Note: You must be connected to the internet throughout this process.
It is recommended if you have not already done so to a create a DesignSpark account at the DesignSpark homepage to simplify the in application registration/activation process.
Goto to this page to download the current version of the DesignSpark PCB software.
Now install the program on to your computer. You must be an Administrator to be able to do this.
Simply follow the Install Shield steps and leave all options at their default settings unless you have specific requirements.
On first time launch the program requires activation.
Right click on the shortcut on your desktop and select "Run as Administrator".
This will launch a window with the option to login with your previously created DesignSpark account.
Once you have entered your details, click the "Login" button and DesignSpark PCB will activated and ready for use.
NOTE as the program was launched and activated with elevated administration rights, some normally accessible network drives may not be available from within the program.
Close the program and then re-launch in the standard way by double clicking the icon.
If you do not have a DesignSpark account, you will need to register and activate.
This can be done within the application, however due to web and server development it is strongly recommended you follow the above method.
If you choose to follow the in application registration follow these steps:
Complete the registration screen. Complete ALL required fields including the Job Title/Position and accept the T&C's. If clicking the button produces no action, check ALL of the fields are complete and look for errors. Ensure you email address is valid and correct. Incorrect entries will result in errors later on.
NOTE For our "Maker" community you may enter "Maker" as the Company Name and fill the form fields as appropriate i.e. company size as one etc.
You should now be up and running.
Please see the DesignSpark PCB Status FAQ for any announcements.
DO NOT ATTEMPT ACTIVATION BY THE HELP WINDOW WITHIN THE APPLICATION.
This is provided for legacy V6 and earlier installations.
DesignSpark PCB Status Important details for V8.0.