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December 2022

Project Release Item Naming stored on the project level Copy link

December 6, 2022
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It is now possible to store the naming schema used for released outputs as part of the project definition and template.

When preparing a project for release, you must ensure that the names of the output items are appropriate according to your internal rules. Altium Designer Project Releaser supports this flexible naming configuration.

However, the settings were previously stored on the computer used to specify them. When multiple people were working on the same project, other team members would see the default name settings if they tried to open the project release, not the one set by the user who defined it.

We have improved this capability, and the naming settings are now stored on the project level. If the user configures an item name at release, that name is saved on the server, and other users can see it correctly and use it.

To further facilitate reuse, you can create a project template based on your existing projects. Then, new projects from that template will follow the predefined item-naming conventions.

November 2022

Assembly App in Altium 365 BETA Copy link

November 28, 2022
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The Assembly App helps reduce the time and increase the accuracy of the manual assembly of printed-circuit boards (prototypes or short runs). Engineers no longer need to flip through paper printouts or navigate CAD software while working on board assembly.

All the relevant design data, 2D and 3D board views, detailed BOM information, as well as the controls to track progress are brought together in one app specifically designed for manual assembly. The app is available through the web browser and can be accessed from any device without the need to install Altium Designer.

With the Assembly App in Altium 365, you can employ the following features:

  • Perform a visual inspection of the entire BOM and board before starting the assembly
  • Check off each BOM entry sequentially as each component is mounted (mark as “done”) or bypass a BOM entry if needed
  • Check the exact component location and orientation on the board
  • Flip the board to view the top or bottom
  • Have separate lists of components for the board's top and bottom sides
  • Check full BOM information directly in the Assembly App for the selected component(s)
  • Check multiple occurrences of the same component with grouping by component
  • Track the total number of components placed
  • Track elapsed time of the assembly process
  • Reset the Assembly view to its initial state if the assembly process needs to be restarted

Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we would love to hear from our users about how it could be improved further and any issues encountered.

How can you provide feedback?

Since the tool is in beta, your feedback is valuable to us. Feel free to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions through the following channels:

Through the Feedback button: Click the Feedback button on the right-hand side of the view. This will present a window in which you can rate your experience and include your feedback.

Through our forum: Provide us feedback through our Altium 365 forum on the following page: Web Viewer for Assemblers.

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Visit Assembly App in an Altium 365 Workspace | User Manual | Documentation to learn more about this feature.

MCAD CoDesigner 3.2.0 and New Demo Mode Copy link

November 22, 2022
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Altium has released MCAD CoDesigner version 3.2.0.

The main highlight of this release is the new demo mode that allows new users of Altium MCAD CoDesigner to explore the features of this tool. The workflow runs simulated ECAD data, allowing users to explore autonomously without requiring an ECAD engineer to push the electrical data. To start the demo mode, follow the instructions in Demo Mode for CoDesigner.

Other enhancements include an Open in Web button on the MCAD Altium CoDesigner dashboard that opens the ECAD version of the project in your web browser; support for PTC Creo Version 9; an easy-to-use Fold/Unfold button for when you're working with rigid or flexible designs in PTC Creo or SOLIDWORKS; and improved component change details in Pull into MCAD, making it easier to confirm why a component parameter change was performed.

Here are the links for the Virtual Workflows:

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Visit New in CoDesigner 3.2.0 for the full release notes.

Compare Gerber files with Altium 365 Standalone Viewer BETA Copy link

November 11, 2022
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The standalone Altium 365 Gerber Comparison viewer is a tool that allows you to graphically view the differences between various Gerber fabrication files through your web browser. It offers a quick and easy solution for checking a PCB design's fabrication output between release iterations or before sending your board production data to a manufacturer.

Altium 365 Gerber Compare Online offers a simple, graphical way to compare two sets of uploaded Gerber data directly through your browser. Key features of this tool include:

Layer-by-layer graphical comparison

Purely graphical, the layer-by-layer comparison highlights areas with changes, flags how many differences between versions it finds, and notes the layers on which those differences exist.

2D Gerber Measure

Take measurements for version differences directly with the ability to freely measure between two points.

Shortcut for switching between the old version of Compare (before the changes) and the new version (after the changes)

Instantly view differences between two sets of Gerber data in the Compare view. Alternatively, switch to view the Gerber data for either of the compared sets whenever you need. The view switches to standard Gerber viewing mode at the same zoom level.

Gerber Compare Viewer is a free service provided by Altium, and you don't need to download or register for anything. You can access the online Altium 365 Gerber Compare tool at https://www.altium.com/gerber-compare

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For more details on how to compare two Gerber files in Altium 365 Standalone, check out the following documentation: https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-365/standalone-altium-365-gerber-compare

Altium 365 Web Viewer - Productivity Features Updates Copy link

November 10, 2022
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In August 2022, we introduced you to net selection improvements in schematics with interactive navigation. As part of our ongoing initiative to enhance net selection, we have enabled you to instantly see and navigate a schematic containing a selected net thanks to a newly added zoom/selection feature.

When you select a net, you can zoom in and out of it, and your zoom is maintained even if you switch over to another document and then return. That way, you don't have to search for the net again.

We have also updated the Layers feature. Now, you can use the checkbox to set an active layer, which allows you to review specific layers while having other layers visible in the background.

You can use the checkbox functionality in the top and bottom views of the layer. The visual change is only made in the UI (View), so it will not impact the actual PCB layer.

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Please visit Web Viewer Functionality on the Altium 365 Platform to learn more about Altium 365 Data View - PCB.

BOM Compare for Local Changes in Altium 365 BETA Copy link

November 9, 2022
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As we mentioned in a post in June, we have been working on adding more file comparison capabilities to Altium 365. In addition to the existing BOM Compare function, we have added a BOM Compare for local changes.

It is now possible to compare local changes (uncommitted) to previous bills of materials on the server with Altium Designer. The compare option is available when you are about to save your changes (i.e., in Save to Server). Access this option anytime through the History & Version Control context menu.

Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we would love to hear from our users about any issues they encounter so that we can learn how to improve it further. Feel free to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions about BOM Compare for Local Changes in Altium 365 through our forum on the following page: Diff and Compare Operations in Altium Designer with Altium 365.

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You can find more information about using BOM Compare in Altium 365 in the Altium 365 Getting Started Guide.

October 2022

Draftsman in Altium 365 Web Viewer BETA Copy link

October 28, 2022
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Draftsman is a drawing tool integrated into Altium Designer to create fabrication and assembly drawings.

With just a click, you can quickly view, download, comment, or create a task in a draftsman document directly in Altium 365 through any web browser and on any device.

How can you access the feature?

You can access draftsman documents in Altium 365 through work-in-progress (WIP), releases, and manufacturing views.

Draftsman in Altium Designer includes the following key features:

  • Automated extraction of drawing data from the source PCB document
  • Creation of multi-page documents
  • Application of separate templates to each page of a document
  • Automatic generation of drawings from customized templates
  • A broad range of drawing views (Assembly view, Fabrication view, Section view, Drill Drawing view, Board Region view, etc.)
  • Assembly views that include graphics generated from 3D models (without the requirement for special PCB layers)
  • Support of assembly variants

Additional Features of Draftsman in Altium 365 Web Viewer:

  • View multi-page documents in the browser
  • Integrated comments and tasks with Draftsman
  • Multiple individuals may access, share, and review the document in real time
  • A familiar interface that allows users to export the document as a PDF

Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we would love to hear from our users about how it could be improved further and any issues encountered. How can you provide feedback? Since the tool is in beta, your feedback is valuable to us. Feel free to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions about Draftsman in Altium 365 through the following channels:

Through the Feedback button: click the Feedback button on the right-hand side of the view. A window will be presented in which you can rate your experience (with a star rating) and then include your feedback.

Through our forum: Provide us feedback through our Altium 365 forum on the following page: Altium 365 Feature Introduction: Draftsman in Web Viewer and Draftsman Comments (BETA).

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You can find more information about using Draftsman in Altium 365 Web Viewer by visiting Draftsman in Altium 365 - Getting Started Guide.

Reuse Blocks and Snippets in Altium 365 Copy link

October 24, 2022
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With the introduction of reusable blocks, you can build reusable circuits (with both logical and physical parts) that are validated only once and can be easily integrated into your projects in Altium Designer. It's much easier to organize storage and find blocks to reuse in your Altium 365 workspace rather than finding and copying and pasting some circuitry from existing designs.

What Is a Reuse Block in Altium?

A reuse block is a new entity (group of components or routed circuits) that can be placed to design and integrated with your projects in a couple of clicks. It contains a Schematic drawing and a PCB board. A block cannot be created without components or with an empty PCB part.

Design Reuse Panel

To access Reuse Block, select Design Reuse in Panels or View > Panel > Design Reuse in the top menu bar in Altium Designer.

The new Design Reuse panel provides access to reuse blocks and snippets. Snippets can be created in Workspace-based and local, whereas reuse blocks can only be created in Workspace-based settings. Let’s talk about the snippets later.

There is an option to see server-saved blocks and local and server-saved snippets. If not connected to Altium 365, you will only see local snippets; if a user is logged in, you see blocks and snippets in the server.

In the panel, you can add, see, sort, place, edit, and delete blocks:

Snippets

In addition to reuse blocks, we added the ability to store snippets in Altium 365. To create a snippet, select a group of elements in a Schematic or PCB, and in the right-click menu, select Snippets:

Snippets can be saved either locally or in the Workspace:

After creation, a snippet will appear in the Design Reuse panel:

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Please visit Creating Reuse Blocks to learn more about creating snippets and reusing blocks.

Part Choice Management Permission in Altium Designer Copy link

October 19, 2022
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The Part Choices allows you to search, add, or remove company-ratified design parts for a specified component item.

Now, Workspace administrators can restrict permissions and authorize only explicit users and roles to change part choices. The Edit Operation Permissions dialog includes a new Part Choice Management entry.

Any user who does not have permission to manage part choices will be prevented from doing so when attempting to add or modify part choices for a component.

Part Choice Management Permission is available only with the Pro and Enterprise subscription levels. To learn more about Altium Designer subscription levels, please visit https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/subscription.

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To learn more about Part Choice Management Permission in Altium Designer, see Part Choice Management Permissions | New in Altium Designer

Tags in Altium 365 BETA Copy link

October 13, 2022
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Altium 365 allows users to tag specific points in a project's history. Tags help to navigate the project history and identify meaningful versions (such as design stage, review, and revision), see changes made in that version, open it for viewing, and share the link with others.

Note: The tagged project version marks all the comments with that tag, so it is easier to understand which comments come from which version. This feature is helpful when, for example, reviewing specific design versions.

Why Use Tags?

Think of tags as milestones or markers. They lead users or teams to a significant event. They can be used, for example:

  • To mark the completion progress.
  • To mark a significant achievement.
  • Any other important tag.

Tagging makes it possible to search for (or go back in time to reference) specific events and open a specific snapshot without combining several comments.

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Please visit Creating and Managing Project History Tags in the Altium 365 Getting Started Guide to learn more about this feature.

BOM Compare in Altium 365 BETA Copy link

October 3, 2022
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Every PCB project has a bill of materials (BOM). The design process involves multiple iterations and redesigns, and changes must remain traceable.

Finding differences between the two versions of BOM is one more way to reduce problems with BOM and inventory management. BOM Compare in Altium 365 is integrated and does not require external resources or plug-ins. This intuitive UI lets you quickly compare BOMs between commits or releases.

What are the advantages of using BOM Compare in Altium 365?

  • BOM Compare expedites the comparison process by eliminating the need to update and compare BOMs manually. With a click of a button, you can compare BOM versions, saving time while reducing errors that occur with manual comparison or outside tools. Everything seamlessly integrates with Altium 365.
  • Altium 365 can easily compare product design changes and updates during the design process.
  • Altium's sophisticated part-searching capabilities are delivered through the Altium Parts Provider, which aggregates component information from the Octopart and Ciiva component portals. After using BOM compare, it is easier to check the suppliers and resources.

Key features:

  • BOM Compare is integrated into Altium Designer tools, allowing you to generate various versions of the bill of materials directly from your layout. You can compare BOMs from each commit or release.
  • Part-level attributes like Name, Description, Qty, Price, Manufacturer, and other attributes are automatically compared and highlighted if any changes exist.
  • It contains approved part sources with supplier information and a link to Octopart/datasheet (Manufacturer Part Number).
  • If you work with Excel, you can quickly export the BOM Compare file to CSV.
  • The search bar makes it easy for users to find what they want on the list.
  • The differences are highlighted and color-coded in the BOM grid. Supported modifications:
  1. New Items
  2. Updated Items
  3. Deleted Items

Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we would love to hear from our users about how it could be improved further and any issues encountered. How can you provide feedback? Since the tool is in beta, your feedback is valuable to us. Feel free to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions about BOM Compare through the following channels:

Through the Feedback button: click the Feedback button on the right-hand side of the view. A window will be presented in which you can rate your experience (with a star rating) and then include your feedback.

Through our forum: Provide us feedback through our Altium 365 forum on the following page: BOM Compare (Beta).

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Visit BOM Compare in the Altium 365 Getting Started Guide to learn more about this feature.

September 2022

Component Batch Selection in Library Health Copy link

September 28, 2022
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The Library Health dashboard allows you to quickly identify parts in your library that have issues (including lifecycle issues for the parts and technical issues with data collection—e.g., invalid data, required fields with no values, undefined or duplicated parts, and other issues).

Before, it was impossible to act on the results in a batch way. Now, Altium 365 can act on issues by using a batch process. Selections are made using standard key combinations: Shift+click to select a range, Ctrl+click to select individual parts, or Ctrl+A to select everything. Edit these components in Altium Designer to resolve issues.

If you select “Open in Desktop App,” the component(s) will be opened in Altium Designer. 

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Click here to learn more about the Library Health Dashboard in Altium 365.

Tasks for Altium 365 Enterprise Copy link

September 27, 2022
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Process-based Workflow

A Workspace enabled by an active Altium Designer Enterprise subscription includes configurable process workflows to guide designers through the following everyday design processes:

  • Requesting new parts for a PCB design
  • Performing design reviews
  • Creating new projects Publishing data to PLMs

A defined processes workflow is created and managed by an administrator of that Workspace.

Working with Tasks in Altium 365 Enterprise

In addition to benefiting from the Altium 365 Tasks, Enterprise-level subscribers have unique streamlined workflow task management, in which tasks can be linked to workflow processes. You can start the workflow activity from the project dashboard, not just the Activities or Projects pages.

There is now a single dashboard for all tasks (lightweight and workflow). Workflow tasks (design review, project creation, release, parts requests, component synchronization, etc.) are now exposed in the Tasks pane at the Workspace and Project levels:

Through the custom forms for workflow tasks, you can add details and assign people to work on tasks:

You can create different task types, which are all visually available on the dashboard:

You can directly trigger the workflow from tasks on the dashboard:

At the Project level, you can access the activity through a link added to the task:

The dashboard will show completed workflows as closed tasks. This ensures that the whole activity can be seen (with data and history). You can also hide the completed workflows by clicking “Show Less” in the Resolved column. Workflow tasks are grouped by title when all tasks within the group are closed, and the items in the Resolved category state are collapsed and moved to the bottom of the kanban.

Note: Workflow tasks cannot be moved between different states by dragging and dropping in the dashboard. These require explicit submission to move the workflow forward.

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Click here to learn more about Processes & Workflows in an Altium 365 Workspace.

Duplicate project files in the repository Copy link

September 26, 2022
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If duplicate PrjPcb files are found in the project repository for the same project, it can cause design files to display incorrectly in a web browser.

See more information about project files in Working with Projects in Altium Designer.

To warn you that duplicate files exist, you will be notified to ensure you are aware of this issue before you take corrective actions. We provide messages in several areas of the platform:

In the “Save to Server” dialog box in Altium Designer:

To see the name and location of those files, click “More Details”:

In the Messages panel in Altium Designer, when the project is opened:

In the project repository in Altium 365 Web Viewer:

Note: This is applied only to projects registered in Altium 365. 

RECOMMENDED CONTENT

If you want to know why Altium Designer and Altium 365 Workspace are showing different design files for your project and how to fix this issue, access Altium 365 FAQs | User Manual | Documentation

Actionable Version Control System (VCS) Status in Altium Designer Copy link

September 22, 2022
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By implementing actionable VCS status icons in Altium Designer, we provide a user interface exactly where you expect it. This makes VCS-specific actions light and easy to use, reducing the time required to perform them.

For example, if you face conflicting changes, you can simply click on the file status and see possible actions.

Once the file is out of date, you can quickly get a fresh version with a couple of clicks. See the example below:

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To see the full list of icons, visit Version Control Status Icons, available in the Altium Designer documentation.

Open Snapshot in Altium 365 Web Viewer Copy link

September 21, 2022
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In Altium 365, you can open projects directly from Project History in the Workspace browser without needing an Altium Designer license.

Click the three-dot menu next to the 'Project Committed' and then Open Snapshot.

In addition to viewing the latest project version, which has been available for a long time, we have added the possibility of opening even the oldest versions. You can freely select any version from the project history tree, and you will access the entire design with the functionalities shown in the picture below.

If you would like to compare the differences between any two versions (commits or releases), you can use the Compare Function in Project History without the need to download any files.

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To learn more about the Web Viewer Functionality on the Altium 365 Platform, refer to Web Viewer Features, available in Altium Designer Documentation.

Commenting in a Bill of Materials (BOM) in Altium 365 Copy link

September 21, 2022
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There are many potential issues that can impact and cause delays for supply chains, such as fluctuating availability of components, hold-ups in customs, spikes in demand, and supply issues. Commenting in BOM was created to facilitate communication among stakeholders and users.

Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we’d love to hear from our users on how it could be improved further and any issues encountered.

Commenting in a BOM allows users to communicate about changes or unexpected issues to reduce discrepancies and time spent on design changes. This feature is widely used in the following examples:

  • To make suggestions for change to a specific part or component
  • To highlight supply chain issues (e.g., delivery time, minimum order quantity (MOQ), changes to the product, price, availability, scheduling, inventory, product life cycle)
  • To create information transparency for managers, buyers, sourcing teams, supply chain departments, procurement groups, and other users
  • To reduce the number of communication channels
  • To keep track of the BOM's comments for future reference in one place

These are the key features of commenting in BOM:

  • Add comments to a specific BOM line
  • Tag other users in the comments box using the @ function: the recipient will receive an email notification
  • Assign a comment as a task to the person mentioned by selecting the Assign to checkbox
  • Store all comments even if they are resolved or if the BOM line is deleted; you can still find all the history in the comments panel or when exporting comments
  • People outside of your Workspace team—invited by you—can view and leave comments via a web-based application without an Altium Designer License
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You can find more information about using this feature in Altium 365 by visiting Getting Started Guide - Commenting in your BOM.

Actionable Soft-Lock Status in Altium Designer Copy link

September 20, 2022
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When multiple users edit the same 'soft-locked' document that is part of a Workspace project, an associated conflict status icon appears in the Projects panel. Now, the conflict status icons provided by the soft-locking functionality are actionable. You can click the icon to resolve the conflict by reverting your edits.

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To learn more about real-time conflict prevention, refer to Conflict Prevention, available in Altium Designer Documentation.

Altium New Simplified Login Experience Copy link

September 19, 2022
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Altium has released a new simplified login for the web and registration user interface. You can still use direct or social login or Single Sign-On (SSO; if configured for your organization), but now in a more simplified and connected way.

Sign in now at https://365.altium.com/. Everything Altium in one account.

August 2022

Generic Components BETA Copy link

August 16, 2022
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When working on a new schematic, it can be challenging to pick the right components. You have to consider availability, cost, and various parametric requirements. What if you could place a component to complete your design and quickly replace it when ready for layout?

To streamline the early stages of a project, the Generic Components functionality is already available in Altium 365. Generic components can be quickly inserted into a project without the need to search for a manufacturer-specific part.

Generic components are intended to be placeholders that can be easily replaced later in the design process with a specific component. They can also be considered virtual or parametric components.

This feature is available only with the Pro and Enterprise Subscription Levels. To learn more about Altium Designer Subscription Levels, please visit Altium Designer Subscription Levels.

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Please visit Creating Generic Components in Altium 365 Getting Started Guide to see the updated documentation.

Net selection improvements in schematics with interactive navigation in Altium 365 Copy link

August 15, 2022
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We added to Altium 365 Web Viewer the ability to select a net and view the connectivity information of the selected net via the following steps:

  1. Select any net in the schematics.
  2. The net properties in the right-hand pane display schematic connectivity information and all the PCB layers containing this net.
  3. You can easily view the list of schematics containing this net and, with the net highlighted, click to navigate to the desired schematic.Net Selection
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Please visit Reviewing Projects in Your Web Browser in the Altium 365 Getting Started Guide to see the updated documentation.

Library Importer Improvements (former Library Migrator) Copy link

August 9, 2022
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Importing file-based libraries from your local computer or network drive to your Altium 365 workspace can be done using the Library Importer.

Altium’s Library Migrator was renamed Library Importer—the feature’s name was changed to conform more closely to the tool’s purpose.

Not only is its name new, but our team has also made several user experience improvements. We have updated the documentation to reflect this change. The list of updates includes:

  • New, intuitive user interface.
  • Along with the current method for accessing the Library Importer, the Library Importer can now be launched for an installed library listed on the Installed tab of the Advanced File-based Libraries dialog.
  • Also, the Library Importer can be launched for an integrated library when opening.
  • Validation now checks for empty Workspace folder paths, conflicting system parameters, and duplicate models.

We suggest that you start by importing an example library (included with the Altium Designer installation). Importing Libraries to Altium 365 explains how to complete the import process.

 

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For the complete list of improvements, please visit New in Altium Designer | Altium Designer 22 User Manual | Documentation.

July 2022

MCAD CoDesigner 3.0 is Out Copy link

July 28, 2022
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Many products include multiple interconnected printed circuit boards. In the 3D environment, the various system boards can be brought together within an enclosure using multi-board assembly in Altium Designer. Any required changes can be made at the 3D system level to verify that all connectors are aligned correctly, and that physical conflicts have been resolved.

To improve communication between ECAD and MCAD in such cases, we released Altium MCAD CoDesigner 3.0 with support for multi-board assemblies (the capability works in Beta mode and only for SOLIDWORKS for now; the corresponding changes to other MCADs are coming soon). To better understand how it works, this link provides a series of nine slides showing the details of how to work with MCAD CoDesigner in Multi-Boards.

In addition to that enhancement, Altium MCAD CoDesigner 3.0 includes support for Device Assembly in Autodesk Fusion 360, an automatic CoDesigner Push when you Save to Server, and the elimination of the display of “electrical” Keepouts and Rooms, removing visual information that is redundant for the mechanical engineer. With Altium MCAD CoDesigner 3.0, the support for Siemens NX has been released and is no longer in beta.

 

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Visit New in Altium MCAD CoDesigner 3.0 for full release notes.

Ability to Compare Local Changes to Conflicted Files Copy link

July 28, 2022
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In Soft Locks [Conflict Prevention] in Altium 365, we discussed how you deal with file conflicts. We have updated the functionality to offer the possibility to compare the changes between the local version of the conflicted file and the one on the server.

Right-click the conflicting file and choose History & Version Control > Update the Whole Project. After resolving the conflict, the Merge File dialog will open, and you can click the Compare with Latest Commit button. This feature is intended for users to make decisions about adjustments to the project before committing them, saving time and resources.

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For more information about Local Compare, please refer to Diff and Compare Operations in Altium Designer.

Default Server Folder for Altium 365 Enterprise Workflows Copy link

July 27, 2022
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Define the default project folder path depending on teams, board functions, or product lines; e.g., create one project workflow with Projects/Lighting as the default folder, another with Projects/Audio as the default folder, and a third with Projects/Others as the default folder.

To set the default server folder for all subsequent new workflow processes, leave the field empty. The default path will be the one set under Settings/Vault/Projects.

Once you assign the default path, every new project you create will be saved in this default folder.

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For more information about Process Workflow, please refer to Interactive Process Workflows.

Altium 365 on a 64-bit Git Service Copy link

July 27, 2022
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Altium 365 has moved from a 32-bit service architecture to a 64-bit version. This update improves the speed, stability, and performance of Altium 365 cloud storage and version control capabilities, which will be particularly noticeable to users with big repositories and those who store large files on the platform.

June 2022

Diff and Compare Operations in Altium Designer Copy link

June 1, 2022
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It is important to validate proposed modification actions before executing them. Therefore, before committing, storing, or sharing the modifications with the team, you must ensure that no changes to the project are unexpected, no omission happened and only expected changes have occurred.

Comparing local changes (not committed) to previous versions or revisions of the projects on the server now is possible straight from Altium Designer. Schematics Compare is currently supported, but others (BOM & PCB) are under work.

Compare option is now available right when you are about to save changes (i.e., in Save to server) dialog and at any time before that from either Project History or Version Control context menu. When you click “Save to Server,” you can compare two schematics from a command in the dialog box before saving the project.

Fig.1 - Local changes - “Save to Server” control
Fig.1 - Local changes - “Save to Server” control.
Fig. 2 - "Save to Server" dialog box - "Compare" function
Fig. 2 - "Save to Server" dialog box - "Compare" function

Before you save the project, go to Project -> History & Version Control to access Project History.

Fig. 3 - Project -> History & Version Control
Fig. 3 - Project -> History & Version Control

Project History is now extended with a new tile representing local changes (not yet saved to the server): you can see which documents were added, deleted, or modified. From this tile, it is also possible to perform comparison processes, such as between schematic documents.

Fig. 4 - "Local Changes" and "Compare Schematics" selected
Fig. 4 - "Local Changes" and "Compare Schematics" selected

If you choose to compare two schematics, the tool opens the Altium 365's Web Viewer interface, and the "Schematic Compare" view is displayed.

Fig. 5 - "Schematic Compare" screen
Fig. 5 - "Schematic Compare" screen

This is only the first step of the local changes update in Altium 365 Web Viewer. Over the coming weeks, more comparison capabilities will be announced on the “What’s New” website - stay tuned for more to come!

RECOMMENDED CONTENT

You can find more information about schematic compare in Altium 365 at Getting Started Guide | Schematic Compare in Altium 365 and about project history in Altium 365 at Getting Started Guide | Project History in Altium 365.

May 2022

MCAD CoDesigner 2.10.0 is Out Copy link

May 25, 2022
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Altium recently released version 2.10.0 of the MCAD CoDesigner. MCAD CoDesigner now supports Teamcenter PLM when performing operations with PCB Assembly, PCB Part, and Components in Siemens NX. A new Advanced Geometry button has been added to the Fusion 360 Altium CoDesigner ribbon to simplify the working process for the copper and silkscreen layers. CircuitMaker can now also connect to Autodesk Fusion 360 through Altium CoDesigner.

Visit New in CoDesigner 2.10.0 for full release notes.

New Library Health Dashboard Helps Mitigate Supply Chain Issues BETA Copy link

May 24, 2022
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Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we’d love to hear from our users on how it could be improved further and about any issues encountered.

Proper management of electronic parts enhances productivity, reduces costs, and can help mitigate risks associated with component availability.

Altium 365 provides a dashboard that allows you to gain insight into the library from multiple angles. This helps keep the library tidy and allows you to identify problematic parts (across all the components in the library or only the components in use). Some of the checks that are implemented include the following:

  • Supply chain issues – Lack of sourcing, risky lifecycle states, and stock issues.
  • Library maintenance – Use of outdated models or templates.
  • Duplicates – Identification based on the component name or part choices keeps the library small.

By flagging duplicate entries, obsolete parts, unused data, and other critical issues, the Library Health Dashboard eliminates uncertainties and helps keep your library healthy and up-to-date.

Whether purchasing electronic parts or just selecting components for your project, you need up-to-date information about the components' health.

In the time it takes to finish a project, circumstances can change. With the Library Health Dashboard, you can conduct an in-depth analysis/investigation to find the source of any risks in your project and identify multiple issues quickly, such as duplicate components, outdated models, stock issues*, risky lifecycle states*, and outdated templates*.

In addition to reducing the risk of errors, manufacturers' names are presented so you can choose from those deemed reliable. You can view data sheets, descriptions, and inventory quantities in one central location on Altium 365.

*Some aspects of this feature are available only with the Pro and Enterprise Subscription Levels. To learn more about Altium Subscription Levels, please visit https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/subscription

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Soft Locks [Conflict Prevention] in Altium 365 Copy link

May 9, 2022
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Conflicts can occur when multiple people work on the same project simultaneously. The user might not realize that they are not looking at the latest version of the documentation (as it was already modified by someone else), leading to problems later.

To address this issue, Altium features an intuitive graphical user interface that allows you to examine conflicts quickly and carefully:

  • Altium 365 Version Control provides the design document's live status, which clearly shows the latest version, and highlights conflicts when they happen.
  • Altium 365 Soft Locks proactively prevents conflicts from happening.

With Soft Locks, you can see when someone else is editing or viewing the same document you have opened, and it warns you and the other user(s) about conflicting changes. This allows for better coordination and communication among the team and avoids the need to merge files.

How do two people work on documents at the same time?

Real-time collaboration control for shared documents is available under the following conditions:

  • The project is stored in an Altium 365 Workspace under the version control system (VCS).
  • The collaborators are members signed into the Altium 365 Workspace.
  • The project has been shared with all collaborators who have editing rights.

The overview below shows how this collaboration feature works in an already saved and shared project in the Altium 365 Workspace.

Collaborators Notification Bar

The Collaborator's Notification Bar appears automatically in the upper right corner of the Altium Designer when another user has opened the same document. Hover the cursor over the user profile icons within the bar to see the status of each user.

Editing Status

When someone is editing a document, you will see a pencil icon next to the user's profile. A document being edited by another user will have the user edit icon associated with its entry in the Projects Panel or a pencil paper icon if that document is currently open in the PCB Editor. The hover text will also indicate when multiple users are editing the shared document.

Suppose another user performed a local change more than two days ago but did not save this document back to the Altium 365 Workspace. In that case, the user edit icon in yellow will be associated with its entry in the Projects Panel.

The hover text of the icon will display an actual date of the last local change by another user.

Conflict Prevention

The system locks a document to the first user that edits it. This user’s soft lock remains associated with the file until this user finishes editing or is overruled by another user or an administrator.

In the example below, two users have opened the same schematic document. The user on the lower screen has edited the document, causing it to be soft locked to that user (User 1). This editing status is indicated to the other user (User 2 in the upper screen) via the Collaborators Notifications Bar. The Projects panel also displays the status.

If multiple people are in the document working at the same time, they can see each other in real-time. But, a warning will only be generated for the user who has the document locked (User 1) when the other user (User 2) tries to save their changes.

User 2, who has edited the locked document (upper screen), is presented with the option to cancel the changes (Revert My Edits) or overrule the lock (Ignore Lock) and retain their edits. Usually, the user abandons the change (Revert My Edits) and waits until User 1 has completed the current editing session.

However, suppose User 2 selects the Ignore Lock option. It means that more than one edited version of the document could be committed to the Workspace. The edits are potentially in conflict, as indicated by the red exclamation mark icon in the Projects panel for both users.

When more than one user is editing a document, its icon will change; if the document is saved. The document icon will change to a gray exclamation mark icon if the document is closed.

VCS Conflict

If users persist in committing their edits to the Workspace – overruling file locks and version control warnings – the different file versions will invoke a VCS Conflict, as indicated by an icon in the Projects panel. This can be resolved by adopting the latest version in the repository (i.e., the HEAD version) through an update from the Workspace. The conflicted file can also be maintained as a local-only version.

When this conflict occurs, users should collaborate to pick one version or another or manually merge the files.

Disabling the Soft Lock

You can disable the Edit Document Warning popup by unchecking the Enable Conflict Prevention Notifications under Project > Project Options in the main menu. This disables these notifications for users. 

This feature is available only with the Pro and Enterprise Subscription Levels. To learn more about Altium Designer Subscription Levels, please visit Altium Designer Subscription Levels.

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You can find more information on file version conflicts and their resolution in Using Version Control section.

April 2022

New BOM Viewer in Altium 365 Copy link

April 12, 2022
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The ActiveBOM is a powerful Altium Designer tool that provides real-time insight into the parts you need for your designs. It supports “early and often” monitoring to prevent manufacturing delays and setbacks.

The increase in the adoption of ActiveBOM among our users in recent years shows that it is an excellent solution for solving supply chain issues. ActiveBOM enabled users to react rapidly to market changes, compete on time to market, satisfy demand quickly, and eliminate stock-outs.

The new Bill of Material (BOM) Viewer available in Altium 365 is a rich yet streamlined interface synchronized with Altium Designer's ActiveBOM. You can analyze BOM checks, view the components' parameters, check the component lifecycle, and create a customized BOM view relevant to you. Since BOM Viewer is accessible via the web browser, it can be easily shared with other teams (e.g., procurement) without requiring them to license and install Altium Designer.

The Properties panel is now updated to display the Parts Choices List (PCL) properties, allowing you to search, add, or remove company-ratified design components for a specified component item.

Column Visibility

Enable the table's column visibility toggle so users can hide or show table columns simultaneously. The default column visibility is synchronized with the ActiveBOM in the Altium Designer. Custom BOM rows, columns, and aliases are also supported (ActiveBOM required).

BOM Checks

This field actively checks the validity of the current data, which is illustrated through status icons. It also specifies the severity level associated with the violation check. The list of violations is managed in the ActiveBOM document. The icon is displayed in the last column of the BOM.

The search tool allows you to retrieve specific words. For example, you may want to find every capacitor or 0402 SMT size in the BOM.Search Tool

Cross Probe

Click the designator of any component to show where the component is located within the PCB in the schematics.

Part Choice List (PCL)

You can access the complete Part Choices List (PCL) with the new BOM view. The PCL defines the manufacturer parts; the suppliers are detected via the Altium Parts Provider in real-time.

The previous version of the details panel shared limited aspects of the component's information. In this new version, you can see the complete PCL, which means you can visualize the statuses of the models in the project (out of date/up to date) and have the ability to click and go straight to the manufacturer datasheet.

In addition to the described commands, you can copy any data from the component panel.

Visible for Work in Progress and Releases on Altium 365 Web Viewer

The BOM is available through the Releases and the Work In Progress interfaces in the Altium 365 Web Viewer, allowing you to view the feature from anywhere, simply accessing data through any standard web browser.

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You can find more information about using BOM in Altium 365 by visiting the Altium 365 Documentation - Web Viewer Functionality on the Altium 365 Platform - Data View - BOM

MCAD CoDesigner 2.9.0 is Out Copy link

April 6, 2022
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Altium has just released version 2.9.0 of the MCAD CoDesigner. This version has the option to exclude small components when transferring from ECAD to MCAD. The arc behavior was improved, and the support for splines in board shape and cutouts was added. Now you can select a specific SOLIDWORKS configuration of a part on the board. We also introduced several improvements for Siemens NX.

Visit New in CoDesigner 2.9.0 for full release notes.

March 2022

PDF in Altium 365 Web Viewer Copy link

March 31, 2022
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Altium 365 Web Viewer now includes a built-in PDF viewer that allows you to view PDF files in releases without an external PDF viewer application.

The key features of the PDF Viewer in Altium 365 are listed below:

  • Load PDF files instantly
  • Open and download the PDF files
  • Easy page navigation
  • Navigate with the Pan tool
  • Zoom in/out using the mouse wheel
  • Full-screen option
  • Print PDF documents
  • Display document titles
  • Thumbnails: This allows users to preview all pages available in a PDF document.
  • High-quality rendering: Ensure images stay sharp at all zoom levels.
  • PDF document data: All the data are visually accessible, such as name, page count, file size, author, and creation date.

 

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You can find more information about using PDF in Altium 365 Web Viewer by visiting the PDF in Web Viewer - Altium 365 Getting Started Guide.

Granular Sharing — Role and Group Management Copy link

March 24, 2022
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With Altium 365, you can grant permission to teams or users based on the specific needs of a project. We have expanded Altium 365’s file-sharing setting, giving you more granular control over who can download source files and reshare projects with others.

Varying Degrees of Granularity

Altium 365 lets you set group or individual permissions so you can share a specific project with your team and provide editing or view-only permission.

Advanced Settings

Additional sharing permissions are available to the project owner and administrators in the Share dialog box. Use the Advanced Settings options to specify the re-sharing and download rights for users with whom the project is shared.

Sharing by Link

Altium 365 sends a notification to the users with whom your project is shared. Users can also copy and paste a link to the project and send it via chat or email so anyone with a link can view a project without having to download it. To generate a link to the design, click Copy Link and send it to users as needed. For requesting access and resharing, check Managing Access Requests in Altium 365.

Sharing to Organization

Companies can use access control functions to ensure view-only access within their organization—for all or specific projects inside the Workspace—without needing to invite people to the Workspace or directly share projects. Select “Anyone in can access” in the dropdown menu in the Share dialog box. This grants any user in the organization (with an AltiumLive account) access to view the project using the link. The design will also be visible in these users' “Shared with me” section.

Pending Approval

As an administrator or user with sharing permissions, you can individually review access requests for the project. When people ask for access, they see a message that an admin needs to approve their request. Once you approve a request, the user can see or edit the project based on the permissions you set. 

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You can find more information about using Granular Sharing in Altium 365 by visiting the Getting Started Guide - How to Control Access and Share Your Projects.

February 2022

SOC 2 Type 1 Certification for Altium 365 Copy link

February 11, 2022
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We are pleased to announce that Altium 365 is officially SOC 2 Type 1 certified.

The audit was performed by KPMG LLP, which included a review of Altium’s controls related to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy, based on the Trust Services Criteria (TSC) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The report ensures that the system is designed and implemented to meet the following criteria:

  • Security. User entity data is protected from unauthorized disclosure and unauthorized access.
  • Information Accuracy. User entity data is protected from unauthorized changes and safeguards information's accuracy and completeness.
  • Regulatory Compliance. Altium has complied with policies, standards, and regulatory requirements relevant to the system.

Where can I get more information about security and compliance topics?

We recommend that you bookmark our Trust Center to find out more about SOC and information related to Altium’s security, privacy, and compliance.

What are the next steps?

To learn more about our SOC 2 Type 1 certification and the next steps, please access Announcing SOC 2 Type 1 Certification for Altium 365

January 2022

Migrating to Altium 365 from external version control systems Copy link

January 31, 2022
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It is possible to migrate projects from a third-party version control provider to Altium 365 while preserving the history of commits.

Thus, users benefit from full data management capabilities in Altium 365 for their projects (e.g., domain, full project history, visual comparison of changes, and configuration of permissions in a single place) without losing change history (traceability).

Currently, the supported version control systems are Subversion (SVN) and Git.

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You can find more information by visiting Migrating to Altium 365 from external version control systems.

MCAD CoDesigner 2.8.0 is Out Copy link

January 31, 2022
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The new 2.8.0 version of MCAD CoDesigner is out. MCAD CoDesigner now supports using a proxy with authentication in MCAD. PCB grid dots are no longer drawn for the "MCAD Coordinates" grid; this resolves the issue in which grid dots created difficulties with snapping on the PCB. This version also fixes a micro-deviation in coordinates that could occur when millimeter units were chosen on either the ECAD or the MCAD side. MCAD CoDesigner now supports the following symbols in the PCB filename: comma (,), single quote ('), and plus (+).

Visit "New in CoDesigner 2.8.0" for full release notes.

Tasks in Altium 365 Copy link

January 28, 2022
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The Tasks feature takes design collaboration in Altium 365 to the next level. With Tasks, you never lose important action items and easily obtain a high-level view of the state of your project, all without leaving your design environment.

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Feature highlights: 

  • Out-of-the-box task tracking without any additional configuration required.
  • Tasks can be created and accessed from both Altium Designer and the Altium 365 web interface using comments or the dashboard (without an Altium Designer license). You can convert a design comment into a task with a single click.
  • Tasks are part of the design process and always remain in the context of the project. They are accessible only to those with shared access to the design.
  • In case you do not use any task tracker, you can use Tasks to streamline your task-tracking process. But even if you do, Altium 365’s Tasks will provide more context to the task.

This feature is available only with the Pro and Enterprise Subscription Levels. To learn more about Altium Designer Subscription Levels, please visit https://www.altium.com/altium-designer/subscription.

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You can find more information on using Tasks in Altium 365 by visiting Getting Started Guide - Tasks.

December 2021

Interactive Commenting in Layer Stackup Copy link

December 29, 2021
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You can add comments in the layer stackup of your board on Altium 365's web interface.


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Our interactive commenting function has been expanded to the layer stackup. You can leave comments on specific layers or vias and keep all the communication in one place (please note that, at the moment, you can only leave comments in the web browser and not within Altium Designer).

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You can find more information on how to use the Layer Stackup in Altium 365 by visiting the Getting Started Guide - Layer Stackup.

Layer Stackup in Altium 365’s Web Viewer Copy link

December 27, 2021
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You can now access the layer stackup of your board on Altium 365's web interface.

 

Developing a layer stackup is a critical element of printed circuit board design. The ability to access and share stackup information via the web browser makes it easier to collaborate with different project stakeholders and manufacturers without the need for them to install and license Altium Designer.

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You can find more information on how to use the Layer Stackup in Altium 365 by visiting the Getting Started Guide - Layer Stackup.

Removed Connectivity and Footprint Changes in Schematic Compare Copy link

December 26, 2021
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Previously, when connectivity was removed from a schematic, this change was not visually reflected when comparing two versions of the document in Altium 365.

Now, with this update, the removed connectivity is displayed as a red dashed line between components or existing wires. To avoid visual clutter, the red dashed line is drawn as the shortest path between the previously connected objects.

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The feature’s second update relates to the footprint changes of a component. The differences panel shows when such changes are detected by comparison.

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You can find more information on using Schematic Compare in Altium 365 by visiting the Getting Started User Guide - Schematic Compare.

Export Comments in Altium 365 Copy link

December 7, 2021
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Downloading the entire comment history in detail is sometimes necessary for historical, legal, or auditing purposes. Altium 365 enables the quick and easy export of the entire project's comment history as a single PDF file.

This file can be created as an ad-hoc report using Reports -> Export Comments from the top menu in Altium Designer or included in the release package as part of the output job configuration.

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Please access our online documentation for detailed information on this feature: Export Comments in Altium 365. If you want to learn more about commenting in Altium 365, please visit Commenting in your Design.

November 2021

SSO support for MCAD CoDesigner in Altium 365 Copy link

November 15, 2021
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Altium ECAD solutions support Single Sign-On (SSO), now you can log into MCAD CoDesigner from the MCAD side using SSO as well:

SSO MCAD

A single sign-on solution simplifies username and password management. You no longer have to keep track of various credentials—simply remember a single, more complex password. SSO allows you to access MCAD CoDesigner much faster.

For more updates on MCAD CoDesigner, please visit: New in CoDesigner

The Altium 365 Trust Center and Knowledge Base Are Now Live Copy link

November 10, 2021
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The Altium 365 Trust Center provides detailed information on the steps we take to ensure the security and reliability of the Altium 365 cloud platform, as well as the measures we take to comply with regulatory requirements.

The Trust Center Knowledge Base

The Altium Trust Center Knowledge Base is a self-service library of our users’ most frequently asked questions about security, reliability, and compliance. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please send your question to us, and we will add it to the knowledge base.

Trust Center

Gerber Compare in Altium 365 Beta Copy link

November 5, 2021
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The Gerber Compare utility is beneficial when PCB designers need to confirm changes in Gerber files before fabrication (e.g., unintentional changes). The recent Altium 365 update includes an intuitive and easy-to-use Gerber comparison feature, allowing designers to reduce time to market while keeping everyone informed during the process and making changes to Gerber files visible before sending them to the manufacturer.

Note: This is an Open Beta feature, and we'd love to hear from our users on how it could be improved further and about any issues encountered.

Fig. 1 - Gerber Compare
Fig. 1 - Gerber Compare

How can you see the differences between two Gerber files?

1. Differences in a macro-level view

Changes are organized into groups with explicit identification on the screen that corresponds to areas of the board that were changed. Changes are displayed per layer.

A. Clicking on a group will display a compare view that highlights any differences between the two revisions. As you can see, each group has a number, which is the number of differences.

B. You can switch quickly between layers on the side panel (see Fig. 3 - Quick view of changes).

C. When you switch between different layers and revisions, the location and zoom settings are preserved.

Fig. 1 - Groups of changes
Fig. 2 - Groups of changes

2. Easy navigation between revisions

You can quickly switch between the old revision, the new revision (that features a full Gerber viewer), and the comparison screen, which shows the difference between the two Gerber files.

Fig. 2 - Easy navigation Quick view of layers that have changed
Fig. 3 - Easy navigation

3. Quick view of layers that have changed

You don’t need to know which specific layer was modified beforehand—the software will check and display it on the screen with the number of changed areas.

All layers that are not modified appear in gray.

Fig. 4 - Quick view of changes
Fig. 4 - Quick view of changes

4. Color Coding of Changes

Gerber Compare has the ability to perform a graphical comparison; areas that have not been modified are gray. Red indicates the changes in the previous revision of the Gerber file.

Fig. 4 - Graphical comparison: Gerber Compare, old revision, and new revision
Fig. 5 - Graphical comparison: Gerber Compare, old revision, and new revision

5. Cross-probing capability

This feature also includes bi-directional cross-probing capability between the change on the side panel and the detail. Once you identify a specific change of interest, you can highlight relevant information about it.

Fig. 6 - Cross probing
Fig. 6 - Cross-probing

6. Distance Measurement

The Distance Measurement tool reports the point-to-point distance, the X (horizontal) distance, and the Y (vertical) distance in both metric (mm) and imperial (mil) units. The Measurements panel provides quick access to these measurements. Its primary function is to help you compute the exact measurements to use in the PCB manufacturing process. 

Fig. 7 - Measurements panel
Fig. 7 - Measurements panel

How can you access Gerber Compare?

  • The Releases tab in Altium 365: compare Gerber data between releases or against a locally generated file set.
  • Project Releaser in Altium Designer: compare with previous releases as part of output preview steps.

How can you provide feedback?

Since the tool is in beta, your feedback is valuable to us. Feel free to share your ideas, comments, and suggestions about Gerber Compare through the following channels:

  • Click the Feedback button located at the right-hand side of the view. A window will be presented with which to rate your experience (star rating), and then to elaborate, with the option to select an element of the interface to include with your feedback. Please supply your email address if you are willing to be contacted by Altium about your feedback.
  • Through our forum: Altium 365 feature introduction: Gerber Compare (Beta).
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You can find more information on using Gerber Compare in Altium 365 by visiting Getting Started Guide - Gerber Compare.

Managing Access Requests in Altium 365 Copy link

November 5, 2021
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Sharing access to projects in an Altium 365 workspace can be restricted to preserve data privacy. In the past, users without sharing permissions needed to contact someone with sharing permissions and request access to others. To make this process more manageable but still preserve security properties, we've implemented “Requesting access to a project for someone else”.

If you are not familiar with the sharing controls in Altium 365, we suggest you check the guide: Allowing Access to Your Project: Design Collaboration.

Requesting Access for Others

You will know that you don’t have access to share projects because a sharing dialog box will display this information when you click the share button: “You do not have permissions to share this project. Supply the emails of people requiring access below. An administrator for the project will act on this request.”

Select “Add a Note” if you want to add a message explaining why this request is needed (optional).

Requesting Project Access

If you receive a link to an Altium 365 project and don't have access to it, the message “You need access to the project” will show up, and you can request access with an optional message for the owner of the project:

Access Request Notification

Once access is requested, anyone who can share the project receives a notification email.

In the email, “Open sharing settings” is a clickable link so that the admin can go directly to the sharing and access controls. All your pending requests will be visible there.

After accepting the request, an email notification is sent automatically to the accepted user.

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For more information on the subject, you can read the Altium 365 User Guide: Sharing a Design in Altium 365

Schematic Compare in Altium 365 Copy link

November 5, 2021
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The purpose of Schematic Compare is to provide a domain-aware comparison—that is, show essential modifications (like component, net, and connectivity changes or removal) and disregard secondary events (like moving a component that does not affect connectivity).

Schematic Compare 1

How can you see the differences between the schematics?

1. Compact overview of the differences

With built-in Schematic Compare, you can easily visually compare changes between schematics. This automated process allows you to quickly and accurately analyze the differences and review each change individually. This representation refers to the latest version of the schematic data but with the color code of changes compared to the chosen older schematic.

Schematic Compare 2

Schematic Compare only shows logical differences; the graphical changes are not displayed (such as moving a symbol on a sheet or changing a text string).

2. Easy navigation

The Differences panel on the left-hand side shows the differences in the Components or the Nets between the two selected commits or releases. The differences detected in the board design are listed in the Differences Panel. You can cross probe to the latest version of the schematic/layout, where these differences are color coded and highlighted:

Differences Panel

You can select a component in the Differences panel to view its properties. The component’s properties shown refer to the latest schematic.

3. Elements can be found by name in the search bar

If you are looking for a specific element, you can type its name in the search bar (shown below):

4. Detailed change track

The list on the left displays all parameters of the selected element, comparing the old and new parts. In this way, you do not need to search for the data inside the schematics to see which parameters have changed or which nets have been added or removed; do this quickly in an overview in Schematics Compare to save time.

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You can find more information on using Schematic Compare in Altium 365 by visiting the Getting Started Guide - Schematic Compare.

October 2021

MCAD CoDesigner - Rejection Comments Copy link

October 4, 2021
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MCAD CoDesigner now displays the complete history of accepted and rejected changes, along with any comments the engineer has entered if a change is rejected. 

The history of changes is shown in MCAD CoDesigner's panel, making the interaction between the electrical and mechanical engineers more transparent. As soon as changes are applied/rejected on one side, the engineer on the other side is notified, and any rejection comments are displayed.

MCAD CoDesigner - Rejection Comments
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Please access our online documentation for detailed information on the feature: Support for Change History and Rejection Comments.

September 2021

Interactive Commenting in Altium 365 Copy link

September 28, 2021
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With Altium 365 Interactive Commenting, your comments provide you instant access and complete visibility to any design changes, so your explanations are all in one place.

Interactive Commenting in Altium 365

How is it useful?

  • Different users can collaborate in real-time, in a chat-like, conversational format.
  • Specific contextual annotations on your design can be collected.
  • Conversations are never lost or misplaced since everything is tracked through Altium 365 and backed up in the cloud.
  • Notifications allow users to stay engaged even if they are not actively working with a design.
  • People outside of your Workspace team—invited by you—can view and leave any comments via a web-based application without an Altium Designer License. 

Here's what to expect:

Collaboration in Real-Time through the Comments Panel

Like a news feed, the comments panel on the right-hand side displays comments chronologically, and you, as a team member, can efficiently manage these comments in one place:

  • Place a Comment: Places a comment on any object or area of your design.
  • Filter Comments: Shows only the comments that match your specified criteria. You can filter comments by status (resolved or unresolved) and by a particular user.
  • View Comments: Shows a list of all responses and comments received for your design, with recent comments at the top.
Collaboration in Real-Time

Use Drawing Markup Tools to Add Comments

  • The markup is graphically drawn with a pen tool at the top of the comment dialog box.  
  • You can specify the line width, color, and other properties before you draw.
Drawing Markup Tools

After starting a new comment or reply, you can use the @mention feature to notify one or more members of your organization. Just type the @ symbol followed by the name of the user or email.

Real-time commenting in Altium 365

When you post your comment, the person you @mentioned will receive an email notification. Anyone who started the comment thread will also be notified. Notification emails let your colleagues know that there's been new activity in the comment thread and that you have left a comment. They can reply to your comment or click a link in the notification email to open the document and go straight to the comment in its context.

Please note that comments or replies can only be edited by the person who created them.

Comment Panel

In the Comments panel, comments are side-by-side with the page content to help you focus on the most relevant feedback for the part of the document you’re working on.  You can see a single list of all comments in your document, including resolved comments. To turn the Comments panel on and off, simply click the Comments button in the upper-right corner of your window.
 
Resolve a Comment Thread

Comments in documents generally represent questions, ideas, or concerns about the project. When those have been addressed, comments allow you to mark that thread as resolved. Resolved comment threads can appear in the side view, but you can choose to show unresolved comments only.

Resolve a Comment Thread

Notification Settings – you can choose to receive email alerts for all comment activity, for only those comments where you are mentioned or assigned, or not receive email alerts at all.

Notification settings
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Please access our online documentation for detailed information on this feature: Working with Altium 365 - Commenting in Your Design.

Project History in Altium 365 Copy link

September 28, 2021
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Altium 365’s Project History shows changes to the project's documents and the timeline since the project was launched.

Project History in a Nutshell

  • Presents events as a chronological timeline (Creation, Commits, Releases, Clones, and MCAD Exchanges)
  • Auto-generates Differences Summary to view the differing entities (e.g., replaced components)
  • Even a non-expert can act on a revision (Download, View, Revert) 

Version Control and Chronological Timeline

We are introducing a new feature for tracking the history throughout the project— Project History. When you click the History in the sidebar, you can scroll down quickly to see the entire timeline, as well as details about significant events: (Who, What, When, Why, and How).

Text search in Local History revisions

You can quickly find components by typing the query in the search bar in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Easily Find Components

Embedded Compare Function

The Project History feature includes an embedded compare function that shows the differences between two versions of Schematics, BOM, or Gerber files - you can compare between commits or releases.

embedded Compare Function

Clone a Project

This operation lets you create a new project without having to configure them from scratch. Once you create the new project, you can modify its settings independently from the original project. You can also choose which folder you want to save the cloned project.

Cloned Projects

Download Previous Commits or Releases

It’s easy to navigate back to your project history, view past versions of documents and revert to previous versions if needed. Download the complete project or only the snapshot copy in a fast way.

To access the Project History, follow these simple steps:

1. Access the Altium 365 workspace
2. Go to Projects and open the project to which you want to see the history of the activity.
3. Click on the History tab on the left side pane.
4. Scroll through the screen to see all releases and commits since the creation of the project.

 

 

 

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Please access our online documentation for detailed information on the feature: Project History in an Altium 365 Workspace.