I had the chance to get a demo on PADS 4.0 from a colleague of mine
who is using pads for more than a decade now.
There appear to be several modules to be purchased independently.
He said something about a 20k$ invesment and 3k$ per year.

It was interesting to see him place an additional component on 
the pcb. Whereas we can place a 1206, he had to specify a 
Res, 100k, 1206, and after connecting it, the schematic was updated.

He could place the annotated EMC resistors in one row beside the 
connector, the caps beside them too and then reannotate them on the pcb,
(yes, on the pcb, not on the schematic) such that they have 
incrementing numbers on the pcb. The schematic was automatically
backannotated.

He could have schematic editor and pcb editor beside each other
and the were thightly connected. Almost double clicking the 
component on pcb would show it on the schematic and vice versa.

To be fair, it didn't went unnoticed that there were hundreds of 
possible adjustments, one of them was that the pcb tracks were 
shown as 1 pixel wide lines, even though the rules were followed,
a visual adjustment only he wasn't able to change in the short time
I was there.

It was interesting to see what others do.

Rene

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