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Working with Altium 365 Projects

Component Properties in the Schematic Editor

The Properties panel includes everything you need to know about a selected component. Some parameters apply to any type of library, and other component properties are directly related to Altium 365.

We will consider the component properties and new functions of the Properties panel in more detail. Open the Properties panel then select the component on the schematic (e.g., R1 - RC0402JR-07120RL).

General region of the Properties panel in Component mode
Fig. 1 - General region of the Properties panel in Component mode

General functionality of the Properties panel in Component mode:

  • View and edit data parameters of the component: Designator, Comment, and Description.
  • Change component type using the drop-down in the Type field. The type of component selected determines its template (i.e., required parameters) and displaying behavior in the ActiveBOM document.
Changing the component type
Fig. 2 - Changing the component type
Replace a component by clicking Icons in the Design Item ID field. In our example, the Replace dialog opens and displays a list of possible replacement options discussed in more detail in the Replacing Placed Components Chapter.
The Replace dialog
Fig. 3 - The Replace dialog

Additional parameters appear in the Properties panel that are not present when working with file-based libraries. These parameters create new fields in the Properties panel.

The component can be updated to the latest revision by clicking Icons (Update to the Latest Revision). Components updated to the "latest revision" have the Up to date status. The Out of date status indicates that an update is required. We discuss this process in more detail in the Validating and Updating Component Revisions Chapter.

Revision state and revision status fields
Fig. 4 - Revision state and revision status fields
The availability of the component from manufacturers (i.e., unit price and available stock) display in a color that indicates stock availability.
Component price and availability
Fig. 5 - Component price and availability

 

Tip: The Part Choices region of the Properties panel includes more information regarding manufacturers, details about products, and their availability. For a refresher about working with part choices, see the Selecting Part Choices Chapter.

Part Choices region
Fig. 6 - Part Choices region

 

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