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User Guides & Tutorials

Product & Feature Guides

- Quick Start Guides

A short guide to installing and activating licensed (paid) software. Includes screenshots to guide you through the process.

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

Full user guide to installing licence files and debugging issues under Windows OS.


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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