Altium Designer Documentation

Replace Component (Managed)

Modified by Tania Mashkoory on Nov 5, 2019

The Replace Component dialog

Summary

The Replace Component dialog provides direct access to all available server-based managed components and file-based library components. The dialog offers full details of the selected component (Parameters, Models, Part Choices, Supplier data, etc.,), component comparison, and for Managed Components, a filter-based parametric search capability for specifying target component parameters.

The dialog uses the basic search engine functionality and view that is applied in the Manufacturer Part Search panel. While the Manufacturer Part Search panel harnesses the Altium Parts Provider service and focuses on component manufacturer and supplier data searches, the dialog is populated with ready-to-place components from your managed content server and file-based library sources.

Access

The dialog is accessed in the following ways:

  • From the schematic editor, access the Item Manager dialog (Tools » Item Manager), right-click on a listed component item then select Choose manually from the context menu.
  • From the schematic or PCB editor, enable Alternate Part in the Edit Component Variation dialog (accessed by clicking in the Component Variation column of Variant Management dialog) then click the Replace Component button. 
The Variant Management dialog is accessed by clicking Project » Variants.
Options/Controls
 
  • Search - use the search text box to manually search for a specific component.
  •  - click to expand or collapse the Categories pane - to show certain types of components, or to display all available components. Use the search bar underneath the Categories pane to manually search for a specific component or .IntLib file.
  •  - click to access a menu and select from:
  •  - click to open/close the Details region of the dialog (described below).

Filters

Click the Filters icon () to open the Filters region, where you can further filter the categories that are selected in the Components list. The panel Filters options can be tailored your needs by selecting particular parameter types as Favorites, which then shift to the top of the list for the current component Category. Hover to the right of a parameter filter’s name and click the () icon to set the filter as a Favorite. Favorite filter settings apply to and are saved for individual component Categories.

Components

  • Name - the name of the component.
  • Description - the description of each component.
  • Footprint - the footprint of the component.
  • Manufacturer Part Search - click to open the Manufacturer Part Search panel to search for and choose the most suitable component part.
  • Create component - click to open the Create new component dialog to select the type of component.
  • Results - lists the total number of components found/listed in the search.

Details

Click  to display the Details region for the selected component.
  • Component Revision ID - lists the Revision ID and price of a given component. Click the Revision ID to open the Explorer panel for further information regarding a component.
  • References - click to open reference information in a web browser for the component. Use the drop-down to access the Manufacturer URL or Datasheet.
  • Place - click to place the selected component on a schematic document.
  • Component information - lists relevant information about the component, including manufacturer, release date, and descriptive information. Click the Show More link to view all information; click Show Less to collapse the information.
  • Models - expand to view the provided models. Use the available links to display various parts of a single model.
  • References - expand to access the Manufacturer URL, Datasheet, and Package Specification.
  • Part Choices - expand to view the part choices. A name, price, and description is provided. The Datasheet of the component also will be listed.
  • Where Used - expand to view the projects that utilize the component.

Right-Click Menu

  • Find Similar Components - click to open the Find Similar Components dialog, where you may search for several other components with similar characteristics.
  • Place <component> - click to place the component in the appropriate document.
  • Edit - click to open the selected component's Component Library Documents.
  • Navigate to <revision> - click to open the selected component within the Explorer panel.
  • Operations - hover to access the ability to Submit Request, Create, Download, Clone, Change Component Type, Create / Edit PCL, and Full Item History.
  • Refresh - click to refresh to view recent updates or edits. You may also refresh by using the F5 shortcut.
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