Configuration Bruce Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:18

Startup parameter

By adding a product number as a startup parameter to your Macaos Enterprise shortcut, you can force Macaos Enterprise to locate and load that product when the program starts. In the shortcut parameters tab, define the target as "C:\Program Files\Macaos\macaosenterprise.exe ProdNr" where ProdNr is the product number you wish to locate. See the user documentation for your operating system for more information about creating and maintaining shortcuts.

User administration

Clicking on the User Admin button opens either a dialog box with the user's contact information, or (if the user is an administrator) the user manager.

Certification documents

If you wish, you may upload documentation about yourself to the server. Typically, this would be done by a PCB designer who wishes to attach their professional certificates (such as an IPC CID+ certificate) to the products which they have designed. Your uploaded documents may be viewed when viewing the product history for any product that you have published.

To upload a document, choose the Tools|Upload certification document menu command, and select the file you wish to upload. You may upload more than one file (but only one at a time).


Selecting Tools|Options in the menu opens the Macaos Enterprise Options dialog box, allowing you to specify default settings that will be used each time you start Macaos Enterprise.

Connection settings

Selecting Tools|Proxy server settings in the menu opens the Internet connection proxy setup dialog box, allowing you to specify settings for a proxy server if needed to use your internet connection.

Move Macaos Enterprise to a new PC

Use the Tools|Move Macaos Enterprise to new PC command to copy all program and settings files to a flash drive (or other storage location). These files may then be copied to an appropriate program folder on the new PC. The first time Macaos Enterprise is run on the new PC, the settings files will be moved to the user’s settings folder on that PC.

User information

User information Bruce Thu, 09/06/2018 - 09:57

The user info dialog box allows you to edit your contact and login information. To make changes, simply enter the correct information into the dialog box and click on the OK button.

If you are an administrator, you will also be able to view and change the access rights for the user.

To change the postcode/city/country, you must click on the Post code button. Here you can search for your post code from among those existing in the database, by typing the first characters of your post code into the search field at the top of the dialog box. If your post code is not found, you can add your it by entering your post code, city and country at the bottom of the dialog and clicking the Add button.

Note: The contact information here is used by Macaos. It is not the same as the contact information and shipping/invoice addresses used by a supplier when you place an order. The Macaos contact information will be passed to the supplier the first time you place an order with them, but changes here will not necessarily be reflected in the supplier's customer database.

User manager

User manager Bruce Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:01

If you are an administrator, then the User Admin button opens the User Manager. This lists all of the Macaos users in your company.


You can view or edit the information for any user by double-clicking on a user in the list.

You can add a new user to your company by right-clicking on an existing user and selecting Create new user. This opens the User info dialog box with the same address and access privileges as the selected user. After entering the remaining contact info, click on the OK button to create the user and send them a mail with download info.

You can add a batch of new users by right-clicking and selecting Create multiple users. This allows you to create several users with the same address and access rights, but with individual names, phone numbers, e-mail adresses and passwords. Enter the desired user info and click the Add user button for each user. Finally, click the Add users button to create the entire batch of users.

Right-click on one or more users and select Disable user to remove all access rights for the selected users. If the Hide disabled users box is checked, then users without any access rights are not listed.

Company properties

You can also edit certain properties of your company.

To modify the name of your company, enter the correct name at the bottom of the User Manager. Note: This will only change the company name as used by Macaos. You should also contact your supplier to inform them of changes to your company.

When a person requests a Macaos Enterprise license from, the Macaos Team verifies that the person is a valid representative of the company. If in doubt, the company will be contacted for verification before a license is created. If, however, you want complete control over users connected to your company, then check the Prevent Macaos from creating new users check box. If this property is enabled, the Macaos Team will ignore all license requests for your company.

Click on the Save button to save changes to company properties.


Options Bruce Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:06

The Configure|Options menu command opens the Macaos Enterprise Options dialog box, allowing you to specify default settings that will be used each time you start Macaos Enterprise.

If Remember passwords from multiple login identities is enabled, then you will be able to choose between your different identities in the Login dialog box.

If Warn if potential fiducials are found when creating a stencil is enabled, then the stencil creator will warn you if it finds object that probably should be marked as fiducials.

Price/order settings allows you to specify ordering options that will be selected by default.

Product browser folder settings specifies if certain folders should be hidden. Folders which are hidden here will not be shown with the View|Show hidden folders command.

Product browser visible columns allows you to specify columns which are visible at program start.

Time interval for product folders specifies the number of weeks back in time for a product to be included in the Recent orders, Recent shipments, and Recently published folders.

Show title block editor specifies whether or not the title block editor dialog box will be shown when creating a stackup drawing, panel drawing or document set.

Connection manager

Connection manager Bruce Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:11

The Configure|Connection settings command opens the Connection manager.

Click on the Test connection button. If the test succeeds, then everything is OK, and you can close the connection manager.

If the test fails, it may be because you must configure a proxy server. If so, check off for Use Proxy, and enter the server host name, port, username and password as specified by your IT department.

Once you have a successful Connection Test, click OK to save your settings.


If your proxy settings are correct, but the test still fails then you must troubleshoot the connection:

Click on the Ping button. This sends a single “Ping” (ICMP Echo) message to the Macaos server host. If successful, the host will respond with a message like: “Received 4 bytes in 15ms. Echo” (though the numbers may be different). If the message times out or is not returned, then some network issue is preventing contact with the server host.

Click on the DNS lookup button. This will check the server address resolution. Some network systems store network addresses locally, and on occasion these can become corrupted. The DNS lookup checks to see if the server host name matches with the actual IPv4 address of the Macaos server host. If so you will get the message “Server address correctly resolved.” If you get any other response, then you may need to reset your DNS cache, either on your PC or at some level in your network.

If both the Ping test and the DNS lookup test pass, but the Connection test still fails, then there is most likely a firewall issue at your site which is blocking communication between Macaos Enterprise and the Macaos server. Contact your IT department to have them open for communication between the Macaos Enterprise application and Note: Although the program uses port 80, much of the traffic is not pure http protocol. It may be necessary to tweak firewall settings such that the firewall allows all traffic to pass.

Move Macaos Enterprise to a new PC

Move Macaos Enterprise to a new PC Bruce Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:14

Use the Configure|Move Macaos Enterprise to new PC command to copy all program and settings files to a flash drive (or other storage location). These files may then be copied to an appropriate program folder on the new PC. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Choose the Configure|Move Macaos Enterprise to new PC menu command.

  2. Select a folder on a flash drive or network drive. Macaos Enterprise will copy all program files and settings files to this location. We recommend that you use a new or empty folder for this purpose.

  3. Copy the contents of this folder to an appropriate location on the new PC. Note: If you copy to a folder under the Program files area of your system, the MS Windows security system may prevent Macaos Enterprise from updating itself.

  4. The first time you run Macaos Enterprise on the new PC, your settings files will be moved to the appropriate location on the new PC.

  5. You should create shortcuts to Macaos Enterprise on the desktop, task bar and/or start menu.