The DEX PCB Designer

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The DEX PCB Designer

DEX : Powerful PCB design made easy

DEX is a powerful integrated Electronic Design Suite for Electronic Engineers. It has all the features you expect and need to rapidly and easily take your design from conception through to production. Its in-built hierarchical project manager lets you perform both top-down and bottom-up design and reuse design components and sub-systems. Schematic capture and PCB layout has never been easier.

DEX is the industry’s only unified electronic design software which gives you an unmatched ability to design and build current and future generation of electronic products.

This is in sharp contrast to the previous generation of software which have separate data files for schematics and PCBs – even different applications with different user interfaces for schematic design and PCB design.

No Limits

Unlike software from other EDA developers DEX is not stymied by the limited thinking of the software developers of the last century.

Why do they limits their boards? Who know?

There are absolutely no limits* to your design in DEX.

Unlimited board size

Unlimited number of layers (More than any PCB manufacturer can make)

Unlimited number of parts

Unlimited number of pads

Unlimited number of nets

No time limits. The software is yours to keep. You are not even limited to using it on only one machine or having to mess about with floating licenses.

As DEX has only 1 license type- unlimited- you get it all. No immoral Trojan horses to trap you into paying more. Read more...

Unified Platform

DEX is the industry’s only unified electronic design software which gives you an unmatched ability to design and build current and future generation of electronic products. Schematic's and PCBs are tightly integrated together; any change in the schematic is fully updated in the PCB and similarly any change in PCB is reflected back in the schematic.

Traditional concepts of an electronics design system haven’t changed much, at least for most EDA vendors. This can be apparent in the way they struggle to meet even the current challenges. The fragmented approach of trying to glue separate solutions together eventually breaks down as more challenges are thrown at them. It’s just unsustainable and difficult to innovate on top of inconsistent design applications that rely on constantly unmatched data exchanges. That’s not how DEX is designed.

DEX has been designed from the ground up as a powerful, single-application electronics development environment that contains all the advanced design tools you’ll need to capture and simulate hardware, design PCBs, collaborate with MCAD, manage your ECAD data and documentation, as well as manage your designs from concept to production. It’s all there in a single, unified design platform.

DEX also unifies your design data, from component models to sub-assemblies. Unlike conventional design systems based on a collection of linked tool applications, DEX unified platform allows each design application to access and modify a single, centralized model of the design data. That’s one

AutoTRAX Data Flow

DEX Data Flow


Viewing your PCB in Glorious 3D 


DEX ensures that your design remains correct throughout, with no dangling wires or PCB design rule violations. You can also create your own parts either in-place on your design sheets or using the integrated Part Creator. Again, design integrity is maintained throughout using DEX's design rule checker.


The AutoTRAX DEX UNO Schematic

The DEX DEX UNO Schematic

PCB Design

When you are satisfied with your design, you can then quickly proceed to produce your finished and populated PCB board without leaving DEX. DEX's PCB Designer will take your hierarchical design and place the components, with or without your assistance. Next DEX can either auto-route your board or you can use a combination of automatic and manual routing to quickly and reliably complete all electrical wiring. The design of DEX's internal data ensures you maintain full electrical integrity with your schematic design.





Now that you have your design finished and routed you can produce all Computer Aided Manufacturing files you will need to produce the board, drill the holes, cut its profile, order parts using the Bill Of Materials, and place your parts using the pick and place files. These files can be placed together and forwarded to your favorite board manufacturers, electronically via email.



Have Gerber, Will Travel!

Unlike other programs, DEX is not locked to a PCB manufacturer where if you use their program you must use their services to produce your boards, and pay the price their demand!

With DEX Gerber files you can shop around to get the best price and service for your PCBs.

Be in control!

Have XML, Will Travel!

Again, unlike other programs, DEX does not lock you in to using DEX now and forever. The design file is totally self contained and is in the industry standard XML file format. This is human readable and you can easily write your own programs to use the data in your design.

This is in sharp contrast to other programs which have their own secret file format. This locks you into using their program now and forever.

If the company goes under then so could your archive of designs.


Installing DEX

Quick Start

Running DEX for the First Time

Using This Manual

Project, Parts and Artwork

About DEX


Updating Your Version

Closing DEX