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Released: 12 April 2021 - Version: 4.0.1 (build 34)
This release is a major upgrade to the user interface and available technology in Altium Concord Pro. In addition, numerous fixes have been made to resolve issues raised by customers through the AltiumLive Community.
The Altium Concord Pro GUI has been refreshed for a more intuitive user experience, which includes restructured navigation and improved presentation of project information.
Along with these improvements, the new release introduces the ability to create and manage hierarchical Project Folders. The feature allows projects to be uploaded to or created in any folder, and therefore conveniently categorized by folder. Access the folder options from the button – note that a folder can be created under any parent folder. Move a project to any folder from the project entry's menu, double-click to open a folder, and navigate through folders via path breadcrumbs.
This release provides a new dedicated Components page that allows you to view and browse all components hosted in the Concord Pro server. Components are arranged in tiles by component type category, which when selected will open a detailed listing for that category – use an entry's menu for more information or to delete a component (see Soft Delete, below).
Server items that have been deleted/removed are now moved to a Trash folder, where they can be permanently deleted or restored to their original location. Users can see and can act upon items they have soft deleted, while Administrators have access to all items that have been deleted.
Concord Pro's CAD-orientated view of an open project has been significantly enhanced with new view modes, functions and interactive information sources. Enabled by Altium's Web Viewer technology, the Project View has been updated for improved Commenting, access to Manufacture and Parts Supply data, cross-probing, and download access. Added features include a graphical project History view, new Project Release viewer and PCB Measurements.
Four view modes are now available from the left-hand view pane:
Navigate and inspect design documents through the view's four sub-views – Schematic, PCB 2D and 3D, and BOM.
Notable new features in the Design View are:
Fitted/Not Fittedcomponents, are supported in the BOM listing and graphically represented in the 2D/3D views.
View and interact with Manufacturer and Parts Supply data for component parts in the project's BOM document. Note that this view was under the Manufacturer tab in the previous version of Altium Concord Pro.
The Manufacture view mode provides full access to generated project Releases. Each Release shown in the view provides download access to its constituent packages and the files they contain, via the associated icons. A Release also can have its Lifecycle State manually changed.
A release is opened for inspection in a Manufacturing Portal view, which provides detailed information on that release and full Web View access to a static Snapshot of its design files (which also supports Commenting). Note that the release can be opened as a specified Variant of the design (). The portal view also provides parametric information for the Release, and supply chain data that applies to that specific Release (the Supply view).
View and interact with a sequential history of main events for the current project. Within the History timeline, use the menu options in the event tiles to Download or Clone project versions (commits), or to view or download a Release.
The document commenting user interface has been updated to provide additional information, and to simplify the placement, display and navigation of user comments – the new interface and functions are also available in Altium Designer.
Updates to the Comments feature are in a Beta development stage.
Altium Designer's Collaborator Visualization and Conflict Prevention capabilities (introduced in version 21) are now supported when connected to an Altium Concord Pro server. New server updates enable the free flow of document sharing event data between design clients, which is realized through a series of Altium Designer status icons, a Collaborators Bar and additional file (soft) locking logic.
The system provides a simple and visual-orientated way for designers to be aware of and react to the status of a (managed) project document being simultaneously viewed or edited by another user. The designer that first modifies a document causes it to be soft-locked for other uses, which will be prevented from saving any changes to the document unless they persist by overriding that lock. For both users, alert icons and pop-up dialogs provide information or warnings that relate to the current sharing status.
► See the Collaborators Visualization and Conflict Prevention page for detailed information on this feature when Altium Designer is connected to an Altium 365 Workspace.
Drawing on project design data from the Concord Pro server, the Project view in Altium Designer's Explorer panel has been updated to provide improved information and functions, which also aligns with the server's Manufacture views.
The view includes full parametric data and the list of releases for the selected project, and also provides links for other functions such as opening the project and viewing its history – see example .
The management and application of document Templates has been updated in Altium Designer to provide cohesive access to both server-based and local templates. The new functionality is accessed primarily through Altium Designer's Preferences dialog (Data Management » Templates), where both local and server templates can be viewed, managed and specified as the default.
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