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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
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 )