Tech-Tip: CR-8000 Design Force – Concurrent Multi-Area Design
In CR-8000 Design Force, we have a feature called Concurrent Multi-Area Design.
This feature allows multiple design engineers to work on the same data at the
Note: from the 2022 release, up to 10 people can work on the same data.
This video will show the Concurrent Multi-Area Design feature.
First, need to set up Concurrent Multi-Area Design Server.
From Windows Start menu, [Zuken CR-8000 Concurrent Design Server ####] > [Concurrent Design Server Settings].
Type in the Port number you like to use for the Concurrent Design Server program. Then click [Add].
Click to start the Concurrent Design Server program.
From one of the client machines, open Design Force, [File] > [Open] > [Design Data…].
(Chose a Concurrent Multi-Area Design)
Click next to “Host name”.
If you need to add a Concurrent Design Server host machine, then click [Add..].
Select the Concurrent Design Server host machine you like to connect and click [OK].
Navigate to the DF design data you like to open, select it, and click [Open].
Next, open the same DF data from a different machine.
Adding a wiring line using the machine on the left side.
Once you do [Data End] (or [Command End]), the wiring line input from the machine on the left side will also display on the right side machine.
Moving a component from one machine will have the same results as the wiring line and we can see the change on the other machine.
For more information about Multi-Area Concurrent Design, please reference the DF online help.
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