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Thank you to everyone who has responded to the release of DesignSpark Electrical version 2.0, we know there are some big changes here, and we do appreciate you taking time to tell us how they impact you. What we want to do now is share some more of the details behind these changes with you.
DesignSpark had previously entered into a unique agreement with a 3rd party vendor to offer the Electrical design package, DSE. This was offered free of charge from DesignSpark with an option to purchase additional features directly from Trace Software.
The supplier of this software terminated the contractual agreement with DesignSpark and the supply of DSE. The consequence was that DesignSpark would no longer have the rights to offer this package.
The software IP was acquired by SolidWorks and we immediately entered into a discussion to maintain continuity and support.
SolidWorks was highly receptive to a free of charge package and an upgrade pathway to support the developing journey of engineers. What we have tried to maintain is a balance between free and paid-for that provides free users with capabilities comparable with any other free tool, while respecting some of the additional features that would traditionally be expected in a paid-for tool.
Working with SolidWorks, we have put together an offer that continues to provide a free-of-charge DesignSpark Electrical, alongside an upgrade pathway to paid-for SolidWorks packages at a substantially discounted price. Available to all existing DSE users, the process to claim your discount and purchase from SolidWorks is simple, with details on the DesignSpark website: https://www.rs-online.com/designspark/designspark-electrical-2-0-is-now-available
It’s clear from some of the early feedback that this is an unwelcome change for some. We will be discussing your feedback with SolidWorks, however, what we would ask is that you review the upgrade path discount to see if it is for you.
For additional answers, feature comparisons, etc. can be found on our support pages: https://designspark.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
So that, it seem that the v2.0 is badder than the v1.3, right?
Can I create new components for the circuit diagram (symbols) and also for the articles (devices in the library)?
@geralds Yes, you can still create your own symbols for the circuit diagram via Library> Symbols manager> New and associate to manufacturer parts. Alternatively, import a DWG of the symbol or a batch of them.
Connection to RS infrastructure for
component selection, quoting and purchasing: Retained
SQL data base options for using w/ DSE 2.0: Limited to free SQL Express DB
Schematic page count (limited): Lowered to 3 schematics and 15
pages total per project
Reporting: 2 reports templates available (BoM
and wire list by styles)
Access to Custom Reports: Removed (no ability to add
new report templates)
Control Panel drawing panel creation: Removed
Circuit Macros Manager: Removed
Terminal Strip Manager: No
It seems that the new version 2.0 is worse than the current version 1.3, right? Can I create new components for the circuit diagram (symbols) and also for the articles (devices in the library)? Best Regards Gerald