Having paid for a full license, you can install DEX wherever you want, home or office and on any number of machines.

The only restriction is that DEX should be running on only one machine at a time. So several different people can use DEX, but only one person at a time.

There is no restriction on the number of machines you install it on. Just 1 user at a time.

What enables that full license is a sign-in/password and user profile. Entering your sign-in and password opens up the software and gives you immediate access to all your options and capabilities. Now compare and contrast this to how today’s traditional software is licensed.

Most EDA software is licensed and locked to a single workstation or laptop, sometimes both. Not DEX. Consider that fact alone. The software that you (or your company) paid upwards of five grand for, is locked to a single machine. If you want to move it and work at a different location (either on the shop floor, at a customer site or in the field), then you need to either purchase an additional networked licensing system (commonly referred to as floating licenses), buy another license for a laptop, or go through a convoluted process of transferring that license.

Now, I’m perfectly aware that the current EDA professional design software market has different dynamics compared to the consumer software world — but does that sound like a situation that can continue? I suspect not.

Whether we like it or not, the next generation of users are going to want a completely different environment in which to work — their experiences during those formative years will drive how software will change. Or at least, it should.

What’s interesting is that these types of frustrations aren’t restricted to new entrants into the design and engineering industry . It’s clear that many long term users share the same frustrations and are looking for something that changes the status quo that rules in the EDA software world.

They want to be able to have not only their software more mobile, but their data as well. When I say mobile, I don’t mean being able to pan/zoom/rotate an assembly on an iPad, but rather something more useful. So, for instance, they want to have availability of their authoring tools, whether that is licenses that move with them or their data.

Does that sound appealing?


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