Altium Designer Documentation

Altium 365 Personal Space

Modified by Jason Howie on Jun 7, 2021

Parent page: Altium 365

As a registered user to 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.

The Altium 365 Personal Space, which is completely free, is ideal for those who want to experience the collaborative aspect of Altium 365, without the need for a connected Altium 365 Workspace in which to store their data.

To get a Personal Space requires registration to AltiumLive, but does not require an active Altium Subscription Plan. There is no real integration with Altium Designer, with functionality experienced primarily through your Web browser.

Accessing Your Personal Space

Related page: Altium 365 Platform Interface

As with an Altium 365 Workspace, your Personal Space is a constituent part of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. It 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.

Notice that if you do not have access to a Workspace, and your company has not yet activated theirs yet, then a generic Workspace region will be presented, along with the  button. Click to start the process of Workspace activation. You will be taken to a dedicated web page (https://www.altium.com/365-intro/activate) with which to do so. If the Workspace has already been activated for your company by someone else, you can request access to it from an Administrator of that existing Workspace. In this case, the activation web page (https://www.altium.com/365-intro/activate) will provide a  button with which to do so. If you haven't got active subscription for your Altium Designer licensing, you'll be advised of that requirement and guided through to learn more at https://www.altium.com/subscription.

Uploading Data to Your Personal Space

A static data snapshot is created by uploading the data to your Personal Space on the Altium 365 platform. This is performed from the Files page of the interface.

What Can I Upload?

The following sections summarize what can be uploaded to your Personal Space on Altium 365 - the types of supported static data 'snapshots'.

Maximum upload size is 1GB.

CAD Designs

In terms of design files, the following CAD design tools are supported, along with the file formats that can be uploaded to your Personal Space:

  • Altium Designer - Schematic (*.SchDoc, *.Sch) and PCB (*.PcbDoc, *.Pcb) documents.
  • Autodesk® EAGLE™ - Schematic design archive (*.sch) and PCB design archive (*.brd) documents. You can upload EAGLE design files saved with EAGLE version 6.4.0 or later (XML-format).
You can upload EAGLE design files saved with EAGLE version 6.4.0 or later. These are XML-format in nature; EAGLE binary-format design files cannot be uploaded directly. For these older, binary version design files, it is advised to save them in this later (XML) format through your EAGLE software before attempting to upload to your Personal Space on the Altium 365 platform.
  • KiCad® - Project file (*.pro), Schematic document(*.sch), PCB document  (*.kicad_pcb,) and Schematic Symbols Library (*.lib).
  • CircuitStudio - Schematic (*.SchDoc) and PCB (*.CSPcbDoc) documents.

You can upload a full design (in a Zip archive) or an individual design file (schematic or PCB document).

When uploading a Zip file, the following considerations apply:

  • For Altium Designer and CircuitStudio based designs, the Zip archive must contain a single PCB design project only.
  • For EAGLE based designs, the Zip archive must contain a single PCB design only (so .sch and .brd files for a single design only).
  • For KiCad based designs, the Zip archive must contain a single PCB design only (so .pro , .sch , .kicad_pcb, and .lib files for a single design only).
  • All unsupported file formats in the uploaded Zip archive will be ignored. This means you can literally just Zip your full project folder and upload it.
For Altium Designer and CircuitStudio based designs, the project file is used to obtain the ordering of schematic source documents. If the project file is not included in the Zip archive, a default is created and the schematic documents are added without any rules.
For a PCB design project in Altium Designer, quickly obtain a Zip archive of the project by using the Project Packager.

CAM Data

In terms of CAM (manufacturing), the following formats are supported for upload to your Personal Space:

  • Gerber X2 (along with corresponding NC Drill files).
  • Gerber RS-274X (along with corresponding NC Drill files).

You can upload a full set of Gerber files plus NC Drill data (within a Zip archive), or an individual Gerber file.

When uploading a Zip file, the following considerations apply:

  • Ensure that there is only a single folder of Gerbers inside the archive.
  • Ensure that the drill files are in the same folder as the Gerber files. If located in a separate folder, they will be ignored.
You can either upload a design OR Gerber data, but not both at the same time. If you have both design and Gerber file data in the same Zip archive, only the design will be processed.

Performing the Upload

Data can be uploaded to your Personal Space in the following ways:

  • Dragging and dropping your data (in a Zip archive or an individual file), to the indicated area on the page.
  • Clicking the choose from your computer text (in the upload tile on the page) and using the Open dialog that appears to browse for the data (in a Zip archive or an individual file).
  • Clicking the  button, choosing the type of data you want to upload, then using the subsequent Open dialog that appears to browse for that data (in a Zip archive or an individual file).

You can upload data to your Personal Space on Altium 365 in various ways. Here, the controls for access a dialog with which to choose the data item to upload. Hover over the image to see an example of drag and drop in action.

The Files page presents only data that you have personally uploaded. To access data that has been shared with you by others, go to the Shared with Me page of the interface.
You can also share a snapshot of your design directly from within Altium Designer (requires Altium Designer 20.1 or later) with one or more specific people - by email invitation. The project itself is packaged into a Zip archive using Altium Designer's Project Packager, then uploaded to the Altium 365 platform. Recipients will have access to view the design snapshot through the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. The person who originally shared the design snapshot - uploading it permanently to the Altium 365 platform - will be able to access that snapshot from the Files page of their Personal Space.

With Zip archive or individual file chosen (or dropped), the main viewing area will reflect that upload is in progress. The processing time will depend on the size of the data being uploaded. The following image shows an example upload of a snap shot of the Bluetooth_Sentinel design. The upload is processed, a tile added to the page, and then the preview processed for display (of the board in 3D).

An example design upload being processed.

If the upload fails - typically because a single file is uploaded that is in a non-supported format - the main viewing area will reflect this also with the alert:

Sharing Uploaded Data with Others

Once uploaded to your Personal Space, you can share that uploaded data 'snapshot' with anyone, anywhere in the world, by email invite. Selecting a data snapshot tile will present various controls and commands. Click the  control and choose the Share command, or click the  button (at the top-right of the page), to access the Sharing window.

Once uploaded, you can share the data snapshot with others.

Enter the full email address of each person you want to share the data with (clicking Enter after each entry) and include a note if desired (stating what you are sharing with them, for example). Click the Advanced settings control to access controls for determining whether the person you share the upload with can share with others or not, and whether they are allowed to download the entity or any derived data thereof.

As the owner of an upload, you can control resharing and downloading of the data when shared with others.

With sharing and related controls defined as required, click . Each person you are sharing with will receive an email invitation to open and view the snapshot.

If the data upload has been shared with a person who has not yet registered with AltiumLive, an entry for them will appear as Waiting.

Viewing a Data Snapshot

Any data snapshot that you have personally uploaded will remain persistently available from the Files page of your Personal Space. Access to view a data snapshot in the Altium 365 Platform Interface's integrated Viewer - which opens in a separate browser tab - can be made by selecting the data snapshot of interest, clicking the button within its tile, then choosing the Open command from the associated menu. Alternatively, double-click directly on the tile (or click on the name of the upload).

Accessing the data snapshot from your Personal Space (only when you were the one to have uploaded it).

A person with whom a data snapshot has been shared can open that snapshot in the Altium 365 Platform Interface's integrated Viewer in the following ways:

  • From the email invite they will have received. Once they click the  button in the email they will be taken to the Altium 365 Sign In page (unless already signed in to the platform, or their AltiumLive account). Upon signing in, they will be taken to the Viewer, with the shared data snapshot loaded.
If the person does not have an AltiumLive account, they will need to register for one first - a link is provided on the Altium 365 Sign In page.

Accessing the data snapshot from the email invite received by the user with whom the snapshot was shared.

  • From the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. A data snapshot is denoted by the  icon within its tile. To open in the integrated Viewer, select the data snapshot 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 upload).

Accessing the data snapshot from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface.

The integrated Viewer used to present the data contained in a shared data snapshot uses the Web Viewer interface. For a shared design snapshot for example, 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, allow you to communicate with others with whom the snapshot has been shared.

Full functionality is, of course, best enjoyed by having a full design uploaded.

When viewing a design snapshot, the features available through the interface are exactly the same as those available to a Workspace team member, when accessing the Design view of the detailed management page for the project. For information on the entire interface and all its supported features, see Web Viewer Features. For detailed information specifically on using comments, see Comments.
Comments made within the Viewer are not shared with Altium Designer. They are only seen by stakeholders with whom the data snapshot has been shared, and whom are using the Viewer to inspect that data.

Downloading a Design Snapshot

A data snapshot can be downloaded from the Files page of your Personal Space. Selecting its tile will present various controls and commands. Click the  control and choose the Download command, or click the  button (at the top-right of the page), to download the snapshot as a Zip archive. Alternatively, download can be performed when viewing the snapshot through the integrated Viewer.

Accessing controls for downloading a data snapshot that has previously been uploaded to your Personal Space.

For those with whom the data snapshot has been shared, that snapshot can be downloaded from within the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface, or when actually viewing the snapshot through the integrated Viewer. The ability to download the snapshot will depend on whether the owner of that snapshot has enabled that setting for you or not.

Deleting a Design Snapshot

You can delete any data snapshot that you have uploaded to your Personal Space, and that is currently presented on the Files page of the interface. To do so, select the data snapshot tile, click the  control, and then choose the Remove command. A warning window will appear alerting you to the fact that the item will be permanently deleted from the Altium 365 platform. Click the  button to effect the deletion. Since you are the owner of the snapshot and it is removed from the platform completely, it will also be removed from the Shared with Me page of all people with whom it was shared.

Any data snapshot that you have personally uploaded can be deleted. This affects access for everyone - since you are the owner and the snapshot is removed permanently from the Altium 365 platform, all other collaborators will lose their access to it.

For a person with whom a data snapshot has been shared, they can delete that snapshot in a similar manner from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. A warning window will appear alerting them to the fact that the snapshot will be permanently deleted for them - they will no longer have access to it, but others will continue to have access, since it has not been deleted by the owner (from their Personal Space, where the original upload resides).

 

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