Installation Guide

1. What are the steps involved in the installation of PAD applications?

ANSWER

The following installation guide applies to PAD² V6 Pattern Design and Marker Design:
1. Go to Download Area on PAD System website.
2. Choose the appropriate products in PAD² Installation Programs and download the installer to your local computer.
3. Double click on the .exe file.
4. Select setup language.
5. Select the location to be installed.
6. Follow the instruction to complete the installation steps.

The following installation guide applies to PAD² V6 Digitizer Manager and Plot Manager:
1. Go to Download Area on PAD System website.
2. Choose the appropriate products in Add On Utilities and download the installer to your local computer.
3. Double click on the .exe file
4. Select setup language
5. Select the location to be installed
6. Follow the instruction to complete the installation steps

2. How to install the PAD² AutoMark?

ANSWER

1. Go to PAD System website and click "Download".
2. Choose the product in PAD² AutoMark (Nesting Engine) and download the installer to your local computer.
3. Double click on the PAD AutoMark.exe
4. Select setup language
5. Select the location to be installed
6. Follow the instruction to complete the installation steps
7. Insert the green dongle key to the USB ports

3. If I choose hardware key licensing for my PAD² Installation Programs, do I need to install hardware key driver?

ANSWER

Yes, you have to go to Hardware Key Drivers to download appropriate driver.

4. Would firewall or antivirus program prevent the registration of PAD software properly?

ANSWER

Yes, although rare, your company firewall may restrict outgoing traffic by port or by site, this may prevent you from the registration and activating PAD software. Please check with your company network administrator make to allow TCP/IP traffic to our site "register.padsystem.com" using port 9128.

PAD User Account

5. Why do we need to create a PAD user account? What is it for?

ANSWER

PAD user account is crucial to every existing PAD customer or new customer. To existing customer, after you create your unique user account at PAD, you can register your existing key number to our system and check whether you can trade-in your existing key to newer version of PAD products.

To new PAD customer, you can manage your purchased license of V6 in PAD website. You can easily find out where you have installed and registered your PAD V6. And you can trace the order status.

With PAD account, you can receive information from PAD about the latest news of PAD and its product development information through email. You may also change your password on regular basic to protect your valuable PAD license.

6. Will I need to pay for creating a PAD User Account?

ANSWER

No. It is absolutely FREE to create a PAD User Account. But you will need to pay for purchasing PAD product license.

Product Registration Procedures

7. What is the product registration steps that I need to follow before I use PAD?

ANSWER

If you are a "first time" user of PAD V6, when you completed the program installation, and click program shortcut to enter to the program. You will be asked to insert the followings,

- Serial Number
- User Name
- Password
- Computer Name

You can retrieve the above information from your PAD user account.
After you inserted the information correctly, you will see a message running in the middle of your computer monitor, it is called “registering”. At the same time, PAD license server will activate your license at the same time. Then, you can start to use PAD V6!

License Activation Issues

8. What is the difference between product registration and product activation? Are they meaning the same?

ANSWER

PAD product registration is different from product activation. But it is very simple to understand.
PAD product registration
Please refer to question 7..


PAD product activation
When you finished your work with PAD, you can either simply close the program and leave. However, PAD has a better solution to provide,
- Go to “Help” menu, select “License Manager”. A dialog box shows the details of the serial Number and product.
- There have 3 options for you to manage the serial number,

1. Auto Deactivate before Close: Automatically return the serial number to PAD license server when the program is closed.
2. Ask Me to Deactivate before Close: A dialog box appears to ask you whether you would like to return the serial number to the PAD license server.
3. Deactivate Now: By selecting this option, the serial number will return to PAD license server after the application is closed.

If you choose to deactivate the license from a computer, you will not need to re-enter the serial number again when you would work on the same computer again. You will just need to click the program and PAD license server will automatically activate the program for you.
Also, when you choose to deactivate the license from a particular computer, you can use the same serial number to activate the serial to another computer by repeating of "installing PAD applications",register the serial number as stated above.

9. What if I forget to deactivate the license from my company desktop computer, can I activate the same serial number to my notebook computer in home?

ANSWER

No. If you forget to deactivate the serial from your company desktop computer. You will not be allowed to use the same serial on your home computer. Because your desktop is holding up the license!!!

Online Key and Hardware Key Activation

10. How can we activate the product? Is there any difference between Online Key and Hardware Key?

ANSWER

Online Key and Hardware key are using different registration procedures. Please contact your local distributor for further details.

Operating System

11. What is the system requirement to run PAD System?

ANSWER

Please go to Recommended System for details.

Applications

12. Does PAD System support multiple languages?

ANSWER

Yes, you can go to Menu, choose Options>Preference>General, then select Preferences. And choose the language you like.

File Compatibility

13. Can PAD read other CAD system native file?

ANSWER

PAD supports the concept of open standard instead of proprietary file format. Thus PAD is committed to use open standard file format such as DXF to exchange data. Although PAD could read other system native file directly, the result is usually not satisfactory. Though there are file converter provided by other parties including from Pad System, the result cannot be guaranteed.

14. What is the quality of importing a DXF file to PAD, will the shaped of piece change or information lost?

ANSWER

PAD can import DXF as good as the other system can export them. Should you find the import result of PAD is not satisfactory, please first ask the file owner to check its DXF. A simple way to check is to use the software to import the file which it exports. If the result is acceptable, so will be in PAD. If not, PAD would have difficult to make it better.

Hardware Related Questions

15. Which plotter works with PAD System?

ANSWER

PAD is an open system and supports a wide range of plotters, including but not limited to Algotex, Gerber, Graphtec, IOLine, Lectra, and Neon, etc.
Click here for a list of supported plotter drivers.

16. Which digitizer works with PAD System?

ANSWER

PAD is an open system and supports a wide range of digitizers, such as Numonics, Calcomp, and Summagrid, etc.
Click here for a list of supported digitizer drivers.