Released: 8 July 2022 - Version: 5.0.2 (build 3)
Released: 21 April 2022 - Version: 5.0.1 (build 15)
This release delivers new features and a significant upgrade to the user interface in Altium Concord Pro. In addition, numerous fixes have been made to resolve issues raised by customers through the AltiumLive Community.
A graphical representation of the current design's PCB Layer Stack – the board's physical stack of layers – is available when viewing a design project. The Layer Stackup View presents the board's internal structure along with associated data such as layer types, materials and dimensions.
Open the Layer Stack view by selecting the Stackup View command from the Board Info pane in the project design viewer, or from the Layers menu when a PCB is being viewed. The Layer Stack view is accessed in the same way when viewing the Design Snapshot of a project Release.
As with other views available in the Web Viewer, Comments can be placed on the Layer Stack view. In this case Comments can be applied to any Layer Stack element (Layer, Via, etc) by selecting its graphical object, and then entering your comment with any user mentions and assignments in the contextual commenting window. Note that Freehand Drawing and Area selection are not available in Layer Stack Commenting.
This server release introduces a convenient way to quickly determine Bill of Materials (BoM) changes that have occurred between project releases. The data comparison feature detects differences in raw BOM data between specified project releases, and is accessible from both the server's project Releases view (previously the Manufacture view) and its History view. The comparison results are provided through a CSV file download.
The information available in the Details pane of the Components view, which is populated with data for the currently selected component entry, now includes a larger range of parameter data. Along with a general UI update, the pane also now provides Schematic and PCB Model previews, and all available component Part Choices entries.
Concord Pro's Web Viewer – its interface for viewing and navigating through a project's design documents and data – has undergone a general user interface refresh along with the addition of several usability enhancements. These include Comments and Sharing interface updates, improved access to Nets, and new options and data in the viewer's information/details pane on the right.
The design Web Viewer now provides an interactive Nets navigation list derived from the project source data. A selected net in the list is also selected in the Schematic and 2D/3D PCB views – and conversely, selecting a net in the Schematic/PCB view will select that net in the Nets list.
The design output Downloads pane () on the right of the design view offers a new series of derived file download options suitable for manufacturing and review purposes. These are in pre-configured formats unless otherwise determined by included design files such as BOM, Draftsman and OutJobs documents. Along with the Project Source Files option to download the design's documents, the Derived Files list includes the following downloads derived and generated from the source data:
ZIP) – Unless otherwise specified in an OutJob file, a generated Geber X2 data collection that includes used layers and no mechanical layers. NC Drill data is also included.
step) – The overall 3D board design generated in the industry-standard STEP data exchange format.
CSV) – The derived Bill of Materials list in a default column format, or as determined by an ActiveBOM document included in the project.
Along with general user interface updates, the design PCB View now shows the associated Net Name on Pads and correctly displays any unrouted layout nets as ratsnest lines. Additional net data and associated crossprobe links are also included in the Info and Details panes as follows:
The Web Viewer's Comments system has been updated to improve usability in the following areas:
Comment re-assignment is available to all users that have access to the project, by simply selecting a different Workspace member from the comment's user icon drop-down list.
The Web Viewer's response to newly committed project data has been improved:
Project sharing between Workspace members has been improved with additional features and permission options. Sharing control is accessed from the button in the Projects page and Web Viewer. The following features provide both tighter control over project sharing and downloads, and also more flexibility in how projects can be accessed by others:
Regardless of the above settings, both administrators and the owner of the project have full sharing/download rights.
Along with the ability to define the default folders for Workspace components, the Components entry under Admin » Settings now includes an option to enable custom pin-mapping. The advanced pin mapping feature, available through the Single Component Editor in Altium Designer, allows component symbol pins to be mapped to any component footprint pad, or any number of footprint pads.
The pin mapping option is included in the Workspace administrator settings because custom pin mapping is not supported by Altium Designer versions prior to 21, and is not backward compatible. If this feature is used for your components, the mapping will not be interpreted correctly when performing an ECO in a version of the software earlier than Altium Designer 21.