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Jun 17, 2014 8:51 AM

some questions for new user

hello

i want to use this tool for a design i have to do for production, i need to begin the design immediately and i want to do it with this tool.

 

1) is this product is ready for use to real PCB production?

2) when do you plan to release the Designer Schematic Unlimited?

3) when do you plan the first release of the layout Designer?

4) in the Digikey web it is written that user that will submit feedback will get FREE upgrade to Designer Schematic Unlimited, can you clarify this statement?

 

 

thanks

 

 

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  • DaveBrady Novice 54 posts since
    May 5, 2012
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    Jun 17, 2014 11:52 AM (in response to OnA)
    some questions for new user

    OnA,

     

      Thank your for your interest and questions:

     

      Here are some answers:

    1. NO: Designer Schematic "release candidate" is NOT production ready (this is a beta testing phase)
    2. Designer Schematic Unlimited will be released with Designer Schematic (no delay)
    3. Designer Layout is planned for End of Q3 to End of Q4 (exact release date is dependent upon release candidate testing results)
    4. I'm not sure what info you are looking for: Please elaborate.
      • DaveBrady Novice 54 posts since
        May 5, 2012
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        Jun 18, 2014 11:12 AM (in response to OnA)
        Re: some questions for new user

        OnA,

         

        The restriction on "production use" for the release candidate is based on the assumption that we may need to make extensive product changes between now (release candidate) and the production release.  At the moment, I do not see any "major changes" coming but the evaluation process is not complete.

         

        Yes, you may move your design from the release candidate "version" to the production release "version".  Designs used in release candidate testing are not "throw away" designs... they will move to the production release.

         

        We do not have an exact "release date": Driven by the evaluation process.  We are targeting mid to late July but honestly this could slip to August / September if we discover the need for major enhancements or bug fixes in the release candidate testing.

         

        Moving designs between DxDesigner and Designer Schematic.  First, all component data (Symbols and Footprints) are compatible (same formats) between Designer Schematic & Layout and PADS (netlist flow).  Moving "projects" from Designer to PADS will be straightforward but the opposite direction (PADS to Designer) is a bit more complicated (the PADS designs must conform to the Designer limitations). We are evaluating technical solutions now and while the objective is clear the "method" remains a topic of research & discussion.

         

        PartQuest... it's possible to use complex parts (right now) but the steps are not intuitive.  I created a video a couple of weeks back... after I had a couple of beers (it was a late Saturday night).  The video is technically very informative but the recording is low quality.  I'd be happy to make a copy of the video available to you => Send a note to dave_brady@mentor.com and I'll send you a link. Our marketing teams are working to create a professional video (or multiple videos) to cover the same material but I do not have an expected delivery date.

         

        PartQuest will be released when Designer Schematic is released.

         

        Free upgrade:  I don't know the details ... What constitutes "feedback" that activates the free upgrade?  I am able to confirm that Mentor Graphics did authorize this program.  Digi-Key is defining and administrating the program details: We need one of our Digi-Key colleagues to "fill in the details"

          • Jeremy Novice 82 posts since
            Mar 29, 2011
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            Jun 18, 2014 4:36 PM (in response to OnA)
            Re: some questions for new user

            OnA,

             

            Considering that this software will not be free I would suggest that you may want to look at other options, if you need a free tool.  The beta test of this software was not meant to be a free tool that could be used as such.  The purpose was to increase the ease of use and adoption rate of the software by vetting it with the future users and incorporating their suggestions.  Facilitating questions and answers so that users could have direct input into what options and aspects the software would take on.

            We do appreciate your questions on the software and letting us know what your needs are for future offerings.  At the moment there are no plans to extend licenses for the beta process.  I hope this will help in answering your questions on our product offering.  We will review your situation/comments and add it to our list of considerations and improvements.

            Thanks again for your questions and your time in investigating the software.

      • Jeremy Novice 82 posts since
        Mar 29, 2011
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        Jun 18, 2014 11:51 AM (in response to OnA)
        some questions for new user

        OnA,

         

        The details of the upgrade are as follows:

        1.  You need to have an activated license (for tracking) during the beta test.  You must have provided accurate contact information.

        2.  If you have provided valuable feedback we will record and monitor that feedback.

        3.  A unique part number will be sent to you via your TechXchange email.  We may privately request contact information on TechXchange to verify our information and yours.

        4.  You will be able to use the information in the email to purchase the upgraded product or receive the upgrade to the base product.

        If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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