Altium NEXUS Documentation

Altium 365 Personal Space

Created: April 13, 2021 | Updated: October 5, 2021

Parent page: Altium 365

As a registered user of Altium 365 (i.e. AltiumLive) you have your own Altium 365 Personal Space, which is accessible only by you. Your Personal Space accommodates persistent storage of various types of uploaded static data, including design 'snapshots' (from various ECAD platforms) and Gerber manufacturing data, with the ability to share with anyone for comments and redlining.

The Altium 365 Personal Space, which is completely free, is ideal for those who want to experience the collaborative aspect of Altium 365, without the need for a connected Altium 365 Workspace in which to store their data.

To get a Personal Space requires registration to AltiumLive, but does not require an active Altium Subscription Plan. There is no real integration with Altium NEXUS, with functionality experienced primarily through your Web browser.

Accessing Your Personal Space

Related page: Altium 365 Platform Interface

As with an Altium 365 Workspace, your Personal Space is a constituent part of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. It is presented when:

  • You have no access to a Workspace.
  • You have access to a Workspace, but have chosen to access your Personal Space. This is performed by clicking on the current user area at the top-right of the interface, then clicking the My Personal Space entry on the associated menu.

Presenting a user's Personal Space through the Altium 365 Platform Interface. Here, the view as seen by a user without access to a Workspace. Hover over the image to see the view as seen by a user who does have access to a Workspace, and has chosen to switch over to their Personal Space.

Notice that if you do not have access to a Workspace, and your company has not yet activated theirs yet, then a generic Workspace region will be presented, along with the button. Click to start the process of Workspace activation. You will be taken to a dedicated web page (https://www.altium.com/365-intro/activate) with which to do so. If the Workspace has already been activated for your company by someone else, you can request access to it from an Administrator of that existing Workspace. In this case, the activation web page (https://www.altium.com/365-intro/activate) will provide a button with which to do so. If you don't have active subscription for your Altium NEXUS licensing, you'll be advised of that requirement and guided through to learn more at https://www.altium.com/subscription.

Uploading Data to Your Personal Space

A static data snapshot is created by uploading the data to your Personal Space on the Altium 365 platform. This is performed from the Files page of the interface.

What Can I Upload?

The following sections summarize what can be uploaded to your Personal Space on Altium 365 – the types of supported static data 'snapshots'.

The maximum upload size is 1GB.

CAD Designs

In terms of design files, the following CAD design tools are supported, along with the file formats that can be uploaded to your Personal Space:

  • Altium NEXUS – Schematic (*.SchDoc, *.Sch) and PCB (*.PcbDoc, *.Pcb) documents.
  • Autodesk® EAGLE™ – Schematic design archive (*.sch) and PCB design archive (*.brd) documents. You can upload EAGLE design files saved with EAGLE version 6.4.0 or later (XML-format).
You can upload EAGLE design files saved with EAGLE version 6.4.0 or later. These are XML-format in nature; EAGLE binary-format design files cannot be uploaded directly. For these older, binary version design files, it is advised to save them in this later (XML) format through your EAGLE software before attempting to upload to your Personal Space on the Altium 365 platform.
  • KiCad® – Project file (*.pro), Schematic document(*.sch), PCB document (*.kicad_pcb,) and Schematic Symbols Library (*.lib).
  • CircuitStudio – Schematic (*.SchDoc) and PCB (*.CSPcbDoc) documents.

You can upload a full design (in a Zip archive) or an individual design file (schematic or PCB document).

When uploading a Zip file, the following considerations apply:

  • For Altium NEXUS and CircuitStudio based designs, the Zip archive must contain a single PCB design project only.
  • For EAGLE based designs, the Zip archive must contain a single PCB design only (so .sch and .brd files for a single design only).
  • For KiCad based designs, the Zip archive must contain a single PCB design only (so .pro , .sch , .kicad_pcb, and .lib files for a single design only).
  • All unsupported file formats in the uploaded Zip archive will be ignored. This means you can literally just Zip your full project folder and upload it.
For Altium NEXUS and CircuitStudio based designs, the project file is used to obtain the ordering of schematic source documents. If the project file is not included in the Zip archive, a default is created and the schematic documents are added without any rules.
For a PCB design project in Altium NEXUS, quickly obtain a Zip archive of the project by using the Project Packager.

CAM Data

In terms of CAM (manufacturing), the following formats are supported for upload to your Personal Space:

  • Gerber X2 (along with corresponding NC Drill files).
  • Gerber RS-274X (along with corresponding NC Drill files).

You can upload a full set of Gerber files plus NC Drill data (within a Zip archive), or an individual Gerber file.

When uploading a Zip file, the following considerations apply:

  • Ensure that there is only a single folder of Gerbers inside the archive.
  • Ensure that the drill files are in the same folder as the Gerber files. If located in a separate folder, they will be ignored.
You can either upload a design OR Gerber data, but not both at the same time. If you have both design and Gerber file data in the same Zip archive, only the design will be processed.

Performing the Upload

Data can be uploaded to your Personal Space in the following ways:

  • Dragging and dropping your data (in a Zip archive or an individual file), to the indicated area on the page.
  • Clicking the choose from your computer text (in the upload tile on the page) and using the Open dialog that appears to browse for the data (in a Zip archive or an individual file).
  • Clicking the button, choosing the type of data you want to upload, then using the subsequent Open dialog that appears to browse for that data (in a Zip archive or an individual file).

You can upload data to your Personal Space on Altium 365 in various ways. Here, the controls for access a dialog with which to choose the data item to upload. Hover over the image to see an example of drag and drop in action.

The Files page presents only data that you have personally uploaded. To access data that has been shared with you by others, go to the Shared with Me page of the interface.

You can also share a snapshot of your design directly from within Altium NEXUS (requires Altium NEXUS 20.1 or later) with one or more specific people – by email invitation. The project itself is packaged into a Zip archive using Altium NEXUS's Project Packager, then uploaded to the Altium 365 platform. Recipients will have access to view the design snapshot through the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface – in practice, through the Shared with Me page of their Personal Space or a Workspace they have access to.

The person who originally shared the design snapshot – uploading it permanently to the Altium 365 platform – will be able to access that snapshot from the Files page of their Personal Space.

With Zip archive or individual file chosen (or dropped), the main viewing area will reflect that upload is in progress. The processing time will depend on the size of the data being uploaded. The following image shows an example upload of a snapshot of the Bluetooth_Sentinel design. The upload is processed, a tile added to the page, and then the preview processed for display (of the board in 3D).

An example design upload being processed.An example design upload being processed.

If the upload fails – typically because a single file is uploaded that is in a non-supported format – the main viewing area will reflect this also with the alert:

Embedding Uploaded Data on a Website

Designs and design data that you have uploaded to your Altium Personal Space can be embedded into a website for interactive viewing by anyone. The embedded Altium Viewer essentially offers the same functionality as the Altium 365 Standalone Viewer, including the ability to view all design files, place Comments (for registered AltiumLive users), and optionally, to download the design data.

To access the embed code for an uploaded design (or data collection) in your Personal Space Files page, select the Embed option from its menu, then enable the Allow embedding this design anywhere on the web option in the Embed <design> window – use the Options drop down menu to select the default (first shown) view.

Select an upload's Embed option in the Embed design window to access HTML code to place in your website.Select an upload's Embed option in the Embed design window to access HTML code to place in your website.

When inserted into the source of your web page, in the desired location on the page, the viewer will source the design/data files from your Altium 365 Personal Space to be displayed in the embedded interactive viewer.

Screen captures of an uploaded design embedded as a website design viewer.Screen captures of an uploaded design embedded as a website design viewer.

Screen capture of an uploaded Gerber file collection embedded as a design view in a website.Screen capture of an uploaded Gerber file collection embedded as a design view in a website.

Sharing Uploaded Data with Others

Once uploaded to your Personal Space, you can share that uploaded data 'snapshot' with anyone, anywhere in the world. Selecting a data snapshot tile will present various controls and commands. Click the control and choose the Share command, or click the button (at the top-right of the page), to access the Sharing window.

Once uploaded, you can share the data snapshot with others.Once uploaded, you can share the data snapshot with others.

Enter the full email addresses of the specific people you wish to share the data with (clicking Enter after each entry) and include a note if desired (stating what you are sharing with them, for example). Click the Advanced settings control to access controls for determining whether the person you share the upload with can share with others or not, and whether they are allowed to download the entity or any data derived from it.

As the owner of an upload, you can control resharing and downloading of the data when shared with others.As the owner of an upload, you can control resharing and downloading of the data when shared with others.

With sharing and related controls defined as required, click . Each person you are sharing with will receive an email invitation to open and view the snapshot.

If the data upload has been shared with a person who has not yet registered with AltiumLive, the Share window will show an entry for them with a status of Waiting.

Share with Anyone

Alternatively, if you wish to share the design data with anyone, rather than specific people, select the Anyone with link can access option from the Share window's drop-down access menu. Click to confirm the new settings and use the Copy Link option to capture the viewer link for distribution to others. In this case, when the link to the data is opened by another user they will have read-only access to all design files in the Altium Web Viewer – the viewer's Download and Comments options are available if the user is registered with and signed in to AltiumLive.

Enabled the Anyone with link can access option in the Share window to make the design data available to everyone.Enabled the Anyone with link can access option in the Share window to make the design data available to everyone.

Share from Comment

When placing a Comment on an uploaded design and mentioning another user, the Web Viewer will offer to share the design with that user if they do not already have access – it has not been previously shared with them. As with other sharing processes, use the Share window's Advanced Setting to specify if the design can be re-shared or downloaded by the user. Note that the targeted user must be registered with AltiumLive for sharing to be possible.

The Share window will be presented when a Comment mentions a user who does not have access to the design.The Share window will be presented when a Comment mentions a user who does not have access to the design.

Viewing a Data Snapshot

Any data snapshot that you have personally uploaded will remain persistently available from the Files page of your Personal Space. Access to view a data snapshot in the Altium 365 Platform Interface's integrated Viewer – which opens in a separate browser tab – can be made by selecting the data snapshot of interest, clicking the button within its tile, then choosing the Open command from the associated menu. Alternatively, double-click directly on the tile (or click on the name of the upload).

Accessing the data snapshot from your Personal Space (only when you were the one to have uploaded it).Accessing the data snapshot from your Personal Space (only when you were the one to have uploaded it).

A person with whom a data snapshot has been shared can open that snapshot in the Altium 365 Platform Interface's integrated Viewer in the following ways:

  • From the email invite they will have received. Once they click the button in the email they will be taken to the Altium 365 Sign In page (unless already signed in to the platform, or their AltiumLive account). Upon signing in, they will be taken to the Viewer, with the shared data snapshot loaded.
If the person does not have an AltiumLive account, they will need to register for one first – a link is provided on the Altium 365 Sign In page.

Accessing the data snapshot from the email invite received by the user with whom the snapshot was shared.Accessing the data snapshot from the email invite received by the user with whom the snapshot was shared.

  • From the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. A data snapshot is denoted by the icon within its tile. To open in the integrated Viewer, select the data snapshot of interest, click the button within its tile, then choose the Open command from the associated menu. Alternatively, double-click directly on the tile (or click on the name of the upload).

Accessing the data snapshot from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface.Accessing the data snapshot from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface.

  • Using the direct link, if you have copied and sent it to them.

The integrated Viewer used to present the data contained in a shared data snapshot uses the Web Viewer interface. For a shared design snapshot for example, this interface offers a range of capabilities that allow detailed access to the design's data and layout. You'll be able to search, select, cross-probe, and inspect components and nets throughout the design and across the various sub-views as applicable. And when viewing the board in 2D, you can even take measurements. Other features, such as the Comments system, allow you to communicate with others with whom the snapshot has been shared.

Full functionality is, of course, best enjoyed by having a full design uploaded.

When viewing a design snapshot, the features available through the interface are essentially the same as those available to a Workspace team member, when accessing the Design view of the detailed management page for the project. For information on the entire interface and all its supported features, see Web Viewer Features. For detailed information specifically on using comments, see Comments.
Comments made within the Viewer are not shared with Altium NEXUS. They are only seen by stakeholders with whom the data snapshot has been shared, and who are using the Viewer to inspect that data.

Downloading a Data Snapshot

A data snapshot can be downloaded from the Files page of your Personal Space. Selecting its tile will present various controls and commands. Click the control and choose the Download command, or click the button (at the top-right of the page), to download the snapshot as a Zip archive. Alternatively, download can be performed when viewing the snapshot through the integrated Viewer.

Accessing controls for downloading a data snapshot that has previously been uploaded to your Personal Space.Accessing controls for downloading a data snapshot that has previously been uploaded to your Personal Space.

For those with whom the data snapshot has been shared, that snapshot can be downloaded from within the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface, or when actually viewing the snapshot through the integrated Viewer. The ability to download the snapshot will depend on whether the owner of that snapshot has enabled that setting for you or not.

Removing a Data Snapshot

You can delete any data snapshot that you have uploaded to your Personal Space, and that is currently presented on the Files page of the interface. To do so, select the data snapshot tile, click the control, and then choose the Remove command. A warning window will appear alerting you to the fact that the item will be permanently deleted from the Altium 365 platform. Click the button to effect the deletion. Since you are the owner of the snapshot and it is removed from the platform completely, it will also be removed from the Shared with Me page of all people with whom it was shared.

Any data snapshot that you have personally uploaded can be deleted. This affects access for everyone – since you are the owner and the snapshot is removed permanently from the Altium 365 platform, all other collaborators will lose their access to it.Any data snapshot that you have personally uploaded can be deleted. This affects access for everyone – since you are the owner and the snapshot is removed permanently from the Altium 365 platform, all other collaborators will lose their access to it.

For a person with whom a data snapshot has been shared, they can delete that snapshot in a similar manner from the Shared with Me page of the Altium 365 Platform Interface. A warning window will appear alerting them to the fact that the snapshot will be permanently deleted for them – they will no longer have access to it, but others will continue to have access, since it has not been deleted by the owner (from their Personal Space, where the original upload resides).

Accessing Data Shared with You

Data and design entities that have been shared with you by another user are available from the Shared with Me page of your Personal Space, where just as with your own uploaded design data, a shared entity can be opened for inspection in the Altium 365 Platform's integrated web viewer.

A design project or data collection that has been shared with you can be opened for inspection from the Shared with Me page of the interface.A design project or data collection that has been shared with you can be opened for inspection from the Shared with Me page of the interface.

Project designs, as opposed to zipped data collections, that have been shared with you will be available in Altium NEXUS through the Shared with Me location option in the Open Project dialog.

The level of access to a shared entity is determined by how the data has been shared with you:

  • if the data has been shared with you with editing rights, you will have full access to that data, and if enabled by the owner, the ability to share and download it.
  • If the data has been shared with Sharing enabled, you can re-share it with other specified users.
  • If Sharing has not been enabled, you can submit a share request to the owner of the data. The owner will receive a related email and can choose to act on the request by changing the share permissions of the source data through their Personal Space or Workspace.

An enitity that has been shared with you without share permissions can be re-shared by sending a request to the owner of the data.An enitity that has been shared with you without share permissions can be re-shared by sending a request to the owner of the data.

Along with the received email, the owner of the shared entity will see the sharing approval request when accessing the entity's Share window. The Set Rights menu is then used to specify the permissions (Edit/View) granted to the reshared user, or to deny the requested sharing access (Reject).

The owner of a reshared entity can approve the share request through the Share window.The owner of a reshared entity can approve the share request through the Share window.

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