Our customer wants to buy Digi-Key's Designer Schematic and Designer Layout by Mentor.
Is it possible to use the Designer Schematic as an front-end tool with Xpedition VX.1.1 as the back-end tool?
No, Designer Schematic writes out a netlist that is not compatible with Xpedition and there is no possibility to back-annotate changes made in an Xpedition layout database to a 'Designer Schematic' schematic database.
Is the netlist encrypted or ASCII?
We have an own made ASCII netlist converter which can convert Eagle, Designspark, Ultiboard etc. netlists to a Mentor .kyn format, which can be imported in Xpedition.
At this time the netlist is binary formatted for Designer Layout only.
What features interest you in using Designer Schematic as a front end.
PartQuest now interfaces with the PADS netlist flow, and beta testing is in planning now for xDX Designer in the Expedition flow. Would you like to beta test?
We have a customer who is looking to replace his old Power Logic schematic software and doesn't want to spent a lot of money for his schematic software.
The schematics that they make are not very complex.
We are working with VX.1.1 and he wants that we do the PCB layout.
We have a lot of customers who have a front-end like Ulticap, Eagle, Power Logic etc.
Can you more explain about beta testing?
Maybe it is interesting for us.
If you don't need Forward Annotate or update the original schematic, you can open Designer Schematic project with xDX Designer and then export a keyin netlist.
It's a one way flow since once you have opened the project with xDX Designer, you cannot open it again with Designer Schematic.
I never try it, but this procedure has been indicated by Digikey.
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