The Explorer page of Altium Concord Pro's browser interface gives you access to the content within Concord Pro. From here, you can:
Browse the folders and Items within Concord Pro. And although you can't create or edit Items from within the browser interface (you can remove them), you are able to create and edit folders and so build the structure of the server, without having to be connected to that server through Altium Designer.
Define folder-level and Item-level sharing - controlling who is able to see what content in Concord Pro and, at the folder level, whether other users can simply view a folder and its content, or also edit it (effectively releasing/committing/uploading design data into it).
The interface itself presents with a look and feel that is similar to that of the Explorer panel, when accessing Concord Pro content through Altium Designer. A strong degree of consistency between the two interfaces means that if you are familiar with the panel, you'll be able to intuitively drive this browser-based variant without difficulty.
Access content in your Altium Concord Pro installation through the Explorer area of the browser interface.
While the browser interface is accessible from any location you have an internet connection, if you are directly connected to Altium Concord Pro through Altium Designer the Explorer panel offers a far superior interface, especially since it allows creation and management of Items themselves, along with other server management features. For a look at some of the cool features relating to use of the Explorer panel, see Working with the Explorer Panel - Feature How-Tos.
If you are using your Altium Concord Pro installation for component management, then Altium Designer's Components panel is your key interface. This panel provides a powerful interface with which to interact with all your components - both managed (server-based) and library (file-based). And for your managed components - sitting in your Concord Pro server - the panel provides a filter-based parametric (faceted) search capability, for specifying target component parameters. In addition the panel also offers options to edit a managed component through the Component Editor (in its Single Component Editing mode), view the component in its source server, and perform component management functions such as component creation and cloning, or editing the selected component's Part Choices and Type.
Various commands are available to manage the overall folder structure in Altium Concord Pro. What can be done depends on the access privileges you have:
Administrators - full access to create top-level folders and sub-folders, and edit, share and remove folders.
Non-Administrators - can create sub-folders, but cannot create top-level folders. In addition they can only edit, share and remove sub-folders they have created.
Controls for managing the folder structure can be found on the right-click menu (with the mouse cursor over an existing folder entry). With the exception of adding a top-level folder, commands act on the currently selected folder in the structure.
Access folder structure management commands from the right-click menu.
You cannot move existing folders (or items for that matter) within the structure. This can be performed only through direct connection with Altium Concord Pro via Altium Designer's Explorer panel, and provided you have the appro priate privileges to do so.
A folder must be totally empty for it to be removable. If it contains one or more empty sub-folders, remove those first. If a folder contains released Items, these need to be deleted first, which can be performed through the browser interface (right-click on an Item and choose the Remove Item command). Bear in mind that the remove operation cannot be undone. If you remove a folder by mistake, you will need to add that folder back, in the same way that you would create any new folder. And if you delete an Item, you will have to create/re-release, which cannot be performed from the browser interface.
Altium Concord Pro provides the following sharing capabilities:
Folder-level Sharing - providing the ability to control who is able to see what content in Altium Concord Pro by sharing server folders. This allows control over whether other users can simply view a folder and its content, or also edit it (effectively releasing/committing/uploading design data into it). A single Altium Concord Pro instance can be partitioned into various effective 'zones' of content, but with controlled folder-level permissions the content can be made selectively visible, or hidden as required, giving the right people the right access to the right data.
Item-level Sharing - providing the ability to control who is able to see which Items in a shared folder. Think of this as a finer level of sharing, in contrast to the coarser level of sharing provided through folder access control. Provided a user has access to the folder itself they will then be able to view/edit (as permitted) Items within that folder that are shared with them.
Those with administrator-level privileges (members of the Administrators role) will be able to see and manage all folders and Items. For a non-administrative user of Concord Pro only those folders and Items that have been shared - i.e. the user has permissions to access - will be accessible when the user signs in to that Altium Concord Pro instance. In addition non-administrative users of Concord Pro can only share a folder or Item they have created.
Item Revision-level sharing is only truly configurable through Altium Designer's Explorer panel. It is not fully supported using Concord Pro's browser interface. The difference is that through the Explorer panel, you can specifically share individual revisions, whereas the browser interface simply supports Item-level sharing, and if an Item is shared, all of its revisions are also shared.
Sharing controls are accessed by right-clicking over the entry for the folder (or Item), and using the Share Folder (or Share Item) command from the context menu. The Manage Permissions window will appear, from where the access permissions for the folder/Item can be modified as required.
Configure folder-level sharing from Altium Concord Pro's browser-based interface. Hover the mouse over the image to see how to configure Item-level sharing through the interface.
Things to be aware of:
In terms of permissions, a user/role has Read/Write access when the Can Write option is enabled. If this option is disabled, they have Read access only.
To remove an existing user/role from having shared access to a folder/item, click the associated Remove control ().
By default, a folder/item will only be available to its creator (and of course all members of the Administrators role, which does not need to be explicitly added). However, if creating a sub-folder and the parent folder has its Apply To Children option enabled, the new folder will inherit those same sharing permissions.
To allow all users of the Altium Concord Pro instance to see the folder/item, click the Add Anyone control. Be aware that doing so will, by default, grant Read/Write access. If you want to lock access down to a specific set of users and/or roles, you must remove the Anyone entity.
If an Item in a Server folder is shared with a given user but the folder itself is not, then the user will not be able to 'see' that Item when browsing Altium Concord Pro's content.
If the same users/roles permitted to 'see' a folder are also required to 'see' the Items therein (and in each sub-folder as applicable), use the Apply To Children option in the Manage Permissions window, when defining the permissions for that parent folder. In this way permissions are inherited quickly at the sub-folder and Item level. Adjustments can always be made for specific Items at those lower levels. At the end of the day, full control over who sees what and where, is facilitated.
Downloading an Item Revision
To download data from the interface, click the Download control () to the right of the entry for an Item Revision.
Using the control at the parent Item level will download data for the latest revision of that Item.
Navigating the Altium Concord Pro Structure
You can navigate the content in an Altium Concord Pro instance - through the browser interface - in a couple of ways, as highlighted in the following image and described thereafter.
The ways in which to navigate Concord Pro content through the browser interface. Hover the mouse over the image to see the results of an example search.
By clicking on a folder name whose contents you wish to peruse.
Using the search feature. Simply enter a keyword based on an Item's ID, Comment, or Description, and press Enter or click the magnifying glass icon (). The entire Altium Concord Pro instance will be scanned and results of the search listed, in terms of matching Items.
After a search, you can return to the normal view of the Concord Pro content by clicking the Explorer page entry again, in the browser interface's navigation tree on the far left. Alternatively, clear the search field and press Enter.
The following additional features can be found when browsing content through Altium Concord Pro's browser interface:
Navigate - this command, found on the right-click context menu for an Item, is used to quickly take you to that Item in Altium Designer's Explorer panel. Altium Designer will be opened in order to do this (you'll be prompted if you want to open X2.exe - Altium Designer's source executable).
If Altium Designer is already running, that instance will be used.
Full item info - this command, found on the right-click context menu for an Item Revision, is used to present a view listing all detail for that Revision. In effect, it is simply a view that includes all of the various aspect views available for that Item Revision (except Summary).
Using the command at the parent Item level will present details for the latest revision of that Item.
Follow/Unfollow - use the Follow command, found on the right-click context menu for a folder of Type Components, to follow the folder. Any activity within the folder being followed (component creation, release, revision state change, or deletion) will be flagged within your activity stream (Stream page of the interface) and also through an email notification sent out from the server (provided email notifications have been enabled for the server by an Administrator). Use the UnFollow command to stop following component activity within that folder.
Remove Component and Models - use this command, found on the right-click menu for a top-level Component Item, to remove that Component Item (including all revisions) and all associated domain model Items, from the Altium Concord Pro instance.
Remove Components and Models - use this command, found on the right-click menu for a folder of Type Components, to remove all Component Items in that folder and all child folders (including all revisions) and all associated domain model Items, from the Altium Concord Pro instance.