2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 12, 2014 9:26 AM by Community_Admin

    Why do we have to be on maintenance to read tech/app notes?


      We've already paid a LOT of money for Mentor's tools.  The tech notes enable us to better use these tools that we've spent a LOT of money on.  We are not asking for free tech support; we are asking to be able to READ THE DOCUMENTATION that has already been produced for the tools that we've spent a LOT OF MONEY on.


      I have complained about this before, and I have not gotten an answer from Mentor.  This is simply a flagrant money-grab.


      People often post questions on this forum, only to be told by some 'helpful' Mentor employ "tech note 123 has your answer".  But if you're not on maintenance, you can't read it.  If I WAS on maintence, I'd just CALL YOU UP, instead of trying to wade through forums to find an answer.


      Can somebody from Mentor Graphics respond to this?


      Barry Volain

        • 1. Re: Why do we have to be on maintenance to read tech/app notes?

          We have Ansys, Synopys, Mentor,Cadence and Ailent ADS tools. Based on my experiences about the support site, A fact is that all vendors never allow out-of-maintenace user to access thier support site except Agilent. So I think it's just a common policy in EDA indutry that only users who are under valid maintenance be allowed to get access support site.


          Agilent(now Keysight) is an expection and even you aren't a Agilent user,  you  also be allowed download ADS  directly from the site. 


          • 2. Re: Why do we have to be on maintenance to read tech/app notes?

            Volain -  Thanks for your investment in and use of Mentor tools, and thanks also for your question. It is a good one, and others have likely considered before.


            As suggested by Yanfeng's response, many other companies understand that technical content like TechNotes and AppNotes are another aspect of technical support, similar to phone/email support for service requests. Mentor Graphics shares that perspective.


            TechNotes and AppNotes have been created by our Customer Application Engineers (MGC's term for Support Engineers), and there is a direct cost to create those -- time spent researching a solution, developing the content, and ensuring its accuracy. Each TechNote and AppNote can take a considerable amount of time. When multiplied across the thousands of TechNotes available to our active support customers on SupportNet, you can see that this is a considerable investment by Mentor. Just because these resources can be available online doesn't minimize this expense in any way. These investments are funded by our customers' ongoing support contracts. Mentor Communities offers an alternative where users can help other users directly, find insights from posted discussions and documents, and sometimes engage with Mentor technical personnel. And this is available for Mentor product users that are either on active or declined support.


            BTW - we will soon be rolling out a new version of the communities with many new features and improvements. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.


            If you have any further questions, please ask!