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True to the community-based principles of CircuitMaker, your design projects and those of the other CircuitMaker designers are collectively accessible and stored on the Altium 365 platform.
The Altium 365 platform delivers a robust storage repository for both your designs and their associated configuration, with the benefit of inherent version-controlled capabilities happening behind the scenes. From your perspective, design projects are accessed and managed from within CircuitMaker and through the browser interface of the Altium 365 Personal Space, which is completely free and accessible by you (and only by you) as a registered user of Altium 365.
First, ensure that you are signed in to your Altium account through CircuitMaker. To do so, click on the control at the top-right of the main application window, then click the Sign in entry on the associated menu. Use the subsequent Sign In dialog that appears to enter your Altium account credentials, then click Sign in. Alternatively, sign in using your Google® or Facebook® account and, in doing so, link/associate that account with your Altium account. If you don't have an Altium account, you can click the control to register for one.
The control will change to reflect you are having signed in to your Altium account by displaying your Altium profile picture, or avatar (e.g., ). The menu will display this also, with full name and with a link to quickly access your Altium account (profile) through your default web browser.
Your Personal Space is a constituent part of the Altium 365 Platform Interface that can be accessed through its direct URL: https://365.altium.com. Sign in to the Altium 365 Platform Interface using your Altium credentials (email and password). Alternatively, sign in using your Google® or Facebook® account and, in doing so, link/associate that account with your Altium account. If you don't have an Altium account, you can click the control to register for one.
In CircuitMaker, a PCB project is the set of design documents (files) required to specify and manufacture a printed circuit board. The project file (*.PrjPCB) is an ASCII text file that lists which documents are in the project, as well as other project-level settings, such as the required electrical rule checks, project preferences, and project outputs, such as print and CAM settings.
All your PCB projects created in CircuitMaker are stored in your Personal Space of the Altium 365 platform, and there are actually two types of projects in terms of who can see and access them:
As highlighted in the image below, a new project can be created from within CircuitMaker using the Create Project dialog, accessed using the File » New Project command (1). Define project name and description (2) and click the button (3).
The new project structure will be created. As highlighted in the image below, the project will be opened in the Projects panel, which will show the project as having
No modification (that means that all local project file changes have been saved to the Personal Space), denoted by the green check icon . When new documents are added to the project, they will be shown in the panel as being
Scheduled for addition, denoted by blue cross icons (1). Right-click on the project in the Projects panel and choose the Save Project to Server command (2). You will be presented with the Save to Server dialog (3). Select the files you wish to save to your Personal Space and click the OK button (4). Once added, the Projects panel will reflect the fully synchronized state – as indicated by the associated icons (5).
To work on a project in CircuitMaker, it should be opened. As highlighted in the image below, the steps to open your private project or a project that is shared with you are as follows:
Alongside creating your own projects, you can also access the projects of other users that they have published to the CircuitMaker Community. Such projects are available on the workspace.circuitmaker.com website from where you can open them in Altium 365's Web Viewer.
To inspect or open a CircuitMaker public project, locate it on the workspace.circuitmaker.com website (for example, you can use the projects search box on the Projects page to search for a specific project by name) and click on the project entry – the page of this project will open. Click the button next to the Design Files section name to open the project in Altium 365's Web Viewer. This will open on a separate tab of the browser.
In the Web Viewer, you can inspect the project's schematic and PCB documents, with full pan and zoom capabilities and the ability to search, cross-probe, select and inspect components and nets throughout the design. If you would like to open the project in CircuitMaker, click the button at the bottom-left of the viewer. CircuitMaker will open (if not already), with the project and its constituent documents loaded in the Projects panel. The project will be read-only and any edits you make cannot be saved. You can create an independent copy of this project in your own Personal Space by cloning the project.
As highlighted in the image below, a project can be cloned using the Clone Project dialog. For the active project, this can be accessed by clicking the Project | Server Actions | Clone button. For the focused project in the Projects panel, right-click on the entry for the project and then choose the Clone command from the context menu. Use the dialog to determine the Project Name and Description (which is not pre-populated), then click OK.
By default, a newly-created project is shared with you only as to the owner of the project, with full (Read/Write) access permissions. For collaboration purposes, a project can be shared with specific people or with the broader CircuitMaker Community.
As highlighted in the image below, a project can be shared with others using the Share dialog. For the active project, this can be accessed by clicking the Project | Server Actions | Share button, or the button at the top right of the design space. For the focused project in the Projects panel, right-click on the entry for the project and then choose the Share command from the context menu.
From the Share dialog, you can share the actual WIP design itself, through email invitation. Use the available control (highlighted in the image) to determine access rights (
Can View by default). View and comment from within CircuitMaker, or the Altium 365 Platform Interface. Editing can only be performed through CircuitMaker.
When you think that your project is ready to be shared with the broader CircuitMaker Community, you can do this by publishing the project to
curcuitmaker.com. This is done from within your Personal Space. As highlighted in the image below, the steps to do so are as follows:
The project will be published, and the Edit Project page of the workspace.circuitmaker.com website will open in a new tab of your browser where you can add some additional information related to your project. Make any changes needed and click the button.
The projects that you have published will be listed under the Shared Projects tab of the
workspace.circuitmaker.com website's Home or Projects page.
If for some reason, you would like to remove your project from the list of published projects and make it unavailable for the CircuitMaker Community, you can do this from the page of this project. To open it, click on the project tile in the list of shared projects. Click the button at the top of the page. In the window that opens, type the project name in the text box and click to confirm the deletion. As stated in the confirmation window, the project will be deleted only from
cuircuitmaker.com, i.e. other CircuitMaker Community users will not be able to access it. However, the project will still be available for you from CircuitMaker and your Personal Space.
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