Now in PADS Professional VX.2.5, when working with an external partner or service bureau for PCB layout support on a project you can simply un-dock the design. When the layout is returned form the service bureau simply re-docked it to the design database.
With a simple File > Undock, users can select a location to store the undocked project and save. They can also choose to save crossprobing data in this undocked version to create a copy of the schematic. This will create an undocked version of the design directory containing the PCB to be edited, a database of all connectivity and constraint data, a project file, a read-only copy of the schematic, and a log file. To redock, simply re-open the design and a popup window will request to redock the project with the master design.
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