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Jun 6, 2014 1:47 PM

What did you think of the Designer Installation Process?

We are interested in how the software download, installation and licensing process worked for you.


  • Was the software download painless (no problems)?
  • Was the software download fast (relative perceptions OK)?
  • Was software installation painless (no problems)?
    • If you encountered any problems: Please be as specific as you have time for.
  • Was the software license delivered without issues (did your spam filter trap it)?
  • Was licensing painless (no problems)?


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.

  • thomas_h Novice 10 posts since
    Jun 3, 2014

    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 !



    Tom Hurst

  • _Derek Novice 2 posts since
    Jun 30, 2014

    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?

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