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This major release delivers a large number of new features and upgrades to the Altium On-Prem Enterprise Server Workspace interface. In addition, numerous fixes have been made to resolve issues raised by customers through the AltiumLive Community.
This update was introduced in Altium Enterprise Server version 6.0.4
The Altium Enterprise Server has been upgraded from the use of Microsoft .NET Core 3.1 services to .NET 6 services. To maintain compatibility for other software, the existing .NET 3.1 software framework will not be removed during the Enterprise Server's installation/update but can be manually removed via Windows' Control Panel if required.
The Altium Enterprise Server's connection to a supported PLM system can now be configured through an advanced new graphical user interface (GUI). While the previous PLM connection process required manual editing of XML files and knowledge of the target PLM system, the revised GUI offers menu-based type and attribute mapping options based on data automatically sourced from both the Server and the PLM system.
The new PLM configuration GUI and process is invoked from the button under Admin – PLM Integration. Once your PLM connection is established the system will load and populate the relevant type and parameter/attribute options. The synchronization direction for component types is also a simple menu choice, and further setup options are made available based on the type of connected PLM.
These updates were introduced in Altium Enterprise Server version 6.0.4
Manufacturer Part Number and
Manufacturer) on the Altium side can be directly synchronized with 'native' Manufacturer Part and Vendor parameters on the Teamcenter side, which are available when Teamcenter's Vendor Management features are enabled.
ToPLM synchronization events will have targeted the Vendor relationship.
Manufacturer:PartNumber attributes, as selected using the associated Attribute Definitions.
Workflow Title: Administrators are now able to lock the Title field of a Process Workflow to ensure naming consistency across active and completed process tasks. This option is controlled by a new 'Allow the initiator to change the process title' checkbox option that is available in the Properties pane when editing a Process Workflow. When this option is unchecked (and the Process saved), a user that activates the Workflow (the
Initiator) cannot edit its Title, which remains locked as '
AUTO'. Such active or completed processes will be titled by the Process name with a sequential number suffix –
<process name> #1,
<process name> #2, etc.
The Enterprise Server's project BOM View now makes full use of the data provided by an ActiveBOM document that is included in the current project. Generated within Altium Designer, the project's ActiveBOM document provides a rich set of live manufacturer and supplier part information that is integrated into the Workspace BOM view. This includes supplier Part Choices (with current pricing and stock information), part manufacturer lifecycle status and datasheet links, and more.
Icon-based validity checks are also available for each BOM entry, which indicate part issues such as an out-of-date revision, an Obsolete lifecycle state, or insufficient supplier stock. In line with other document views Commenting is now supported, which allows users to place a comment note on any BOM item entry and optionally assign it to a user or group. As in the previous version of the BOM view, you can cross-probe to other project documents, enable the data columns to suit your needs (), and select a component to view its (now enhanced) details in the information pane on the right.
A large number of improvements and additions have been made to the server's Web Viewer to further extend its value for project designers and other team members. These increase the project design data made available through the viewer and provide additional flexibility in how design documents can be viewed.
When a Net is selected in the view it is also selected in all schematic documents on which it appears, which are now listed in the Information panel on the right. Click on an entry in the list to navigate directly to that document.
Each layer entry in the Layers/Objects pane now has an associated checkbox that will set it as the active layer. When checked, the layer is set to the top of the draw order and is therefore rendered last so that it effectively overlays the other PCB layer graphics. Uncheck an active layer or use the upper button to restore the default layer view (Top layer active).
Note also that a placed Comment will be associated with the currently selected (checked) layer, and that same layer order is restored when the Comment is subsequently selected.
Layer entries in the Layer/Objects pane (in Layers mode) now have additional visibility options, which are exposed when hovering on the entry. Use the icon to toggle the visibility of a layer, the option to enable only that layer (and by default,
Multi-layer objects for copper/mask layers), and the icon to restore the visibility settings.
In a similar manner to Layer visibility (above), the visibility of PCB objects can now be set in the Objects mode of the Layers/Objects pane. Use the and options associated with an object type entry in the pane to specify its visibility, and the option to reset the settings.
Note that Connection lines (ratsnest) is available as a selectable object, and object visibility selection is also available in 3D view. The 2 and 3 shortcut keys will now switch between the 2D and 3D views.
Current Web Viewer settings such as the open document, PCB Layer/Object visibility, zoom level, window position, and Variant selection now form part of the browser's URL context. This means that the settings are retained when the browser is refreshed (say, to register a new Commit), and also when the URL is copied to a different window or passed to another user.
An entire net can now be selected in the PCB view by double-clicking on an object such as a track, pad, via, etc. Individual clicks will cycle through the objects under the cursor, as before.
The Web Viewer now fully supports projects that contain multiple PCB documents, including PCB panels. When a PCB document is selected for display, the Web Viewer's associated features will relate to the selected board layout wherever possible, and otherwise default to the primary PCB (the first one found in the project structure). Placed Comments will be associated with the board layout, and features such as Net navigation, cross-probing, layer Stackup View, measurements, and Information pane data will all apply to the opened PCB document.
This release of the Altium Enterprise Server delivers expanded viewer and data information support for important manufacturing-related design document files.
The Web Viewer provides access to project Draftsman documents through both the navigation tree on the left and the viewer's dedicated tab. The view supports multi-page Draftsman documents – navigated via the Page dropdown menu – and document Commenting. While the viewer tab will open the first Draftsman document found in the project structure, other Draftsman documents can be opened directly from the navigation tree.
Note that the Draftsman document view is also supported in the Design Snapshot of an opened project Release.
Support is now included for viewing PDF documents directly in the Web Viewer. While previously available for download only, PDF documents in a design project – such as those available in the Files section of a project Release package – will open a dedicated PDF viewer when selected in the navigation tree. Use the Page dropdown menu (or simply scroll) to move the view to another page in a multi-page PDF document, and the Information pane on the right to access the PDF document metadata.
The ability to easily perform comparisons between previous and current design documents delivers substantial benefits to the design tracking and review process. The Altium Enterprise Server now provides visual-based data comparisons between old/new versions of Gerber, Schematic, and BOM document data.
Design Data Comparisons are available from:
Choose the Schematic to option and a target Release/Commit to invoke a schematic data comparison between the two events. The differences engine will detect the changed data and present the results in a dedicated Schematic Compare view, which highlights the differences graphically and as interactive data references in the Differences pane.
The schematic Component and Net changes are color highlighted as green (added), red (removed), and yellow (modified). Select an entry in the Differences pane to cross-probe to the schematic, the entry's sub-entries to see further detail, and the icon to view related schematic documents.
► See Schematic Comparisons to learn more.
Choose the Gerber to option and a target Release to invoke a Gerber data comparison between the two events. The differences engine will detect the changed data and present the results in a dedicated Gerber Compare view, which highlights the differences graphically and as interactive data references in the Differences pane.
The Gerber layout changes are numbered, grouped by layers, and color highlighted as green (added), red (removed), and yellow (modified). Select an entry in the Differences pane to cross-probe to the Gerber view, and upper view tabs switch the Gerber view to either of the compared data sets – effectively the old or new Gebers layouts.
Note that the Gerber Comparison view also allows you to make multiple measurements between any two points within the view. Use the button to invoke the measurement mode and open the Measurements pane.
► See Gerber Comparisons in Altium 365 to learn more.
Choose the BOM to option and a target Release/Commit to invoke a BOM data comparison between the two events. The differences engine will detect the changed data and present the results in a dedicated BOM Compare view, which lists the differences as highlighted BOM entries.
The BOM entry column elements are color highlighted as green (added), red (removed) and yellow (modified). Use the checkboxes in the pane on the left to limit the BOM differences listing to specific change types (Added, Removed, etc), the columns dropdown menu to enable/disable the inclusion of specific component parameter data columns, and the upper view tabs switch the BOM view to either of the compared data sets – effectively the old or new BOM listing.
Note that you can download a BOM comparison summary in CSV format from the icon at the top.
► See BOM Comparisons to learn more.
Adding a further level of control to the access management of Enterprise Server design projects is the introduction of project ownership transfer. This allows Workspace administrators or the current owner of a project – typically the user that created the project – to specify another Workspace user as the new owner. The transfer is performed through the project Share window, where the intended new owner must be present with current
View access rights.
Perform the ownership change by selecting the Make Owner option from the user's permissions dropdown menu, click to confirm, and then to acknowledge the following information window. The new owner will receive full control and editing rights to the project, and the previous owner's access will revert to an
Edit permission status. If the server's Email Notifications are enabled, the new project Owner will receive an ownership transfer notification email.
The transfer of ownership process also is invoked if a user who owns a project (or projects) is removed from the Workspace. In this case the administrator specifies a new project owner that will adopt the removed user's access rights to the project (the
You are now able to add a VCS tag name to the currently selected Commit event in the Workspace History view – select the Create Tag option from the tile's dropdown menu. An existing Tag can be edited or removed from the same dropdown menu.
A Tag attached to a commit appears in its History tile, in the header of the commit's snapshot view, and in any Comments attached to that snapshot view. Such a comment will also be visible in the project's current WIP view and include a link to the related commit snapshot view.
Additional options that relate to new Enterprise Server features are available to Administrators in the Admin – Settings area:
The Tasks feature and view In the Altium Enterprise Server has been significantly expanded to incorporate the new concept of Lightweight Tasks – job activity requests generated by Comment user assignments. Both the existing Tasks created by process workflows and the new Lightweight Tasks are presented in a revised Tasks view that uses a Kanban-style board flow with defined progress states. Although presented through a relatively simple interface, the new Tasks dashboard offers a flexible and efficient way of both managing and tracking workflows within the actual design environment rather than via an external system.
The Tasks view is available at two levels:
Select a tile to view its details and change its progress status, user assignment, and priority level. A process workflow tile will open its related task in the workflow, which can be completed by the user it is assigned to.
► See Working with Tasks in Altium 365 for related information.
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