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Adding a New PCB Document to a Project

The schematic stage is over. Before we start to develop our PCB, we need to create and add to the project a special document that contains the board outline shape, design rules, components and their placement coordinates, routing, and all the details that are required for final product manufacturing. A very important step before creating a board is successful project validation. It is strictly recommended to start working with the PCB only after you have resolved all the violations. Let’s add a PCB document and make it available online:

Right-click on the Kame_FMU.PrjPCB project name in the Projects panel then select Add New to Project > PCB to add a PCB document to the project. A new PCB1.PcbDoc document appears in the project structure and the interface of the board editor is now opened in the Altium Designer workspace.          

Kame_FMU.PrjPCB has been added to the project but is not yet commited
Fig. 1 - Kame_FMU.PrjPCB is added to the project but is not yet committed

Now we need to save the PCB document and give it a name. To do this, right-click on the PCB1.PcbDoc document then select the Save option. In the window that opens, enter Kame_FMU.PcbDoc in the File name field and click Save. The document now has the name we specified and is part of the project.

Kame_FMU.PrjPCB Document is Added to the Project, but not yet Committed.
Fig. 2 - Kame_FMU.PrjPCB is added to the project, but is not yet committed

The project now has an asterisk (*) symbol next to the name meaning the project structure has been changed. We need to save the project and make the created PCB document available online. Right-click on the Kame_FMU.PrjPCB project name then select Save to Server. A Confirm dialog opens asking if you want the unsaved files saved; click Yes. In the Commit to Version Control dialog that opens, make sure that there is a check next to Kame_FMU.PrjPCB and Kame_FMU.PcbDoc. Enter PCB file has been added in the Comment field of the dialog. Click Commit And Push to commit the project.         

Committing the created PcbDoc
Fig. 3 - Committing the new PcbDoc

A Git window will appear for a few moments during the committing and pushing process. When it closes, you should see a green check next to the Kame_FMU.PcbDoc document. The green check indicates a successful commit and the validity of the document. This document is now available in your design space.

All Documents of the Kame_FMU project are Up-to-Date  and are Available in the Cloud.
Fig. 4 - All documents of the Kame_FMU project are up-to-date
and are available in the cloud
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