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Getting Started with Altium 365

Replacing Component Library Links with Cloud Components

Our project is now available in Altium 365 with all the project components migrated to your Workspace. Our next goal is to link the existing project components with migrated components hosted on Altium 365.

When viewing component properties in any open schematic, you see the original Design Item ID and Source (Altium Content Vault).

The Properties panel
Fig. 1 - The Properties panel

To replace old component links with Altium 365 links, we will use the Item Manager to update and synchronize project components.

From an active schematic document, select Tools > Item Manager.

Select Item Manager
Fig. 2 - Select Item Manager

The Item Manager dialog opens, displaying all components of our project. Click the Options button at the lower left.

The Item Manager dialog
Fig. 3 -The Item Manager dialog

In the Item Manager Options dialog in the Source server drop-down, select your Workspace name ("Altium 365 Cloud" in the case of this guidethen click OK to close the dialog.

Settings in the Item Manager Options dialog
Fig. 4 - Settings in the Item Manager Options dialog

 

In the Item Manager dialog, click the Automatch button to open the Automatching items dialog. This dialog performs a component search operation on the source server that was selected in the Item Manager Options dialog. A green circle appears if matching was successful. Click OK when complete.

The Automatching items dialog
Fig. 5 - The Automatching items dialog

Return to the Item Manager dialog. The New Settings column shows assigned parameters from Altium 365 to all of the component elements.

Successful search of the components on Altium 365
Fig. 6 - Successful search of the components on Altium 365

 

Access the ECO drop-down menu then select Apply ECO.

Apply ECO

Fig. 7 - Apply ECO

 

After the process is complete, all component parameters are updated. You can validate the changes in the Properties panel with the new Design Item ID parameter and the Source field that now displays your Workspace name ("Altium 365 Cloud").

Updated component properties
Fig. 8 - Updated component properties

 

All changes must now be saved. We will do it locally first then commit changes to the Altium 365 server later. Select File > Save All from the main menus. The red circles next to project documents are a warning that there are differences between the local version and the server version.

Version control
Fig. 9 - Version control

To update differences between the local and server version, right-click on the project, then select Save to Server.

Saving to the Altium 365 server
Fig. 10 - Saving to the Altium 365 server

The Commit to Version Control dialog opens and displays the specific documents that have been changed and allowz you to specify a comment for the changes made. Enter “Component links updated” in the Comment field then click the Commit And Push button.

The Commit to Version Control dialog
Fig. 11 - The Commit to Version Control dialog

Now you can continue to work with the project, use components from your Altium 365 library, and, most importantly, have access to this data from anywhere in the world.

Tip: In the future, when working with a project, you can open it directly from the Altium 365 server using File > Open Project from the main menus then selecting the version that is loaded on the server.

The Open Project dialog
Fig. 12 - The Open Project dialog

 

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