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What's Good About ADW’s Board File Management? 16.6 Has a Few New Enhancements!

Comments(2)Filed under: PCB Layout and routing, PCB design, Allegro PCB Editor, Allegro Design Workbench, PCB Editor, PCB, ADW, design, design data management, Allegro 16.6There are two new use models for PCB designers using Allegro Design Workbench (ADW) in 16.6. In 16.5, only a single PCB designer could work on the physical view of the design at one time.

Now, the 16.6 Team Design Authoring (TDA) - also known as the Team Design Option (TDO) in ADW - supports two use models:
  1. Only a single designer can work on the physical view of the design at one time
  2. Multiple physical designers can work concurrently
    • Multiple board files can be managed independently under the physical view
    • Board files can be assigned to different users (the Physical Design Integrator assigns users to board files)
    • Users check-in and check-out board files from the TDO dashboard

Read on for more details …

The Physical Design Integrator (PDI) assigns users for various board files in a design using the default policy file:


The Physical Design Engineers perform check out and check-in on the board files after doing a joint project from the TDA dashboard:


Sometimes physical board designers wish to manage the board along with associated data files as an atomic object.
An example could be to manage simulation files associated with a board (.brd) file along with it:


These collections are optional for physical designers and are required only if the designers wish to add files and a board to be managed as a single object. A collection can have its own derived data. A collection can have user-specified names with the default collection name being the name of the board file. Also, multiple users can be assigned to a collection. A user can rename, modify content, or delete a collection (delete means all files move out of a collection). A user can also check out and check in a collection.

Please share your feedback with these new capabilities!

Jerry “GenPart” Grzenia


By alagha on March 26, 2014
How can I open a .brd file in Allegro 16.3 that is generated in 16.5 or 16.6?

By Jerry GenPart on March 26, 2014
Hi alagha, This is more of a general Allegro PCB Editor question. I believe there is a downrev utility that can be used, but it's best to contact our Customer Support team and ask an AE expert for their advice. Jerry G.

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