CableSoft, a business partnership, was formed in 1987 to develop and market CableDesignerTM, a HFC plant RF/AC design software package. The final software design package, CableDesigner 2.1 was the result of two-year collaboration between a professional software engineer and myself. The program is small, intuitive to learn and use, and is very fast. All program code is written in compiled Pascal.
A second company, Cablesoft Engineering, was formed in 1990, with an emphasis in engineering, testing and telecom consulting. Cablesoft Engineering was fully incorporated in 1993 and retains the rights to all CableSoft assets and the copyright for CableDesignerTM 2.1. Screenshots for the opening graphic for CableDesigner 2.1 and PowerDesigner 1.0 are shown above.
Although CableDesignerTM has not been updated or marketed since the early 1990’s, it is still a viable RF/AC design program for plant extensions and small system design (as long as automated links to a CAD platform are not required). It is available free of charge on the Downloads page. The program allows for HFC RF/AC design including the development of customized equipment files and full BOM generation. A .ZIP file contains all necessary executable files, help files, and the users manual in .pdf format. One can typically become proficient in its use in a single day; far less than any competing product.
The following ‘unsolicited’ testimonial was received regarding CableDesignerTM several years ago.
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say that your CATV design software is a great example of clean design and usability. I have used many other design programs, and while they offer more features and power, none are as intuitive or simple to use. Just like Lode Data, I used your sample equipment files as templates to create my own specialized equipment files. With a little common sense, it’s possible to design 750 MHz 2-way plant without problems. The best part about it is that I was able to learn it in only a few hours of practice. Lode Data seems to be the industry standard at this point, but I have always admired the CableDesigner program.
Sincerely, Name Withheld”