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Connection Lines on PCB - Rats nest display

How do I control the display of Rats nest on my PCB, I want to show or hide them

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Size Limits of PCB workspace

Move components left or down not working? Probably because you have reached the absolute zero coordinate. From there the workspace extends to the top and to the right, but you cannot reach any points below absolute zero. It would be best to move the whole board.

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Why is my text upside down?

Text on my schematic is displaying upside-down

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How to import CircuitMaker files into Altium

How to import CircuitMaker / CircuitStudio files into Altium

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Error access A365 - You do not have a valid subscription for Altium Designer

When trying to access A365 Workspace and received this error message: You do not have a valid subscription for Altium Designer (Expired at 1-Jan-2000). Subscription is required for Altium Designer to work with an Altium 365 workspace.

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How do I reset the Altium Designer configuration to the installation defaults?

Reset the configuration of Altium Designer.

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Connections disapear when moving component

On a component with n-number pads the connections disappear when moving the component

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Signing into a managed content server from within Altium Designer

Signing into and Connecting to a managed content server (such as Altium 365 workspace) from within Altium Designer

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ECAD-MCAD model not properly imported warning

Transfering to MCAD domain, a message indicating there is a problem with 3D model and it will be substitute with simple geometry.

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Using Local File Based Excel BOM templates

When signed into a managed server, why am I unable to use local file based Excel BOM templates.

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Combine OrCAD Schematic Import and PADS Allegro PCB import into single Project

Create a single project linking imported OrCAD Schematic Project and imported PADS/Allegro PCB Project

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Altium.PCB.DataModel.dll Crash on PCBDoc

Altium crashes with a Altium.PCB.DataModel.dll error message when I try to route or when repouring polygons on the PCBDoc.

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Import or Export Design Rules

How to import and/or export design rules?

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Plane Clearance

Where can I find the plane to edge clearance?

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Importing a Mechanical Outline to PCB

Our mechanical engineer has created a PCB board outline complete with hole sizes & dimensions, and has sent it in 3D step file format. How to create a board shape from this file and other mechanical file types.

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Unable to move component even with Online clearance rule disabled

It is not possible to place a component on the PCB near to another components. Something seems to block the component from the placing. The reason is the different mode of moving objects.

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FIPS and Backups

We're trying to migrate our Concord Pro server installation to a new server, and that new server has a FIPS mode requirement. I cannot perform nightly backups or do any restores on this server with FIPS mode enabled, and I can't disable it. Running the backup results in "This implementation is not part of the Windows Platform FIPS validated cryptographic algorithms."

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Board Cutout not in Gerber output

Board cutouts are not exported in Gerber file export. This article shows how to generate outlines for the cutouts onto a mechanical layer for documentation and inclusion in the fabrication output files.

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Working with managed templates on A365 vs file-based in private server

Do I need to add my templates to the managed content server, if so how, or is there a way to make the BOM exporter point to my templates on our company server?

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Unable to select and Delete Text

There are text on the PCB that the user is unable to select and due to this, they are unable to move / delete them.

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Method to remove Managed Servers from Altium

How to remove previously connected managed servers from Altium? Even when signed out, the managed servers that were previously connected to would appear in the account drop down menu.

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Owning More Than One Workspace

Only one workspace per account unless under special circumstances.

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Share project via workspaces

Is share project via workspaces an included feature for the AD20 subscription?

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How to set permissions on change-of-state in Concord Pro?

Right now, all of our users are able to change the lifecycle state of components (i.e. draft, released, etc.) but we want to give only certain people permission. Is there a way to limit which users can change to which state?

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Off Sheet Schematic Component Removal

Somehow I got a component outside of my sheet area and I cannot select or delete it. How to remove the component or get it back onto the sheet?

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Altium 365 Data Cleanup

How to remove all objects related to components, projects, templates, etc.

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Importing your company logo into a PCB document

How to import your company logo from a bitmap file (.BMP) into your PCB document.

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Updating schematic component footprints from the PCB Document.

For designs where the footprints in the PCB do not match the footprint configured in the schematic component, this will show you how to get them in sync.

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How to control the Designator location in Schematic Library

Component designator and comment can be made visible in the documents options of a schematic library.

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Sharing Projects to Members Outside of the Organization Without Invitation to Workspace

Managed Projects to be edited by outside users needed to be invited to workspace, but not with the new update.

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Changing Owner of an Altium 365 Workspace

Only through internal request to Altium's DevOps Team

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Accessing A365 Managed Project GIT Repository Outside of Altium Designer

Is it possible to access the A365 git repository through a commandline without opening Altium?

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Variant - Schematic - Project level parameters

Note of project priority when used in conjunction with special strings at various levels of your project files. How are same named parameters resolved?

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3D Bodies missing from PCB 3D View

Why are 3D bodies missing from 3D layout mode?

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Copying Circuit Selection From One Project to Another

What is the best method if I want to transfer a section of a schematic circuit and the associated layout from an existing project to another project?

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How to group panels in tabbed mode when they are in fractal mode?

I want a panel to be tabbed with other panels that appear just above it. No amount of dragging will group it in tabbed mode. Why doesn't it stay where I put it?

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Active Bar how to disable or customize

Active Bar can only be disabled, not customized

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Unable to open *.DRL file in Altium

*.DRL generated by the CAM Editor is in ASCII Format and readable. The best practice is to always provide your Fabricator with the .TXT generated from the PCB Editor, and ignore the *.DRL generated by the PCB Editor.

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How to access the Content Vault in the Explorer panel?

In Altium Designer 20 the Content Vault is not accessible via the Explorer panel per default. This article describes how you can make the Content Vault accessible via the Explorer panel again.

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Edit Components in Altium 365

Working with and editing managed components with Altium 365

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Connection to Altium 365 is Lost While Working

It is possible that connection may be lost to the Altium 365 platform while working due to a number of reasons; ie. service provider outage, server outage, temporary disconnects. This Article discusses how this is handled from the server perspective.

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Re-adding a project to the A365 workspace

How to re-add a project to the A365 workspace. If the project has been already deleted from the workspace but you want to re-release the project back to the workspace, we need to remove the links from the previous release to the workspace to allow for the re-release to be available.

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Enabling VCS of an Uploaded A365 Project

A previously released project may not have utilized the built-in VCS of Altium 365. This article discusses how to add the project to the built-in VCS of Altium 365 after it has been released.

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Thermal Relief Connections for Custom Pads

How to create Thermal Relief Connections between Polygons and Custom pads.

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Remove Solder Mask and Paste Mask from PCB Pads

How to remove the Solder Mask / Paste Mask from a Pad

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How to import allegro binary file brd to Altium

Importing Allegro binary brd file into Altium

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Custom Pad Creation - Multiple Pad to Single Pin

Custom Pad Creation instructions, as well as explanation of single schematic pin assigning net to multiple PCB Pads with same designator

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Configure and Animate the bending of a PCB that is entirely Flex

Configuring and Animating the bending of a PCB that is entirely Flex

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3D placement

How to place the 3D Model precisely over the footprint in PcbLib

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Library Migrator to Altium 365

Migrating File-Based libraries to Altium 365 workspaces

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Can you set Electrical Clearance in the Design Rules for the Route Tool Path

Route Tool Path is defined on Mechanical layer, how can I define clearance to this path?

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Rollback entire SVN Repository

When there is an issue with the current revision of the repository, there is a method on how to rollback to a previous revision.

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Why am I seeing different designators in my schematic?

This article summarizes how to remove board annotation if it was accidentally added to your project, or if it is no longer wanted.

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Numbering Sheets in Multi-channel

What are the steps and requirements to number my sheets in a multi-channel design?

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Is 3D view of a Cavity in PCB possible?

I would like to display my component in 3D while it is placed within a cavity, is this possible?

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Convert a Fill or Region into a Polygon

When I try to create a polygon from the outline of overlapping shapes using Fills and Regions it does not work.

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Compile Error: Duplicate Net Names(Multi-Channel, Bus)

Duplicate Net Name on Multichannel design, but buses look to be properly formed. How do I fix this?

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I am getting a Validation Error on my Project Schematics what does this mean

When validating schematics in a Project, various messages can be generated by the compiler. Please review the list of messages provided here for more information

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Subscription Expired on License

Receiving a Subscription Expired message, but I am sure it was renewed. How do I check and fix this?

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My Update button is greyed out - Trying to update Altium Designer

There is an update Available for Altium Designer, but my update button is greyed out. How can I update?

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Altium Designer is not informing me of updates or allowing me to install them

When installing with the Offline Installer, online activity is disabled and 'greyed out'. Including the ability to check for and install updates. This is how you turn it back on.

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PCB Why do I see Designator overlaid on my extra designators?

Special Strings Display - You toggle the display of the Special Strings overlay within the View Configuration panel, go to the View Options Tab and toggle the visibility of Special Strings.

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Cannot delete Layer from Layerstack

This article describes a couple of scenarios in a Pcb document that can prevent layer deletion in the Layer Stack Manager.

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