What’s New in Altium 365: The New Library Importer, Generic Components, and MCAD CoDesigner 3.0 with Support for Multi-board Assemblies
The Library Importer (formerly Library Migrator) now has a new visual interface that allows you to easily import your existing libraries to the workspace. We improved MCAD CoDesigner with the 3.0 version, which now includes support for multi-board assemblies and other enhancements. You can now place generic components as placeholders that can be easily replaced with real-world components later in the design process. We added the ability to select a net to view the connectivity information and to compare local changes against conflicting files, in addition to our previously released diff and compare operations. And did you know that Altium 365 has been upgraded to 64-bit Git Service, allowing support for larger designs?
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New Library Importer
Altium’s Library Migrator was renamed Library Importer; the feature’s name was changed to conform more closely to the tool’s purpose. Not only does it have a new name, but our team has made several improvements to enhance your user experience.
MCAD CoDesigner 3.0
Altium CoDesigner 3.0 introduces support for synchronizing an MCAD device assembly with an ECAD multi-board assembly. This feature is in beta for SOLIDWORKS, with other MCAD tools to follow in upcoming releases. The 3.0 version also includes support for device assembly in Autodesk Fusion 360 electronics library and an automatic push when you Save to the Server. The support for Siemens NX has been released and is no longer in beta.
Altium 365 now allows you to add generic components to speed up the initial stages of a project. Components can be added quickly to a design without needing a specific manufacturer part. Generic components are intended as placeholders that are easily replaced by a suitable component later in the design process.
Net Selection Improvements in Schematics
The ability to select a net and view the connectivity information was added to the Altium 365 Web Viewer. When you select a net, the Properties panel opens. The corresponding net in the schematic is displayed in the schematic's connectivity list, showing all schematics containing the selected net.
Comparing Local Changes to Conflicted Files
The last newsletter introduced a new feature — Compare Local Changes. In addition to this functionality, we added the ability to compare local changes to conflicted files. In Soft Locks [Conflict Prevention] in Altium 365, we discussed how to deal with file conflicts. We have since updated the functionality to allow a comparison of the changes between the local version of the conflicted file and the one on the server.
Altium 365 on a 64-bit Git Service
Altium 365 has moved from a 32-bit service architecture to a 64-bit version. This update improves the performance of Altium 365 cloud storage and version control capabilities.