The Setup Advisor is used to configure different elements of the design - it's a gateway to configuring Cross-Section, DC Nets, standard Device values and SI Models. It will also perform an audit on the design.Originally posted in cdnusers.org by andrewjw
The main function of Setup Advisor is to mainly assist in the design setup for some kind of SI work - the steps in Setup Advisor are recommended but not always needed. For example you could edit the cross section yourself without using the Setup Advisor.
The individual steps that make up the Setup Advisor are available seperately in the higher tiers of the tool (XL, GXL), so if you know what you are doing in these tiers the Setup Advisor probably won't be needed. In the lower tiers of Allegro (L, Performance) some of the commands can only be accessed via the Setup Advisor.
So, in short, if you are just doing plain PCB design then you probably wouldn't need to run the Setup Advisor - if you are planning on doing some sort of SI work, then it's a good idea to use the Setup Advisor while you find your feet.