We are interested in how the software download, installation and licensing process worked for you.
Any other thoughts and comments are appreciated. We have worked hard to eliminate challenges but we will not rest until we have the download/install/license process bullet-proof.
I've installed and worked with DxDesigner Suite in the past. This was basically the same and the software has the same look and feel which is nice and by design I'm sure. Anyone used to using any Schematic program should not have a problem at least laying down and connecting components.
I had absolutly no problems downloading and installing the software or license. I have a high speed connection. I don't remember how long it took to download but not more than a few minutes.
Setting up dropbox for the parts was the only thing I did not expect but was no big deal. I'll be happy when there are more part footprints / symbols ready but I know that will take a little time. It will be a huge time saver once implemented.
So far I'm very happy with the software and have not had any issues. I'm currently running Win 7 64 bit on a laptop with a quad AMD A6 @ 1.5 GHz and 4G ram. I have a faster desktop running Win 8.1 I might try it on but the extra speed is not needed at least as far as anything I've done so far.
Great work everyone !
The installation and licensing of the executable itself was pretty well painless, but there were some extra things on the way to actually making a design.
For example, when I went to start a new project, my firewall came up asking if I wanted to give iCDB Server network access, and I figured, since it was a beta anyway, I'd deny just to see what would happen, and it turned out, no immediately obvious result. I understand that every possible combination of security software and settings cannot be anticipated, but it would have been nice if the software noticed that its network access had failed and provided some indication of the consequences so I'd know why I should change my firewall settings. Granted, I expect many people would just trust MentorGraphics, but that sort of explanatory behavior has become part of how I expect to interact with programs.
Another example is the number of things to sign up for. I signed up for TechXchange, since I'd agreed to provide feedback, and then when my first glance over the PartQuest documentation suggested registering for a Mentor account and a Dropbox account, I have to admit I was relieved to find they were optional. In part, this was because I'd hoped that my setup was done and I wouldn't have to come up with yet more unique usernames or strong paswords, or read through more pages of service/license agreements (though I still had to do the latter for PartQuest anyway), but also because the last time I'd looked at Dropbox, I'd decided not to register after reading their terms of service. Could there be other included storage methods, for example SFTP, to give users with other storage solutions the option to forego an extra account/service agreement?