It sounds like you were given some mis-information. For new sales, it is true that the PADS ES Suite has been replaced with a new part, PADS Standard Plus. However, this, and older part numbers are still supported, and if you are on a maintenance contract, eligible for software upgrades. You can download PADS VX.1.2 today, and future releases (PADS VX.2 is planned for June).
The repackaging is due to new, unique functionality that has been added, specifically crosstalk analysis and the new 3D design capabilities. (PADS VX.1.2 also included many productivity and usability improvements in the full PADS solution, from schematic capture to layout to simulation and analysis) If this functionality is of interest to you, I encourage you to talk to your sale person – we have very aggressive migration paths from all older part numbers (including the ES Suite) to the new suites. In many cases – this migration will save you money!
Stay tuned to this forum and pads.com – there are many exciting things going on with PADS at Mentor Graphics. We have a strong product development roadmap set for this year. We’ll be share more details as they get finalize in these online venues, as well as seminars and user group meetings around the world!
Thanks for the clarification and information regarding the upcoming releases!
We will interact with our sales person regarding this.