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Old 24th November 2003, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default veroboard layout tool?

Hi everybody,

I still use the 'board-with-many-holes' alot to build simple audio circuits. The layout is usually done on paper or powerpoint, but I can't imagine there no computer-tool-program to do that.

Anybody heard of such a program?

Doesn't have to be new or fancy, jus simple resistor, cap, DIP and transistor that clamp to the veriboard grid..... maybe I'm tooooo old fashioned...



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Old 24th November 2003, 07:57 PM   #2
sam9 is offline sam9  United States
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the vutrax website ( www.vutrax.co.uk ) had a tech note on this some months ago. I don't have the exact URL but take look, there might still be something. If you don't find it try sending them an e-mail, they have been friendly toward my questions in the past.
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Old 8th December 2003, 09:24 PM   #3
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There was one, called Stripboard Magic.

The firm (Ambyr) went bust some years ago, it occasionally crops up online as abandonware.

Most of the boards here were produced using it, though you need to do a lot of work yourself, left to its own Artificial Intelligence it wastes a lot of board.
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Old 8th December 2003, 10:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: veroboard layout tool?

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Originally posted by tschrama
Hi everybody,

I still use the 'board-with-many-holes' alot to build simple audio circuits. The layout is usually done on paper or powerpoint, but I can't imagine there no computer-tool-program to do that.

Anybody heard of such a program?

Doesn't have to be new or fancy, jus simple resistor, cap, DIP and transistor that clamp to the veriboard grid..... maybe I'm tooooo old fashioned...
Now, don't overdo it. I am computer scientist with some 25
years of experience with computers, one way or another.
In my opinion most software kill creativity and just makes you
waste a lot of time, partly because because most software
is crappy and not designed to be used by humans, but mostly
because whenever you are using a computer , you have
to be very clear on a conscious level about what you are doing.
If you are using pen and paper instead, whenever possible,
you tend to have a more direct subconcious access to the creative
processes in the brain and a similar subconcious direct connection
to your motorics system, which boosts creativity. For an ordinary
PCB layout, a program may be useful, at least to produce
a nice clean mask, I am still not so sure you should actually
work out the design directly in front of the computer, but rather
do it with pen and paper and use the program just to produce
the final mask. your mileage may vary here of course. For a
veroboard layout, there is no need for such a clean layot,
since you don't need a mask for etching. I can imagine various
ways to do it. I recently tried simply scanning the trace side of
the PCB and then print it out. you may have to some processing
adjusting brightness, contrast and gamma correction to get
a good printout. Print a pack of these and sit down with a
pen and work on it. you may have to do several iteration, and
although it is tedious to have to copy by hand what you have
done so far with some changes, I found this method quite
reasonable.
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Old 5th February 2004, 05:28 AM   #5
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Default Veroboard Design SW

I know of only 2 programs to design circuits on Veroboard.

The first is Stripboard Designer and it's beyond awful, it's so well thought out the programmer didn't think to include an UNDO function ! Thats right, you misplace a component and you have to start from scratch LOL

The second product seems to be Abandonware, it's called Stripboard Magic from Ambyr and it's VERY nice indeed. You can find it here :

http://members.lycos.co.uk/interelek...p=getit&lid=18

or here :

http://web.archive.org/web/200305020...boardMagic.zip

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