New Collaboration Options for the BOM Tool

It’s now very easy to share your BOM with colleagues, or keep a BOM private for your eyes only. We’ve added two new components to the BOM Tool. In the upper-right corner, you’ll see a new “omniscient eye” icon and also a bigger Share button.

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If you hover over the eye, you’ll see how many people are currently viewing the BOM. This feature (and the rest of the BOM Tool, in fact) uses the excellent Firebase platform to keep track of when a web browser opens and closes the BOM. Firebase makes this kind of event-based functionality easy to implement.
Clicking the Share button will reveal new options in the BOM Sharing box.
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At the top, you can enable or disable BOM sharing entirely by clicking on the checkbox. If BOM sharing is disabled, only you will be able to view and edit your BOM. Any other user will see this screen when visiting your BOM’s URL:
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​If you’d like to allow your colleagues to edit a BOM that you’ve created, you can give them the new “view or edit” URL.

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If your colleagues use this longer URL to view your BOM, they’ll be able to make changes to it. Other people using the regular “view” URL will not be able to make edits.
Finally, the BOM Tool’s “Share via email” feature now allows you to select the type of link that will be shared—”view” or “view or edit.”
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​As always, let us know what you think! Use the “Talk to Us!” widget at the bottom of any page to give us your feedback.
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  • Royce Pipkins

    The BOM Tool is pretty neat. I will give it a go. Maybe I missed it, but it seemed like the BOM Tool didn’t recognize your CPL part numbers. It’d be neat make the BOM Tool able to accept CPL part numbers to form a kind of template BOM that can be used (semi-automatically) to create a more specific copy of the BOM with actual part numbers. This might facilitate those who want to use the generic CPL parts in their EDA tool to first place a complete vendor order for hand assembly quantities and then later send the BOM to a Seeed Studio that would actually use the CPL part numbers to pull from their on-hand stock.