Parent page: Working with Panels
The Comments panel allows you to add comments to a defined area or point in the active document of a Workspace project. The panel allows all users who are working on the document to add comments and view all comments without actually modifying the document itself. This feature allows for the facilitation of strong collaboration processes and is invaluable when issues within the document need to be pointed out without receiving conflicts. The Comments panel essentially can be used to create a 'to do' list and as the design matures. the comments can be resolved and closed. Placed comments are available in real-time to collaborating users – those that have shared access to the document – and are saved to the server independently of the project, without altering its constituent documents in any way.
The panel is accessed from a Workspace project in the following ways:
Click the Panels button on the bottom-right of the design space then select Comments.
Before using the commenting feature, ensure that you are signed in to your Workspace and have opened a project and one of its schematic or PCB documents. Use the File » Open Project command to choose a Workspace project from those that have been shared with you. The Comments panel will provide hints for these prerequisites:
Use the options of the button menu to configure comment visibility and notifications:
To place a comment in the editor space, run the command for it first. This can be done by performing one of the following:
Comments can be assigned to an object, a specific point, or an area on the active document. The command invokes the comment placement mode and the cursor changes to a crosshair with a blue circle that detects and highlights objects for selection:
The placement action then opens a comment entry dialog that offers a field for entering the comment text, and also additional options for adding a freehand drawing to the comment () and including a reference to a specific user or group (). Click to confirm the comment creation, which will associate the comment with a numbered pin marker on the document and also add a comment summary entry to the Comments panel.
Interaction with a placed comment is through a pop-up comment dialog, which shows all entries in the selected comment thread and includes options to preview, reply, edit, resolve, and delete an entry. The dialog is opened when initially placing a comment, or when a placed comment is selected in the Comments panel or in the design space. Press Esc or click in the design space to close the comment dialog.
You can sequentially step through all available comments using the previous/next buttons () in the dialog's header.
Select the Show original design screenshot option in the initial comment to see a graphical capture of the editor area when the comment was placed. Click the icon at the top-right of the screenshot or the screenshot itself to open a full-size preview (click the icon at the top-right of this preview or the image itself to close it).
Enter text, and optionally a user mention (@), in the Reply field to add a new entry to the comment thread. Click to confirm the entry.
Along with text in the comment entry dialog, a 'mention' reference can be added for any other user or role registered with the connected Workspace by entering the @ character or clicking the dialog's button. Select a name/email from the dropdown list to add the user (team member) reference to the comment, and also as an Assign To entry. Uncheck the latter option if you do not wish the comment to be regarded as specifically assigned to that user or group. A Role group (say, 'Engineers'), and therefore its constituent users, may also be added as a mention and/or assignment.
If a mentioned user does not have access to the current project, you will be invited to share it with that user. This option is available if you are the project owner or a Workspace administrator. User Access Rights are granted through the Share dialog; the user will receive an email notifying them of the shared access. The project will not be shared if you cancel the Share dialog, but the comment will be placed as usual.
If a comment has been assigned to a user or role, its priority can be set. The priority is immediately set to Medium but can be changed by clicking the arrow.
An existing comment may be edited by the author of that comment using the Edit option available from the comment's menu. Click the button to confirm the comment edit.
Use the Delete option to remove the currently selected comment. Note that the entire thread will be removed if the initial comment (as opposed to a Reply) is deleted.
Use the Copy Link option to copy the URL to the comment thread. This link can be used to open this project in the Web Viewer of the Workspace's browser interface, with an object, point, or area of the comment zoomed and centered.
Click the dialog's / button to toggle the comment state between Resolved and Unresolved (the default). A resolved comment (closed as complete) is inactive and non-editable, and both its entry in the Comments panel and its pin marker on the document are grayed out.
A comment's location in the editor space is moved by dragging its associated 'pin' to a new position – during or after its placement. When selected, the comment pin includes a connecting line to its associated object or area.
When placing or editing a comment, select the option button to add freehand drawing with the resulting pen cursor. Click and drag to create lines, and then right-click to finish and associate the drawing with the currently selected comment.
To access the Freehand Drawing mode of the Properties panel, press the Tab key when freehand drawing mode is active (this is indicated by the icon in the design space). These options allow you to undo and redo comments under the Commands drop-down and change the width size and color under the Properties drop-down.
When a project document is removed or its UniqueID has changed, the comments for the document can become "detached". Those comments can still be accessed from the panel's Detached Comments collapsible region. Click on a detached comment's tile in the Comments panel to show its dialog in the design space of the currently opened document.
Comments also can be placed on a board layout in the PCB editor space using the same placement approach to that in the schematic editor. When a comment entry is selected in the Comments panel, the system will open (and load if necessary) the associated design document.