Parent page: Altium 365
One of the most powerful aspects of the Altium 365 infrastructure platform is its support for collaboration on a global scale. At the heart of this is the platform's support for Global Sharing. With Altium 365, you can effortlessly share your current design progress with management, or purchasing, or a potential manufacturer, in a way that is also easy for them – simplified, interactive collaboration, from any device.
Data can be shared with anyone, anywhere in the world. What you share, and with whom, is down to you, and could include:
Related page: Altium 365 Viewer
Altium 365 Viewer provides free access to view and share your electronic designs and CAM manufacturing data through your Web Browser. No downloads, no installations and no registration required. A truly tool-neutral viewing experience that allows you to view and share designs sourced from an ever-expanding variety of supported ECAD design tools. You can even embed Altium 365 Viewer on your own website – taking the viewing experience literally to your own domain!
Altium 365 Viewer offers stunning, interactive CAD-centric renditions of your designs, including Schematics, PCB (2D and 3D) and BOM (with pricing information from Octopart). With your design loaded into Altium 365 Viewer, it is not just a static image. You'll be able to search, cross-probe, select and inspect components and nets throughout the design.
In terms of design files, the following CAD design tools are supported, along with the file formats that can be uploaded to Altium 365 Viewer:
You can upload a full design (in a Zip, Rar, or 7z archive) or an individual design file.
In terms of CAM (manufacturing), the following formats are supported for upload to Altium 365 Viewer:
You can upload a full set of Gerber files plus NC Drill data (within a Zip, Rar, or 7z archive), or an individual Gerber file. Ensure that there is only a single folder of Gerbers inside the archive. Ensure also that the drill files are in the same folder as the Gerber files. If located in a separate folder, they will be ignored.
As part of its support for Global Sharing, the Altium 365 platform provides the ability to share your designs with people who are not members of your Workspace – either for viewing and commenting only, or for editing – without the need to invite them into your Workspace. This allows invited stakeholders to view/edit (as applicable) a live, work-in-progress design project, without gaining access to your full server of design data.
Once a project is managed (registered with/available to the Workspace), you can share it with others (provided you yourself have access to do so). Sharing with people who are not members of the Workspace can be performed:
You can share with:
Viewing a shared live design through the Altium 365 Platform Interface uses the interface's integrated Viewer – which opens in a separate browser tab. This uses the Web Viewer interface to present your design across four distinct data sub-views, to show the source schematic(s), board in 2D, board in 3D and Bill of Materials respectively. You'll be able to search, select, cross-probe, and inspect components and nets throughout the design and across the various sub-views as applicable. And when viewing the board in 2D, you can even take measurements. With the Comments system, you'll be able to communicate directly, and in real-time, with Altium Designer, by placing review comments directly in your browser.
As part of its support for Global Sharing, the Altium 365 platform provides the ability to upload and store 'snapshots' of your design data for viewing and sharing on a permanent basis. This allows invited stakeholders to view and comment on a snapshot of a design project for example, from any web browser, anywhere in the world. And this functionality is delivered through the platform, but outside of an Altium 365 Workspace – so all that's needed is registration with AltiumLive to gain access.
A static data snapshot is created by uploading the data to the Altium 365 platform. This can be performed:
In terms of what can be uploaded through your Personal Space on Altium 365, the same design and CAM data formats supported by the Standalone Altium 365 Viewer can also be uploaded to the Altium 365 platform:
You can upload a full design (in a Zip archive) or an individual design file. You can upload a full set of Gerber files plus NC Drill data (within a Zip archive), or an individual Gerber file. Ensure that there is only a single folder of Gerbers inside the archive. Ensure also that the drill files are in the same folder as the Gerber files. If located in a separate folder, they will be ignored.
Viewing a shared snapshot through the Altium 365 Platform Interface uses the interface's integrated Viewer – which opens in a separate browser tab. This uses the Web Viewer interface. And while you can upload a single file, full functionality is, of course, best enjoyed by having a full design (or set of Gerbers and NC Drill data) uploaded.
You can share data, to varying degrees of granularity, with other members of your Workspace. Invitation to the Workspace, and sharing of data are two specific (and separate) actions.
Direct addition of new user members to the Workspace can only be performed by a Workspace Administrator – from the Workspace Members page of the browser interface. Each invited user who is not currently a member of your Workspace will receive an invitation email to access the Workspace. You are able to invite:
Once part of the Workspace, you can share data with a user (for viewing only, or with the ability to edit). This can include:
As part of the support for ECAD-MCAD CoDesign in Altium Designer, you can share a project with a Mechanical Engineer at the time of pushing the PCB to your Workspace and, in doing so, invite that person to be a member of your Workspace. You are able to share with a person that is already a member of your Workspace, another AltiumLive user in or outside of your organization, or a user that does not have AltiumLive (they will first need to sign up/register for an AltiumLive account before they are added to the Workspace).
The user will be:
Related page: Manufacturing Package Viewer
A key aspect of design projects managed within a Workspace is the ability to create and share a release Build Package with others. When shared directly with your manufacturer, it can then be thought of as a Manufacturing Package, since it is the package that the manufacturer can browse, download and use to fabricate and assemble the board.
Supporting the ability to share such a package with others, and with your manufacturer (who is typically outside of your organization), the Altium 365 Platform provides a dedicated Manufacturing Package Viewer – an element of the platform's Global Sharing support – which allows others to view a manufacturing package from any web browser – anywhere in the world – but outside of your Workspace, so that your designs themselves, and other valuable IP, are kept off-limits.
Each shared user will receive an email invite with a link to view a manufacturing package through the Manufacturing Package Viewer. Shared manufacturing packages are presented on the Shared with Me page of the browser-based Altium 365 Platform Interface.
The Manufacturing Package Viewer itself allows key stakeholders – and primarily the manufacturing personnel – to see a summary overview of the design, with key board data, along with the ability to browse the structure of the shared data (and to download any individual file thereof as needed). The full package can also be downloaded from this view. Fabrication, Assembly and Bill of Materials data sub-pages of the viewer are also provided, with the Fabrication and Assembly views utilizing the Web Viewer interface, providing a powerful interactive experience and allowing for comments to be added by all users to which the package has been shared. The Fabrication view presents the Gerber data for the release.
Ultimately, the manufacturing personnel can download a Build Package of the release they have viewed – and from any page of the Viewer – with which to get that revision of the board physically realized.