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Video:  Getting Started with PartQuest if using Xpedition

This section will cover the following topics:

Setup PartQuest for Xpedition or PADS Professional Flow

There are 2 Methods to setup PartQuest for Xpedition or PADS Professional.


Method #1:   Via PartQuest Profile

  1.  In PartQuest, Log In and go to My Profile and select Default Flow = Xpedition (or PADS Professional) Use as Default.  
       

2.  Select your Version in the Drop-down
       

3.  Select Download PartQuest Integration utilities link (below Xpedition or PADS Professional) and select Xpedition (or PADS Professional) Download Utilities in the menu below.   Save the file and Install.  Note:  This step is not required if using VX.2.7 or later.

           

4.  Open or Restart your Schematic application and select an existing design or open a new design.


Method #2:   Get Started

  1.  Select Get Started.  The Tool Integration Menu will display. Select Xpedition (or PADS Professional) Download Utilities and software Version.

         

2.  Select the tool and version that you are using:

 

3.  Save the file and Install.  Note:  This step is not required if using VX.2.7 or later.

4.  Open or Restart your Schematic application and select an existing design or open a new design.

Importing Part Data into Xpedition or PADS Professional

Select one of the following flows for importing part data into Xpedtion

  1.  2.6 or earlier versions of Xpedition or PADS Professional
  2. 2.7 or later versions of Xpedition or PADS Professional

Xpedition or PADS Professional VX.2.6 or Earlier Versions (VX.2.5, VX.2.4, etc.)

  1.  Search the PartQuest website to find a part.  Parts that have these graphics   have CAD data (symbol, footprint, 3D model) ready for download.
  2.  Select More to expand the view, select your Partition and Download.  

        
  3. Select Open with pqunzip or Save File.  If you choose Save File, double click the .pqz file in your downloads folder to extract the PartQuest information.


  4. Create or Select the directory where your PartQuest parts will be located the first time the tool is launched.  C:/PartQuest is recommended to keep things simple.  


  5. Select Tools/ Import PartQuest Parts


  6. Select C:/PartQuest/Xpedition


  7. A confirmation dialog is displayed on the location for your databook configuration.  Select OK.



  8. A confirmation dialog is displayed concerning import to the library.  If user selects no, they will have to manually import the EDX files to the library.  If they choose Yes, it will automatically import to the Project library.
  9. See below the imported part under PartQuest in the Project Library.



Xpedition or PADS Professional VX.2.7 or Later Versions

 

  1.  In your Profile, select Xpedition (or PADS Professional) as your default flow and select VX.2.7 or Later in the drop-down.  

  2. If you refresh your screen or go to Search and eventually return to your profile page you will notice that "Download PartQuest Integration Utilities" text under Xpedtiion (or PADS Professional) has changed to "Drag & Drop is supported in to the Search Window within Designer"


  3. There are no utilities to download starting with version VX.2.7
  4. You do not need to restart the Xpedition or PADS Professional application, create new or use an existing Schematic project.  This is also new starting with version VX.2.7.
  5.  Search the PartQuest website to find a part.  Parts that have the symbol and footprint icon    have CAD data read for download.
  6. There are 2 ways to download parts


New Method #1:  Drag and Drop (Preferred Method)

PADS Professional and Xpedition users can drag & drop parts from Search results, My Created Parts, Favorites, My Projects and Recent Parts in PartQuest.

Arrange your applications on your computer screen to show PartQuest and your schematic project at the same time.

Select one or more parts in the PartQuest search result.



Depress and hold the left mouse button over one of the part images in PartQuest then drag your mouse to the Search window (automatically pops up if not open already) in the Schematic tool .  The search window will display "Drop here" Release the mouse button and the part(s) are downloaded to your project library.


 Again if you  don't have a partition for the type of part downloaded, it will ask you if you want to create it.  



Notice the part numbers in light blue on the PartQuest page are the same parts as the messages in the Output window.  Use any part of the part number in the Search window to find the part.


The parts are ready to use in your design!

 

Method #2: Download from either the Search Window or the More Window

Select multiple parts in the search view and select Download at the top right of the screen.

Select More to expand the view, select your Partition and Download 


 Save the file- it will go to your download location selected in your PartQuest Profile-  Dropbox or Direct Download.  Example: Downloads Folder.

 Go to your Schematic project and select Tools Import PartQuest Parts,navigate to where you save your file and select "Open".


The parts are imported to your project library i.e. cpd (parts database)   If you don't have a partition for the type of part downloaded, it will ask you if you want to create it.  Select your answer.


Parts are downloaded and Status information is written to your output window.  See the image below.

Select command Edit/ Find and Replace/Search to bring up a search window.  Type in some portion of the part# to locate your parts in your Project library.  Search will look in both your Project library and your Central library to locate parts.


Parts are ready to use.

 

Other Topics:
  • If you want to make changes to your Central library, such as adding a new property, please refer to this Tech Note.  
  • Issue with Firefox when using Drag & Drop

    Windows 10 Blocks Drag Drop Operations Using Firefox Browser 77.0 – Xpedition Designer or PADS Designer

    Under certain conditions, Windows 10 blocks the drag and drop operation of a PartQuest part to a project using Firefox Browser 77.0. See “Adding Digi-Key Parts From PartQuest to a Project” in the Xpedition Designer User’s Guide or PADS Designer User’s Guide. To allow drag and drop operations start Firefox using the –no-deelevate command line option. For more information see “Running Windows as Administrator with Launcher Process enabled in Firefox causes Drag and Drop errors – How to Fix” at support.mozilla.org.

     

 

 

 

 

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