Quick Start Guide: Installing camLine XperiDesk Process Design Environment via CADpass Client

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The following information will help you launch, setup and use camLine XperiDesk Process Development Environment (PDE) 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 8.

Prerequisites for Installing XperiDesk With CMC Licence Management System (LMS)

To browse or use our XperiDesk PDE environments, you must first be registered with CMC Microsystems. You do not require a subscription to run XperiDesk, but you must be registered.

For more information about registration, contact

Software Requirements

To run the XperiDesk client,

  • The latest version of Java 8 must be installed on your workstation or laptop
  • You must have administrator privileges to complete these instructions
  • You should also have a local installation of a *.pdf reader, a text editor, and a spreadsheet application to use all the capabilities of the software

Hardware Recommendations

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

  • Dual-core processor of recent vintage
  • 4 GB RAM memory
  • About 500 MB spare hard disk space

Setting up CADpass Client for Use with XperiDesk

CADpass Client is a CMC Microsystems’ license access client and is used by subscribers across Canada to connect to our secure license server(s).

  1. Follow the instructions in the quick start guide to download and install CADpass Client.
  2. Start CADpass Client and then log in using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password.
  3. When the CAD access window appears, double-click XperiDesk.
    A red checkmark appears next to the entry, as shown in Figure 1. Leave this checked while you are using the software.

Figure 1:  The XperiDesk Selection in CADpass Client

  1. When you click this entry, two browser icons will be placed on your desktop, one for each process development environment (PDE). See Figure 2 for an example using the Firefox browser.

Figure 2: Browser Icons for the XperiDesk Process Development Environments

  1. Click an XperiDesk browser icon (Production or Training) to start the associated program.
    A Java 8 web launcher client will be deposited on your desktop.
  1. Click the client to open XperiDesk.

Running the Software

Once you have clicked the icon, XperiDesk launches automatically.

  1. Log into the client using your CMC Microsystems Username and Password, as shown in Figure 3.
  2. Click OK.

Figure 3: Log into the XperiDesk Application Using Your CMC Username 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 4.

Figure 4: The Main XperiDesk Window (Production Database)

Troubleshooting your Installation

If you have made a mistake logging in, you will see the message shown in Figure 5. Ensure that you have typed your user name and password correctly.

Figure 5: Wrong User Credentials Dialog

Some subscribers have problems with local firewalls blocking the software. If you believe you have followed these instructions properly, yet are not able to launch this software, open a support case with CMC Microsystems to debug your problem.

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, register for the 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. Clearing your local Java 8 cache may resolve the issue.

References and Tutorials for XperiDesk

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

Figure 6: The XperiDesk User Manual

Adding Slide Templates to XperiDesk: Used 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 the user’s computer. A sample template is available for download, installation, and editing (Figure 7). Contact for a copy.

Figure 7: A Sample Template That May Be Used by XperiDesk

More information about formatting and using templates can be found in chapter 15 of the user manual.

Tutorials and General Help: Available via the camLineTV YouTube channel.

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