Altium NEXUS Documentation

Embarking on Your Next Design Project with Altium NEXUS

Created: November 3, 2021 | Updated: November 3, 2021
This documentation page references Altium NEXUS/NEXUS Client (part of the deployed NEXUS solution), which has been discontinued. All your PCB design, data management and collaboration needs can now be delivered by Altium Designer (with Altium Designer Enterprise Subscription) and a connected Altium 365 Workspace. Check out the FAQs page for more information.

File Drawer

Beyond the core design process of conceiving and creating the electronic definitions of a PCB design in Altium NEXUS – essentially captured in Schematic and PCB design documents – the high-level structure and concept that unifies the documents, data and processes together is an Altium NEXUS Project.

By providing the foundation and centralized management point for all designs, an Altium NEXUS project acts as a design data interface for advanced project-level functions that process multiple design documents and their encompassing data.

The system intelligence built into Altium NEXUS projects helps to remove the complication and risk associated with handling (and processing) collections of design document data, which in turn allows you to focus on the key task of bringing innovative designs to market.


AD PanelsWorkspace-based Project Data

Along with a host of data, user collaboration, design reuse, and configuration management features, an Altium-connected Workspace provides a fully-managed data storage and access platform that directly integrates with Altium NEXUS. This allows designs to be saved and retrieved in Altium NEXUS as workspace-based projects that transparently benefit from the workspace's built-in version control, lifecycle management, and robust data storage technology.

When it comes to releasing a PCB design to the board fabrication and assembly production world, a connected Workspace also provides a high-integrity target for the Altium NEXUS design release process. Board designs released to the Workspace are verified, tracked, version-controlled, and fully lifecycle-managed and can be shared on a secure permissions basis.

  Read about projects and releasing a design.


AD PanelsAdvanced Project Management

An Altium NEXUS project is the collective structure for all designs created in Altium NEXUS. It defines the storage, relationships, and navigation of the full set of design documents that make up an Altium NEXUS project. Each design process, from schematic capture to the board production output, is completed within the context of its Project.

Within that project structure, Altium NEXUS provides functional access to the design content and documents through a range of dedicated interface panels.

The dockable panels provide sophisticated access to and control of the central aspects of a design project, such as project file structure, document navigation, object properties, and version control management.


Secure Design Data

Version ControlAltium NEXUS provides a comprehensive suite of integrated functions that allow you to easily track, store and access design files both during the product design process and through its post-production lifespan.

Workflow design data management includes local change history and autosave systems for design documents, and a choice of version control systems to suit you according to company network-based requirements.

Industry-standard Subversion (SVN) is built into Altium NEXUS, along with intelligent VCS interface systems that simplify the task of accessing, comparing, and managing design documents under version control. Further options include the ability to interface with Git version control systems and design data repositories located on local or remote network systems.

  Read about Version Control and Design Repositories.


Design Variations

Image of a PCB boardAn electronic product design that needs to be produced in a number of styles or variations of that product would normally require that individual designs be created for each of those variations – one design for the basic version of the product, another for an enhanced model, and so on.

The Design Variants functionality available in Altium NEXUS vastly simplifies and streamlines this process by allowing the components in a single, base design to be concurrently varied as required.

This capability is tightly integrated with the Altium NEXUS schematic/PCB editors and the production of output data. It is, therefore, a straightforward task to create any number of different sub-products at design time – based on component variations – then produce the individual sets of output data required for the manufacturing and production stages.

  Read about Design Variations in Altium NEXUS.

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