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User Guides & Product Manuals

Product & Feature Guides

- Quick Start Guides

A short guide to installing and activating perpetual or time-based licenses on Windows Client PCs. Also covers setting up Licenece Manager on Windows Servers.

For networked licences running on Linux Servers, see the following document.

For licence file installation troubleshooting guides, see the Full User Manual section below.


A short guide to installing the Licence Manager on a Linux server.

For licence file installation troubleshooting guides, see the Full User Manual section below.

If you're new to OrCAD's PCB design, simulation and layout suite, this 4-page overview will familiarise you with the OrCAD product suites.

This 3-page guide covers the core apps you need to undertake circuit design, simulation and PCB layout using OrCAD. Applies to both Lite and licenced products.

This 5-page guide guide covers the basics of creating a project file, starting a design schematic, placing and connecting parts, and modifying part values (eg voltages, etc) ready for simulation.

This guide covers the key steps required in creating a simulation profile, modifying part and simulation parameters, and running the simulation.

A list of shortcut keys.

- Full User Manuals

Short guide for installation on Win OS machines using Licence Manager (LM) v12.07.

A comprehensive 98 page guide to installing and troubleshooting software and licences on Win OS machines.

If you're installing on a Linux machine, contact us for details.


Full user guide to OrCAD's schematic entry app.

Full user guide to OrCAD's PCB component information management app.


Full user guide to OrCAD's mixed signal SPICE simulator.

Full user guide to OrCAD's advanced simulation analysis suite.

Full user guide to OrCAD's Simulink/Pspice 'co-simulation' interface.

Full user guide to OrCAD's MATLAB bi-directional data exchange interface.


By utilising ODB++ format, designers can undertake advanced Signal Integrity analysis on PCB designs created in most other design apps, including Altium and Mentor.

Webinars & How-To Videos

- On ECADtools

In this section, we've posted a wide variety of how-to videos, tutorials and webinars that cover everything from creating a project file, through to simulating the signal performance of a finished PCB layout.

- On YouTube

This link to the YouTube page of our friends at Parallel Systems in the UK contains more than 200 short 'how to' videos containing tips and tricks as well as overviews of product features.

This link to the YouTube page of our friends at EMA Design Automation in the US contains more than 200 short 'how to' videos containing tips and tricks as well as overviews of product features.

- on PSpice.com

The Pspice Community includes a library of more than 50 overview videos as well as on-demand webinars covering every aspect of PSpice's mixed signal simulation, advanced analysis and Simulink® co-simulation capabilities.

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