Altium NEXUS Documentation

Connection Manager

Modified by Susan Riege on Mar 23, 2018


The Connection Manager dialog

Summary

The Connection Manager dialog shows details for the overall connectivity, once established, in a multi-board design. The dialog will highlight any connections that are considered as in conflict, or in practice, any imported connection update that does not agree with the system design editor’s existing connectivity data map.

Access

The dialog is accessed from a multi-board schematic document by clicking Design » Connection Manager.

Options/Controls

Upper Region

  •  - click to redo the last performed command(s).
  •  - click to undo the last performed command(s).
  • Clipboard - use to paste selected connection entries, including the headers (ID, Net Name, etc.,) into a text document or spreadsheet. 
  • Report - click to create a report of the current connections. The report is in a text document or spreadsheet format. A dialog opens in which you can name and save the report.
  • Show Changes Only/Show Connections - click to toggle the listing between showing all connections (Show Connections) and showing only changes that have been made (Show Changes Only).
  • Show/Hide Mated Pins - click to toggle showing/hiding details of the literal Pin connections in the listing.
  • Grid Listing - lists all Net/Pin assignments, grouped under their parent Connection Designators and type (Wire, Direct, etc.,) and includes their system design ID and Net Name, along with their From and To Pin/Net connections.
The Net information shown in the highlighted fields in the listing represents the proposed change.

Lower Region

  • Conflict Resolution - this region indicates any connection conflicts between the current multi-board system design and source (child) projects during a design update. Select a highlighted Net entry in the upper region of the dialog to see a graphic representation in this region and to access a range of button options that can be used to resolve the conflict. When a conflict resolution option has been selected, a Confirmation dialog opens. Selecting Yes in the Confirmation dialog will cause the conflict resolution action to be applied to all conflicts of the same type. Corrected Net assignments will be highlighted in green and are also reflected in this region. 
    • Confirm – click to confirm your changes in the system design to match the updated assignments in the dialog.
    • Revert – click to have the system design ignore the proposed change. Note that the system design will then not match the net assignments in the child design(s).
    • Swap Pins – click to swap the Pin/Net assignments. 
    • Swap Wires - click to swap wires. The connector Pin/Net assignments will not be changed. 
The above options' availability will depend on the type of connection that is selected. For example, the Swap Wires option will not be offered for a Direction Connection between Module Entries where the PCBs are directly plugged together rather than wired together.
  • Revert Changes - click to ignore the updated assignments and revert back to the original connections.
  • Apply Changes - click to apply the updated assignments to the multi-board system design.
Note that the Net Name values shown in the dialog are not changed when a conflict is resolved since they represent the Net names in the local System Design. These names are automatically created when a connection is initially placed between Module Entries and may be changed at any time by editing that connection (or Wire, etc.,) in the Properties panel.
Once the Conflict Resolution changes have been applied, they can be inspected in the Properties panel when the relevant connection is selected in the system design workspace.

 

Found an issue with this document? Highlight the area, then use Ctrl+Enter to report it.

Contact Us

Contact our corporate or local offices directly.

You are reporting an issue with the following selected text
and/or image within the active document:
ALTIUM DESIGNER FREE TRIAL
Altium Designer Free Trial
Let’s get started. First off, are you or your organization already using Altium Designer?

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

In that case, why do you need an evaluation license?

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

Got it. You actually don’t need an evaluation license for that.

Click the button below to download the latest Altium Designer installer.

Download Altium Designer Installer

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

Please fill out the form below to get a quote for a new seat of Altium Designer.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

If you are on Altium Subscription, you don’t need an evaluation license.

If you are not an active Altium Subscription member, please fill out the form below to get your free trial.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

Why are you looking to evaluate Altium Designer?

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

You came to the right place! Please fill out the form below to get your free trial started.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

Great News!

Valid students can get their very own 6-month Altium Designer Student License for FREE! Just fill out the form below to request your Student License today.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

Got it. You can download a free Altium Designer Viewer license which is valid for a 6 months.

Please fill out the form below to request one.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.

That’s great! Making things is awesome. We have the perfect program for you.

Upverter is a free community-driven platform designed specifically to meet the needs of makers like you.

Click here to give it a try!

If would like to speak with a representative, please contact your local Altium office.
Copyright © 2019 Altium Limited

Got it. You can download a free Altium Designer Viewer license which is valid for a 6 months.

Please fill out the form below to request one.

By clicking “Get Your Free Trial”, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy.
You may receive communications from Altium and can change your notification preferences at any time.