2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 19, 2015 8:56 PM by jim.granville

    What exactly does the demonstration mode in PADS Layout limit? (PADS 9.5)

    neganur

      Hi,

       

      Sometimes I'm unlucky and none of the floating licenses are available while I need to open PADS Layout. The software tells me that it will start in demonstration mode instead. What exactly does that mean? Can I plug a USB dongle in while in demonstration mode?

       

      I was unable to find anything in the help files when I search for "demonstration mode" - there's mostly only warnings that the software may open in said mode. I could not find any discussions of exactly what the limitations are either. I am mainly interested in the following scenarios:

       

      a) I open Layout from within Logic to quickly change a decal or prepare a board outline.

      b) I open Layout from within Logic to send the net list and push an eco to pcb due to minor changes in the schematics.

       

      I suppose demonstration mode means I cannot use any of the following functions:

       

      • cannot save, or save as
      • cannot export
      • cannot create a PDF
      • no CAM functions
      • cannot EDIT or NEW in the library (however, right-click an object and 'Save to Library' seems to work)

       

      Sometimes I can reserve time for a USB dongle but forgot that I started the software in demonstration mode. Usually I just exit and restart the software after I attach the dongle, but what happens if the dongle is removed while PADS Layout is running (i.e. licensed)?

       

      1. Will it switch to demonstration mode?

      2. If the dongle is plugged back in, will I be able to save my work?

      3. Specifically, if I started in demonstration mode and attach the dongle at a later point, will it resume in licensed mode?

       

      Note that I think to know that the recommended procedure is to close any software that uses the licenses before attaching a dongle. However, sometimes certain impatient individuals ignore that.

       

      Apologies if this information can be found in the documentation. I was not able to find anything relevant after a reasonable amount of time spent searching.

       

      Sincerely,

      Chris

        • 1. Re: What exactly does the demonstration mode in PADS Layout limit? (PADS 9.5)
          sravankumar.padarthy

          Chris,

           

          In the demonstration mode you can do all edits and save your design provided you should be in the limits, the limits for the PADS Layout can be found at File->Reports->Limits.(open the report in demonstration mode, not in the licensed mode)

           

          If you are in this limits you can even export your gerbers.

           

          If you open the software in demo mode and if you plug the dongle, you need to restart the software to open in the licensed mode.

          and if you are working in the license mode and if you unplug your device, you get a warning saying like this after some time(software will check for dongle at regular intervals), and if you click cancel , PADS will create a backup of the current design and exits. if you click retry it again checks for the dongle and will give the same message if it could not find one.

           

          hope it helps

           

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          • 2. Re: What exactly does the demonstration mode in PADS Layout limit? (PADS 9.5)
            jim.granville

            Christian Cziezerski:

             

            I suppose demonstration mode means I cannot use any of the following functions:

             

            • cannot EDIT or NEW in the library (however, right-click an object and 'Save to Library' seems to work)

             

            Not quite - there is more capability, when used in the right order.

            In Logic & Layout, you can harvest any Decal/Part to the Library, from a large design, as you say.

            ( You can also harvest a cluster, if you want to, by delete of other items until inside the demonstration mode limits.)

             

            If you then use File New to remove the over-size design, then you now can Edit and New in the library, and change that Saved item.

             

            The only step you need the key for, is to replace the modified decal into a larger design.

            You can check the decal, in a smaller design.

             

            In Logic & Layout, you can also Develop and Test Scripts, in demonstration mode.

             

            Demonstration mode can also test/confirm a netlist flow will import into Layout OK, so is good for a SCH hand-over check..

            (common errors here are missing PCB footprints )