History of key licensing and installation changes/transitions in PADS

Document created by andrew_audova on Jan 5, 2012Last modified by andrew_audova on Oct 17, 2012
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Note: With every major release of PADS the exact access version requirement changes. These changes are not reflected in the information below. For a mapping of PADS release to version date, refer to Which PADS Flow release am I entitled to use?



  • Windows 7 support added (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Upgrade to FlexNet v11.6 required on the license server (for floating/network licenses)                                                


PADS9.1 + Update 1
  • PADS Logic "Create PDF" option no longer requires the plogpdf  license (no license is required for this functionality).
  • PADS Logic can also be invoked with a viewdraw license (or any composite/suite license that contains this atomic license).


  • Introduced the PADS Layout "Create PDF" functionality (feature: pwrpdf)                   
  • PADS Logic license (viewdraw040) delivered as a composite license, in one of the following features, and also in any older PADS Logic composite/Suite license (Ex: padspel_c):    
    • dxdesigner040_c (DxDesigner 040)
    • padsls_c (PADS LS Suite)
    • padses_c (PADS ES Suite)
  • Above mentioned composite licenses include support for pre-9.0  versions of PADS Logic (but will NOT run pre-9.0 versions of  DxDesigner).                           


  • PADS Logic requires the viewdraw040 license (no longer runs with the plogshell license).
  • viewdraw040 license will run DxDesigner, but without support for concurrent design editing functionality                         
    • viewdraw license (or Suite license containing it) is required for concurrent design functionality in DxDesigner


  • Added support for Windows Vista, for all products
  • Added support for Windows Vista, but only for PADS Layout/Logic/Router
  • Support discontinued for Windows 2000
  • Introduced the SDD_USELOCALENV functionality, enabling non-Administrator users to run the Configurator to switch PADS Flow versions.                        
  • Upgrade to v10.8 required on the license server (for floating/network licenses)        


PADS2005 SPac2
  • Introduced the PADS "Flow" installation (includes more products)
  • PADS Flow installation moves from InstallShield install to Mentor Install Program (MIP).   
    • Default (and recommended) installation location moved to C:\MentorGraphics
  • Delivers the Configurator for switching between different versions of the PADS Flow.
  • Environment variables are now written at the system/machine level not the user profile level.
  • Upgrade to FlexNet v9.5 required on the license server (for floating/network licenses)                                   


PADS2005 SPac1
  • PADS Logic requires a plogshell license. The plogshell license  feature may show up in the license file, or it may be hidden in a  composite (a.k.a. "Suite") license, for example: padscrl_c


PADS2004 SPac 1
  • PADS-Designer no longer delivered (for schematic capture)
  • DxDesigner is now delivered (for schematic capture)
  • Transitioned from the psidaemon license daemon to the mgcld (Mentor Graphics) license daemon.                                      
    • FlexNet v8.2 required for the license manager (for serving floating/network licenses)                                 
  • Support added for USB (FLEXID=9) hardware keys