With internal testing complete, Protel DXP has been released for external beta testing to a select group of Altium customers ahead of the final product release in July.
In addition to offering a level of integration not seen before in desktop PCB design software, DXP will remain in line with current Protel 99 SE product pricing at US$7,995 for a new license and US$1,995 for an upgrade.
In the program’s most significant change since moving to Windows, the design explorer platform has been completely re-engineered and enhanced to provide a more responsive and tightly integrated design environment that will support a wide variety of design processes, according to Altium.
“With this next generation of highly successful Protel product line, Altium continues to break down barriers to innovation and technological advancement by providing every engineer, designer and developer with easy access to the best possible design tools,” the company said in a statement.
The company said the beta sites would use and test the software on a wide range of computer systems and environments and provide user feedback that can be incorporated into the final product release.
On top of the enhanced platform, Protel DXP also offers a highly-optimised GUI and significant PCB and project-management features that address the needs of the PCB design process as a whole – unlike competitive offerings that focus on a point-tool perspective, the company added.