Altium Designer provides a streamlined licensing system that enables you to get licensed and up and running with your Altium Designer software in a timely and efficient manner. The system offers various licensing types to meet and suit your licensing needs. This includes web-based on-demand licensing. Tightly integrated with customer accounts through the Altium portal, web-based on-demand license management allows a license to be used on any computer without the need to move license files or activate on each machine. This provides a global floating license capability – within the geographic scope of your license and the conditions set out in the EULA – without needing to implement your own server.
The Altium Designer licensing system features three distinct license types:
*.alf). This file can be saved, copied and backed-up as required. The
.alf file is reusable on a home computer (in accordance with the EULA) by copying the file to a specific folder on that computer then adding the file as part of Standalone License Configuration.
Viewer License - a license that is linked to your AltiumLive account that allows you to view Altium Designer without needing a license. The Viewer License has no expiration date and the subscription date is set to the date of the request for the license. The Altium Designer Viewer license is linked to your AltiumLive account and is therefore not accessible from the Dashboard.
License configuration and selection is performed from the License Management view, which is accessed by clicking the control at the top-right of the workspace then choosing Licenses from the menu. This is 'command central' for obtaining a license. Sign-in to your Altium account and view and select the On-Demand or Standalone licenses available to you.
Whether using an On-Demand license and Standalone license, the Available Licenses region of the page will automatically present the specific licenses available to you. Choose the license that you want to use then click on the applicable command, depending on how you want to use that license.
Main article: Dashboard
The Altium Dashboard is a dedicated area that allows administrators of an organization's Altium account to manage the users, licenses and other assets associated to that account, as well as define the organization's profile, which can be made public for viewing by other organizations and their users within the AltiumLive community.
Account management of any type should never feel burdensome. With the Dashboard, being able to manage all aspects of an organization's account is both intuitive and expedient, and all from one convenient location. The Dashboard will even notify of pending items requiring action, such as renewing a subscription that is about to expire - and enable renewal to be conducted right there-and-then, online and hassle free, allowing your organization to remain licensed with continuous subscription and access to all the benefits that entails.
Access to the Dashboard can be made in the following ways: