 2012)

New Feature
DFM Checker - Place all DFM/Net Violations on a New layer. Allows you to export all DFM/Net violations as Gerber, and then load into your PCB CAD software for cross-checking and easy repair.
Improvement
Improved - Press 'Esc' Key to Break long Calculations for DFM Checker and Netlist Comparison.
Improvement
Improved processing of FAB 3000 Matrix file.

Version 6.1.9 (April 23rd, 2012)

New Feature
Panelize Wizard Dialog - Array multiple PCB's into a fixed size panel.
New Feature
Merge Job Wizard New Interface - Much easier to use.
New Feature
DXF/DWG Import - New option to ignore hidden objects
Improvement
Improved - Press 'Esc' Key to Break long Calculations for Merge PCB and Panelize.
Improvement
Improved - Synchronize Layers now supports up to 32 metal layers.
Improvement
Improved - Results are now sorted by efficiency to easily determine the best panel results to use.
Improvement
Improved Calculation Speed for Merge PCB and Panelize.
Bug Fix
Prevent Grips from being drawn when an insert was selected.

Version 6 (March 30th, 2012)

New Feature
New! User Friendly & Intuitive GUI.
New Feature
New! Integrated PCB Quotation with Instant Price Estimator.
Improvement
Improved DXF/DWG Import
Improvement
Improved DRC/DFM Checks.
Improvement
Improved ODB++ Import.
Bug Fix
Fixed Windows XP Start-up Problem.
Bug Fix
Now supports Dual Monitors.
Bug Fix
Over 30 New Features & Improvements!

Version 5.10.2 (December 15th, 2011)

Improvement
AutoLoad now has an option Directory selection dialog.
Improvement
Improved DXF/DWG Import
Bug Fix
15 minor bugs have been fixed.
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