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Old 4th October 2007, 01:01 PM   #1
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Default Class C PCB Layout and design software


I have seen many good looking DIY PCB's on this forum. Just wondering what design, and layout software you use?

Going to do a class D project.

Looking at PCB123 at the moment.
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Old 21st October 2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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I'm using Ares (Proteus 7.1) but thats just the pcb program i use .
The spice part (isis) i hardly use it for the spice simulations i'm still to hooked on electronic workbench *blush* (but i never managed to get used to ultiboard)
Here in Poland you also still see a lot of eagle but i prefer the simple WYSIWYG method of Ares .
This is a layout i made about 6 months ago ,just to give you a idea of how it looks .

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Old 21st October 2007, 09:27 PM   #3
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Eagle from Cadsoft is a nice schematic/layout suite. The free version works with all the major operating systems (that's the reason I use it) and the only limitations are the number of layers (2 max) and PCB size (100mm x 80mm max).
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Old 21st October 2007, 10:27 PM   #4
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Diptrace is another one thats said to be good, and to be simpler than eagle.
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Old 21st October 2007, 10:56 PM   #5
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I have not done any Class-D, but have done a lot of circuit boards for other purposes.

ExpressPCB is a great service for DIY'ers, as the layout software is easy to use and foolproof. They provide the software and make the boards. It has the drawback of a proprietary file format that forbids using other printed circuit houses if you want to.

Lately I have been using FreePCB, which is a simple freeware. It produces Gerber files that can be used by mainstream circuit board houses. And for getting boards made, BareBonesPCB has treated me well. FreePCB doesn't have schematic capture software, but my boards tend to be simple.
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Old 25th October 2007, 02:08 AM   #6
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hey thanks for all the replies.
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