Question

How can I install the Free viewer software that enables me to view PCB Editor and Capture designs? I tried to install the viewers alongside the full software version, but I was unsuccessful.

Solution

The OrCAD installation automatically includes the Allegro Free Viewer and the Capture Free Viewer. Access to both of these free applications is from Windows File Explorer as described below. You can use the Free Viewers to open schematic designs and boards as “read-only.”

Launch the Allegro Free Viewer

As you found, the Allegro Viewer cannot be installed alongside the full version software. Access is available from Windows File Explorer.  

  1. Open Windows File Explorer and browse to: C:\Cadence\SPB_17.4\tools\bin



  2. Launch the application: allegro_free_viewer.exe.



 

Launch the Capture Free Viewer

  1. Open Windows File Explorer and browse to: C:\Cadence\SPB_17.4\tools\bin



  2. Highlight Capture.exe and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).



    A shortcut is created on your Windows Desktop.



  3. Using your right mouse button, click the shortcut and select Properties. Your selection opens the Capture.exe – Shortcut Properties dialog.



  4. Add the flag "-viewer" to the Target path as indicated in the screen image above. |

  5. Click the OK button to save the shortcut configuration.
    Next time you click the shortcut the Capture Free Viewer will open.