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Thank you for your interest in Designer products, whether it’s Designer Schematic™, Designer Layout™, or both. This guide will help you install and activate Designer products that have been purchased or requested for evaluation. It also contains important information about purchased licenses, such as how to rehost your licenses in the event that you need to move your Designer products to a different machine.

For a quick overview on how to download and install Designer products, see the Quick Installation Guide. For a more detailed explanation of the installation process, you can consult the Step-by-Step Installation Guide.

Once you get your Designer product(s) installed and activated, you can consult the following guides to help you get started on working with Designer Schematic or Designer Layout:

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Quick Installation Guide

  1. Upon purchase, you will receive an email from Digi-Key with the subject line, “Your Purchase of Designer Products” (it will be entitled “Designer Product Evaluation License” when evaluating). Find and click the provided link to download the archive file.
  2. Extract the files from the archive. In the DesignerSchematic or DesignerLayout directory, locate and run setup.exe.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete installation.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

  1. After purchasing or requesting an evaluation of Designer products, you will receive an email with the subject line, “Your Purchase of Designer Products” or, “Designer Product Evaluation License,” respectively. Open this email.
  2. Download the software by following the link provided in the email.
  3. Open the DesignerSchematic or DesignerLayout folder. Double-click setup.exe to start installation.



  4. Click Next.

     

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    The Options button allows you to change the location where Designer is saved to. You can also choose where shortcuts to open the program are placed.



  5. After reading the End-User License Agreement, click Agree and Install. The installation may take several minutes to complete.





  6. When prompted, click Finish to complete the installation.

Activation

Upon opening Designer Schematic or Designer Layout for the first time, you will be prompted to activate your software. To activate your purchased Designer products, you will need the 16-digit activation key provided in the “Your Purchase of Designer Products” email received after purchase. To activate an evaluation license, you will need the file attached to the email entitled “Designer Product Evaluation License” that you received upon requesting an evaluation of Designer products.

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If you order both Designer products, you will receive two different activation keys: one for Designer Schematic, another for Designer Layout. Likewise, if you are evaluating both products, you will receive two different activation files. These files are not interchangeable.  You are advised to archive both keys and keep them separate.

Activating a Purchased License

There are two methods of activating a purchased license: online activation and offline activation. The majority of users will want to activate their licenses online. Offline activation is available for users who are installing Designer products on machines that have limited or no access to the internet.

Online Activation

  1. Open your Designer application. A prompt will appear. 
  2. Copy and paste the 16-digit activation key from the "Your Purchase of Designer Products" email into the field.
  3. Select Activate online.

Offline Activation

  1. Open your Designer application. A prompt will appear.
  2. Copy and paste the 16-digit activation key from the "Your Purchase of Designer Products" email into the field.
  3. Select Generate offline activation request.



  4. You will be prompted to save your activation request file. Save it under a name (activation.xml is recommended) and location you will remember later.





  5. For the next step, you will need internet access. Using a flash drive or other device, transfer the activation file to a machine with an internet connection.
  6. Go to https://digikey.flexnetoperations.com/control/dgky/offlineActivation. Select Browse and locate the activation file. Select the file and click Process. This will create a new file that you will be prompted to save. Save and move the new file to a memorable location on the machine that you have moved Designer to.



  7. Open your Designer product again. At the prompt, select Process offline activation response. Locate the file that has been processed, and select it to activate your Designer license.

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Your one-year license starts as soon as you complete either of these procedures.

Rehosting a License

If you need to change the machine that you run your Designer application on, you can rehost your license a total of two times per license year. Rehosting will disable Designer on your existing machine. The majority of users will want to rehost their licenses online. Offline rehosting is available for users who are installing Designer products on machines that have limited or no access to the internet.

Rehosting Online

To rehost your license online, use the following procedure:

  1. Go to Help > About Designer Schematic. (Or Help > About Designer Layout)



  2. Click the Rehost button located at the bottom right of the About window. Note: You may want to write down your Activation Key, as you will need it to activate the license on the new PC.



  3. Confirm the rehost by clicking Rehost Online. The application will close, and your license will be ready to apply to a new machine. Simply follow the instructions under Activating a Purchased License.

Rehosting Offline

To perform a rehost offline, start by following steps #1 and #2 above.

  1. At the confirmation prompt, click Generate offline rehost request.
  2. You will be prompted to name and save a rehost file (rehost.xml is recommended). Save the file to a location that you will be able to remember later.



  3. For the next step, you will need internet access. Using a flash drive or other device, transfer the rehost file to a machine with an internet connection.
  4. Go to https://digikey.flexnetoperations.com/control/dgky/offlineActivation (this is the same site used in the offline activation process). Select Browse and locate the rehost file. Select the file and click Process. This will create a new file that you will be prompted to save. Save and move the new file to a memorable location on the machine that you have moved Designer to.



  5. Open your Designer application. At the prompt, click Browse, and locate the processed rehost file. Open the file to fill the field by the Browse button, and click OK. You will be taken back to the initial activation prompt.



System Requirements

Operating System
  • Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (32-bit) SP3

Note: We do not support Windows 8 at this time.

Hardware Requirements
  • Memory/RAM: 1GB or higher
  • Disk space for installation: 300MB

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