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This command is used to access the MCAD IDX Exchange panel. The panel is the main interface for collaboration between the ECAD and MCAD domains using ProStep's Electrical Design, Mechanical Design (EDMD) standard for data exchange, that is based on XML protocol. This collaborative standard is often simply referred to by the name of the exchange file format - IDX (Incremental Design EXchange format). With this intermediate exchange file (*.idx), an electrical designer can export only changes to the board design that are needed (and of value) by the mechanical designer. Conversely, the mechanical designer can float change proposals back to the electrical designer, who can then import those changes back into their design.
This command is accessed from the PCB Editor by choosing the Tools » MCAD IDX Exchange command from the main menus.
After launching the command, the MCAD IDX Exchange panel will be presented. To initiate collaboration, click the Export Baseline button. You will be presented with the Export EDMD Baseline dialog, which offers options including the export of copper objects.
- Altium Designer supports IDX format version 2.0 only.
When initiating collaboration from Altium Designer (creating the EDMD Baseline file), a collaboration folder will be created under the original board design project. The folder is named using the PCB document name, in the form <PCBDocumentName>.PcbDoc_EDMD. The folder will contain two files: AD_EDMD_State.xml and ECAD Baseline.idx.
The MCAD IDX Exchange panel provides controls for keeping changes synchronized between the ECAD and MCAD domains. Changes are proposed through EDMD Changes files: