DesignWorks Professional

Developer: DesignWorks Solutions Inc

Current Version: 4.8.1

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 10.2 MB - Download

Description:

Unique in the industry, DesignWorks Professional works the way you do. With its intuitive graphical interface you'll be completing projects, not reading manuals. Let DesignWorks form the core of your engineering environment. DesignWorks Professional offers you the best user interface for schematic capture. The program is designed to minimize the number of mouse clicks and key strokes needed to complete a task. Most common operations, like placing a part or drawing a signal line, require no menu selections and no command typing. The powerful scripting system provides seamless integration with all your engineering tools. DesignWorks Professional doesn't just provide an environment for a single goal. It allows you to recapture your investment dollars by being flexible enough to handle all your design goals, be the goal a PCB design, Spice analysis, or simulation.

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Release Notes:

Fixed problem with blank tool palette in the latest release of OS X.

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Most Helpful Reviews

4/5
Version 4.7.7
Review by _MarkLewis_

Great but needs a little work or fine tuning. - I’ve been using DesignWorks off and on since June 2015. I’m glad they upgraded it as i’d read about previous problems. It useful so don’t be too discouraged by the negative reviews. The user interface needs some fine tuning, for example when editing the pins on a part you’ve created the side scroll bar doesn’t drag or move easily, it jumps when you click. Instead if you attempt to use 2 fingers to scroll via the track pad the work in the middle scrolls even if you’ve clicked in the sidebar area. It has worked reasonably well and I hope they continue to update it. There aren’t many schematic editors for the Mac they just need to fix a few things but overall it is usable you have to get around some quarks. The only “big” problem i’ve had was today (Jan 13, 2016) and part of the reason i’m wiring this review. I came to see if there was an update or something. I created a part in DesignWorks, it is an ARM processor with 423 pins. It’s fine in the parts editor however any time I attempt to place the part in a schematic DesignWorks crashes. I mentioned it in the crash report and I also went to their website and sent a message. I hope this is fixed soon as i’m dead in the water otherwise. I will mention another positive thing however, it does seem to integrate with Osmond PCB very well. I used it for the first time together with Osmand PCB last week (I had Osmond first, since 2010, and only recently got DesignWorks). It generates setlist, etc and made it very easy to layout a board that I had redesigned. Previously it was a big task when I didn’t have DesignWorks, this made it 100 times easier! I just ask please fix this problem in a timely manner and try to fix the user interface soon. Otherwise this version (4.7.7) works well for what it is. UPDATE: I found the problem with the part. There was an entry in the “pin sequence” field that wasn’t correct. I deleted everything from that field and it seems to be working fine now.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
1/5
Version 4.7
Review by TTRSage

Capilano Website Gone - DW Wont Run Under Lion Or Later - See end of this review for the latest chapter in this sad story. I like your label of AbandonedWare. It is very appropriate in this case. DesignWorks used to be the cat's meow when it came to schematic capture on the Mac, but that was a long time ago. I have used DW on and off since the late 1980s / early 1990s and then more extensively in the early 2000s. It started out as a Mac only program if I remember correctly, but once they ported it to run on Windows, the Mac version was apparently abandoned and left to rot in the same form that it existed 15 years ago. The user interface is still in the same pre-OSX form that existed back in the 1990s with version 4.0.1. It has somehow been kludged to work under OSX. The only obvious thing that has been changed since the 1990s version is that all the support files now get copied from inside the application package itself to Home/Library/Application Support instead of being used out of the Application's own folder as before in the Classic System 8/9 through early OSX days. Worst of all is that it will not run under OSX 10.7 and I got so many excuses about a damaged application when trying to install it under 10.8 that I gave up trying. This version (4.7) works OK under OSX 10.6, presumably with help from Rosetta, but with Apple's efforts to force users to the latest OS version, that will soon no longer be an option for anybody. What we have here is a "you can't get there from here" scenario. Apple says you must move forward and Capilano says you must move backwards. The program runs under 10.7 and will open, display and (to some extent) edit previously created files, but any attempt to Save As always results in a program crash, so new users can never create that preexisting file to begin with. Many of the other program operations also result in program crashes. The new user who does not already know how to use DesignWorks will quickly run into the most humorous of these: any attempt to open any of the files on the help menu also results in a program crash. Since this program works OK under 10.6, I must assume that there are still isolated portions of PPC code in this program but not enough to cause 10.7 to refuse to run it altogether. What this program needs is a complete rewrite from the ground up, but if Capilano is now catering primarily to the Windows market, this will never happen. Capilano (like their main PCB software counterpart) is probably a one man operation and as such has probably encountered the same problem that I have encountered as a developer: Apple simply moves the target too fast for any one individual to keep up with, so they simply give up and we Mac users lose one more otherwise very good piece of software. I had wanted to use DW along with the good, free / almost free PCB layout program that is at the top of Capilano's list of supported PCB programs, but I did not want to have to keep switching back to OSX 10.6 to run my old, old version of DW. So I sprung for this version expecting that it would run under 10.7. Not so. I plan to ask for a refund since it has only been 10 days since I bought it, but if your experience with their tech support people says anything, they may ignore my request for their 30 day money back guarantee too. I think I will probably end up having to switch to and learn that other low cost integrated schematic capture / PCB layout program, but it uses DIN symbology rather than IEEE. Mumble, grumble. Today (1/18/13) I emailed Capilano to request a refund. That email bounced back to me so I checked their web site again and got an error message saying there was no server at that address. Their website was OK only a couple of days ago. Are they going out of business or only installing more functional server software so they can sell us more of their less functional product software? My next step is going to be contacting App Store support and if that produces no refund, I will complain to American Express. Website is back again as of 1/19/13, so I will try the same email again.

Found helpful by 15 out of 15 people