Release Notes

ExpressPCB Version 7.5.0 – December 2016

  • Production 10 day build option is now 5 day build.
  • Promotion Code option is now available in the order process.

ExpressPCB Version 7.4.1 – July 2016

  • Updated Order Process back end systems.
  • Added example images to Service Selection to distinguish services with or without solder mask.

ExpressPCB Version 7.4 – June 2016

  • Added new technology for placing orders to ExpressPCB Servers.
    • Extra security over internet. Not only is the file encrypted by ExpressPCB as it always has been but the transmission is encrypted again via SSL.
    • Removes Firewall/Network Security barrier with FTP Port 21
    • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.

ExpressPCB Version 7.3.6 – June 2016

  • Added new Pricing Update Option on Update Pricing File screen. The new method is more flexible for accessing ExpressPCB servers and should fix errors updating the Pricing File.

ExpressPCB Version 7.3.5 – February 2016

  • Added Ground Shipping as a shipping option
  • ProtoPro no longer requires .010 inch clearance from edge of board
  • Added Link to Online Community Library in the Component Menu

ExpressPCB Version 7.3.4 – October 2015

  • Fixed Semiconductor-LED shematic component – pin numbers were reversed
  • Added pricing file and order error help link to Help menu
  • ExpressSCH- Added customer support link to ExpressSCH Help Menu

ExpressPCB Version 7.3.3 – September 2015

  • Added option to re-enable “Filled Plane Info” dialog box
  • Updated “Filled Plane Info” dialog box content
  • Right Click Menu on Filled Plane Identifies Object as Filled Plane
  • Fixed board quantity resetting to 2 when clicking “back” during quote or order process

ExpressPCB Version 7.3.2 – September 2015

  • Added option to disable Splash Screen
  • Renable Splash Screen in View~Options~Misc

ExpressPCB Version 7.3.1 – September 2015

  • New Splash Screen for release updates and important information
  • Fixed Component Footprints. Power and ground pads were inverted.
    • Diode – Zener 1 watt (lead spacing 0.4 inch, hole 0.040)
    • Diode – Zener 0.5 watt (lead spacing 0.3 inch, hole 0.029)
    • Diode – DO-201 (lead spacing 0.65 inch, hole 0.079)
    • Diode – DO-41 (lead spacing 0.4 inch, hole 0.040)
    • Diode – DO-35 (lead spacing 0.3 inch, hole 0.029)
    • Diode – DO-27 (lead spacing 0.65 inch, hole 0.079)
    • Diode – 1N5407 (DigiKey 1N5407CT-ND)
    • Diode – 1N4007 (DigiKey 1N4007CT-ND)
    • Diode – 1N4148 (DigiKey 1N4148CT-ND)

ExpressPCB Version 7.3 – August 2015

  • Order quantity functionality
    • No longer restricted to even quantities.
    • Removed scroll for quantity increase and decrease.
  • Rectangle and Filled Plane Dialog Box
    • Dialog Box explaining difference between Rectangle and Filled Plane appears when selecting either tool.
  • Section 1 of EULA updated.
  • Added ExpressPCB and Support website links to Help Menu.

ExpressPCB Version 7.2 – July 2015

  • Updated Components in Layout Component Library. Power and ground pads were inverted.
    • Semiconductor – TO-92.
    • LED – T 1
      LED – T 1.75
    • Diode – Zener 1 watt (lead spacing 0.4 inch, hole 0.040)
    • Diode – Zener 0.5 watt (lead spacing 0.3 inch, hole 0.029)
    • Diode – DO-201 (lead spacing 0.65 inch, hole 0.079)
    • Diode – DO-41 (lead spacing 0.4 inch, hole 0.040)
    • Diode – DO-35 (lead spacing 0.3 inch, hole 0.029)
    • Diode – DO-27 (lead spacing 0.65 inch, hole 0.079)
    • Diode – 1N5407 (DigiKey 1N5407CT-ND)
    • Diode – 1N4007 (DigiKey 1N4007CT-ND)
    • Diode – 1N4148 (DigiKey 1N4148CT-ND)

ExpressPCB Version 7.1 – May 2015

  • Removed requirement for California sales tax during order process.

Changes between version 7.0.0 and 7.0.1 – Released : 6/16/09

  • ExpressPCB: Changed the error message displayed when the pricing file is missing a value. New message suggests downloading the pricing file.

Changes between version 6.1.4 and 7.0.0 – Released : 6/6/09

  • ExpressPCB: Added MiniBoardPro, MiniBoardPro-4Layer, and ProtoPro-4Layer manufacturing options
  • ExpressPCB: Allowed shipping MiniBoards by Next Day Air
  • ExpressPCB: Stopped supporting the Standard-4Layer manufacturing option after 9/1/09
  • ExpressPCB: Decreased the solder mask expansion from 0.004” to 0.003” (diameters are now expanded by 0.006″)
  • ExpressSCH: Added call to DrawTheSheetTabs after saving the schematic file because otherwise sheet tables incorrectly drawn.

Changes made to between version 6.1.2 and 6.1.4 – Released : 2/28/08

  • ExpressPCB: Changed copyright dates to 2008
  • ExpressPCB: Fixed bug if clicked right while panning using middle mouse button
  • ExpressSCH: Changed copyright dates to 2008
  • ExpressSCH: Fixed bug if clicked right while panning using middle mouse button
  • ExpressSCH: Changed tab order in Rectangle and Arc dialog boxes

Changes between version 6.1.1 and 6.1.2 – Released : 10/1/07

  • ExpressPCB: Replaced the WinSock OCX with code

Changes between version 6.1.0 and 6.1.1 – Released : 5/20/07

  • ExpressPCB: Changed location for custom components, favorite files, and pricing file to the directory:
    C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\My Documents\ExpressPCB
  • ExpressPCB: Made directory where Custom Components are saved configurable in the Options dialog box.
    ExpressSCH: Changed location for custom components, favorite files, and pricing file to the directory:
    C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\My Documents\ExpressPCB
  • ExpressSCH: Made directory where Custom Components are saved configurable in the Options dialog box.

Changes between version 5.6.0 and 6.1.0 – Released : 5/10/07

  • Updated the manufacturing specs to change the min slot width to 0.1″
  • ExpressPCB: The file format number has been changed from 12 to 14 (for both layout files and components.
  • ExpressPCB: Changed location for custom components, favorite files, and pricing file to the directory:
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\ExpressPCB
  • ExpressPCB: Added code to automatically copy custom component files from legacy directory to new “All Users” directory when new version is first run.
  • ExpressPCB: Corrected spelling of compliant on order forms
  • ExpressPCB: Changed manufacturing specification from 0.007″ lines and spacing to 0.006″.
  • ExpressPCB: Added 0.006″ traces and silkscreen lines
  • ExpressPCB: Added smaller fonts: 0.045″, 0.040″, and 0.038″
  • ExpressPCB: Removed Turkey from the PricingFile
  • ExpressPCB: Added panning using center mouse button
  • ExpressPCB: The rectangle displayed in place of text is now done at a smaller font size (MIN_TEXT_HEIGHT_FOR_DISPLAY changed from 8 to 6)
  • ExpressPCB: Portrait / Landscape image in printer dialog box now correctly displays the background color
  • ExpressPCB: Added Split planes and “Keepout” areas on inner layers
  • ExpressPCB: Added inner layer checkboxes on the side toolbar
  • ExpressPCB: Now can show netlist blue dots on the inner layer pads
  • ExpressPCB: The “N” shortcut key now selects the Net tools
  • ExpressPCB: Fixed a bug that failed to preserve the “filled plane clearance” when a trace is moved using the “disconnect” tool.
  • ExpressPCB: Added support for Metafiles images. The Edit / Copy silkscreen layer to clipboard command now copies both a bitmap and a metafile to the clipboard. The File / Export image of mechanical drawing command as the option of generating a bitmap or metafile.
  • ExpressPCB: Added Windows OS number to PLT file
  • ExpressPCB: Added the command Component information under the Component menu to show the path where custom components are saved.
  • ExpressPCB: Updated the Print Dialog box to support printers with 0 paper trays (large format plotters). Note This change was made after beta testing complete.
  • ExpressSCH: Added panning using center mouse button
  • ExpressSCH: Changed the color of the sheet tabs to match the System Button color
  • ExpressSCH: Portrait / Landscape image in printer dialog box now correctly displays the background color
  • ExpressSCH: Added support for Metafiles images. The Edit / Copy schematic image to clipboard command now copies both a bitmap and a metafile to the clipboard. The File / Export schematic image command as the option of generating a bitmap or metafile.
  • ExpressSCH: Changed location for custom components, symbols and favorite files to the directory:C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\ExpressPCB
  • ExpressSCH: Added code to automatically copy custom component files from legacy directory to new “All Users” directory when new version is first run.
  • ExpressSCH: Added the command Component information under the Component menu to show the path where custom components are saved.
  • ExpressSCH: Updated the Print Dialog box to support printers with 0 paper trays (large format plotters). Note This change was made after beta testing complete.
  • Manufacturing: MiniBoards are back to Tin/Lead