Altium CircuitStudio! Roadtest

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About this RoadTest

You already have the skills and knowledge to do your job well, but do you have the tools? CircuitStudio is a PCB design system that allows you to enter the world of professional PCB design with a new narrative, one that changes the conversation away from “How do I make this tool do what I want?” Access to a new level of user friendless and 30 years of PCB design technology from Altium will inspire you to invent the future, instead of being preoccupied with just making it work.


It is a professional, affordable, and intuitive tool that offers:

·      Powerful Schematic Capture

·      Feature - Rich PCB Editing

·      Centralized Component Management


In this exclusive RoadTest from element14 and Altium we will be giving away a free12 month licence to CircuitStudio  to three element14 Community Members.  Apply Today!




The RoadTesters

Congratulations to the below members who have been selected as RoadTesters:





Terms and Conditions

Altium Circuit Studio RoadTest


These are the terms and conditions which govern the The Altium Circuit Studio RoadTest . This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials.. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

1. 1 The Principal terms of the Contest:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.

RoadTest: Altium Circuit Studio RoadTest (or the Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on 26 August  2016

Judging Close: 11:59PM (GMT) on 9 September  2016

Announcement of Winner(s) (estimated):  9 September 2016

RoadTest Item(s):1 Year licence o Altium Circuit Studio


RoadTest Site:

Site or element14 Community:

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria: All of the following which will have equal weighting:

1.1 • Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

1.2 • Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

1.3 • A thorough description of how the prize would be tested

1.4 • Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on

1.5 • Originality;

1.6 • Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

1.7 • Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Minimum number of Prizes: 3

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Contest and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

1. 2 Eligibility

2. 3 Applications:

3. 4 Selecting Winners:

4. 5 Liability:

5. 6 General:

1.8 2.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the RoadTest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.9 2.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.10 2.3 Applicants must not enter the Contest if doing so or taking part may:

1.10.1 2.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.10.2 2.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.10.3 2.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in contests such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

1.10.4 The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.11 2.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.12 2.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.13 2.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.13.1 2.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.13.2 2.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser.

1.14 3.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a response by the Application Close.

1.15 3.2 By submitting a response, each Applicant:

1.15.1 3.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

1.15.2 3.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

1.15.3 3.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

1.15.4 3.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the application or subsequent Blogs submitted for the purposes of the Contest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

1.15.5 3.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

1.15.6 3.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

1.15.7 3.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

1.15.8 3.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

1.15.9 3.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

1.15.10 3.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the Contest.

1.16 3.3 All applications submitted to this Contest must meet the following criteria:

1.16.1 3.3.1 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any application null and void:

(a) (a) Applications or designs which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) (b) Applications or designs that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser and/or the Judges;

(c) (c) Applications or applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

1.17 3.4 No proposed Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

1.18 3.5 A proposed Application must not have been entered into any other Contest, unless that Contest has closed and the Application did not win a prize.

1.19 4.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her Application and its adherence to these Terms.

1.20 4.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out in condition 1 above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer.

1.21 4.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Participants within 10 business days the Applications Close.

1.22 4.4 The winner(s) will be selected by the Organiser in their absolute discretion based on the Judging Criteria. Winners must meet all eligibility requirements of these Terms. There shall be such number of winners as the Organiser shall determine.

1.23 4.5 The Organiser’s decision is final and without right of appeal. No correspondence will be entered into. The Organiser reserves the right not to select a winner if, in their sole discretion, they do not consider any of the applications to merit the Prize.

1.24 4.6 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to complete judging by Judging and Voting Close and to notify the winner(s) via a blog posted on the Contest Site by the Announcement of Winner Date.

1.25 4.7 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

1.26 4.8 Details of the Winners will also be published in the media.

1.27 5.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

1.28 5.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

1.29 5.3 Subject to 10.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Contest or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Contest, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

1.30 6.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

1.31 6.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a Contest of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

1.32 6.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

1.33 6.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the RoadTest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants and Winners agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

1.34 6.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

1.35 6.6 These Terms and the operation of the RoadTest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

1.36 the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • My review is coming. I've had some illness that is now over that caused me delays in evaluation.

  • and   Thanks for writing two great reviews!


    Win a 12 Month Licence to Altium CircuitStudio! - Review

    Win a 12 Month Licence to Altium CircuitStudio! - Review


    Make sure you take a look at them.


    Randall Scasny

    RoadTest Program Lead

  • Thank you element14!


    Readers can follow status and ask questions here: Cory Antosh's Blog

  • Cory, you've thought of many good questions. I look forward to comparing notes with you.

  • Congratulations to the below members who have been selected as RoadTesters:


  • Good luck to all who applied to this RoadTest.


    I read this post: CircuitStudio by Altium vs Altium Designer (Feature and Specification Comparison) and a few interesting things grabbed my attention.


    So, once the winners are announced, I request the reviewers:


    1. Explore the ability to change the Electrical Rule Check (ERC) settings. I recall adjusting these in Altium Designer (AD) to reduce the amount of ERCs and I wonder if these become annoying with Circuit Studio (CS)?

    2. One I'm REALLY interested in: Evaluate and share the experience of the process of creating a new part footprint - particularly one with unique features, like a connector with thru-hole mounts. I see that CS does not have the footprint wizard that AD has. I wonder about the user experience to create footprints in CS?

    3. It appears CS doesn't have the ability to export to the Specctra external router. I would like an investigation to see if the free Elektra router or the router will work or is the ability to generate DSN files missing entirely? If this ability is missing, I'm curious about the quality of the internal router. I would run a design I routed in AD and see how well CS does with it.

    4. I've used AD and I'm wondering what is the difference in CS's "basic" pad stackup versus the "full" one in AD?

    5. The referenced document also says non-circular holes are not supported. What about slots?

    6. I am disappointed the touch component support is missing, but I suspect that is not a big deal if it is easy to create our own footprints easily (see #2).

    7. With the reduced Design Rule Check (DRC) capabilities of CS, are there any problems suspected or noted with passing DRC to get the boards made?

    8. I curious about library management, the ability to create my own libraries, store them locally, as well as CS's ability to "consume Vault content." What does that mean in practice?

    9. I have had AD crash albeit infrequently and on very large designs, but was saved from serious loss by my backup system. Do the reviewers experience any stability issues?

    10. While I don't use Eagle, I suspect there are those who are interested in the ability and the experience of importing an Eagle (or other tool's) design. Along those lines, I'd liek details on how well this import is accomplished? For example,  I'd like to know if net classes and if net class specific design rules are maintained. In AD, I can set a 3P3V net class along with a design rule that all nets in 3P3V should be 15 mils wide, whereas other traces may be 10 mils wide. I've noticed that designs I have exported in AD and then import into other tools lose these design aspects.

    11. I see step export of the final PCB design is not included in CS, but I am curious about its ability to render the board in 3D and that reviewer's experience with that.

    12. Of course, I hope the reviewers take designs from schematics capture all the way through production of PCBs (at least one design if not more).


    Good luck to everyone!



  • According to the T&Cs: Announcement of Winner(s) (estimated):  9 September 2016


    This is of course an estimation, but a bit more patience is required image

  • Any update about who won this roadtest?

  •     woh! what a timing, i was just in a search of new CAD tool with 3d rendering. It should be fun to use it, I have already heard alot about altium designer studio.

  • Just a quick note that we will be extending the enrollment period for this RoadTest for one week. Good luck!