Cadstar PCB layout package for Audio - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > General Interest > Everything Else
Home Forums Rules Articles diyAudio Store Gallery Wiki Blogs Register Donations FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Everything Else Anything related to audio / video / electronics etc) BUT remember- we have many new forums where your thread may now fit! .... Parts, Equipment & Tools, Construction Tips, Software Tools......

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22nd September 2012, 02:55 PM   #1
treez is offline treez  United Kingdom
Join Date: Sep 2012
Default Cadstar PCB layout package for Audio


In July 2011, i bought Cadstar PCB layout package for 2000 and something pounds. I used it for just two months, up until september 2011.......and then never used it again, ever. (i only used it for a 2 month contract, at an audio company that insisted on cadstar being used)

I am now recveiving letters from Zuken in Bristol, UK, who are threatening to get their solicitors on to me if i do not pay my licence renewal fee of 225.

I do not understand this, i do not want to renew the license, and do not use Cadstar any more, and have no intention of ever using cadstar ever again.

Has any other reader had this trouble?

(I am not a public ltd company and never have been)
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2012, 01:00 PM   #2
marce is offline marce  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Blackburn, Lancs
See my answer on eda FORUM.
Cant see what the relationship is to layout for Audio, you can use any cad package for audio layout, audio is just analogue and digital electronics nothing more or less.
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2012, 01:45 PM   #3
DF96 is offline DF96  England
diyAudio Member
Join Date: May 2007
It used to be the case many years ago that commercial software (i.e. not aimed at domestic users) would usually be sold with an annually renewable licence which often included support and automatic updates. If you stop paying you would need to convince the supplier that you no longer were using the software - not sure how you would do this unless there was a dongle you could return to them. I no longer work in IT so I don't know how common this business model still is.

Confusion often arises because people think they have 'bought' software, when all they have actually bought is permission to use it (perhaps for a limited time) and a distribution copy of it (hopefully with some manuals). Software is usually 'licensed', not 'bought'.
  Reply With Quote
Old 24th September 2012, 02:28 PM   #4
marce is offline marce  United Kingdom
diyAudio Member
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Blackburn, Lancs
Cadstar, like all modern CAD packages ECAD or MCAD now derives its income mainly from maintenance, which I belive this to be, you dont have to take out maintenance (which averages out at about 10% of the software cost).
Did you sign up for a perpetual licence or have you paid for a limited time licence, look at the terms and conditions that you purchased the software under, and if necessary contact a solicitor to act on your behalf.
cadstar works on a hardware dongle in europe, whether node locked or network licenced, so returning the dongle would inactivate the software.
  Reply With Quote


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Eagle vs. Sprint-Layout for PCB design/layout hollowman Parts 11 12th January 2014 09:01 PM
Can any one give e a good audio equiliser schematic and pcb layout?? diptangshu Chip Amps 0 11th May 2011 06:49 AM
PCB layout for audio panson_hk Solid State 34 3rd September 2007 10:08 PM
Eagle layout and package types rtarbell Parts 4 27th October 2006 06:56 PM
PCB layout of audio controller with PGA2310 louischia Pass Labs 20 24th April 2003 11:11 PM

New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:33 PM.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2017 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2