Quick Start Guide: camLine's XperiDesk software (Process Design Environment)

    Acknowledging CMC Microsystems

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    The following information will help you launch, setup and use camLine's XperiDesk software with the CMC License Management System (LMS). This guide describes steps taken using a Windows 10, 64-bit operating system. However, as the XperiDesk client is Java-based, it is capable of running on any operating system with Java.


    Note about LINUX Installations: Running XperiDesk in a LINUX distribution requires the Java Web Service "javaws" to be installed. We provide special instructions for this step in this document.



    Prerequisites for Starting XperiDesk with CMC Licence Management System

    Please note that you must first meet the following criteria:


    1. You must be registered with CMC Microsystems. You do not require a subscription to run XperiDesk, but you must be registered with us.
    2. You must be affiliated with a college, CEGEP or university, or otherwise prove that you have academic affiliation.

    For more information about these requirements, please go to: Subscription | CMC Microsystems. For those not meeting these requirements, contact pde@cmc.ca to discuss your case.

    Software Requirements


    To run the XperiDesk client, the latest version of Java must be installed on your workstation or laptop, and you must have administrator privileges to complete these instructions.


    Hardware Recommendations


    To run this client, your laptop, tablet or computer should have a minimum of the following:


    • A dual core processor of recent vintage;
    • 4 GB RAM memory;
    • About 500 MB spare hard disk space;
    • A current copy of the Java Run-time Environment (JRE);
    • A copy of our CADpass client installed;
    • Other software for viewing PDF, text, layout and spreadsheet files.


    Installation Steps

    1. If CADpass is not already installed on your workstation or laptop, then install the latest version from the CMC Portal at: http://www.cmc.ca/whatweoffer/design/cadpass.aspx.
    2. Start CADpass, and then login using your CMC login user name and password. An example is shown in Figure 1.

    MEMS_Pro_CADPass_Fig1.JPGFigure 1:  CADpass Login Window


    1. From the CADpass screen, check to see if the IP Tunneling Driver is installed.
      1. If a message is displayed under the icon XperiDesk as shown in Figure 2, then it is NOT installed. Double-click the icon to install it.
      2. Keep all settings as the default during installation.
      3. Close CADpass AFTER installation of this driver, and then restart CADpass.



    Figure 2: Message Indicating no Tunneling Driver Installed


    1. When the CAD access window re-appears, double-click the icon XperiDesk (Production), or right-click it and select Start.

    A message box appears, and a green checkmark appears to the left of the icon, as shown in Figure 3, which indicates that the connection is established between your computer and the CMC Microsystems' licence server.


    Figure 3: Green Checkmark indicating XperiDesk (Production) is Connected to CMC's License Server



    Running the Software


    Once you have clicked on its icon, XperiDesk will automatically launch from CADpass. It is special in this regard. Use your CMC Microsystems' user name and password to log into the client as shown in Figure 4 and click OK. Leave CADpass running while you are using this software.



    Figure 4. Log into the XperiDesk application using your CMC user name and password.

    If you have followed this guide properly, and your account is in order, you will be able to open XperiDesk, and it should look like the screen capture shown in Figure 5.


    Figure 5. The main XperiDesk window (Production Database)


    Troubleshooting your Installation


    If you have made a mistake logging in, you will see the following message appear (Figure 6). Ensure that you have typed your user name and password correctly.



    Figure 6. If a mistake is made when logging into XperiDesk, a "Wrong user credentials!" pop-up appears.


    Sometimes our subscribers have problems with local firewalls blocking our tunneling driver, or preventing the storage of environmental variables on local workstations. If you believe you have followed these instructions properly, yet are not able to launch this software, please open a support case with CMC Microsystems - Support.


    If you have questions about how to create a process flow, how to set up CAD models, or want to know if XperiDesk is of value to your research work, then we ask you to register for our Nanofabrication Process Design Environment in our CNDN Community Hub.


    Upgrade Note: With the introduction of XperiDesk 5.4.02, current users may find that they have trouble logging into this software. Attached to this webpage are instructions for clearing your local Java cache, identified as a cause.



    References and Tutorials for XperiDesk


    • User Manual - provides full descriptions of commands and tool bars of the CAD tool. To access it, select the Help | ? Help menu entry in the main XperiDesk window. See Figure 6 for a picture of this electronic manual. Alternately, context-sensitive help is available by clicking on the question mark button sitting on the Menu bar of the XperiDesk main window and then selecting an item in the software GUI. The associated manual page will then appear.


    • Adding Slide Templates to XperiDesk - for generating reports from XperiDesk data. Microsoft Office's "PowerPoint" can generate a template file in *.potx format, which is then stored under a local subdirectory .xperidesk/templates on a user's computer. A sample template is available below for download, installation and editing. More information about formatting and using templates is given in chapter 15 of the user manual (Figure 8).


    XD_Fig7.JPGFig. 7. A sample template used by XperiDesk


    Fig. 8. The XperiDesk user manual.