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This command is used to quickly access the Board Options dialog, from where you can enable and configure the link to the required target Altium Vault. A PCB 2D/3D component model within a PCB Library document (
*.PcbLib) is mapped to a PCB Component Item in an Altium Vault. Each release of the library stores the model data into a new revision of that Item. The PCB Library file needs to be linked to the required target vault, and a specific folder within that vault, before the model can then be released into the next planned revision of the corresponding target Item.
This command is accessed from the PCB Library Editor by choosing the File » Link Library to Vault command, from the main menus.
After launching the command, the Board Options dialog will appear. Enable the Link To Vault option towards the bottom-left of this dialog to access link controls.
Use the Target Vault field to nominate the vault into which you want to store released data for the model within the library. The drop-down associated to the field displays all vaults that you currently have an active connection to. If you have not connected to a vault, click the Vault Admin button to access the Data Management – Vaults page of the Preferences dialog, from where you can make a connection to the required vault as necessary.
Use the Target Folder field to nominate the folder into which the corresponding Item for the model being released will be created. Click the Choose button to access the Choose Folder dialog. This dialog essentially provides you with a folder-specific view into the target vault. Either browse to, and select an existing folder in the vault, or add a new folder. (Using the Show in Explorer button will quickly access the Vaults panel, with the chosen folder made active).
Use the Lifecycle Definition and Revision Naming fields (in the Board Options dialog) to choose the type of lifecycle management to be used for the created PCB Component Item, and the naming scheme employed for its revisions, respectively.
After defining the link to the vault as required, clicking OK in the Board Options dialog will create the link and store it in the PCB Library document. You can view this information at any time, using the Library Options command from the main Tools menu.
Save the library file – the library is now ready to release.
- At the individual model level, evidence of the link can be seen in the PCB Library Component dialog (Tools » Component Properties), through addition of the Footprint Link region. For a new, unreleased model, this information will become populated once the model is released to the vault.
- With the link to the target vault (and folder therein) in place, you can now proceed to release the model in your library. The release process is performed from within the Release Manager dialog.