Altium Designer Documentation

Open Project

Modified by Rob Evans on Aug 20, 2020

The Open Project dialogs

Summary

The Open Project dialog provides a single location to search, browse, and open projects.

Access

The dialog is accessed from any editor by choosing File » Open Project from the main menus.

Options/Controls

  • Search – use to filter the project list by entering alpha/numeric characters. When opening server-based (Managed) Projects, the Search filter will also respond to Parameters/Value pairs available from server projects – these include Project and Server parameters, and the Analytics parameters generated by the server.

The Managed Project search will return a list of projects based on simple or specific search strings. Parameter Value searches are case-insensitive, whereas Parameter names are referred to in full and are case-sensitive. A space in the search string indicates a boolean AND, and quoted (literal) searches are valid.

  • Enter abc to list projects that include a parameter value which contains the character string abc
  • Enter abc 123 to list projects that include a parameter value which contains abc AND 123
  • Enter “abc 123” to list projects that include a parameter value which (literally) contains abc 123
  • Enter MyParameter=123 to list projects that include the MyParameter parameter with a value that contains 123
  • Enter “My Other Parameter”=abc to list projects that include the My Other Parameter parameter with a value that contains 123. Most project parameter names include spaces, so a quoted (literal) name is needed.
  • Enter MyParameter=abc 123 to list projects that include the MyParameter parameter with a value that contains abc, and also have any parameter with a value containing 123.
  • Enter MyParameter= to list projects that include the MyParameter parameter, regardless of its value.

View search examples

  • Locations – this section allows you to choose the location of the project you want to open. The rightmost pane will display projects within the chosen location.

The Recent Project of the Open Project dialog

Recent – lists recently opened projects from local or server sources. The icon for server-based projects is shaded red when its source server is not connected/available ().

  • Name – the name of the project; the location path of the project appears below the name.
  • Last Modified – the date and time the project was last modified. The date and time display in accordance with your personal computer's settings. To configure each project's modification dates and times in a specific format, you can do so in your computer's system Region settings.
The Name and Last Modified columns can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking (and toggling) the header for each column.
  • Project Information – when is clicked, the right-hand side of the dialog displays additional details about the selected project, including the basic project information and for server-based Managed Projects, all project Parameters.
  • Browse - click to browse to and open a project through the standard Windows Open dialog.
  • Open – click to open the selected project.

The Open Project dialog when no workspace has been activated.

  • Activate Workspace – use to open the Activate section of the Altium 365 Intro guide, from which you may activate an already existing workspace.

The Open Project dialog when not signed in on the left, and when connected to a Workspace on the right.

Server and Workspace

  • When not signed in to a server: the right-hand side of the dialog displays text stating that you are not connected to a server or workspace. Click the relevant tile for the desired workspace , self-managed server , or customized server . You will be prompted to sign into the chosen server, if required.
  • When signed in to a server: lists managed projects available in a connected server. When viewing Managed Projects, the default view shows all projects available within the server’s top level project folder and its subfolders. To view and navigate through the project folder hierarchy, select the folder view button () to access project folders and the breadcrumb path in the dialog’s Search bar.
If you have projects located in a folder, a folder entry () will appear, which you may double-click to view the existing projects located within.
  • Name – the name of the project; the location path of the project appears below the name.
  • Last Modified – the date and time the project was last modified. The date and time display in accordance with your personal computer settings. To configure each project's modification dates and times in a specific format, you can do so in your computer's system Region settings.
The Name and Last Modified columns can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking (and toggling) the header for each column.
  • Project Information – when is clicked, the right-hand side of the dialog displays additional details about the selected project, including the basic project information and for server-based Managed Projects, all project Parameters.
  • Browse - click to browse to and open a project through the standard Windows Open dialog.
  • Open – click to open the selected project. Use the drop-down to select to open the project in the Default Checkout Path or to open the project in a Custom Path. If Custom Path is selected, the standard Windows Browse For Folder dialog will open to select the folder to open the project in.
Note that when using a Custom Path the project will be cloned (copied) to the new custom location, so two versions of the project will exist on your local drive. The Managed Project will open in the new location from this point on since the updated path is saved with the project.

The Shared With Me of the Open Project dialog

Shared With Me – lists projects shared from within Altium Designer or through the Workspace browser interface.

  • Name – the name of the project.
  • Created By - the name of the person who created the project.
  • Last Modified – the date and time the project was last modified. The date and time display in accordance with your personal computer's settings. To configure each project's modification dates and times in a specific format, you can do so in your computer's system Region settings.
The Name and Last Modified columns can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking (and toggling) the header for each column.
  • Browse - click to browse to and open a project through the standard Windows Open dialog.
  • Open – click to open the selected project.

The Local Projects of the Open Project dialog

Local Projects – lists projects stored in the current default location as specified in the System – Default Locations page of the Preferences dialog.

  • Name – the name of the project; the location path of the project appears below the name. You may double-click the folder icon () to view the existing contents located within.
  • Last Modified – the date and time the project was last modified. The date and time display in accordance with your personal computer's settings. To configure each project's modification dates and times in a specific format, you can do so in your computer's system Region settings.
The Name and Last Modified columns can be sorted in ascending or descending order by clicking (and toggling) the header for each column.
  • Project Information – when is clicked, the right-hand side of the dialog displays additional details about the selected project, including the basic project information and for server-based Managed Projects, all project Parameters.
  • Browse - click to browse to and open a project through the standard Windows Open dialog.
  • Open – click to open the selected project.
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