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Altium 365 Getting Started User Guide
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Welcome to the Altium 365 Getting Started User Guide. Prepare to experience the most connected experience for PCB design and realization. Seamlessly accessible from Altium Designer or any internet connected device. Available with Altium Subscription.
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Get started using Altium 365 with sample data and practical examples. While working with an existing design, you will learn:
  • How to move components and project models to Altium 365
  • How to place the project in Altium 365
  • How to replace the components in your project with identical ones from Altium 365
  • How to work with components and models from Altium 365
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Whether you are working with internal team members, or sharing design files with external vendors, maintaining all of your design data in a single place ensures consistency and accessibility. Altium 365 provides a secure cloud platform to store all of your design files in a single place, so you can share them with anyone and access them from anywhere. Learn more about placing, storing, and working with projects in Altium 365.
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Once you have a project in your Altium 365 Workspace, it is time to start working with cloud components. All components are distributed into functional Component Categories, making navigation and component search more convenient than ever. Learn more about the creation and usage of cloud components in projects. 
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Watch on-demand webinars for the most important concepts for Altium 365.
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Get some answers for the most frequently asked questions! Updated monthly to help grow with the Altium 365 community.
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Learn advanced design secrets not covered in the guide with short walkthroughs written by experienced users.
Working with Altium 365 enables you to organize all of your design data in a single place. Anyone you set up as a User can connect anytime, from anywhere to get the data they need. You can further leverage Altium 365 with a Pro subscription to use templates and lifecycles to standardize all your data.  

PCB Development Path

Each new project includes a unique solution, new details, and new compromises to which the engineer MUST pay attention. To get the results closer to the ideal, the designer of the future device must make proper calculations, imagine the consequences of decisions made, compare different device configurations, and, finally, make the right choice. Altium Designer offers a complete set of tools allowing the engineer to follow the PCB development path without leaving the design environment and without resorting to third-party programs. From the beginning of the project to its completion, the designer must perform many operations related to each particular stage of the development path. From these stages, as from the blocks, a typical design path is built.

Creating a new project is a critical step in the development path of every PCB. The project easily allows you to carry out and synchronize the schematic and board design. At this point, it is common that library creation is complete and placed in your repository. After project creation, work starts on the electrical schematic design by placing components and defining their interconnections. The Electrical Rules Check (ERC) design rules are checked several times while working on the schematic, and once completed, the project will be compiled.

The next step contains all the work related to PCB design. This step includes forming the board shape, creating a layer set (stackup), synchronizing with the schematic, design rules definition, components placement, routing, and much more. During PCB design, rules help decrease errors and problems with frequent checks: Design For Assembly (DFA), Design Rules Check (DRC), and Design For Manufacture (DFM). These checks automatically update your reports as the design is done, so that it's not such a huge task to document the product at the end. After completion of the error-free PCB, you must gather all of your files and reports to complete the documentation development stage, including exporting the Bill of Materials (BOM), creating assembly drawings, and other documentation outputs. The final step of the PCB development path is uploading files for the manufacturer to create a printed circuit board to create a finished device.