Selecting Desktop Integration
There are two methods for downloading your parts for use in your preferred PCB design tool: Dropbox and direct download.
Dropbox is a free file hosting service that offers cloud storage that is accessible through their website or through a downloadable desktop application. Your Dropbox login allows PartQuest to access your Dropbox account in order to make an encrypted transfer of the items from your PartQuest search to Dropbox so that your parts show up in a directory on your workstation. Using the desktop application will allow you to conveniently access your PartQuest library from your CAD tool.
Once you have synced with your Dropbox account, PartQuest will create a folder in your Dropbox (found in the Apps subdirectory) called "PartQuest."
The direct download setting will allow you to download your parts through the browser as a .pqz archive file. Before using direct download, you will need to download the PartQuest integration utility. See more details on using direct download on the Downloading Part Data page.
If downloading multiple parts at the same time, these will be in 1 file (included in the *.pqz file).
Downloaded EDA content goes into the "PartQuest" partition instead of a user-defined partition.
Select Product Workflow
Select the Workflow for the product you are using. Options are below:
- PADS Pro
- PADS Netlist
- PADS Integrated
- PADS Maker
- Video: Getting Started with PartQuest if using PADS Maker
- Video: Getting Started with PartQuest if using PADS Integrated Flow/PADS Professional
- Video: Getting Started with PartQuest if using PADS Standard or Standard Plus Netlist
- Video: Getting Started with PartQuest if using Xpedition
Selecting the workflow will download utilities to your computer. This may take up to 5 minutes so please wait before downloading your first part.
Then install your CAD Tool prior to selecting and installing your PartQuest Utilities based on Product Workflow.