2014 In Review – PADS Highlights

By John McMillan

2014 glasses

2014 was a very busy and exciting year for PADS. Here is a look back at the top 3 PADS blog topics of 2014!

NEW – In 2014 the website was launched. Now it is easier for everyone–from existing PADS users to interested explorers–to gain access to everything PADS!


NEW – PADS VX Release ! The PADS VX release brings the industry a complete approach to desktop PCB design, offering smarter productivity, higher quality, and greater speed and accuracy to individuals and small teams than ever before.

Including features like: New libraries and library tools for faster design starts. Easier schematic design with xDX Designer. Spreadsheet-based constraint management for increased productivity. Real-time notification of design changes. Automatic assignment of differential pairs. Color highlighting of design rule violations. Design archive with graphical and data comparisons and MUCH more!

PADS VX Release


NEW – Designer Schematic and Designer Layout design tools! The affordable professional design tools, based on xDX Designer and PADS Layout for engineers who need the quality of high-end PCB schematic capture and layout, but at a very affordable price. The Designer products seamlessly integrate with PartQuest, a new component research engine.

Designer Schematic, Designer Layout


Thanks for an incredible 2014 & there’s a LOT more to look forward to in 2015!

Wishing you all a very Happy and prosperous New Year !



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