New to Altium Designer or resume work with AD after break or major update

Modified by on Jun 12, 2021

For all those who are new to Altium, starting to use it now more frequently or have updated from a really old version. This article covers how to contact Support, finding Learning Materials, Tutorials, and other useful information for getting (re) started.

Applicable Versions: 18, 18.1, 19, 19.1, 20, 20.1, 21

Solution Details

You can download/install our current (or an older) version from here:  
https://www.altium.com/products/downloads

New to AltiumLive?  Having an AltiumLive account (no extra charge) is the gateway into the Altium ecosystem which provides access to: 

  • Support (Live Online Chat),
  • Manage existing cases right from the client,
  • Altium Content Vault for parts,
  • Community forums,
  • Design Content,
  • Bugcrunch (bug reporting system) & Ideas sites (to suggest and vote on software enhancements you'd like to see),
  • Software downloads, and
  • Your company's Workspace - read about and create or join your company's workspace:  
    https://www.altium.com/365-intro/workspace,

Here's the sign in page:
https://live.altium.com/#signin

 

New to Altium Designer?:
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/exploring-altium-designer
https://my.altium.com/altium-designer/getting-started
https://my.altium.com/learning/getting-started
https://www.altium.com/solutions/academic-programs/altium-designer-online-resources

https://resources.altium.com/
https://resources.altium.com/getting-started/altium-designer-getting-started

https://resources.altium.com/guide-books

 

New to the 64-bit version? 
Here's a review of the new Interface for users of version 17 and previous:

https://www.altium.com/documentation/18.0/display/ADES/NFS_18_0((A+Fresh+User+Interface))_AD
https://www.altium.com/documentation/18.0/display/ADES/Altium+Designer+UI+-+FAQs
https://www.altium.com/documentation/18.0/display/ADES/Upgrading+to+Altium+Designer+18+-+a+Visual+Transition+Guide+for+Existing+Users

 

Altium Designer presents an entirely new look and feel starting at version 18, with new features that will enhance your board design experience. Here's what's new for each version:

https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/new-in-altium-designer?version=18.0

(Review the new features for any version by using the pull down list at the top right corner of the left panel)
Here's the current version:

https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/new-in-altium-designer


Tutorial:
https://www.altium.com/documentation/altium-designer/from-idea-to-manufacture-driving-a-pcb-design-through-altium-designer
(When you see small triangles at the left of what looks like a title, click on it to expand the section.)

This is another good place to get started:
https://resources.altium.com/p/single-cell-lithium-polymer-battery-charger-project  

 

Support Home
https://www.altium.com/support
In addition to the Live Chat (24/5), this page also has direct links to:

  • Knowledge Base articles,
  • Altium Academy - a large collection of Youtube videos,
  • User Forums - Someone else may have already experienced and solved your issue,
  • Access to your support case tickets, and
  • Documentation - where you can find extensive, versioned information about our software
Webinars:
https://www.altium.com/webinars
 
Videos:
Altium Designer Getting Started User Guide:
https://my.altium.com/altium-designer/getting-started
Altium Academy videos:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWLoHp3WJG_ats8waVCu7Mw
Video Library (legacy):
https://altiumvideos.live.altium.com/
How to use the new features in Altium Designer 19 (videos for older version, but still relevant):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIsrydx3IHDNWKnhpuRl0drRgw9lbJr55
Altium Designer 19 Essentials Online Training:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3aaAq2OJU5H_V1wJfcxn9RtUf2hs2FU6
(Remember to download all the material in the first module.)
 
Altium Training Courses:
https://altium.secure.force.com/eventsforcategory?cid=&categoryid=a4K20000000Gma9EAC&region=Americas&languageid=a0X20000000Cb8gEAC
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