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OrCAD Capture is one of the most widely used schematic design solutions for the creation and documentation of electrical circuits

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OrCAD Capture is one of the most widely used schematic design solutions for the creation and documentation of electrical circuits


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OrCAD
Ownership
CDNS
Company Website
Year Founded
1985
HQ Location
San Jose, CA
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$2,138
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Automation Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Since many of us were introduced to ORCAD in lab during graduation studies, it sort of built a notion that its more specific towards academics, but throughout the years it has evolved to be targeted more towards industry, keeping the edge it had being an education oriented software of PSpise simulations, making it very powerful tool.

It retained keyboard shortcuts etc. from the very early versions which is useful for returning users.

One good feature is cross platform schematic translators for Altium and Eagle. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

lack of Integration of all components in one suite, generally EDA and other engineering software are moving towards more integrated approach collecting every component in one suite. It would have been more convenient if ORCAD improved more in this regard. While user friendliness of UI is not very Ideal, usage in general is easy to get accustomed to, and after you are familiar with the design flow. In terms of time required to master it, I will still consider it as a con. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing and simulating Analog input card for a compressor controller. Although It could have been done on simpler software like eagle, I chose ORCAD because of its simulation capabilities and orderly design flow.

I plan to implement the whole project in it, by the initial look of it, sure seems like it will be able to handle the project very well, as I was able to work so far with only the library parts. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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PCB Design Lead
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It has a lot of features, some more useful than others, but that seems to the same for their competitors. The Danish distributor made a great effort with additional menus. Made a bit easier to use it and not forget anything. Just follow the order in the menus, and all is there Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some features were difficult to find, and some could be found in different ways. Not so consistent. Have a feeling Cadence is doing what big costumers ask them to. That's why several functions can be entered in different ways. True or not? Don't know Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Found it very time consuming to get started, but if your organisation is big enough you might be able to support each other. When I used it we were only two Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Didn't solve problems as such. Just did my work with the sw present in the company Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

It works. The user interface is ok. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I am a long time Orcad schematic user. Orcad's latest version is a blatant attempt to mimic Altium and get some of their business. Not only does it bog down my system and run much slower, often when I run a command, there is a noticeable delay before execution. The widows do not expand when you want to choose a component to place so you need to work in a tiny window and scroll, scroll scroll (I have hundreds of parts to choose from even with over 20 libraries). It's still has bugs left over from years ago. For example if you want to update a part from your library, watch out! It won't update the new part number so you need to manually edit any part(s) you update of the BOM will be incorrect. If you want to back annotate a schematic from another PCB software (we use PADS), Orcad v17.4 cannot back annotate any longer from anybody else's package. Really bad! I could go on and on but I'll stop here. They are not responsive to user feedback either so don't even bother.

I don't particularly care for Altium, but I'd certainly recommend it above v17.4. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't do it. If you must, use the internet to get your answers. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

None. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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US
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It does it job very quickly and doesn't get stuck. Importing old schematic to new tool might need some learning curve or help from support team. It does nice job in making large hetro symbol and organizing it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Very hard to find some of the regular action like zoom, nets, bus. It is not integrating well with other database. Support team is less efficient then Mentor tool support team. They can really improve in integration like Digi key and mouser website import. They have this feature but it is not working well or I would say hard to find it. MySQL database integration can be improved as well. Mentor tool DxDesigner has auto save feature which is most useful. You don't have to worry about loosing your work while in OrCAD, you have to remember every time you stand up from your work or lock your computer. It happens sometimes that application get crashed if you lock your laptop because your license can get disconnected from server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Compare orcad vs altium vs dx designer for your need and then make decision to buy it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is helping to make large hierarchical schematic design. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Pcb layout engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to input parts and sync to library. Also i like how to filtered search bar base on what you need Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

As of now i dont have any dislike using this software since this is our schematic creation software from start. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For those who is a beginner in layout this is one of the easiest software for creating electrical and layout work Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Debugging unconnected connections and changing part number to another. It makes our process much easier Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Part Time Design Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Schematic capture is the best. The design feature are easy to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

PCB design using Layout can be improved. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design all my schematics using ORCAD Capture. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Orcad capture for schematic design and BoM Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Layout tool is not that much user friendly and upgraded Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very good tool for schematic design Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Schematic design and simulation Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy design, PCB layout and library files Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

installation, saving files and send to gerber Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

N/A Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Electronics circuit design Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Hardware Design Engineer
Design
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The most helpful thing about orcad is, its user friendly GUI and adaptability with the others schematics.

Even you can simulate with cadence simulator easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1) The capture and layout design should be all together as like Altium Designer. They should provide more libraries for free of cost.

2) while exporting output documents, they should come in proper formats like excel.

3) when it comes to connecting bigger schematic the dots and grids resolution is not good. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you use orcad capture to draw schematic only at your company and outsource your PCB design from other vendors then orcad capture is the best and cheapest.

But when you want to do both Schematic and PCB design at your own office then Altium is combined and best, but is too expensive.

while Orcad is cost effective. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When it comes to bigger schematic designs, it is really helpful to draw schematic in orcad.

The cost effectiveness, or we can save some money by using orcad rather than other. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

One major thing that separates OrCAD from the lower end CAD packages is the PSpice add-ons that allow full circuit simulation.

It does have quite a learning curve but if you have it at your disposal, it can save you a ton of time and frustration on some of the more advanced mixed signal designs. There are even entire courses in college focused on just learning how to use this one feature. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

One drawback of OrCAD is how it splits up every feature into standalone applications. Each feature has its own program; nothing is integrated.

This is a little annoying and you’ll find yourself toggling between several windows when developing 1 board. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its 3D rendering isn’t the greatest (compared to Altium), but it works. OrCAD is very powerful and an industry standard, but it’s just a little outdated in our opinion. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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PCB Designer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

At first youll be confused if you are currently using EAGLE software but if you know the process itself youll be getting with orcad along the way. And Ill find it easy as well to use. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Some voltage error. exporting netlist, editing object properties are I think the key advantage of orcad capture since youll see the circuit in a tabular form where you can sort and find the components you arr checking. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The best part about OrCAD was analyzing yours circuits before implementing them in the real world. It’s nice to know something won’t work before you buy components Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I find OrCAD to not be a very intuitive software. Once I learned how to use it by teachers and tutorials, I was much more effective but it’s hard to learn on your own. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using OrCAD for schematics and circuit analysis. It allows me to realize simple mistakes before I go and build circuits Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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RF Test Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

A whole world of electronics components interconenexion and behaviour simulation faithful to reality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Not really a big problem but sometimes simulation is not in accordance with real results, which is normal for any simulation tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a very powerful application. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Pre-study and analysis of all types of electronics circuits at university, prior to purchase of circuit components. Money saving due to the ability of simulating final behaviour. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Full Stack Developer
Semiconductors
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Auto placement and routing feature. Its a breeze . Most of the time this feature performs accurately Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the flow requires more than manual intervention due to EM interactions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Must try out before forming an opinion. Worth its value. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Printing PCBs for the STEEL Industry (Steel Authority of India Limited). Benefits: Time to market or the shop floor goes down drastically with Orcad Capture Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Product Electrical Engineer
Medical Devices
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Ease of use, extensive component libraries, ease of use in connecting to PCB designer and transforming schematics to layout. Easy placement and layout with Orcad PCB Designer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Missing footprints for some components, some backward compatibility issues when using older design files (like max files) Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Orcad has helped me with board design PCB layout with various industries with its easy to use, user interface specs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

UI is very friendly and ease of connecting nets.

I can easily build parts and save it in database for future projects.

Pricing is competitve.

Good backward compatibility. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

For now, i dont dislike anything about the orcad. Maybe you can increase the trail limit for students so that they can take the orcad from school to work seamlessly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a great tool. You should consider it over the other tools out there. It's becoming a industry standard. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I said, I was using altium before, UI is not so user friendly. Now I can complete my project much faster than before. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Very precise circuit simulation, high fidelity. The component libraries are really great as well. Strong support of advanced circuit analysis tools like Monte Carlo. Fast simulations. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I never really liked the UI of the older versions. Some settings are quite hidden. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If the program tells you there is an error, there is an error indeed. The fundementals of the software are very good and solid. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I mostly used it for circuit simulation. I really made good use of the broad variety of components, especially through the strong support of Texas Instruments spice models. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Staff IC Validation Engineer
Semiconductors
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Contains all components required for the schematics. The tool labels the components automatically. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I have felt that the grids should be more closer to move the physical pins around. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Build new design. Layout team uses compatible tool that works well with Orcad capture schematics. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to reuse old designs as template, most of the new components library can be found on communities like SnapEDA Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Alignment of components when connecting wires Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great tool to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use OrCAD for circuit schematic capture for all the projects Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UE
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

During Vlsi projects I used it.I like that it doesn’t need a prior knowledge and would take few hours to learn and adapt to tool Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It’s not flexible enough to draw a circuit Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It made it easier to create a circuit and quickly run it with different inputs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I loved the easy approachability. The interface is so simple I could literally learn how to use it in a day. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Well there are few bug while adding probes n all but other than those minute glitches all is fine Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Nil Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Nodal, mesh Analysis and other EC related problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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US
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I is very useful in every manner. It's ease to use, so anyone can use with much detailed knowledge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing that much to dislike yet. As I am still implementing knowledge to learn OrCAD. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

N/A Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can finish my work more efficiently now with this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UD
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Smooth routing in layout is the best features of orcad PCB editor, FSP of FPGA is one of the best feature Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is need to design user friendly. Their are given different window eg for padstack,footprint creation all is need to create in one window Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Finding single ended net, drc correction Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Officer/Dispatcher
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

I like the fact that I can draw any schematic I want, as well as simulate, and make any changes all within the software. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I do not appreciate the fact that it is always quitting on me. Extremely frustrating. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Allow ample time to actually have time for the software to crash on you. Also, save your files in one folder for each project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for drawing schematics of circuits and simulating them, before going into the lab. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

In my opinion it is one of the easiest and intuitive apps that help design PCB circuits. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The installation process is a bit tricky if you don’t read the installation instructions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it because it is easy and intuitive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Simple circuits used for faculty. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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