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This page contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions about PADS Maker Layout. If your question has not been answered on this page, feel free to ask it using the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Licensing

Am I entitled to new versions of the software during my one-year license period?

MakerPro licenses are perpetual and good for as long as the particular software version works on your existing computer hardware. Student and Maker licenses are good for 1 year. Minor software updates will not require updated licenses. Major software updates may require updated licenses. We will notify users by email about new versions as they become available and the licensing requirements for each. For minor versions, no new license is required; just  uninstall your current version of the software and reinstall the latest version.

Troubleshooting

Miscellaneous

Can I import a PADS Layout PCB file into PADS Maker Layout?

PADS Maker cannot import PADS Layout PCB files. PADS Maker files may be imported into PADS Layout. As is typical, files created by lower level products can move up (i.e. be imported) into higher level products. PADS Layout is a higher level product than PADS Maker therefore PADS Layout designs cannot be opened in PADS Maker. PADS Layout offers is more feature rich than PADS Maker and these features would not function in the Maker environment.

How do I submit new feature requests?

If you purchased PADS MakerPro, visit the PADS Maker community on Dig--Key's TechForum (https://forum.digikey.com/c/Mentor-Graphics) to submit any questions, comments, or suggestions that you have relating to any PADS Maker product.

If you are a Student or Maker, visit the PADS Maker Community site to submit any questions, comments, or suggestions that you have relating to any PADS Maker product.

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