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Altium Designer 17.0 delivers a number of additional performance-related enhancements and improvements, related to working with an Altium Vault. These are not large enough to warrant their own documented pages and so are summarized here. However, they collectively make a big impact in your day-to-day usage of the Altium Vault.
Internal naming for folder and item types in an Altium Vault has been replaced with humanly-readable naming, enabling you to see more readily what type of entity you are dealing with. The following sections list those folders and items that can be manually created in Altium Vault 3.0, through Altium Designer's Vaults panel.
The Data Management - Vaults page of the Preferences dialog has been updated to streamline connection to an Altium Vault. The previously available Add Vault button has been changed to Sign In. Clicking this will access the same Connecting to Altium Vault dialog as that accessed when using the DXP » Sign in to Altium Vault command.
For those requiring the legacy functionality - perhaps you have legacy vault technology (Satellite Vault, Personal Vault, etc), or you have more than one Altium Vault to which you can connect - you can still connect to these, by clicking the drop-down arrow at the right of the button, and choosing the Add Vault (legacy) entry on the context menu. This gives you access to the Connect To Vault dialog.
Support has been added for signing into an Altium Vault, using the same credentials, but from different computers. Now, if you attempt to sign in to a vault that you are already signed into from another computer - either through Altium Designer, or the vault's browser-based interface - a pop-up dialog will alert you to this. You can choose from two options offered in the dialog:
In addition, and for an Administrator of your Altium Vault, there is the provision to kill a session from the Users - Sessions page of the vault's browser interface. Use this to terminate an existing session, and thereby free up a Vault Connector license. The Identity Address column reflects the IP address of the computer from which a connection to the vault is being made.
Support has been added to export data from grid views within the Vaults panel, to a csv- or xls-formatted file. Examples of where this functionality is available, include:
Simply right-click within a grid and choose the Operations » Export Data command from the context menu. The Select columns for data export dialog will appear. Use this to determine the data you wish to export. The dialog contains all possible columns for the grid, with those that are currently displayed in the panel enabled for export by default. After clicking OK, the standard Windows Save As dialog will appear. Use the dialog to define where, and with what name, the exported file is to be saved. Use the Save as type field to choose the format of file - either a Comma-Separated Values file (*.csv), or a Microsoft Excel file (*.xls).
Support for Subversion VCS has been greatly improved in this release through delivery of a new extension: VCS Provider - SVN.
This extension, which is installed by default, delivers a better implementation of version control functionality, through the use of SharpSVN. This implementation has full support for Unicode (multi-byte) characters in file names. This for example, allows you to add files to your SVN VCS repository that include Russian characters in their names.
You can now create a shell Component Item from a Part Request, giving the assigned Librarian a starting point with which to craft the required vault component.
From the Part Requests folder, right-click on the part request of interest - which is available to the originator of the request, and the applicable assigned Librarian (or all users assigned to the Librarians role, if the request is not yet assigned) - and choose the Operations » Create Component command from the context menu. A new Component Library file - CmpLibFromPartRequest1.CmpLib - will be opened as the active document, and the following information from the Part Request will be imported into the component's definition:
The Item Naming Scheme defined for a parent vault folder will now be inherited by its child folders by default. This can of course be overridden with a manually-set naming scheme for a child folder at time of creation, or anytime thereafter.
When creating a child folder, the naming scheme entry will initially be bold-grey, to highlight that it will be inheriting that scheme from its immediate parent. Simply run with that scheme, or change it using a different scheme from the d rop-down field, if required.
Additional smarts have been added to validate the IDs of components that are being created by multiple users for release to an Altium Vault, and thereby prevent duplicated Item ID issues. Now, when a user creates a Component Item, the assigned Item ID is 'locked', preventing another user from using that ID, even if the first user has not, or does not, release that component. If other users change the Item ID manually as part of their component definition - to one that is currently used by an existing Item (or an intended-to-be-created Item), the ID will simply be changed for the next available, unused ID, in accordance with the applicable naming scheme.
As an example, consider user Desmond Igner, who is in the process of creating a vault component, with Item ID CMP-00215:
And a second user - admin admin - who is also creating a new vault component. This user would have been given a designated ID that was available, but has manually changed the Item ID to CMP-00215.
Because the ID CMP-00215 has been locked for the first user, when the second user attempts to release, the system detects the clash and adjusts the ID to the next available. In this case CMP-00218, which means some other users are also creating components components with reserved IDs CMP-00216 and CMP-00217.
If any revision of a Component Item has been used in a design, then that Component Item can no longer be deleted from the vault. Now, when you attempt to delete one or more Items, using the Delete Item command from the right-click context menu, you will still get the Confirm Delete Item dialog, but upon clicking OK, the Delete Item Errors dialog will appear - alerting you to any of the chosen Items that could not be deleted because they are in use.
You can now conduct a search for components in your Altium Vault using footprint data. The following data is searchable:
Data can be presented in the resulting search results by enabling the respective columns in the Select Columns dialog (access by right-clicking on a data column header and choosing Select Columns from the context menu).
Footprint data can also be presented when viewing components in a Components-type folder, and setting the view to Components View, rather than Classic View (click the button, then choose View » Components View from the menus). Again, enable the required columns through the Select Columns dialog.
You can now switch an existing lifecycle definition from using the Advanced style of lifecycle management (states, state transitions, and stages) to using the Simple style of management (states and state transitions only). When you enable the Simple option, the Confirm Merge States dialog will appear. Use this dialog to determine how to handle the switch as follows:
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