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Orcad Layout finally dead

Discussion in 'CAD' started by Boris Mohar, Jun 21, 2007.

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  1. Boris Mohar

    Boris Mohar Guest

    To our valued OrCAD Layout customers:

    As demonstrated in the OrCAD® product 16.0 release, Cadence® continues to
    invest in providing a fully scalable PCB design solution for our customers –
    one that grows with you as your PCB designs grow in complexity. We've all
    seen the PCB design landscape change dramatically in recent years. In order
    to help customers meet current market demands and maximize productivity,
    Cadence continues to leverage the power of its proven Allegro® PCB technology
    within our OrCAD product line. This allows Cadence to offer customers unique
    suites and technology bundles that address current and future design

    This letter is intended to communicate some important developments regarding
    the future of Cadence OrCAD Layout. Cadence has begun the End-of-Life process
    for Cadence OrCAD Layout technology based products.

    Please Note: Cadence OrCAD Capture, OrCAD Capture CIS, and PSpice® technology
    are all integral parts of Cadence’s long-term product strategy and are not
    affected by this notice.

    Should not have been released in the first place. That unwieldu POS.

    Effective July 31, 2007, Cadence will no longer sell the following Cadence

    OrCAD Layout based technology products:

    1. OrCAD Layout (PO1410)
    2. OrCAD Layout Plus (PO1420)
    3. OrCAD Unison PCB (PO1510)
    4. OrCAD Unison Ultra (PO1530)
    5. Layout Studio (PS1430)

    We acknowledge that transitioning software systems is never easy and is often
    a juggling act between investing in learning new technologies and meeting
    current business priorities. EMA is committed to ensuring we do everything
    possible to help minimize the impact on you, wherever possible. To help ease
    the transition, Cadence is providing OrCAD Layout customers with multiple
    paths for migrating to new technology that leverages the power of Allegro PCB
    Editor. Learn more about the various transition path options by visiting

    The products entering End of Sale will be supported thru March 31, 2009.
    After that date, these products will no longer be supported for hot-fixes or
    support calls and will not be shipped on the OrCAD CD set.

    If you have any questions, or would like to discuss these changes and how it
    may impact you, please contact your EMA Account Manager. You may also contact
    the EMA technical support team at 585-334-6001, Option 5, or by email at
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    No support after March 2009? Don't know if that's even legal but that
    certainly has the potential of causing serious damage to a company's

    I've switched to Cadsoft Eagle a while ago. I guess I am now more happy
    than ever that I did ;-)
  3. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Nah, as the OP said, the products being dropped were never any good anyway...
    people will be happy when they start using just about anything else instead.

  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I've heard that, too. But good or not, if they sell a product and then
    announce that they will drop support less than two years after stopping
    the sales that is not a good thing at all. If a company did that to me
    they would be added to "the list".
  5. Steve Hall

    Steve Hall Guest

    Did they ever support it? There hasn't been a decent upgrade to
    Layout since Cadence bought OrCAD (other than to add the annoying
    dongle and fix a few bugs), they seem to put all they're development
    effort into Allegro. I've been using Layout since 1996 and I'm now
    looking at other options. Altium seems nice and imports OrCAD Layout
    files fairly well (though I've seen some issues with copper pours).
  6. Boris Mohar

    Boris Mohar Guest

    Have you considered Pulsonix?
  7. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    I suspect Pulsonix could sell a few more seats if they managed to get ORCAD
    import working *well*...
  8. Marra

    Marra Guest

    Got my PCB software of ebay for less than £20 !!!
  9. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Yeah, but it doesn't import ORCAD either. :)
  10. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    Update: The folks at Pulsonix got wind of this thread (squeaky wheel gets the
    grease and all?), asked me for an ORCAD file that didn't import correctly, I
    sent them one, they sent me some updated DLLs a few days later, and all is
    well. Pulsonix import of ORCAD files still isn't 100% perfect, but it's
    really pretty good now -- certainly as good as other packages I've seen, and
    well past the threshold of, "What's faster -- just re-drawing the schematic
    from scratch, or importing it and then spending time cleaning up the results?"

  11. JeffM

    JeffM Guest

    Wait until the Payware ECAD Guild hears about this.
    Pulsonix will be booted out for sure. :cool:

    Responsive corps are SO cool.
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