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Working with Altium 365

Commenting in Your Design

Clear communication and discussion of project changes are essential. The discussion often translates into notes on objects in the schematic or PCB presented through separate documents or emails, risking misunderstanding the subject of discussion. With Altium 365 commenting, your comments connect to specified objects or areas providing instant access and full visibility to any design changes so you always have your explanations and the latest files in one place. Commenting is available both in the documents themselves within Altium Designer and in the web view of the shared project. To leave a comment in the web view:

In the browser, open a project that has been shared with you. In the project tree on the left side, select the document for which you want to leave a comment.

Project file is opened in web view
Fig. 1 - Project file is opened in web view

 

At the top of the central area where the content of the document is displayed, there are three options for commenting:

Pin icon - This option allows you to define a specific object to which the comment will be applied.

Rectangle icon - This option allows you to select a rectangular area to which comment will be applied.

Pencil icon - This option allows you to draw any area to which the comment will be applied.

Select the pin icon option. To do this, click on its icon at the top toolbar.

Once the option is selected, click the component for which you want to leave a comment. Enter your comment in the Comments panel then click Post to publish your comment and make it available to everyone.

Object commenting
Fig. 2 - Commenting on an object

Tip: The same action can be performed in Altium Designer by choosing Place > Comment for Point after connecting to the workspace.

Now let’s place a comment on an area by selecting rectangle icon. This option allows you to select a rectangular area to which your comment will be applied. Select the required area by clicking and dragging in the design space, enter your comment in the Comments panel then click Post to publish it.

Area commenting
Fig. 3 - Commenting on an area

Tip: The same action can be performed in Altium Designer by choosing Place > Comment for Area after connecting to the workspace.

All your comments appear instantly for all designers, even for open project documents. You can see the notes in the design space, however, it is much more convenient to use the Comments panel since it lists all comments for the project. Click on a comment in the panel to open and show the object or area to which this comment is attached. 

Viewing comments in Altium Designer
Fig. 4 - Viewing comments in Altium Designer

You can respond to comments and join the discussion by clicking in the Comment field in the Comments panel then click Reply to post it.

Replying to the comment
Fig. 5 - Replying to the comment

Tip: You can mention a specific user in the comment using the @ symbol before their AltiumLive address, for example, @john.doe@altium.com

Once the issue has been addressed, the comment can be resolved and hidden. To resolve the comment click ••• in the upper-right corner of the comment then select Resolve. The comment will become hidden in the panel

Resolving a comment
Fig. 6 - Resolving a comment

Resolved comments do not totally disappear; they are merely hidden. To show all resolved comments, click the Gear icon in the upper-right corner of the Comments panel then enable the Show resolved comments option.

Resolved comments are visible in the Comments panel
Fig. 7 - Resolved comments are visible in the Comments panel

Tip: You can ‘unresolve’ the comment by clicking the ••• in the upper-right corner of the comment then selecting Unresolve. This comment will again display in the Comments panel.

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