Parent page: Altium 365
Depending on your relationship with Altium, you may experience services that are offered on the Altium 365 platform from within Altium Designer and/or through the platform's browser-based interface. This page takes a look at the latter and essentially provides an overview of what you'll see when you sign in to Altium 365 and enter the Altium 365 Platform Interface.
Signing in to the Interface
Access to the Altium 365 Platform Interface can be performed in a number of ways, as described in the following sections.
Through the Altium 365 Sign In Page
This method can be used when:
- Accessing the Altium 365 Platform Interface through its direct URL: https://365.altium.com.
- Pasting the link for a Workspace's Server Address (e.g. https://altium-inc-536.365.altium.com/) directly into a tab of your browser (and you are not currently signed in to your AltiumLive account).
- Following an email invite to a Workspace, or to shared content within it (for example a managed project).
- You are a guest to view some content shared with you on the Altium 365 platform but have not got a Workspace yourself, or are not a member of another organization's Workspace.
Sign in to the Altium 365 Platform Interface using your AltiumLive credentials (email and password). Alternatively, sign in using your Google® or Facebook® account and, in doing so, link/associate that account with your AltiumLive account. If you don't have an AltiumLive account, you can click the control to register for one.
If your organization is set up for SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) with an Identity Provider (such as Okta®), then you can sign in to Altium 365 (or more specifically AltiumLive) in this way by clicking the button. Note that this feature is not available with an Altium Designer Standard Subscription.
Example access of the Altium 365 Platform Interface directly through the Altium 365 Sign In Page.
This method can be used when you are already a registered member of a Workspace – your own company's Workspace, and any other Workspace that has been shared with you by adding you as a member. To do so:
- First, sign in to AltiumLive. The page for doing so can be accessed by entering the direct URL (https://live.altium.com) or by clicking on the Sign In control at the far right of the top banner on pages of the altium.com website.
Highlighting the control to quickly access the page with which to sign in to your AltiumLive account.
- Once signed in click on your icon/picture to access the AltiumLive account menu, which presents the Workspace(s) available to you.
Once signed in, the control changes to your AltiumLive picture and provides access to your AltiumLive account menu.
- Click on the Workspace Name entry for the specific Workspace you wish to access. You will be presented with the Altium 365 Platform Interface, with the chosen Workspace loaded.
Example access of the Altium 365 Platform Interface, of which the chosen Workspace is a part, indirectly from your AltiumLive account menu.
From Your AltiumLive Profile Page
This method can also be used when you are already a member of a Workspace. To do so:
- Sign in to AltiumLive (as described above)
- Access your AltiumLive Profile page – either using the entry on your AltiumLive account menu, or by using the direct access URL;
You can access your AltiumLive profile from the AltiumLive account menu.
- From your Profile page, select the Workspaces page and then click on the Workspace Name entry for the specific Workspace you wish to access. You will be presented with the Altium 365 Platform Interface, with the chosen Workspace loaded.
Example access of the Altium 365 Platform Interface, of which the chosen Workspace is a part, indirectly from your AltiumLive Profile page.
A Guided Tour of the Interface
The interface essentially comprises up to five distinct regions, shown in the following image and detailed thereafter.
The Altium 365 Platform Interface can be divided into five distinct interface elements.
1 – Current User
The entry in this region shows your icon or picture (if defined) to reflect that you are currently signed into the Altium 365 Platform Interface.
along with your icon or picture (if defined), and either the name of the active Workspace (if connected to one) or My Personal Space (if currently accessing your personal space).
The drop-down menu associated with the entry provides the following:
- Your information – includes your registered username, email address, and name of your organization.
- Available Workspaces – a list of all Workspaces that you have access to (through your AltiumLive account), where the Workspace you are currently connected to is highlighted. Click on another entry to switch the connection to that Workspace. If you do not have access to a Workspace, this list will not be presented.
- My Personal Space – provides access to your Personal Space on the Altium 365 Platform. If you have no access to a Workspace, this is the default view for the interface. It is a place where you can come to upload snapshots of designs in various supported formats, and manufacturing data (Gerber), which you can then share persistently with others, as you wish.
- My Profile – takes you to your AltiumLive account profile page.
- Company Dashboard – only available if you are a Group Administrator for your company account with Altium. This link accesses the Altium Dashboard. This provides you with a number of tools with which to view and manage your account – from the general-level details regarding your organization, through to the creation and management of users (and specific groups of users) associated to your account, the assignment and use of the licenses you have purchased, authentication methods for users accessing Altium solutions, and org-level changes in relation to Altium 365 Workspaces.
- Sign Out – signs you out of the Altium 365 Platform Interface (and your AltiumLive account), taking you back to the Altium 365 Sign In page.
2 – Active Workspace / My Personal Space
This navigation tree region can present either the Altium 365 Workspace to which you are actively connected, or your Personal Space.
Related pages: Altium 365 Workspace, Exploring the Workspace browser-based Interface
If you have access to at least one Altium 365 Workspace – by being a registered member of your own company's Workspace, or by having been invited to be a member of another company's Workspace – then, on connection to a Workspace, this region will present the browser-based interface to various key technologies and services for that active Workspace.
The Workspace region can be coarsely divided into two groupings, as shown in the following image and listed thereafter.
The Altium 365 Platform Interface showing the active Workspace, which can be further divided into two distinct sets of interface elements.
- Interface elements that can be accessed by any Workspace member. To access a page, click on its name within the left-hand navigation tree.
- Interface elements that can only be accessed by a Workspace Administrator. A user is bestowed administrative powers by membership to the role Administrators. To access a page, choose the required entry within the Admin section of the left-hand navigation tree.
Main page: Altium 365 Personal Space
As a registered user of Altium 365 (i.e. AltiumLive) you have your own Altium 365 Personal Space, which is accessible only by you. Your Personal Space accommodates persistent storage of various types of uploaded static data, including design 'snapshots' (from various ECAD platforms) and Gerber manufacturing data, with the ability to share with anyone for comments and redlining. Your Personal Space is presented when:
- You have no access to a Workspace.
- You have access to a Workspace, but have chosen to access your Personal Space. This is performed by clicking on the current user area at the top-right of the interface, then clicking the My Personal Space entry on the associated menu.
Presenting a user's Personal Space through the Altium 365 Platform Interface. Here, the view as seen by a user without access to a Workspace. Hover over the image to see the view as seen by a user who does have access to a Workspace, and has chosen to switch over to their Personal Space.
3 – Shared with Me
Related pages: Altium 365 Personal Space, Manufacturing Package Viewer
This page of the interface is where you'll find all of the entities that have been shared with you by others, for viewing and commenting through an associated Viewer. It is available to all registered users – those registered with AltiumLive – and is always presented, irrespective of whether you are browsing a Workspace or your own Personal Space.
The Shared with Me page presents all items that have been shared with you. The page is always accessible, no matter if you are connected to a Workspace (as shown here), or curating your uploads within your Personal Space (hover over the image to see).
It allows key stakeholders to partake in Altium 365's Global Sharing paradigm and for many, it will be the go-to place for viewing and commenting on a variety of entities shared with them, without requiring access to a Workspace, Altium Designer (and active Altium Designer Subscription).
The following entities can appear within the Shared with Me page:
This can include uploaded snapshots of designs in various supported formats, and CAM manufacturing data (Gerber). Such a shared upload (shared from another person's Personal Space) is denoted by the icon within its tile. The integrated Viewer used to present the data contained in the upload uses the Web Viewer interface.
For a design snapshot, this interface offers a range of capabilities that allow detailed access to the design's data and layout. You'll be able to search, select, cross-probe, and inspect components and nets throughout the design and across the various sub-views as applicable. And when viewing the board in 2D, you can even take measurements.
For CAM manufacturing data, the interface provides a dedicated Gerber Viewer with the ability to perform a Gerber Comparison.
To open in the integrated Viewer – which opens in a separate browser tab – select the shared upload of interest, click the button within its tile, then choose the Open command from the associated menu. Alternatively, double-click directly on the tile (or click on the name of the snapshot).
Accessing a design snapshot from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface.
This is the live (or WIP) design itself. A live design is denoted by the icon within its tile. The integrated Viewer used to present the data contained in a shared live design uses the Web Viewer interface. This interface offers a range of capabilities that allow detailed access to the design's data and layout. You'll be able to search, select, cross-probe, and inspect components and nets throughout the design and across the various sub-views as applicable. And when viewing the board in 2D, you can even take measurements. Other features such as the Comments system communicate directly, and in real-time, with Altium Designer. If the design has releases, these will also be included and available through a Releases sub-view.
To open in the integrated Viewer – which opens in a separate browser tab – select the design of interest, click the button within its tile, then choose the Open command from the associated menu. Alternatively, double-click directly on the tile (or click on the name of the design).
Accessing a live design from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface.
When browsing a shared design you are viewing the live, work-in-progress design project. As people with editing rights make changes to the design and commit them, those changes will be reflected back in that shared design.
4 – Main Page View
This region of the interface presents contextual content for the page currently selected within the left-hand navigation pane. It can present:
- Content for a chosen page within the actively connected Workspace (if you have access to one).
- Uploaded design files when viewing your Personal Space and clicking the Files entry.
- Shared content available to you when clicking the Shared with Me entry.
In some cases, a Search field will also be available, above the main page viewing area.
Example content of selected paging, presented within the main viewing area.
5 – Help and Resources
This region of the interface provides the following useful resources:
- Forum – click to access the corresponding community forum for Altium 365.
- Documentation – click to access the parent page for the documentation specific to Altium 365.
- Video – click to access a series of videos providing an overview of Altium Designer + Altium 365, hosted on the Altium YouTube channel.
- Live Chat – click to access the Live Chat feature of the main Support page on altium.com, with which you can enter into a live dialogue with one of our product experts.